How many of you still have manual transmission cars (w/ clutch pedal) ?

Discussion in 'General Automotive Discussion' started by vinuneuro, Nov 21, 2017.


Do you still own a manual transmission car?

  1. Daily Driver

    38 vote(s)
  2. Secondary car

    46 vote(s)
  3. DD and weekend car

    25 vote(s)
  4. No manual trans

    2 vote(s)
  1. 95spiderman

    95spiderman F1 Veteran
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    Nov 1, 2003
    have not been without clutch pedal since 1980 but doubt i will have another one after my current lotus elise. not really worth it to me anymore. i enjoy dct as much as manual anyway and now that im near 60 i want the convenience of auto mode
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  2. INTMD8

    INTMD8 F1 Veteran
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    Jun 10, 2007
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    James Moran
    Daily is a manual 328 wagon. Also have a manual F355 and 88 Toyota pickup. 59 Cadillac is auto, no manual trans available on those. 68 Charger is also auto but would like it better in a 4 speed.
  3. anunakki

    anunakki Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 8, 2005
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    I bought the Cali as a daily driver to go back and forth to work. Wanted something reliable and in LA , easy to deal with in traffic. I had the Audi when I wanted to row the gears for fun.

    Now that Im only working from home (and out of LA) I can be more selective about when I go for a drive, so the convenience of the Cali isnt necessary. So I can get back to rowing gears for pleasure.

    Ive had a 355 and a 360 in the past so I know they work for me.
  4. G. Pepper

    G. Pepper F1 World Champ
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    That put a funny image in my head. :)

    I have a 308 and a 360, both manual. My grocery getter is an auto.

    I'm planning to replace the 308 with a 612, but I haven't decided whether to pay for the privilege of a manual, or go with an F1/a. I turn sixty next month, and can squat 300 pounds, so no physical reason not to get the manual, but the 360 is not exactly a joy in stop-and-go traffic. Perhaps it is trying to tell me to get a paddle shift 612 with that nice auto mode.
  5. Eric R

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    Nov 19, 2014
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    Eric R.
    So which one do you like better and why? If this is getting the thread off topic I apologize.
  6. anunakki

    anunakki Five Time F1 World Champ
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    All three serve different purposes for me. I couldnt say one is better than the other.

    355 is a wonderfully raw driving experience. Its like a go-kart.
    360 is a more modern feeling car that still keeps one foot in the raw experience.
    California is an amazing daily driver/cruiser.
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  7. boxerman

    boxerman F1 World Champ
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    May 27, 2004
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    7 cars 4 manual 3 auto
    All the autos are trucks are suvs.
    The manuals are for pure driving pleasure.
    I could see a Dct for my next track car. In fast fun road car I don't get the point of a DCt unless you do a lot of traffic. But for traffic it's hard to beat a SUV.
  8. Shark01

    Shark01 F1 Rookie

    Jun 25, 2005
    After 15 years of manual only cars, the Houston traffic finally pushed me into an auto (Ford Escape). Did buy my 16 year old daughter a manual Kia Soul....and there is always the Lamborghini to slum around in.
  9. LorenzoOO

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    Those three make an interesting combination.
  10. Lotaz

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    My Lotus is a manual, but for daily driving I prefer an auto for traffic, or when I am in SoCal.
  11. joker57676

    joker57676 Two Time F1 World Champ

    Apr 12, 2005
    Sin City
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    Deplorie McDeplorableface
    My DD is a manual. Even driving in traffic, I prefer it.
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  12. greg328

    greg328 F1 Rookie
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    Nov 17, 2003
    Austin, TX USA
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    My DD is a fiat 500 abarth manual, wouldn't have it any other way. I sought this car out because it was available with a stick.

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  13. JOEA2

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    A 1931 Model A, 1971 E type Roadster, 2001 BMW Z 8, 2006 Ford GT and a 2010 Audi R 8 V 10.

  14. David_S

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    I've never owned anything with an auto trans. My ex never did, either.

    My wife has never driven a "stick," so she has a Toyota & Subaru, but my current car (Z3) has a manual trans.

    p.s.? My Z3 is a 1997 (been mine since 2000,) has a bit over 100K miles on it, and is on its original clutch. Gonna knock on wood right now! :)
  15. DIGMAN52

    DIGMAN52 F1 Rookie
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    Jan 30, 2004
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    Philip C
    I have one manual left, the 2005 Ford GT, and it doesn't get driven much. Too worried about someone running into it, and dealing with diminished value.
  16. DGod

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    Iberian Peninsula
    I’m 35 and I think it depends on each car. Wouldn’t have these with any other gearbox option.

    My manuals:
    • Miata NB
    • Impreza WRX STI
    • 911 C4S

    My “autos”:
    • M5 E60
    • 430 Scuderia
    • 458 Speciale (arriving soon)
    • Range Rover

    I’ve had X5s, M5 F10, all autos.

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  17. JOEA2

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    Drive it!!!!!!! I have 24,000 miles and I don't regret any of them.

  18. Renman57

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    Feb 26, 2014
    North Carolina
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  19. SynergyViper04

    Jan 16, 2018
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    Sam Griesbach
    Currently my winter DD is auto and I hate driving it. You dont get any feel of the road or anything, it just feels boring. In the summer I have and see no issues driving my Viper daily with the 6 speed, its definitely a lot more fun.
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  20. Carnut

    Carnut F1 Rookie
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    Nov 3, 2003
    Gladwyne PA
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    Two of my cars are (looking at a 3rd), and I think I will have at least a couple manual cars for as long as I can still push the pedal down.
  21. sca037

    sca037 Formula Junior

    Mar 16, 2009
    Northville, MI
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    4 out of our current 5 cars are manuals, including a daily driver......Save The Stick Shifts ;^D
  22. malex

    malex Formula 3
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    Dec 5, 2007
    Ponte Vedra, FL
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    6 vehicles, 4 of which are manuals (including my daily driver, though the wife has an automatic)
  23. Gran Drewismo

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    Jan 24, 2005
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    My winter DD (4x4 pickup truck) is a manual and I do like that for snow covered roads, hills, mountains, etc.

    I grew up with manuals, and after driving the current crop of automatics, including double clutch gearboxes, it'd be very difficult to go back. It would have to be a very special car indeed to go manual route.
  24. bobzdar

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    I drive my wife's old 2007 mini cooper s with 6 speed, she drives a 2017 mini cooper s clubman 6 speed. My '84 land rover and f355 are both manuals as well.

    I think I'd go dual clutch on a new performance car if available, though, depends on the car.
  25. nicholasn

    nicholasn Formula 3

    Nov 7, 2013
    North Carolina
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    Clutches generally last about as long as you let them. I have about 300k miles on my Audi and it still has the original clutch.
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