Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Vehicle: 2005 SLK 350
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For sure a vast majority (I think over 85% over all cars, and over 95% in some styles) are automatics. It is a shame.
WIth appologies to those with autos, I was actually going to pass on the SLK until I drove the manual. Personal opinion of course, but for me it was a whole different car.
I don't think a manual suits every car, but it certainly does for the SLK.
Some of the new DSGs and the like are OK (I have a smart with a sequential), but it's still not the same as a true manual.
Strangest I've driven are the first Eaton autoshifts (in a bus). It still had a clutch, but you just put it in "D" and the computer would shift from there. Was pretty weird the way the engine would cut out, it would shift, then the engine would cut back in. The hardest part was remembering you had to push the clutch down when you stopped. The newer models like the ZF had a torque converter, so don't have the manual clutch anymore.