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  •  Waaal, Pilgrim, I don't quite lament the loss of (1+ / 0-)
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    marina

    the standard transmission. I bought a '92 Accord LX with standard, which was fun until I started my new job in Bethesda. Crawling along I-270 while cigarette-voiced radio traffic reporter Stacey Binn told us about someone changing his mind on the other side of the highway, drawing "A LOT of attention" was as much fun as a root canal. Still, I drove that Honda for 14 years, accumulating 282K miles before it started its death spiral. I was actually going to get another stick-shift Accord (I never learn), but the one I tried had some problems and the salesman, smoothy that he was, adroitly sold me an automatic. What helped his case was that automatic technology had apparently advanced to the point that stick-shifts' mileage was negligibly better. Can't say I really miss it. I've had the automatic for 5 years now and will look into a standard when I buy a new car in another decade.

    BTW, I remember my parents buying a Chevy station wagon way back when. They paid $3,000 cash and it was built to order--not the lime-green thing that had been sitting at the back of the lot for 6 months.

    •  Shiftin' gears relieves the boredom... (2+ / 0-)
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      Bronx59, marina

      Gonna take off for a bit and ride over to Tracy to take in the old tractor show. Twenty miles each way, couple gearshifts on the '84 BMW "airhead" motorcycle to get to the highway, 4 upshifts, a downship and an upshift for the 40 MPH limit through Balaton, up and down through the gears for the 4 way stop at US 59, then 4 downshifts and pull into the parking lot at the museum in Tracy.

      22 gearshifts in 20 miles, shouldn't be too stressful... Thanks for all the great comments, be back about suppertime 'cause there's a storm commin' in.

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