I’ve got an E90 335i xDrive with a manual. Damned if I’ll be getting rid of that any time soon.
It’s strange how they constantly fuck this one crucial aspect up every damn time. If it’s not forcing you to take the lesser engine* than you’re locked out of the rest of the good option packages. I was afraid for the Bronco when I heard you can only get the turbo-four with three pedals, and then out right pissed… Read more
I was planning to sell my manual 135i because I have too many cars. Yesterday, I took it out on a spirited drive in the santa cruz mountains - to pick up 50 lbs of tomatoes - with the kids. One of them threw up. But I had a goddamned blast and changed my mind on the sale. Read more
At this point, a manual transmission in anything, is for people actively seeking it out. Even when we bought our Fit - every option on the lot was an automatic, save for one. Even people looking to buy bargain basement, entry level, cars want an automatic now - and, realistically, can probably only get one.
I suspect like this combo makes a lot more sense in other markets; you’d expect there to be a manual available on a big saloon in Europe for example. Sure it’s not going to feel like a sports car, it’s going to feel like a regular luxury car with a stick shift like the other 5 options on the market. Read more
I’m not going to argue that a manual transmission makes sense in the G70. Honestly, they never should have bothered. They were dooming it to failure by making it and the V6 mutually exclusive options. It wouldn’t have sold enough with the V6 to keep it as an option either, but at least it wouldn’t have seemed like… Read more
Right? I’m STILL enjoying my 2008 A4 Avant with a pretty solid 6MT drivetrain on the daily (or well almost daily given COVID). I have GPS with traffic (sometimes, RDS-based TMS is sort of unreliable), leather, and all that jazz. The manual neither adds nor subtracts from the pacakge, objectively. Subjectively, it… Read more
Shit, that does make it look better.