Just wondering how popular the 5 speed version was ? It's fun running through the gears and using a real clutch .
Folks are buying them, but from my experience they are buying them generally because the DCT auto runs $990 additional on the MSRP. I have had a few folks that didn't want a DCT and only a manual, but few and far between.Just wondering how popular the 5 speed version was ? It's fun running through the gears and using a real clutch .
Very true. I have never burned out the clutch in a manual transmission. I have a 1992 Isuzu Impulse with 300k original miles. I took the oem clutch up to 270k miles. Never had a problem, the car pulled strong. Let a relative borrow the car for 2 weeks and suddenly it needed a clutch job.A DCT and regular auto will decide at what rate it will wear, determining when it's worn out. A manual transmission will respond to the abilities of the driver and the clutch linings and synchromesh will not wear out in the lifetime of the vehicle, if the driver is skilled. Yet another reason to prefer "obsolete" manuals, if you keep a car 100K+ miles. I've run cars to over 250K miles on the original clutch and when tearing them down, the linings were still in spec.
My 453 only has 4700 miles. That means since driving it home last October I've only driven it 2,500 miles. It's basically my weekend car. Now that I have a garage it isn't even going to get driven in the salt either.