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We that pry the gears manually by hand are slowly being pushed out of existence.....

BMW: No more manual transmission for M5, M6 | LeftLaneNews
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"...a vocal fanbase may not equate to significant sales..."

Now where have I heard that before?

At least they acknowledge a continued demand for manual transmissions in smaller models. It gives me hope that if MINI ever again produces something I can get excited about, I'll still be able to thrash it though the gears.
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You guys are living in the past......you probably still mourn the passing of the last buggy whip manufacturer......

What's next, cries for manual chokes on carburetors? Points and condensers? Roll up windows? No power steering ? Drum brakes?

Gimme a break.

You want a manual transmission, buy an old classic car.
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You want a manual transmission, buy an old classic car.
Only if it has a manual choke....

They keep putting nails in my coffin....

They took away my vent windows....

What next.... Eliminate the internal combustion engine and instead of good old dinosaur squeezins go with pixies pumped thru electromagnets?
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Nothing wrong with automagics Dave. What is wrong is that the choice manual or auto is no longer there. That is the sadness I see here. Especially for a performance car.

I love my DSG it's quite involving if you care for it to be. My left knee tells me I'm a fool for several days after I drive my little roadster more than 20 miles. Getting old sucks.
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Yes it does......ask my left knee how I know.....

But technology moves on - just as we no longer mourn the "choice" of having points and condensers vs electronic ignition, this choice isn't really needed either.

Modern electronic automatic transmissions are faster 0-60, get better fuel mileage and in general are better for the planet - what's not to like? They have the same number of gears (or more!) as the best manuals, and I think all of them have the option to shift for yourself, the only loss here is the clutch pedal and the need to stroke it a million times. What loss is that, really?
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Just because some people get old and have bad knees does not mean the rest of the world can not still have manuals.
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