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End of the manual transmission?

foxnews.com -- Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars.

On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes.

The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News.

Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive reporter even confesses she never learned to drive a stick shift until it essentially became a job requirement.

It’s more than a little contradictory to automotive reviews (including many you’ll read here) extolling the pleasure of enthusiastic driving with a true manual gearbox. Likewise, purists gravitate to manuals for tackling their favorite twisting road or occasional track day. It’s the original form of in-car connectivity.


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Submitted May 02, 2012 By: Timberline
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 8:10:11 PM

It's true. Ask ten people under 30 if they can drive a stick shift. I'll set the over/under at 2.5.
me2002
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 7:14:45 PM

obvious
DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 10:47:24 AM

I bought my used 2002 VW TDI Jetta with a stick because of the better mpg's. Also they last longer and are cheaper to repair than an automatic.
bicycle1966
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 7:15:28 AM

I like manuals. I'm sure people with manuals still text, though.
Vette1967
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 12:57:27 AM

If all cars had a stick shift, maybe texting while driving would be discouraged.
el_fr
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 12:50:43 AM

Sticks are the way to go
mpg611
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 12:13:48 AM

Manual transmission wont be going away anytime soon. Matter of fact Id love to see more vehicles with manual transmission.
lesndave
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:26:55 PM

Sticks shifts coming back, and now this.....?..,,,
kenji554
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:18:58 PM

5, 6, 7 speed manual transmissions in new cars now.
alterman156
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:13:01 PM

They're should be more cars with manual transmissions.
esq262
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:12:48 PM

You don't see them now except on sports cars.
blupupher
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:49:20 PM

one article says more common, one says less common.
TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:47:06 PM

I hope not.
cyclonePC
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:24:13 PM

nooo. don't take em away.
PCWHIZ
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 7:22:20 PM

I don't think manual transmissions will ever go away.
gasokie
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 6:57:43 PM

So far, my nostalgia for the stick shift is overwhelmed by my laziness and desire for easy driving and long lasting automatics.
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 6:53:52 PM

Wow, didn't I just read that stick shifts on coming back in popularity?

Starting to feel bi-polar.
Alaydown
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 6:47:52 PM

Stick shifts are not worth it anymore. Automatics are very smooth and perform much better than manuals.

It is funny how your two articles are opposites -- which is the real story? My personal opinion is that stick shifts are ancient technology and headed for the museums. They are painful to drive in stop and go traffic.
jimgraham
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 6:44:25 PM

3 of our daily drivers are 5 speed manuals. I really prefer them to the automatics.

However - the new 6 speed dual disk transmissions are great - -and the new Auto-Stick automatics are really really great! If I were to buy a new car (ain't gonna happen) that new 6 or 8 speed auto is what I would buy. As long as it had a very long warranty..
07skydriver
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 6:41:03 PM

If you really have to drive a stick they will always be available on sport models or special order.
uatide13
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:59:13 PM

Never had one don't know if I'll miss it
Ahking
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:49:48 PM

Then it may become a new status symbol.
Buckeyee
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:47:48 PM

I won't be sorry to see them go.
Jeff1944
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:47:39 PM

Every kid should learn on a manual transmission!
playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:37:42 PM

Manuals & automatics both have there place. I presently have one of each. & like them both in there own ways.
bruin19MD
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:28:21 PM

Hope they stay around
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:14:43 PM

Loved a stick when I was young, But now will stay with AUTOMATIC
2011370Z
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:14:39 PM

I wanted a stick in my Tundras but they weren't available with the V8. I love driving my 370Z withe the 6 speed stick.
BigTruc
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:04:52 PM

You really feel the road with a stick shift.
gbs1
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:58:27 PM

I prefer automatics.
Dphillips720
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:52:47 PM

LOVE EM HOPE NOT
Lugi1967
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:45:02 PM

All things change
carrek
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:36:53 PM

I like my manual transmission. I wonder if manual transmissioins last longer than automatic transmissions?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:27:02 PM

The nice thing about learning to drive a manual transmission and doing it competently, is that you are much more connected to what the car is actually doing by feedback, and you learn to anticipate or predict when you might have to downshift just by looking at the road ahead of you. After a while, it becomes second nature, you never have to look at the gearshift lever, and you don't have to "think" about it at all.

People who drive manuals tend to be less likely to panic in a skid on ice, for example, because the first move is always to put in the clutch and that alone usually will end the problem.
djwhit
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:24:03 PM

WELL THAT COULD BE...........
GatorGuy
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:22:43 PM

I actually prefer a manual transmission, but computerized transmissions are getting so good at shifting for increased mileage you can almost lose efficiency by shifting yourself these days.
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