So I got to test drive a 2015 Mirage with the manual transmission this afternoon, and I’ve gotta say I was disappointed. The acceleration and handling were okay, I’d say slightly better than my old '93 Festiva, which is to be expected. BUT, the shifter felt, for lack of a better term, “crunchy”. Like you could feel the shifter clicking into each gear. Seems to me the shifter should shift nice ‘n’ smooth, especially on a new car. The salesman claimed that the shifting could smooth out after the car is ‘broken in’, kind of like breaking in a new pair of shoes, but I discount that claim. I know a salesman (or woman) will basically say what he (or she) thinks you want to hear in order to close the sale.
My question for you, @cwatkin, since you stated that first your girlfriend, then yourself, bought these cars in a manual transmission, are your gear shifters “crunchy”? Am I describing this well enough? I cannot seem to explain it to my non-manual-transmission driving friends / colleagues.
I suppose its engineered to work that way. Could be that after a few weeks, I’d be so used to it I wouldn’t notice it as strange.
Been over a year since I test drove that Honda Fit, but I remember the shifter was just as nice and smooth as glass. (I can’t wait for all the haters to chime in. . . yeah, Ed you dummy the shifter is crunchy because its the cheapest bargain bottom car on the market - the Honda Fit shifts so much smoother because its a much better engineered car, yada yada yada. . . )
I’d go out tomorrow and take another test drive of a Fit except the 4 Honda dealers around here have a total of 0 of them in stock, the manual transmission that is, which brings me back to the point I made in my curmudgeon thread, its hardly worth it anymore to pursue a manual transmission car, plus the automatic is rated higher for mpg. The Mitsubishi dealer offered to knock off a little more on the auto but won’t budge on the manual since he says he has to ‘order’ it from another dealer. I would fully expect to run into the same dilemma at the Honda dealer. If he’s got 20 CVT Fits sitting on the lot and he’s gotta ‘order’ a stick shift for me, which one is he going to be willing to haggle over?
I don’t know what this world is coming to. . . . . “Very Heavy Sigh”
My friends / colleagues think I’m crazy (well truthfully they already knew I’m crazy) - - “Why the hexx do you even WANT a manual transmission in the first place?” But its part of my identity. I could see getting an automatic for a tow vehicle, because you need it, but driving a manual transmission econobox is part of my identity. I’m really in an existential quandary here. Getting the automatic (cvt) seems like becoming a sellout. Anyone have any words of wisdom?
Postscript: My Festiva always shifted smoothly until last year when that clutch cable snapped and I had to drive home shifting gears without the clutch. When I got the car back the shifter was “crunchy” - but not the same kind of “crunchy” as the new Mirage if that makes any sense. This is hard to explain. If you all were here in person I could show you and it would make sense. In my head, I believe the “crunchiness” in my Festiva now is either because I damaged the synchronizers when I had to jam the car into gear without the clutch, or, because the transmission has over 200,000 miles on it.
IS IT TIME for me to throw in the towel and surrender another aspect of my life to the 21st century??? Say it ain’t so! ! !
Edit to add: Oh yeah, the whole ‘haters’ thing, I mean that in a lighthearted way. We’re all supposed to have banter and debate about cars and car related stuff in a fun and invigorating discussion right? I fully expect a bunch of you to chime in with "yeah, yeah, told you so, that’s why the Mirage is selling for $11,000 out-the-door, you get what you pay for, and all that hokey-pokey.