Tag: manual transmissions

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are there still advantages to driving a car with a manual transmission
Aug 21, 2012

Today: Manual Transmission Myths Debunked

Dear Car Talk

When Nina was learning to drive, her dear old dad advised her to always buy manual transmissions. But now, Nina's tired of all that shifting. Does she have Tom and Ray's blessing to go automatic?

manual transmissions myths

Aug 01, 2012

Stick Figures: The Last Days of the Manual Transmission

Jim Motavalli

Driving a stick is becoming an endangered art in America: fewer and fewer of us even know what to do with a clutch.

manual transmissions

How RPMs affect fuel efficency
Dec 27, 2011

Could driving a vehicle at higher RPMs be more efficient?

Dear Car Talk

Marie and her buddy both love to drive manual transmission vehicles, but their driving styles couldn't be more different. Which one of them is getting better gas mileage?

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Why Europe drives manual cars
Oct 01, 2011

Why does everyone in Europe drive a stick shift?

Dear Car Talk

My fiancee is European and they all drive stick shifts over there When I visited I had to pay more to rent a car with an automatic It seems to be true everywhere in Europe Everybody owns a stick-shift car...

manual transmissions fuel economy

is it bad to not press the button when shifting
Jun 01, 2010

Is Elaine's partner driving her beloved VW a tad too aggressively?

Dear Car Talk

We are Americans living in England, and have a 2000 VW Beetle automatic that I named Betty. I hope you can settle a domestic argument for us (preferably by siding with me). The VW is my "baby," and until I started...

driving tips manual transmissions shifters

Nov 01, 2009

Is keeping your clutch pressed in such a bad idea? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

A friend of mine at work and I have a disagreement regarding using the clutch on a standard-shift car. He says that keeping the clutch pressed in will wear out the throw-out bearing, and I say it won't. For example...

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The importance of first gear
May 01, 2009

Today: why first gear matters. A lot.

Dear Car Talk

My wife and I recently bought a 5-speed Saturn VUE. Whenever she comes to a complete stop, she puts the car in second gear and takes off in second gear. When I ask her why she does that, she says...

manual transmissions driving tips

Nov 01, 2008

Will shifting to the highest gear as quickly as you can, save gas?

Dear Car Talk

I have a son who has "gone green." He is passionate about the environment, recycles religiously and is very focused on gas mileage. He owns a '98 Honda Civic. He shifts to the highest gear possible, as soon as possible...

driving tips manual transmissions

Oct 01, 2008

Could starting a manual transmission in second gear actually be better for your car?

Dear Car Talk

I recently purchased a new, 2008 Nissan 350Z. I allowed a friend of mine (from Australia) to drive it to the airport yesterday, and noticed that after stopping at a red light, he would start the car in second (instead of...

manual transmissions driving tips

Aug 01, 2007

Today: Maya gets a few tips for learning how to drive stick.

Dear Car Talk

My mom is teaching me how to drive her 2001 Honda Accord. It has a standard transmission. Actually, all the cars in our family have standard transmissions, so I am pretty much doomed to learn how to drive (I'm nearly 16) on...

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