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On Cars – Your Email: Why manual transmissions are rare in the U.S. | Cooley Explains



Cooley answers your email about the the U.S. and manual transmissions. People in other countries often know how to drive a stick, whereas many Americans not only lack that skill but may not even know anyone who possesses it. It has become a lost art and, therefore, a cultural oddity. Read more: http://roadshow.co/mNsbaI

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  • Hudson Donnell
    September 3, 2018

    The reason why Americans don't want manual transmissions in their cars is because the great majority of Americans behind the wheel don't know how to drive to start with.

  • PC Ce
    September 3, 2018

    One reason why there is low manual transmission car sales is that people who drive them don't get bored of driving them so they keep their car with them for longer. People who drive Automatics get bored with their cars very quickly so they buy the next new one which as a result drives up sales. Second reason is that automatic transmissions are not as reliable as manual transmission's so when transmission problems occur, they go and buy the next newer automatic car. Manual transmission's can last much longer than an automatic.

  • Brendon Bosy
    September 3, 2018

    Why the hell does anyone buy manual cars anymore? I can understand 30 years ago when autos were very inefficient, but manuals are such hunk of junks. Compared to automatics today are less fuel efficient, a pain in the ass if you live in a hilly area and have to deal with hill starts, traffic, and really less reliable. I can't count how many of my friends who drive manuals have had to make flywheel or clutch replacements which cost up to $1000 or more. Compare that to an automatic fluid flush which might cost $100 max

  • Manny Echaluce
    September 3, 2018

    Muricans don't hate manual transmission it just happen to be evolution, simply there is too much traffic and there are no real areas to do performance driving. Besides the fact that self driving cars are now being heavily marketed and we can see that the Murican Government enforces it, a manual transmission just don't make any sense. Manual transmission are for those who finds pleasure in driving, I don't care how luxurious car you drive but with traffic you will start to hate driving.

  • Manny Echaluce
    September 3, 2018

    If you need to drive to work ( point A to point B) an automatic makes sense ( specially in traffic) , if you drive for pleasure and there is no traffic then a manual enhances the experience.. Think of it this way, if you are to build a fence would you use a power nail gun ( automatic) or a hammer ( manual ) ,,, your choice 😀

  • Manny Echaluce
    September 3, 2018

    If you find driving as a chore get an auto, if you think of driving as an art then get a manual, Muricans are busy working already the last thing they need is another chore…………..

  • PC Ce
    September 9, 2018

    It's so sad to see there are so many who doesn't know how to drive a manual transmission car, think that it's so fun to drive a car with only 2 pedals.

  • Davin Peterson
    September 10, 2018

    On the Toyota Corolla, the manual transmission is only offered on the SE trim. CVT is standard

  • Mikeman Jordan
    September 11, 2018

    My car is a manual and at work the tractor is a manual mostly. I hate auto trucks soon to be everywhere

  • Melvin Johnson
    September 15, 2018

    Manual transmission cars are the #1 seller globally.

  • PokerRun388
    September 21, 2018

    It takes 1hr to drive 10 miles in LA. Do you think most people really want to shift a car a million times just to sit in traffic? Nope

  • Chris Talbot
    September 26, 2018

    I specifically purchased a manual transmission car 20 years ago because it gave me something to do while I was driving. And while it IS a royal pain in stop-and-go traffic. Even so, I'm still driving my 1997 Saturn SW-2 (326,000+ miles and still counting).

    Unfortunately, none of my future cars will be manual. My other car is a Toyota Prius and it has a Continuously Variable Transmission, which is very nice. I'm looking to replace my Saturn with a battery electric vehicle which only has a single gear. Ah, well.

  • Raymond Lee
    October 22, 2018

    I note that you haven't brought the DGS into play. Well my VW Golf DGS is shit by the way

  • VIVEK CHOUDHURY
    October 29, 2018

    Can someone please mention the name of the theme music that plays at the beginning of all recent "On Cars – Your Email" videos? I find it just awesome! 🙂

  • Inky Scrolls
    December 13, 2018

    Manuals are about 98% in the UK. . . Automatics are for the disabled and American tourists only!

  • sydjaguar
    December 23, 2018

    Same deal in Australia. Most cars are auto. Manual is the enthusiasts’ choice.

  • Sue Yang
    January 16, 2019

    The newer generation are getting lazier and lazier

  • Raphael
    June 17, 2019

    Stick is good for when you floor it. However, living in this god forsaken traffic it makes not sense to drive stick. It's like driving a Lambo in a place that takes an hour to drive 18 miles. Makes no sense at all. Besides, automatic transmissions are computerized for the most part and make them very efficient.

  • Fidde
    June 23, 2019

    FUCK AUTOMATIC

  • Cheap Chinese
    August 11, 2019

    I like my 1985 Ford Ranger with 84,000 miles with a 5 speed manual anti-theft device.

  • 8 year old
    September 4, 2019

    Peoples have no time and energy left to deal with manual transmission😂😂😂

  • Jay A
    September 17, 2019

    My last manual transmission was in a Nisson 280Z. I put well over 200,000 miles on that car. Sure was fun to drive too.

  • Steve Carras
    February 15, 2020

    And CLIMATE CHANGE fighint vars can't have a STICK, or, like many used to, at least torque converter with Stick (a la the Porsche Sportomatic or VW Automatic Stickshift)

  • Samuel Darenskiy
    March 14, 2020

    Manual is the best, Americans are just lazy

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