– I got a call from my car dealer yesterday asking me if I want to get out of my lease six months early. The sales rep said there are great deals on Nissan Altimas.
“Sure,” I said. “As long as you have a stick shift.”
“We don’t. They don’t come in manual anymore,” the sales rep said and proceeded to list off other benefits of the new Altimas.
I cut her off. “It’s non-negotiable. I must have a stick shift.”
Stick shift cars account for an estimated 10 percent of the vehicles on the road and five percent of new car purchases. I’ve blogged about being part of an endangered species.
But there is hope!
Ford Motor Co. is expanding the availability of manual transmission cars and they’re selling nicely. Some car makers are now advertising their stick shift models, targeting people who want a “pure driving experience.”
This news fills my heart with joy.
I will never, ever drive an automatic again. I love driving stick because the cars are cheaper, better on gas, deterrents to theft, require my full attention, easier to control and handle nicely in snow. Most important, they’re super fun.
– The communal gun is a growing phenomenon. I did a story in 2005 about a young man who was shot and killed by a gun kept under a parked car. It was a gun for “community use.” The New York Times reports the trend continues.
– Is there a better sports story right now than Jeremy Lin? I loved this column on his remarkable run.