Clutches disappearing

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  1. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

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    Soon enough , the clutch pedal and the stick shift will disappear .
    Sad for that loss for me .
    Fortunately , I am stocked up with 4 manual shift vehicles .
     
  2. bsman

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    Normally I agree with you (I got a smoking deal on a Mazda 6 in 2016 because nobody apparently wants a sedan with a six-speed!), but there have been times when I've been sitting in miles and miles of stop-and-go traffic on Hwy 101 on the SF Bay Peninsula where I've questioned my wisdom... ;)
     
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    One day internal combustion engines will disappear! One day cars will be driverless.
     
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    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    I'd give anything to be stuck on 101 in bay area with a stick shift.

    Sad emoji. Fo realz.
     
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    It’s a strictly American thing to be all ga-ga over automatic transmissions. Everywhere else in the world manual trans is still the norm.
     
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    Good riddance. It's a shame for car guys, but you can always just get something used. The number of people on the road who can barely control a car you literally only input stop/go/turn commands to is shocking.
     
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    There’s just something about having a lightweight coupe, with the RPMs up in the power band... higher revs... and punching it, and immediately transfer that torque to the tires. It’s like the bottom of your foot is on the pavement itself.
     
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  9. otterhound

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    Currently , that is correct .
    Sadly , the newer cars that shut off when you come to a stop , will make the manual trans impossible .
     
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    Even today , I would never drive an automatic.
    We recently bought a VW Caravelle bus. It took me a while to find one
    , but 6 speed manual , thank you !
     
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    I’m gonna get me a newer model GTO one of these days with a 5 speed, although if I drove in city traffic I’d want a automatic

    I had a Volkswagen Wolfsburg Jetta that had a slap shift where you just slid the shifter over to manual with an automatic clutch, dang that was a fun car
     
  12. David Barnett

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    My car has two clutches, and only two pedals.
     
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    These cars freak me out! I don’t get it
     
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    Yea, even the new Corvette went to automatic only! The new Mustang GT500 is auto only too. That's the true sign, when the performance cars are going auto only.

    Fortunately, my bought brand new 2009 Mustang GT 5-speed will keep me with stick for the remainder of my existence.
     
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    I learned to drive in my Dad's '62 Corvair Monza, 4 on the floor, and a flathead six, that was a hot little car, I could get rubber in three gears!

    Spent a fair amount of time in San Francisco in the early '70's, terrible place for a car with a clutch!
     
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    Agreed. I have never minded a clutch in heavy traffic, but then again I don't do it every day either.
     
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    I've got a Honda Jazz (Fit). 6 speed manual with the start/stop function.
     
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    Yep, just like cursive.
    I remember my vw van stick. It would get in the way on dates..
    along with no heat.. lol
     
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    It’s a lost art. I’m in my early 30’s and I don’t know anyone else my age that drives a manual daily driver. I got a job parking cars when I was 16, that’s the only reason I learned initially.
     
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    Flat six, not flathead six... :)
     
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