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RE: V8 Stuff (Manual vs. Automatic transmission)
On Sun, 18 Jan 1998, Phil Rose wrote:
> >Date: Sat, 17 Jan 1998 20:18:22 -0500
> >From: glen powell <email@example.com>
> >Subject: RE: V8 Stuff (Manual vs. Automatic transmission) (longish)
> >One of the best advantages of the 5KTQs (besides q) is that it is a big,
> >comfortable, top-line luxury automobile with a standard transmission!
> >The would be almost intolerable without a standard trans. This one
> >feature alone prevents the 5KTQ from being an old man's car.
> >What other top-end flagship luxury automobile is available with a standard?
> >I cannot think of even one. ('cept Audi V8 and not anymore Monty)
> >- -glen
> Seems some unjustified age-stereotyping is in evidence here. How do you
> come to the conclusion that a 5KTQ with 5 spd is less appealing to "an old
> man" than to someone younger? In fact, I'd sure not be surprised if a
> larger proportion of _younger_ (as opposed to "older") drivers are without
> a clue concerning how to use a manual transmission.
I agree. My mom is 60 and she REFUSES to drive an auto. One time she had
a loaner from the dealership and it was an auto. She still bitching about
Her car is a Saturn, which she ordered new, with a manual. The dealer
spent an hour trying to convince her to buy an auto. They refused to
believe that someone her age (and female) would insist on buying a manual.
Then again, she often drives my cars (gets a kick out of the RX7...) and I
don't know anyone who owns an auto (except my boss... and he's only 32).
It really comes down to preferrence. I've never driven an auto that would
shift where/how I would like it to and it's only recently that auto's have
had enough gears to really be efficient/fun.
The best auto I ever drove was a 750iL, in Europe, about 5/6 years ago.
Brand new, in Sports mode it was a blast (150mph[max] w/5 people + luggage
for a week, through mountains b/w Vienna, Austria & Milan, Italy...). But,
given a choice (which I do have), I'd rather have a manual...
'90 CQ (and looking for a dark '91 w/ low miles)
'87 RX7 Tii (for sale soon)