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Why Do So Many Automakers Use the 8-Speed ZF Transmission?

What does the Aston Martin Vantage, Jeep Track Hawk, Toyota Supra, and pretty much every BMW have in common? They all use an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission. But wait, there’s more. In fact, there’s plenty of cars that are all different sizes and from different segments that use this same transmission, or at least …

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Do Americans Hate Manual Transmissions?

It feels like the manual transmission is dying. Decades ago, automatics became the latest and greatest thing with the introduction of the first fully-automatic transmission, and whoever said it would be the death of the manual transmission wasn’t wrong. Car enthusiasts know all too well that there is just something personal about shifting gears, kicking …

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What Are Paddle Shifters?

While manual transmissions are slowly (and sadly) making their way out of cars as time goes on, automatic transmissions are here to stay. However, the good news is that automatic transmission nowadays can shift faster than ever before and if you want to gain some control over that shift action, then most cars today come …

The all black interior of the 2020 Chevy Sonic.
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Is a Manual Transmission More Reliable?

Not everyone even knows how to drive a manual transmission anymore. Still, it’s appreciated by many auto enthusiasts and lovers of driving that have a thing for staying connected with the vehicle. A general understanding of the way a clutch operates and the interaction with the drivetrain can make driving really fun. However, that might …

2012 Nissan Maxima
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Avoid These Cars If You Want a Reliable Transmission

Transmission repairs and replacements can be one of the most costly parts of car ownership, but automatic transmission problems aren’t something that most car owners struggle with. Transmissions can fail due to many reasons, including harsh shifting habits and manufacturer defects, but there are some car models that have been statistically more likely to have …

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Is an Acura NSX with an Automatic Transmission Worth Buying?

For sports car purists, a manual transmission in anything that’s designed to be sporty goes hand-in-hand. In fact, anyone’s that is into driving cars with manual transmissions would choose to shift their own gears over a slower-shifting automatic, even if it were an SUV. There’s almost no better feeling than the sense of being more …