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I know that being here at Jalopnik means I must be an automotive expert, but every so often a piece of vehicular machinery comes along that appears to be downright confounding. Like this 15-speed, two-levered gear box out of an old Mack truck.
If you were at all car-aware in the 1990s and 2000s, Acura was squarely on your radar. From the brand's first Legends, to the iconic Integra, to the follow-up RSX and the halo-status NSX, Acura's lineup always included something for the gearheads among us, complete with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions.
BMW announced that all-wheel-drive versions of their M cars will be available in the near future. What will most likely not be available with these all-weather performance machines, is a manual transmission. That is because BMW won't sell you what may be their best car in the lineup with 3-pedals and AWD.
Although there are plenty of automative enthusiasts who are just fine with automatic transmissions, for many gearheads nothing but personal shifting will do. And yet, manufacturers seem to be making it harder and harder to get your hand on a stick shift. Reader Michael Alexander explains why.
Three would-be teenage car thieves were foiled at their attempt to carjack a 70-year-old woman when they found out her Kia Spectra had a manual transmission, something none of the scofflaws knew how to use.
These ten cars are saving the manuals with more power! That's the best way to do it.
We mourn the death of the gated manual gearbox on the next Audi R8 not only because it was awesome there but because gated manuals in general seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate.
I can't seem to find the statistic now, but I once read that only 1 in 10 Americans can drive a manual transmission car these days. That might be accurate, since a stick shift recently stopped not one, not two, but three would-be thieves in Massachusetts.
The prehistoric act of physically changing gears is akin to writinga story on a typewriter, yet we enthusiast pronounce our desire for this outdated and labor-intensivetechnology.
It seems crazy that so many automakers are dropping manual transmissions from their lineups, because stickshifts ought to be so cheap compared to high-tech dual clutch systems. Well, manuals are much more expensive than you think, and software is to blame.
It's no secret that shifting your own gears improves your quality of life. Because science or something. A young engineer at Ford has come up with a very clever hack of an Xbox controller and Ford's open source software to make a shift knob that helps you learn how to drive stick. It’s also a peek into the future of…
Two thieves in Orlando, Florida tried and failed to steal a yellow Corvette because they couldn't drive stick.
Two weeks ago, we wrote about hundreds of 2011 Ford Mustang owners reporting problems with the six-speed manual transmissions in their vehicles. We're now hearing more complaints — almost daily — but we have yet to hear from Ford. Color us puzzled. UPDATE: Silence broken.
Even though manual transmissions have been in decline for decades, a new EPA report shows that 6.7% of new vehicles sold this year are equipped with a stick. Sadly, it's the highest percentage in the last five years .
One Jalopnik reader was so upset with the death of the manual transmission he decided to preserve a 5-speed shift pattern on his back. Here's what he's got to say about his permanent move. - Eds.
It’s a dream come true for petrolheads who love both understated style and complete control: Aston Martin offers a factory conversion service to ditch the Vanquish’s semi-automatic gearbox for a stick.