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While getting a quote at a dealer, a comment was thrown out that the auto had a paddle shifter. Privately, I thought that the guy was talking out his a** and then I dismissed the comment. But after looking at the order sheet, I can see why he came to that conclusion. That line on the sheet says: "44A P/SHF 6SP A/TRS".

So the question is, does the auto have a paddle shifter? I kinda doubt it, but I can always hope... :)

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While getting a quote at a dealer, a comment was thrown out that the auto had a paddle shifter. Privately, I thought that the guy was talking out his a** and then I dismissed the comment. But after looking at the order sheet, I can see why he came to that conclusion. That line on the sheet says: "44A P/SHF 6SP A/TRS".

So the question is, does the auto have a paddle shifter? I kinda doubt it, but I can always hope... :)

Pat

You almost got my hopes up but, P/SHF is not short for Paddle Shifter. It's short for Power Shift.
 

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There are no paddle shifters for the automatic, it is just like a normal auto in regards to driver interaction. PRND :(

One day I would like to try a DSG transmission with paddle shifters, but I am guessing I will dislike it as much as the poser auto's with paddles. Nothing can compare to a real manual with a clutch. A sequential would be awesome, but nobody would make a production car with one.
 

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There are no paddle shifters for the automatic, it is just like a normal auto in regards to driver interaction. PRND :(

One day I would like to try a DSG transmission with paddle shifters, but I am guessing I will dislike it as much as the poser auto's with paddles. Nothing can compare to a real manual with a clutch. A sequential would be awesome, but nobody would make a production car with one.
I've driven an E46 M3 with the SMG-II, it was a very lacking experience. The new M SMG Gearbox is supposed to be leaps and bounds better than the SMG-II though.
 

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A friend of mine has a new TT that he autocrosses with the DSG transmission. He loves how fast it shifts for competition, but doesn't care for it during spirited drives. He said for me, I would be better off with a real manual before they all go away. I am 100% happy with picking the 5-speed manual over the powershift, espicially since it can't be shifted via anything. I respect the engineering of the dual clutch transmission, but don't want one. Kind of like a hybrid, I respect the tech, but don't want one.
 

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A friend of mine has a new TT that he autocrosses with the DSG transmission. He loves how fast it shifts for competition, but doesn't care for it during spirited drives. He said for me, I would be better off with a real manual before they all go away. I am 100% happy with picking the 5-speed manual over the powershift, espicially since it can't be shifted via anything. I respect the engineering of the dual clutch transmission, but don't want one. Kind of like a hybrid, I respect the tech, but don't want one.
All these DSG trannys were meant for competition where that 1/2 a second makes or breaks you. SMGs have been around on motorcycles forever and my only gripe really is that you don't have direct access to gears.
 

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In all my years of autocrossing, I have never said "I would have won if I would have shifted faster" its usually "I would have placed if I did not get lost and take out a sea of cones". A DSG doesn't do me any good, and I lose the fun of shifting myself and hell-n-toe downshifting. That soon will be a lost art.
 

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Well, Powershift does make more sense, now that it's been pointed out.
I would prefer a stick myself, except that my girlfriend can't drive a stick. But if a six-speed stick was available, I'd get one regardless ;)
 

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Well, Powershift does make more sense, now that it's been pointed out.
I would prefer a stick myself, except that my girlfriend can't drive a stick. But if a six-speed stick was available, I'd get one regardless ;)
I enjoy shifting, but only on motorcycles. For cars, where I live, there just aren't enough twisty fun roads around me to justify a manual. Shifting becomes a tedious boring chore on urban streets and long straight highways.
 

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Well, Powershift does make more sense, now that it's been pointed out.
I would prefer a stick myself, except that my girlfriend can't drive a stick. But if a six-speed stick was available, I'd get one regardless ;)
so teach her how to drive a stick. it's not that difficult to learn. do you think all 100 fiesta movement agents knew how to drive a stick when they signed up? i don't think so! :b
 

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so teach her how to drive a stick. it's not that difficult to learn. do you think all 100 fiesta movement agents knew how to drive a stick when they signed up? i don't think so! :b
  • First off, there'd have to be some glimmer of hope that the instruction would be successful.
  • Then I'd need to find a sacrifical car to do the teaching in (the transmission surely wouldn't survive intact).
  • And lastly, there would need to be a desire on her part to learn...
I think I can safely answer in the negative for all three requirements. :D
 

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How to teach somebody to drive a manual transmission.

Step One: Get a Semi Tractor or truck with a heavy duty transmission.

Step Two: Get said Victim.

Step Three: Take them to a parking lot across town.

Step Four: Tell them they can't come home till they learn how to drive.

Step Five: Head home and wait for them to return hours later.
 

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Step six: Go to the hospital with my ObamaCare insurance card in hand to pick her up...
 

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Step Seven: Sue the moron that hit her for talking/texting and driving on their cellphone.
 

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so teach her how to drive a stick. it's not that difficult to learn. do you think all 100 fiesta movement agents knew how to drive a stick when they signed up? i don't think so! :b
Uh, no. That's just not a realistic option for some spouses who simply have no desire to be that involved with their cars. And leaving her "ignorant" is a way to make sure she never drives my RX-8! :)
 

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My Fiance is dreading that I'm forcing her to learn a stick this summer. It will be necessary since I do the driving when we travel so which means more than likely our next vehicle will be a stick. She'll need to learn how to drive it incase she can't borrow her moms SUV and her car is in the shop for oil change/repairs. She knows I refuse to own an automatic transmission.
 

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Manuals are a thing of the past, the only reason why women don't want to learn how to drive a manual is because they're really too busy to be putting om mascara and lipstick to be worrying about balancing a clutch and shifting.
 

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Don't have to worry about that, my lady hates makeup. Most women are more interested in yakking on their phone and driving or texting and driving. She got told she'll learn it and live with it. Just like I have to live with the fact all the trucks minus a few locations still are automatics. So I drive automatic trucks most of the day. I hate but I live with it. Also, a manual is reliable, solid and isn't electronically controlled in any field also self sealed meaning I don't need to worry about adding fluid every so often. That's a transmission I CAN trust.
 
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