Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Probably in the garage
The lack of a manual in virtually all new cars would be a thread for another day.
The issue really is the automatics have gotten so good that manuals make little sense except for nostalgia. It hurts to say that. I grew up rowing 4 speed and 5 speeds all day long.
For 0-60 in less than 3 seconds...it's just almost humanly impossible to shift a manual that fast. That's the "engineering" reason...and as an engineer I can see it. As a driving enthusiast it makes me sad.
The other part of this, of course, is that most drivers in the united states can't drive a stick. In my house, it's 2/5 and that is DESPITE my best efforts to teach my wife how...which failed miserably. (If you ask her....it is my fault for lack of patience. I may have to agree with that). IN any case as Harley Davidson has learned, designing all of your products for an aging demographic is no way to ensure long term viability as a profitable company. That's a long winded way of saying, "Kids these days."
"Two barks means faster!" Enzo
Last edited by HoosierBuddy; 07-19-2019 at 11:07 AM.