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MotorHeadline: Manual transmission becoming thing of the past



It used to be that people would choose to buy a vehicle with a manual transmission because the system was less expensive than an automatic tranny, had far fewer moving parts to break down and consumed less fuel.

However, in today's world, while manual transmissions are still available on some mo...

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  1. Have always had a manual transmission since my first car, 67 Mustang through to my 2022 Gladiator Overland. I enjoy participating in the movement and the control. An added benefit is car thieves don’t know how to drive them. Oh and my kilt is not a detriment.

  2. Honda still offers manual transmissions on lower trim Civic models plus some higher trim models. I have driven manual Hondas since 1975. My first even had a manual choke, which I loved. They are great for valet parking since you can park near the door and the valets cannot move your car.

  3. Another factor is that many of today’s high performance automatic transmissions provide quicker acceleration than manual transmissions. Who wouldn’t want an automatic that was always in the right gear and was quicker than a manual? But there is a sense of oneness with the car that only comes with a manual. For used car buyers, it’s typically harder to abuse the engine with an automatic transmission. You can destroy the engine with a manual, (by downshifting to the wrong gear) but not typically with an automatic.

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