The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 February 2007

Shiftless individuals

Autoblog reports that automatic transmissions will outnumber stick shifts worldwide in 2007.

Which, of course, will make it difficult to outlaw the infernal slushboxes in the name of all that is green and holy, but hey, you can't have everything.

Disclosure: I have been driving for 32 years, and the majority of those years were spent with a stick, but my present vehicle has, yes, an automatic.

Posted at 8:50 AM to Driver's Seat


I actually prefer stick although it has been many years since I've had one. I feel you lose some of the feel of the car by taking that shift away from the driver. Fond teen memories of popping that clutch and rolling through the gears. I miss that Nova.

Posted by: Joe at 12:23 PM on 12 February 2007

I've owned two Novas (Novae?); the first had an actual two-speed Powerglide, the second a proper (if lethargic) Turbo Hydra-Matic.

My old Celica had a really slick shifter, but then it was rear-drive and low-powered, which made this a bit easier to attain. (More HP and you wind up needing more of a clutch, and, well, you get the idea; FWD cars tend to be shifted with cables, which is like eating at KFC with chopsticks.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:53 PM on 12 February 2007

Most of my wheels have had sticks - I like the extra feeling of control. Since a lot of them were sporting related, that seemed important.

However, since I've returned to trucking for a living, it's kinda nice just to crawl into my pickup and let it do the shifting for me at the end of the day.......

Posted by: Jeffro at 9:01 PM on 12 February 2007