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Re: How often are you On the Floor

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03-02-2012 06:12:58

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When will these outdated ignorant opinions about automatics ever die?

After you blow out your knee standing on a clutch for 3-1/2 hours in stop-n-go traffic, you might change your tune. I used to drive stick because it was "cool" and harkened back to the "good ole days," but that incident on I90 in MA pretty much soured me on sticks...

The traffic was, "move 5 feet, sit for 5 seconds," for 3-1/2 hours straight. I literally pumped the clutch pedal 12 times per minute, 720 times per hour, for 3-1/2 hours.

There was no opportunity to take it out of gear and rest. Move 5 feet, sit for 5 seconds. If you didn't pull up as soon as the guy ahead of you moved, everyone within 50 yards would lay on their horns.

Clutch isn't like a brake where just the weight of your foot will hold it. You gotta stand on the thing, leg fully extended. I couldn't walk right for days, and my knee was sore for weeks afterward.

Automatics have come a long way since 1955. You might want to give one a try.

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03-02-2012 12:34:50

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 Re: How often are you On the Floor in reply to mkirsch, 03-02-2012 06:12:58  
I never said newer automatics couldn't haul, but these new 6-speed autos especially when behind a gasser than can spin 5000+ RPM, you have the option of 3 (or 4) gears at 55-60MPM: Overdrive, (overdrive #2), Direct (or close to it), and a reduction gear.

Putting down the hammer in this situation you don't know which gear it's going to land in unless that auto has a manual gear selection option. I was talking of the abilities of a manual to hold a gear in that respect, because you know it won't shift. If an automatic does have than manually controlled option, then it essentially has the properties of a manual transmission in that situation.

My "rig" which is a HUGE 1999 F150 has a 5-speed. I've put it on the floor a few times, let that little 4.6L spin to her heart's content :-)

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