The Truth About Cars » Manual http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Manual http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com New Honda Civic Turbo Will Get Manual for 2017 Model Year http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-honda-civic-turbo-wont-get-manual-2017/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-honda-civic-turbo-wont-get-manual-2017/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1227737 A purported screenshot of a Honda ordering screen over at CivicX shows the new turbo-powered, tenth-generation Civic will be made available with a six-speed manual transmission starting next year. The only engine available with a row-your-own box for this year’s Civic is the naturally aspirated K20 2-liter four that cranks 158 horsepower — 16 horsepower fewer than the turbocharged mill — in […]

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A purported screenshot of a Honda ordering screen over at CivicX shows the new turbo-powered, tenth-generation Civic will be made available with a six-speed manual transmission starting next year. The only engine available with a row-your-own box for this year’s Civic is the naturally aspirated K20 2-liter four that cranks 158 horsepower — 16 horsepower fewer than the turbocharged mill — in […]

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Jaguar XE Will Arrive in US with Manual Transmission http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/jaguar-xe-will-arrive-in-us-with-manual-transmission/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/jaguar-xe-will-arrive-in-us-with-manual-transmission/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1220393 When Jaguar’s latest-and-greatest sedan arrives on American shores next spring, it will do so with an extra option on the order sheet — a manual transmission. According to Car & Driver, the Jaguar XE will get a third pedal and a stick in the middle of the center console that does things. Apparently, there are […]

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When Jaguar’s latest-and-greatest sedan arrives on American shores next spring, it will do so with an extra option on the order sheet — a manual transmission. According to Car & Driver, the Jaguar XE will get a third pedal and a stick in the middle of the center console that does things. Apparently, there are […]

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Piston Slap: A Spoonful of Sugar for Bitter Medicine? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-spoonful-sugar-bitter-medicine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-spoonful-sugar-bitter-medicine/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1203833 Peter writes: Hi Sajeev, My mother-in-law in New England drives a fifteen-year-old Mazda Tribute with a manual transmission that is way overdue for replacement. She won’t settle for anything that doesn’t have 1) the ability to power all four wheels equally at the same time (I think her Mazda has a button or lever to […]

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Peter writes: Hi Sajeev, My mother-in-law in New England drives a fifteen-year-old Mazda Tribute with a manual transmission that is way overdue for replacement. She won’t settle for anything that doesn’t have 1) the ability to power all four wheels equally at the same time (I think her Mazda has a button or lever to […]

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Piston Slap: Sam Hell’s Scion Grab Bag http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-sam-hells-scion-grab-bag/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-sam-hells-scion-grab-bag/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1181914 TTAC Commentator Sam Hell Jr. writes: Hi, Sajeev! I read with deep concern your notice that the Piston Slap mailbag was empty. You kindly answered my previous query about putting more conservative tires on my ’11 automatic tC (now at 51,000 miles), despite the fact that I erroneously addressed the email to your parasitic e-twin […]

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TTAC Commentator Sam Hell Jr. writes: Hi, Sajeev! I read with deep concern your notice that the Piston Slap mailbag was empty. You kindly answered my previous query about putting more conservative tires on my ’11 automatic tC (now at 51,000 miles), despite the fact that I erroneously addressed the email to your parasitic e-twin […]

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Piston Slap: Justy-fied Freestylin’ over CVTs, Part V http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-cvts-part-v/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-cvts-part-v/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156466   TTAC commentator Anomaly149 writes: Sajeev, here’s one for you: I have a CVT-equipped 2004 Saturn Ion Quad Coupe with ~140,000 miles. While you can write a book on the things that are weird with the car (key won’t release from cylinder sometimes unless you push this button inside the steering column, sometimes the neutral safety […]

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  TTAC commentator Anomaly149 writes: Sajeev, here’s one for you: I have a CVT-equipped 2004 Saturn Ion Quad Coupe with ~140,000 miles. While you can write a book on the things that are weird with the car (key won’t release from cylinder sometimes unless you push this button inside the steering column, sometimes the neutral safety […]

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Manual Review – Field Manual http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-subaru-xv-crosstrek-manual-review-field-manual/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-subaru-xv-crosstrek-manual-review-field-manual/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154809 In 1919, then-Army Major Dwight D. Eisenhower embarked on a transcontinental journey with a military convoy to show off to the country the mechanical might used to conquer the Kaiser. From Washington D.C. to San Francisco, Eisenhower traversed the Lincoln Highway over 62 days. The going was relatively easy until Kansas, but the hardest part, […]

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In 1919, then-Army Major Dwight D. Eisenhower embarked on a transcontinental journey with a military convoy to show off to the country the mechanical might used to conquer the Kaiser. From Washington D.C. to San Francisco, Eisenhower traversed the Lincoln Highway over 62 days. The going was relatively easy until Kansas, but the hardest part, […]

