When people talk about a manual transmission car they are typically referring to what is popularly known as stick shift cars. Let’s first establish what constitutes a manual transmission, since there are automatic transmissions that allow some manual control over the gear changes like the sequential manual transmission. So first, let’s go over the different types of transmissions there are:
In the past there were only the automatic and the manual transmission but as you can see there are a good amount of transmission technologies to choose from in the present. From these, the manual transmission sticks out as the favorite of the average car enthusiast, however cars with stick shifts are beginning to die out.
In 2020 only 41 out of the 327 new car models sold in the United States included a manual transmission option. This ratio of 13% is alarming when compared to the 2011 data from Edmunds: according to their data,37% of the new models came with a manual option. So if you are an enthusiast and don’t want it to completely disappear you should buy cars that have a manual transmission.
Here is a list of the 2020 models that still have a manual transmission:
Pros: Let’s start with the benefits: you can save up to $1,000 buying a car with a manual transmission instead of an automatic one after you compare the price options on several manufacturing websites including Ford, GMC and BMW.
Maintenance costs are another benefit of a stick shift car. It requires less fluid changes and makes your brakes last longer since these are not always in “Drive” like an automatic one. The only component that usually wears out is the clutch but these are easy to replace and cost about half the price of an automatic transmission replacement according to Edmunds.com.
Finally, manual transmissions give the driver more control over the torque and gear selection of the car. This can benefit a driver that gets stuck in the snow, mud or slippery conditions. According to Edmunds if your car gets stuck you can more easily rock it back and forth to get out of the hole if you have a stick shift car.
Cons: Now that we have talked about the benefits let’s discuss the inconveniences of owning one. The very first is that it can be difficult to learn, especially if you have never driven a car before. Also, most driving schools only teach how to drive with an automatic vehicle. If you want to learn how to use a stick shift car you have to find someone who is willing to teach you.
The only other time that you might experience difficulty with a manual transmission is when coming to a stop on a hill since your car will want to roll backwards as you change your gears and your car can stall and turn off. This is why driving a manual car takes skill and not that many people want to make their ride to work any more difficult. In this regard automatic transmissions are more convenient.
If you are an enthusiast and if you seem inclined to buy a vehicle with a manual transmission we recommend it for the easy repairs and low cost of ownership. Also older vehicles with a manual transmission tend to sell for more, this is especially true on sports cars, since many of the new models do not include this option.
If you already own a vehicle with a manual transmission, we recommend that you keep it! Who knows, in a couple years it might appreciate in value. If you are trying to restore it or simply want to have it shift gears like new but do not have thousands of dollars to spend on a new transmission, we recommend you buy a used transmission from My Auto Store. We not only have thousands of used transmissions in stock but also offer free shipping and a 6 month warranty on all transmissions!