The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Manual Transmissions

I still find it rather frustrating that most vehicle models in the US are unavailable with a manual transmission these days.  Each model year the list grows appreciably smaller.  Other than my first vehicle, a very long time ago, and one other vehicle I had for approximately one year in graduate school before selling it... every vehicle in which I have been the primary driver has had a manual transmission.  My wife's vehicles have been automatics (not because I didn't try to dissuade her). 

I suspect, because there is still a very high percentage of vehicles in European markets that have manual transmissions available and from what I have read there is still a slight preference in terms of percentages of vehicles sold in Europe WITH manual transmissions compared to automatics....... I have to believe that IF THEY WERE AVAILABLE here in the US, there would be a sizable base of people who WOULD prefer their vehicle to have a manual transmission. 



Blogger billy pilgrim said...

for city traffic jams, an automatic is essential. for cruising country roads standards are great. up here the jap car companies advertise dirt cheap cars but they're standards, when you ask for an automatic, the price skyrockets.

Wednesday, 07 August, 2019  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I am almost embarrassed to admit that at my ripe old age, Icannot drive a standard.

Friday, 09 August, 2019  
Blogger amelia said...

I am 71 years old and have never had a automatic. I was taught to drive in England and everything was standard then when I was seventeen and i've driven nothing else since. I have worked in Toronto for 30 years and drove my standard through all the traffic jams. If all they made were automatics I would have to stop driving.
My last car which I bought new in 2013, I had to order to get a standard shift but I got it!

Saturday, 10 August, 2019  
Blogger Liz Hinds said...

I think most cars in the UK are manual. We've certainly never considered getting any other. I wouldn't know what to do with my foot. That said, I think my uncle had an automatic Mercedes.

Tuesday, 13 August, 2019  

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