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2015 Nissan Micra S Review – Lively Lilliputian http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-nissan-micra-s-review-lively-lilliputian/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-nissan-micra-s-review-lively-lilliputian/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1127761 Staring at a Monroney sticker with a four-digit MSRP would only excite you if spending a weekend clipping Sam’s Club coupons while sipping Faygo is a “fun night in.” With a base price of $9,998 in the Great White North, the Nissan Micra is the definition of Quebec Special: an entry-level car in the lowest of […]

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Staring at a Monroney sticker with a four-digit MSRP would only excite you if spending a weekend clipping Sam’s Club coupons while sipping Faygo is a “fun night in.” With a base price of $9,998 in the Great White North, the Nissan Micra is the definition of Quebec Special: an entry-level car in the lowest of […]

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Audi Confirms 2017 A4 Diesel for US http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/audi-confirms-2017-a4-diesel-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/audi-confirms-2017-a4-diesel-us/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1112009 The ninth-generation 2017 Audi A4 will sport a diesel engine for the first time in the U.S., Motor Authority is reporting. When the sedan launches next March, the 2.0-liter turbocharged oil burner will make 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of twist. That’s on top of the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that’ll make 252 hp and […]

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The ninth-generation 2017 Audi A4 will sport a diesel engine for the first time in the U.S., Motor Authority is reporting. When the sedan launches next March, the 2.0-liter turbocharged oil burner will make 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of twist. That’s on top of the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that’ll make 252 hp and […]

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QOTD: Is It Time We Give Up The ‘Save The Manuals’ War? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-it-time-we-give-up-the-save-the-manuals-war/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-it-time-we-give-up-the-save-the-manuals-war/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109129 With news that BMW’s M division might give up offering manual transmissions altogether along with the plethora of automatic-only performance options from other automakers on the market, the battle to keep the manual looks bleak. Not only that, but automatics seem to just be the better choice for a number of other non-performance options as […]

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With news that BMW’s M division might give up offering manual transmissions altogether along with the plethora of automatic-only performance options from other automakers on the market, the battle to keep the manual looks bleak. Not only that, but automatics seem to just be the better choice for a number of other non-performance options as […]

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1998 Alfa Romeo 164 2.5 TD European Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/1998-alfa-romeo-164-2-5-td-european-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/1998-alfa-romeo-164-2-5-td-european-review/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095393 One clever man who likes powaaah, steaks and punching people once said that you are not a real petrolhead until you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo. Seeing how Alfas are either considered terrible, unreliable crap by sane and rational people or totally revered by devoted fans, I assumed there has to be something about them. Maybe it […]

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One clever man who likes powaaah, steaks and punching people once said that you are not a real petrolhead until you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo. Seeing how Alfas are either considered terrible, unreliable crap by sane and rational people or totally revered by devoted fans, I assumed there has to be something about them. Maybe it […]

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Question Of The Day: Should I Blow My Tax Refund On This http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/question-day-blow-tax-refund/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/question-day-blow-tax-refund/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:30:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1027945 So, let me be clear: I have a very good, brand new car. I have no real need for a second car, no place to park a second car and no desire to take on a project. But god damn it, I want this. The car in question is a 2003 BMW 325xi Touring. It […]

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So, let me be clear: I have a very good, brand new car. I have no real need for a second car, no place to park a second car and no desire to take on a project. But god damn it, I want this. The car in question is a 2003 BMW 325xi Touring. It […]

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Piston Slap: Avoiding Brutal CVT Step Gears? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-avoiding-brutal-cvt-step-gears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-avoiding-brutal-cvt-step-gears/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:04:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1019698   TTAC commentator Raincoaster writes: Hi Sajeev, I currently drive a 2011 Honda Fit(Manual) and I’m mildly interested in a CVT for my next car purchase. I have never driven one, and one thing that gives me pause is all the “fake gears” that they set them up with. I understand that this is to […]

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  TTAC commentator Raincoaster writes: Hi Sajeev, I currently drive a 2011 Honda Fit(Manual) and I’m mildly interested in a CVT for my next car purchase. I have never driven one, and one thing that gives me pause is all the “fake gears” that they set them up with. I understand that this is to […]

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Question Of The Day: What Makes You Drive A Manual http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/question-day-makes-drive-manual/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/question-day-makes-drive-manual/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:40:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023409 In my column on manual transmissions, I touched on how the only way to ensure the survival of the manual gearbox is to keep buying them. But a significant number of commenters expressed the sentiment that rowing your own was no longer worthwhile. On the one hand, I get it. Today’s automatics have never been […]

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In my column on manual transmissions, I touched on how the only way to ensure the survival of the manual gearbox is to keep buying them. But a significant number of commenters expressed the sentiment that rowing your own was no longer worthwhile. On the one hand, I get it. Today’s automatics have never been […]

