[s-cars] '03 //S8 and '02 //S6

Taka Mizutani t44tqtro at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 09:19:04 PDT 2007

That's your take on the issue, I disagree.

I've driven in DC rush hour traffic (I-495 beltway and I-66) as well as NYC
rush hour traffic, many many times. I've never felt that it really was an
issue driving a manual transmission.

I hate driving a manual transmission heavy-duty truck in traffic, though.
The clutch is too heavy and far too much shifting- I'm in 6th at 40mph.

I wouldn't drive a motorcycle in heavy traffic because I'd be afraid that
some idiot will either cut me off and cause me to crash or someone will
rear-end me.

I've been stuck in a snowstorm and driven 1 mile in 3 hrs., still wasn't an
issue driving a manual other than that it was my old 5ktq and the car nearly
overheated doing that in sub-freezing weather and the battery died from
sitting that long.


On 10/5/07, Mark Pollan <mark.pollan at verizonbusiness.com> wrote:
> Difficult no Taka but certainly a PITA as far as I am concerned.  Rush
> hours
> in the DC area (Beltway and surrounding main arteries) will regularly
> result
> in traveling 10 miles in one hour.  My bro and Mother live in the burbs of
> Philly.  The traffic there is a far cry from DC.  My m'cycle does not see
> the light of day during rush hours.  Is it difficult to ride my bike in
> traffic?  Nope!  Is it a PITA?  You betcha.  Would I rather drive a 5 or 6
> spd manual to work?  You betcha, but not under these "driving" conditions.
> My $0.02 adjusted for DC traffic.
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----
> From: s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com
> [mailto:s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of Taka Mizutani
> Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 11:24 AM
> To: Joe Pizzimenti
> Cc: Wayne Dohnal; s-car-list at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [s-cars] '03 //S8 and '02 //S6
> Tiptronic sucks. S8s deserve a 6-speed manual. All those people whining
> about how difficult it is to drive a manual transmission car in heavy
> traffic need to have a reality check. Try driving a 6-speed manual
> heavy-duty diesel truck with a worn clutch and a HEAVY clutch pedal,
> crappy
> linkage and a 50lb. flywheel, that is warranted. Otherwise......
> As far as I can tell, MBZ sets the standard, currently, for how an
> automatic
> should function. However, I have not driven the current LS 460 with
> 8-speed.
> Taka
> On 10/5/07, Joe Pizzimenti <joe.pizzimenti at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Shifting is over-rated.  Might be worth it in an old beat up serged
> > Triumph,
> > but in an S8, the auto makes sense.
> >
> > Joe, what the hell am i saying, i know this is going to cause a
> shitstorm,
> > Pizzo
> >
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