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Philip Staiger

Philip Staiger

owner at thebest3d.com
  • I bought my lasting car with stick shift 28 years ago and still runs on original Honda engine 415,000 miles later. It is cheaper to replace a manual clutch than repair or replace an automatic transmission in my experience with other cars, and lasts longer, so it has potential to save you some money

    I bought my lasting car with stick shift 28 years ago and still runs on original Honda engine 415,000 miles later. It is cheaper to replace a manual clutch than repair or replace an automatic transmission in my experience with other cars, and lasts longer, so it has potential to save you some money. It's also easier ( dare I say more fun?) to jump-start going into 2nd gear rolling down hill or with a helpful push from a good samaritan, when the battery has died. Nice conversation starter. I've had other cars and I mean way past tense 'had'. Automatic. it's cool at times but I remember it mostly in a mellow way, hohum, commuter doldrum, when you just wish you were not stuck in traffic like that. The benefits of having an automatic transmission seems to me is when you wish you didn't need one, didn't need that car stuck on a freeway parking lot, didn't need this traffic congestion, in essence you wish it wasn't that way. Stick shift for me is remembered for the great Moments, on the scenic highway, the early Sunday morning race to soccer practice, when no traffic is present on the freeway, (and I still got a ticket), it makes you feel what the heck if you have a Ferrari under the hood and realize Honda actually does run Formula 1. The stick shift is your connection to NASCAR. An experience. It's a lovely reminder of your high school crush telling you: if you want it done right you've got to do it yourself. Technology is not the answer for all good things. In some cases maybe it is more useful in bad conditions, so it's not a bad thing in itself, it just may be overrated. Like a bandaid, not the fix for the root cause, not the cure. But at the end of the day both will get you from point A to point B.