• Bill1540R avatar Bill1540R Posted: 5/3/2012 10:40am PDT

    have always owned stick cars all my life and yes they are getting better all the time, best is performance and mileage is alwasy better and sometimes handling is even improved.

  • MajorPayne77 avatar MajorPayne77 Posted: 5/3/2012 2:39pm PDT

    Driving a stick is soooooo much better...you're driving the car verses the car driving you!!!

  • fb_100000073414986 avatar David Posted: 5/3/2012 2:57pm PDT

    I don't know about taking longer to stop. But I fully agree that they are more fun to drive. Going through the gears in an automatic is about the same as comparing the experience of driving to playing a video game. I'm curious about double clutch transmissions. They are supposed to be lighter and cheaper, and maybe more fun to drive.

    My next car, a beater to teach my kids to drive, is going to have manual transmissions. Won't worry about my kids' friends borrowing it--they won't know how to work the 3rd pedal.

  • fb_1567092218 avatar Bruce Posted: 5/3/2012 4:25pm PDT

    I think the move to manual trans may also be a response to the numb CVT automatics.. There is no sense of shifting which I like to feel. My current Maxima is an automatic but my next car will defintely be manual.

  • 2fast4u avatar 2fast4u Posted: 5/3/2012 3:32pm PDT

    Right! ... and by the way, let's also get rid of power steering, air condition, electric window lifters, ABS, ESC, and all the electronics in general. Back to the basics, right?

  • 888pineapple888 avatar 888pineapple888 Posted: 3/24/2013 10:52am PDT

    As this is clearly sarcastic...i'll ask you why wouldn't you want to get rid of power steering, ABS and ESC? Chances are you'd reply "are you dumb, it gives you more control." In that case, why would you get rid of the manual? It also gives you more control. I'm not saying everyone should rush out to get a manual just because it gives you some more control...alot of people are bad drivers anyway, i'm just pointing this out because people should at least consider the advantages and disadvantages of their transmission choices so they can make an informed decision. In many cases, a manual will also give you an extra gear (budget cars) and a lower cost to buy, maintain, and run.

  • 888pineapple888 avatar 888pineapple888 Posted: 3/24/2013 11:02am PDT

    (Ran out of room) the biggest advantage is that you can shift according to conditions to be safer. The auto doesn't know when it's snowy outside, etc. and also for passing you can just downshift before you pass, instead of having to push the gas, and wait for the auto to downshift. Many autos also try to stay in too high a gear than needed, which will give you better economy, but also make the car slightly less responsive. Autos aren't all bad (and some are worse than others) but they are nice for city driving or commutes with lots of traffic. They also allow you to drink or eat something easier (though also to txt easier and get yourself killed). Autos are best in a luxury car made for riding around, and not in performance cars.

  • fb_100003492904624 avatar fb_100003492904624 Posted: 5/6/2012 3:39am PDT

    I love a manual and the idea that a "sports car" does not at least have an optional manual is ridiculous. I don't hate autos, but I prefer banging my own gears. I usually drive trucks and sporty cars, though. If I was driving a luxury sedan like a gentleman I would like the car to take care of the shifting. I don't drive those, though, so rev it, dump it and hold on!

  • jrcowboy49 avatar jrcowboy49 Posted: 5/3/2012 3:15pm PDT

    I enjoy the control one has over a car with a stick. I am waiting for Honda CRV to offer a 5 or 6 speed before I give up my 2002 CRV 5 speed. I love my 1996 Dodge 1 ton dually super cab with the diesel and 5 speed.

  • fb_537951462 avatar Brent Posted: 5/23/2012 7:45am PDT

    Took a driving lesson last weekend to learn stick. Was loads of fun, i crave more.

    Would have loved to learn manual when i first started driving 4 years ago. Parents wouldn't have it. My mom never learned, and my dad had concerns about having to replace the clutch (not that big of an issue IMO).

    So im stuck with an automatic until i move out. Or until my younger brother gets his licence and i give him my pick-up truck (for cheaper insurance).

  • fb_1620175433 avatar William Posted: 5/3/2012 11:44am PDT

    It's too bad carmakers switched from the hand crank to the electric starter. Cars haven't been as much fun since they did that stupid move, too.

  • 888pineapple888 avatar 888pineapple888 Posted: 3/24/2013 11:06am PDT

    Crank vs electric starter changes the starting experience, not the driving experience after started.

  • fb_100003591698837 avatar fb_100003591698837 Posted: 4/18/2013 4:03am PDT

    Why would you want a stick and the trouble? Automatics are just as good, if not better these days. People who whine for a stick in a sports car are stuck in the 60's. No auto, no sale!

  • fb_1648426041 avatar Mary Posted: 5/3/2012 2:18pm PDT

    Why would anyone want to drive a stick shift? It takes longer to stop, which can be dangerous.

  • fb_1567092218 avatar Bruce Posted: 5/3/2012 4:27pm PDT

    Where did this information come from?

  • fb_712981484 avatar fb_712981484 Posted: 5/3/2012 7:05pm PDT

    I'm with Bruce - where DID this come from? If you're just talking about down-shifting, you're pretty clueless... maybe too clueless to be granted any driving privileges, auto- or not.

  • fb_605875645 avatar Istvan Posted: 5/5/2012 8:07pm PDT

    What??? I have not laugh so hard for a long time

  • There are more comments in this thread
  • fb_100000044151286 avatar Jose Eduardo Posted: 5/3/2012 3:09pm PDT

    In great cities jammed traffic the Automatic Trasmission is the must in confort.
    With stick transmssion cars you often stress your left leg due to clutch pedal several actuations.
    In another hand, stick transmission cars has better control, fast response and performance on agressive driving.
    It is mandatory for small / medium cars.
    You must choose the car as per your profile.

  • fb_100003267625142 avatar Victor Posted: 6/21/2013 11:13pm PDT

    A manual is a direct connection to your engine, and it gives you total control of it. If you don't like stick, fine, but please inform yourself before expressing your opinions.

  • fb_1451958000 avatar fb_1451958000 Posted: 8/29/2013 2:07pm PDT

    I wrote a nasty letter to porsche for putting a pdk only on the new gt3. Car makers have lost their way. It's like a violin or a guitar. THey went through a period of development, but then at some point, they pretty much became what they needed to be. Sure you can get a lame casio keyboard that makes you get a synthesized sound. It doesn't take any skill to really master. It's just done for you. Tech is good to point but at some point. It's enough. They should be making simple cars for real motorsports ppl with great mechanical feel and balance and get rid of all this complexity. Where does it end? Automatic steering? Idiot proof braking? What's the point.