close up of shift and handbrake of 2021 Ford Bronco
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Changing Your Car’s Clutch Fluid Necessary?

Do you own a car with a manual transmission? If so, then you’re probably well aware that you need to change its transmission fluid every 10,000 miles or so (your car’s mileage may vary) and you know that changing its engine oil is a necessity. But do you really need to change the fluid in …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Happened to Column Shifters?

Whether we like it or not, the days of the manual transmission are slipping away. Perhaps when the first hydramatic automatic transmission came out, people never believed they would take over the auto industry. While the most popular cars to hold on the stick shift, like the Chevrolet Corvette, has ditched the clutch pedal, there …

Automatic Transmission
Tips, Tricks & Trends

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 …

A Ferrari interior on display at London Classic Car Show at ExCel on February 23, 2017 in London, England
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Happened To Manual Transmission Sports Cars?

Something about driving a car with a manual transmission gives owners such a different experience. There are many differences between driving a manual sports car and an automatic one, even without considering the mechanical components. Manual vehicles are typically considered drivers cars because they take more knowledge, skill, and practice to master than your standard …

A driver manipulates the manual transmission.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Is ‘Rev Matching’ and Is It Really Necessary?

Driving a car with a manual transmission can be tricky, especially if you’re just starting to learn. Learning when to upshift and downshift can get a little bit confusing at first, but with the proper time and patience, you’ll get it. Soon enough, you’ll be rev-matching like the pros. But what is rev-matching, and is …

Hybrids & Electrics

Do Hybrid Cars With Manual Transmissions Exist?

The words “fun” and “sporty” are usually never really in the same sentence as the term “hybrid car,” however, those words could possibly be used if they were referring to a hybrid car with a manual transmission. While being able to drive a stick shift car is quickly becoming a lost art these days, for …

An ND Mazda Miata equipped with Cravenspeed's short shifter
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What’s a Short Shifter, and Does Your Car Need One?

Engine swaps and new exhausts aren’t the only modifications that can increase performance. True, handling mods like performance tires, stiffer sway bars, and new engine mounts aren’t as flashy as a turbo. But they can sharpen your vehicle’s reflexes. However, if you drive a manual, there’s one more thing you might want to consider getting: …

The all black interior of the 2020 Chevy Sonic.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

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 …

A driver manipulates the manual transmission.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Hyundai Created a Clutch-less Manual Transmission

If you want the purest driving experience possible, there is nothing better than having a car with a manual transmission so that you can run through the gears at whatever rpm you desire. Yes, it can be challenging driving a stick sometimes, especially when driving through heavy traffic, but it’s hard to beat to the …

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S vs. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Manual Transmission Sports Cars You Can Buy Brand New

There is something about driving a manual transmission sports car that somehow makes the experience that much better. While many people have slowly moved away from driving a stick shift, and some manufacturers have turned their classically manual sports cars into automatic-only models, like the new mid-engine Corvette C8, there are still some modern-day sports …

Clutch replacement
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How Often Should You Change Your Clutch?

Regular car, truck, and motorcycle maintenance and inspection can often prevent or catch problems before they become catastrophic. However, it’s relatively easy to inspect your brakes or check your oil level. Not every vehicle component is so easily examined, especially the transmission. And apart from the transmission fluid—which isn’t actually a ‘lifetime fluid’—there’s one component …

Volkswagen Polo GTI compact hatchback car on display at Brussels Expo
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Volkswagen Just Made Stick Shift Lovers Very Happy

While younger drivers may not know how to drive a stick shift car, there are still a number of people who love driving a car with a manual transmission. With dwindling options to purchase new cars that have manual transmissions, which brands are left? And will they continue to be options in the future? The …

A Ferrari interior on display at London Classic Car Show at ExCel on February 23, 2017 in London, England
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Does Anyone Regret Buying a Manual Transmission?

With the rise in automatic transmissions, manual transmissions have started to fall by the wayside. While buying stick can be a little more affordable, it isn’t always offered — and even when it is, you may not be sure whether you really want to commit. Before you decide what type of transmission to go for, …

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
Trucks & SUVs

Only Three New Pickup Trucks Offer a Manual Transmission

Modern automatic transmissions let trucks reach new levels of refinement and fuel efficiency. Not to mention the convenience in heavy city traffic. Also, vehicle electronics are now so interconnected, that a manual transmission simply introduces too many variables. The human brain and muscles are the weak link. So, for the most part, the stick-shift has …

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Autos

This is How a Manual Transmission Works

Have you ever been car shopping and found the perfect car, only to find out it has a manual transmission? It seems that the majority of people in the United States do not know how to drive a stick shift these days. Honestly, if you’ve never had anyone take the time to teach you to drive a car with …

Cars

You Can Get a 2020 Toyota Supra With a Manual Transmission After All

Maybe Toyota got it right with the 2020 Supra. Don’t offer a manual transmission and they’ll be writing about it for years, which is publicity. Even if it’s not good publicity.  The Supra seems like the best performance model Toyota has offered in years. One of the most natural options one can imagine would be …

An panoramic shot of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette interior.
Cars

2020 Corvette: Manual Transmission Technology Already Exists

What’s the one controversial feature enthusiasts complain is missing from the 2020 C8 Corvette? As has been the trend in recent years we’re seeing some of our favorite cars sans a manual transmission option. True to form, the new Corvette can only be ordered with the new Tremec eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. For now. The reasons …

2019 Honda Civic Type R
Autos

Five Things You Shouldn’t Do in a Car with a Manual Transmission

While driving a stick-shift, there are several tips-and-tricks to get the best performance and better longevity from these vehicles. There are also challenges when using a manual transmission as opposed to other issues common with an automatic transmission. One of the struggles some drivers face is when attempting to drive up a steep hill after the …