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Editorial: You’re The Reason Auto Makers Don’t Offer Manual Transmissions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/quote-of-the-day-car-makers-dont-offer-manual-transmission/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/quote-of-the-day-car-makers-dont-offer-manual-transmission/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:01:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1021473 One of the essential questions that many automotive writers fail to examine is “what is the nature of an automaker”? All too often, they lose sight of the fact that OEMs are in the business of selling cars, not manufacturing widgets for people who like cars. This kind of mindset is what leads to the […]

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One of the essential questions that many automotive writers fail to examine is “what is the nature of an automaker”? All too often, they lose sight of the fact that OEMs are in the business of selling cars, not manufacturing widgets for people who like cars. This kind of mindset is what leads to the […]

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Piston Slap: Divorced Sleeper Flew The Coupe? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-divorced-sleeper-flew-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-divorced-sleeper-flew-coupe/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:21:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=963722   TTAC Commentator raresleeper writes: Hello, Sajeev! I need your wisdom and sound advice, Kind Sir. After what could be called a much needed separation from my wife (undoubtedly the beginning of a very long divorce proceeding), I purchased myself a vehicle. A 2006 Accord Coupe v6 6-Speed. On cold mornings, I have noticed that […]

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  TTAC Commentator raresleeper writes: Hello, Sajeev! I need your wisdom and sound advice, Kind Sir. After what could be called a much needed separation from my wife (undoubtedly the beginning of a very long divorce proceeding), I purchased myself a vehicle. A 2006 Accord Coupe v6 6-Speed. On cold mornings, I have noticed that […]

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Piston Slap: MT 6-speed Hyundai Sonata…Coda? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-mt-6-speed-hyundai-sonata-coda/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-mt-6-speed-hyundai-sonata-coda/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:04:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=933514   TTAC commentator Arthur Dailey writes: Sajeev, Over 40+ years of driving, I have traditionally changed cars every 2 years and never kept one for longer than 5 years or 150,000km. However I made my most recent car purchase with the intention of keeping it for 8 years or 200,000km. With the belief that in modern […]

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  TTAC commentator Arthur Dailey writes: Sajeev, Over 40+ years of driving, I have traditionally changed cars every 2 years and never kept one for longer than 5 years or 150,000km. However I made my most recent car purchase with the intention of keeping it for 8 years or 200,000km. With the belief that in modern […]

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Piston Slap: Have a SEAT in Spain? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/piston-slap-seat-spain/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/piston-slap-seat-spain/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:20:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=912322   Phil writes: I am going to Spain for 2-3 years for work but I have decided to sell my truck and only ship my motorcycle. Once I am there I will be looking to buy a cheap used small car, preferably a hatchback with a manual transmission. I am aware of some European brands […]

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  Phil writes: I am going to Spain for 2-3 years for work but I have decided to sell my truck and only ship my motorcycle. Once I am there I will be looking to buy a cheap used small car, preferably a hatchback with a manual transmission. I am aware of some European brands […]

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Want A Ford Fusion 6-Speed Manual? Too Late. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/want-a-ford-fusion-6-speed-manual-too-late/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/want-a-ford-fusion-6-speed-manual-too-late/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:37:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=863457 Ford’s confusing strategy of pairing a 6-speed manual 1.6L Ecoboost and a 1.5L Ecoboost automatic on the Fusion just got a bit easier to understand. There’s only one choice now. Reports say that the three-pedal Fusion is now dead, with the 1.5L engine the sole option for the Fusion’s smaller Ecoboost trim levels. Given what must […]

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Ford’s confusing strategy of pairing a 6-speed manual 1.6L Ecoboost and a 1.5L Ecoboost automatic on the Fusion just got a bit easier to understand. There’s only one choice now. Reports say that the three-pedal Fusion is now dead, with the 1.5L engine the sole option for the Fusion’s smaller Ecoboost trim levels. Given what must […]

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Review: 2014 Opel Astra Manual Diesel Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/review-2014-opel-astra-manual-diesel-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/review-2014-opel-astra-manual-diesel-wagon/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=761313 Recently, Mark Reuss told media that he would like GM to have an American wagon. If this happens, the prime candidate is the Chevy Cruze Wagon, which already exists – and is also offered with diesel engine and manual transmission. But what if GM wanted something more upscale? What if Reuss’ dream wagon is meant […]

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Recently, Mark Reuss told media that he would like GM to have an American wagon. If this happens, the prime candidate is the Chevy Cruze Wagon, which already exists – and is also offered with diesel engine and manual transmission. But what if GM wanted something more upscale? What if Reuss’ dream wagon is meant […]

