Save the Manuals!

July 21st, 2010 by corsa

The manual transmission is getting harder and harder to find… the latest stats show that only ten percent of cars now sold in U.S. have manual transmissions.¬†Even though the current generation of automatics and, even more so, the new crop of dual-clutch gearboxes are on par with or even surpassing manual transmissions in performance and economy, some of us still prefer to row our own gears. Unfortunately, that’s getting harder and harder to do.

Well, Car and Driver feel the same way and they’ve decided to do something about it. They have started the “Save the Manuals” crusade. Check out this video they put together, then tell us what you think about the great manual vs. automatic debate!

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3 Responses to “Save the Manuals!”

  1. BIGT1976 says:

    I HAD A GREAT TIME LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE ON A MANUAL TRANS. AND I THINK KIDS WILL BE MISSING OUT IF THEY DON’T GET THE CHANCE TO DO THE SAME. SO SAVE THE MANUALS YES YES YES!!!

  2. colton77 says:

    well he’s right if you want your kid to stop texting while driving get him a manual transmission lol

  3. CorvairJim says:

    I’ve owned upwards of two dozen cars in the past 2 decades, between hobby cars and family cars. While none of the family cars had a manual transmission, all of my personal, day-to-day cars had them. Given the choice, I’ll take a stick shift every time!
    (The only automatic Corvairs I’ve owned were bought because their prices were just too good to pass up: A 1964 Monza sedan, 30,000 original miles, $1, and a 1967 500 sedan, recent paint, interior, and tires but needing body work due to being sideswiped by a kid in a stolen Cadillac, still very drivable, $125)

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