Pssst... You really should keep quiet about this, or keep it to a US
based forum only... Over here in the UK pretty much every teenager
learns how to drive in a Manual (stick to you). The only teenagers you
hear of taking an automatic only driving test are physically/mentally
unable to use a manual and therefore subject to much mickey/piss
taking (I think that's busting your chops in American).
An automatic is either something you move on to as you learn that
start stop traffic jams are a pain in the left leg or something you
borrow off your dad!
And before I get chewed up by the auto brigade, I've got a auto
specifically to deal with the M25 traffic!
Good luck anyway Shant M, just remember not to ride the clutch or
you'll be going through them faster than brake pads.
Then wait a year until the fully manual version is available - supposedly
*ONLY* in the US because diehards demanded it. It's not clear if the
manual version will even be available in Europe, poor fellows. ;->
7 speeds, how boring, even my bicycle has 8 speeds;-) If you really
want a challenge, go for a 8x8 heavy truck with 450 HP and 16 speed
Frank (who knows how to shift and therefore prefers auto trans;-))
BTW: I just recently read a test, where a 7 speed tiptronic launch
control itzy gitzy M5 was simply beaten at 0-60 mph by a Mercedes CLS
55 AMG with an ordinary 5 speed slushbox - this is really
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Whether it is disgusting is just a matter of the point of view. From the
Merc perspective it is a great result, proving how good (and 'unslushy')
Merc auto is...
PS. I agree with you about knowing manual but preferring auto...
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"Frank Kemper" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Posts like these are only going to get more and more common. The
conventional manual transmission's days are numbered. The writing is well
and truly on the wall.
I went to a tyre shop to get some new rubber fitted and needed a lift to
work just down the road from the shop. I asked if someone from the workshop
could come with me and take the car back to the shop with them to fit the
tyres. "Sure" said the helpful guy behind the counter and got one of the
most junior kids in the workshop to come with me.
When we got to the car, he looked in through the window and sheepishly said
"sorry, I can't drive this car". I didn't twig the reason why so he had to
tell me he'd never driven a car with a clutch before.
A guy gets a job in a business doing work on customer's cars and he doesn't
know how to drive a manual!! Sadly not that unusual believe it or not and
only going to get more common.
I had to drive a buddies car back for him the other week -- imagine my
dread when I saw the automatic shifter!
After figuring out you hit the brake to shift into go and then hitting
the brake about 20 times looking for the clutch it wasn't too bad.
It certainly didn't feel like driving, more like holding on while the
damn car decided what to do.
Not fun at all.. i'll never own one of those dang things
My first car was a '63 Ford Falcon ragtop w/ the 260cu.in. V8 & 3 on the
tree. I couldn't stick with the column shifter though (too granny for
me) so I put a Hurst floor shifter in it.
That was back in what, 1973? I paid $250 for it with ~35 k miles on the
clock. But I think it was only around a $2k car when it was new and I
remember buying gas then at ~ .35/gal.
One of my early ones was a '62 or '63 Ford Cortina - pre-crossflow,
unfortunately - with a *four* speed column shifter. The shifter
actually wasn't too bad at all - quite positive. At that time Ford
definitely had the better gearboxes. The only other column shift that
I had that came close to being good was a Renault 16 TS. But that car
rusted even faster than the Cortina did.
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