ROCKYSDS Livin' the Dream 6/19/2011 Colorado Springs, CO 776
Do you think manuals are going the way of "when I was your age, I drove a car with a stick" kinda thing? I mean, personally I believe there's always going to be the cheapo cars that no matter what will be manual, right? Or is it becoming cheaper over the life of a vehicle to go auto for the manufacturer?
Hmm, I don't think they will go by the wayside. There will still be sport cars with true enthusiasts behind them, plus America is really the only country that is in love with Autos. Most other countries it is weird to drive an automatic. Or at least that is what I have experienced.
Wow late reply here! I am a manual man all the way. I have had the experience of driving an Evolution X with the paddle shift, it was nice and kinda thrilling but just not my thing. I have a feeling of more control over my vehicle with the manual transmission. Even though the new tech delivers a better gear ratio and response unmatchable for a human. Remember there was a point in time they were called the "standard" transmission. Back when autos were the option. There are some autos I do like and the twin clutch or tiptronic tech is fun to play around in. Both have their ups and downs. My biggest bias is cost of parts if something fails. Much cheaper to replace a clutch than to get an auto rebuilt. I know this country is huge on its automatics now. I don't even think I have seen a 1 ton diesel come with a manual in a few years. Not with GM having Allison, Ford and Torque Shift, and what ever the hell Dodge has. I think I will agree it is more of a trickle down effect we see. It's kinda like when Variable Valve Timing was a rarity... The top end sports cars get this new tech and the rest of the manufacturers engineer something cost effective yet reliable with similar tech to put in the DD's. Oh, DSM drivetrains were weak from the get go... I can see why you could benefit from an auto there. But even with a manual, a good left foot, and some experience with AWD launches, I will never be able to out launch a finely tuned auto.
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.