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Lady Effingbroke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-04 01:00 PM
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19. By 2012, only 6% of all vehicles sold in US will have manual transmissions
"The stick shift an automotive mainstay since the invention of the horseless carriage is slowly going the way of the tailfin and carburetor.

Thanks to technological advances and drivers looking for an easier way to navigate congested roadways, the old standard manual transmission doesnt come standard much anymore.

One more generation and youll probably have people who have absolutely no idea what a three-pedal car does, said Bill Visnic, senior technical editor of Wards AutoWorld, an automotive trade magazine.

By 2012, just 6 percent of all vehicles sold in the North American market will have manual transmissions, according to a forecast by Germanys ZF Industries, the worlds largest independent transmission maker."

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  -Manual or Automatic chimpsrsmarter  Sep-25-04 12:39 PM   #0 
  - I drive a stick...  Misunderestimator   Sep-25-04 12:40 PM   #1 
  - But I thought you...  whoisalhedges   Sep-25-04 12:55 PM   #13 
     - LMAO  Misunderestimator   Sep-25-04 01:09 PM   #26 
  - standard all the way!  kermujin   Sep-25-04 12:41 PM   #2 
  - I will be giving him the poll results  chimpsrsmarter   Sep-25-04 12:42 PM   #3 
  - Learning to drive with an automatic is not really learning to drive a car.  Ron_Green   Sep-25-04 12:43 PM   #4 
  - Manual  Kellanved   Sep-25-04 12:44 PM   #5 
  - Thats her Mom's theory as well  chimpsrsmarter   Sep-25-04 12:45 PM   #8 
  - Exactly. One MUST learn to drive a manual to be able to drive in Europe  Vitruvius   Sep-25-04 03:39 PM   #46 
  - Manual transmission close to doubles...  MrSandman   Sep-25-04 12:44 PM   #6 
  - ah, but only if you don't burn out the clutch  Independent429   Sep-25-04 12:59 PM   #17 
     - Well, this vehicle  MrSandman   Sep-25-04 01:08 PM   #24 
     - You are not talking about using a clutch to...  MrSandman   Sep-25-04 01:54 PM   #33 
        - I was talking about downshifting to slow down  Independent429   Sep-25-04 02:51 PM   #40 
           - No problem with either one...nt  MrSandman   Sep-25-04 03:16 PM   #42 
  - I like manual. We got rid of a gas guzzling Windstar in May that I refused  tnlefty   Sep-25-04 12:45 PM   #7 
  - Didn't learn to drive a stick shift until I had to, though.  nownow   Sep-25-04 12:46 PM   #9 
  - By 2012, only 6% of all vehicles sold in US will have manual transmissions  Lady Effingbroke   Sep-25-04 01:00 PM   #19 
     - We have, on occasion, talked about how we'd like ...  nownow   Sep-25-04 02:37 PM   #39 
  - My current car is automatic, but I drove manual for ages  Ilsa   Sep-25-04 12:46 PM   #10 
  - manual!  Lady Effingbroke   Sep-25-04 12:53 PM   #11 
  - I have never owned an automatic...  luzdeluna   Sep-25-04 12:54 PM   #12 
  - I, too, suffer from "happy foot syndrome"  Lady Effingbroke   Sep-25-04 01:05 PM   #22 
  - I feel more involved in the whole driving process with a standard.  kmlewis   Sep-25-04 12:56 PM   #14 
  - Manual  sushi   Sep-25-04 12:58 PM   #15 
  - I never learned to drive stick, so now I have no choice in the matter.  whoisalhedges   Sep-25-04 12:58 PM   #16 
  - Both her parents have automatics and have taken her out plus  chimpsrsmarter   Sep-25-04 01:01 PM   #20 
  - Learn to drive stick ...  Flammable Materials   Sep-25-04 12:59 PM   #18 
  - 18 wheeler ya think??  kerryin2004   Sep-25-04 01:06 PM   #23 
  - I have an automatic but next car will likely be a manual  Independent429   Sep-25-04 01:02 PM   #21 
  - I love my manual transmission  mlle_chatte   Sep-25-04 01:08 PM   #25 
  - Manuals are a whole lot more fun to drive  chimpsrsmarter   Sep-25-04 01:11 PM   #27 
     - no foolin'  mlle_chatte   Sep-25-04 01:14 PM   #28 
  - Manual is Best in the Mountains  AndyTiedye   Sep-25-04 01:42 PM   #29 
  - Yes! You can teach her the parking brake trick  jpgray   Sep-25-04 01:45 PM   #30 
  - I'm not butch enough  LondonAmerican   Sep-25-04 01:50 PM   #31 
  - LOL., me either.  jonnyblitz   Sep-25-04 02:23 PM   #36 
  - I test-drove an automatic YUGO some years ago,  Lady Effingbroke   Sep-25-04 01:53 PM   #32 
  - I've been a licensed driver since 1972  Dzimbowicz   Sep-25-04 02:06 PM   #34 
  - Firm believe that everyone should be able to drive a stick  skygazer   Sep-25-04 02:19 PM   #35 
  - too much effort for me!!  jonnyblitz   Sep-25-04 02:25 PM   #37 
  - All my cars have been manuals  juslikagrzly   Sep-25-04 02:27 PM   #38 
  - NONE OF MY FRIENDS HAVE A FREAKIN' MANUAL!!!  The Nation   Sep-25-04 02:59 PM   #41 
  - Well, I do hope you have your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel  patdem   Sep-25-04 03:22 PM   #44 
  - I have an automatic but  bigwillq   Sep-25-04 03:18 PM   #43 
  - both..  frylock   Sep-25-04 03:35 PM   #45 
  - I can't drive a stick.  northwest   Sep-25-04 03:43 PM   #47 
  - i *drive* my vehicles  jukes   Sep-25-04 04:30 PM   #48 
  - I can't drive a stick. I wish we were taught manual in driver's training.  terrya   Sep-25-04 04:32 PM   #49 
  - My Dad taught my to drive a stick but Grandpa taught me  chimpsrsmarter   Sep-25-04 04:40 PM   #52 
  - Both...Tiptronic style automatic  flvegan   Sep-25-04 04:35 PM   #50 
  - Ever tried to push-start an automatic?  DoNotRefill   Sep-25-04 04:37 PM   #51 
  - I wanna concentrate on the road. Not concentrate on things in the car.  northwest   Sep-25-04 04:40 PM   #53 

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