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Manual Wagons Total 0.0956% Of All New Cars On Sale: Cadillac Offers One, BMW Doesn’t http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/manual-wagons-total-0-0956-of-all-new-cars-on-sale-cadillac-offers-one-bmw-doesnt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/manual-wagons-total-0-0956-of-all-new-cars-on-sale-cadillac-offers-one-bmw-doesnt/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:31:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=637185 Juan Barnett of DCAutoGeek has compiled the definitive infographic on our favorite niche segment: manual wagons.  Using inventory from Cars.com, Barnett found that of 2.4 million new cars current available for sale in America, just 2,336 or 0.09 percent are manual wagons. Subaru, followed by Volkswagen, are the big players in this very small market. […]

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Juan Barnett of DCAutoGeek has compiled the definitive infographic on our favorite niche segment: manual wagons.  Using inventory from Cars.com, Barnett found that of 2.4 million new cars current available for sale in America, just 2,336 or 0.09 percent are manual wagons. Subaru, followed by Volkswagen, are the big players in this very small market. […]

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Not An April Fool’s Joke: Rear-Drive, Manual, Diesel Wagon For Sale In North America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/not-an-april-fools-joke-rear-drive-manual-diesel-wagon-for-sale-in-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/not-an-april-fools-joke-rear-drive-manual-diesel-wagon-for-sale-in-north-america/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:15:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483089 Want a BMW manual diesel wagon for under $10k? You can buy one right now, on Ebay (via Bring A Trailer), and if you live in Canada, you can legally register it. One gentleman in Germany is offering a 1997 BMW 325tds wagon with a 5-speed manual for sale. The seller is offering to ship […]

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Want a BMW manual diesel wagon for under $10k? You can buy one right now, on Ebay (via Bring A Trailer), and if you live in Canada, you can legally register it. One gentleman in Germany is offering a 1997 BMW 325tds wagon with a 5-speed manual for sale. The seller is offering to ship […]

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Piston Slap: Automatic Decisions, Manual Trannies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-automatic-decisions-manual-trannies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-automatic-decisions-manual-trannies/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:16:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480900 TTAC commentator hidrotule2001 writes: Hey Sajeev, A few months back you helped me sort out a plan of action for my Ford Fiesta transmission problems, and I have another stick-shift quandary I thought you might have some insight on. My second vehicle is a 2003 Ram 1500 (bare bones work-truck, standard cab, manual everything), which […]

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TTAC commentator hidrotule2001 writes: Hey Sajeev, A few months back you helped me sort out a plan of action for my Ford Fiesta transmission problems, and I have another stick-shift quandary I thought you might have some insight on. My second vehicle is a 2003 Ram 1500 (bare bones work-truck, standard cab, manual everything), which […]

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Today’s Strangest Manuals http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/todays-strangest-manuals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/todays-strangest-manuals/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:35:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476547 The manual transmission is dying.  We know this because other sites constantly run articles about the death of the manual transmission, predicting its final demise sometime in the next few years, weeks, or hours.  Personally, I realized the manual’s future was limited on my last couple of trips to Europe, when I was given an […]

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The manual transmission is dying.  We know this because other sites constantly run articles about the death of the manual transmission, predicting its final demise sometime in the next few years, weeks, or hours.  Personally, I realized the manual’s future was limited on my last couple of trips to Europe, when I was given an […]

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Piston Slap: Honey, If You Do This For Me… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/piston-slap-honey-if-you-do-this-for-me/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/piston-slap-honey-if-you-do-this-for-me/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:40:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476354 TTAC commentator sastexan writes: Sajeev – One of my best friends is shopping to replace his Mazdaspeed6 for something a little more utilitarian that can hold his bicycle and gear in the back (frequent triathlete). Here’s the issue – he wants to get another manual shift car, but his wife is pressing for an automatic […]

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TTAC commentator sastexan writes: Sajeev – One of my best friends is shopping to replace his Mazdaspeed6 for something a little more utilitarian that can hold his bicycle and gear in the back (frequent triathlete). Here’s the issue – he wants to get another manual shift car, but his wife is pressing for an automatic […]

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Piston Slap: Of Power Curves and Turbo Boost… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/piston-slap-of-power-curves-and-turbo-boost/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/piston-slap-of-power-curves-and-turbo-boost/#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:32:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470319 Chris writes: Sajeev, In a couple recent Piston Slap articles you’ve mentioned that when driving car with a manual transmission its most efficient to accelerate with the engine near its torque peak, then cruise in the highest gear possible. This raised two questions in my mind: 1. Does the engine’s torque peak vary based on […]

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Chris writes: Sajeev, In a couple recent Piston Slap articles you’ve mentioned that when driving car with a manual transmission its most efficient to accelerate with the engine near its torque peak, then cruise in the highest gear possible. This raised two questions in my mind: 1. Does the engine’s torque peak vary based on […]

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