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Let’s face it: automatic transmission rules most of our vehicles today. And that’s something most manual transmission fans like us have to live with (sob). Once upon a time, we hoped that the stick would continue to be popular and live on without any modifications whatsoever. But then again, Elvis …

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A car’s transmission plays a vital role in its functions. Its gears allow the car to speed up, as well as go in reverse. It’s a complex piece of machinery, and quite expensive to diagnose and repair. When your car has a hard time going into reverse, the damage could …

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Just when you think the manual transmission has gone the way of the dodo, British supercar maker Aston Martin swims against the tide and releases a limited edition Vantage AMR equipped with a seven-speed manual gearbox. The motorsport-inspired shifter, developed by Italian gearbox maker Dana Graziano (formerly Graziano Trasmissioni), boasts …

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Yes, it’s true: The manual transmission-equipped Mazda 6 will not be resurrected starting 2019. So far, all Mazda 6 lineups remain unchanged, save for all variants now using the automatic as their standard transmissions. Reports say it’s just for the U.S. market, but Mazda has still yet to confirm (or deny) …

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The manual transmission may not be extinct, but it is certainly an endangered species. One only needs to take a look at the current crop of cars to confirm it. This may seem peculiar to those who champion the mighty manual, considering that the world as a whole wants more …

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There are many moving parts in your vehicle, and these components need to be lubricated to protect them against wear and damage. Take your transmission system, for instance. The inner workings of your vehicle transmission is lubricated by a special reddish or pinkish fluid called transmission fluid. There is an …

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Petron HTP

Local oil giant Petron Corporation has introduced a new formidable line-up in its product range, increasing its product offerings in the Philippine market. Last Wednesday, October 3, Petron revealed its latest product line, the Petron High Temperature Protection line-up in its lubricant portfolio which includes engine oils, automatic transmission and brake fluids, gear …

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Now here’s one of the reasons why we love manual cars–they stop car thieves dead on their tracks. This has happened not once, not twice, but thousands of times already. And yes, the real hero of the story here is the ever-dependable manual transmission. Car thieves in the making Case …

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Driving on an uphill road can be a challenge for new drivers. This is the reason why most drivers remember the first time they drove through Kennon Road to reach Baguio. Driving uphill requires you to be familiar with several driving techniques to make your drive easier and safer. Here …

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Not so long ago, the only choice that car buyers had with regards to vehicle transmission system was between manual and automatic. This was the case until the 90s, when electronics started becoming an integral part of vehicles in general, transmission systems included. Now, it appears that every new vehicle …

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Mazda MX-5 RF

What would an uber, good-looking Mazda MX5 Retractable Fastback–or MX-5 RF, for short–be without manual transmission? Our answer? Dull. Drab. Dreary. The good news is that this best-selling, two-seater sports car in history now comes with a six-speed manual transmission variant this year. Weighing around 1,103 kg, it’s 30 kg lighter compared …

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Many say you’re not a “Bad-Ass Driver” until you know how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission. We beg to disagree. Five gears is normal even if the use of the manual transmission is on the decline. Even a hormonally-challenged teenager with abnormal facial hair growth can drive …

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It’s the proverbial clash between two competing giants: manual vs. automatic transmissions. Many of their loyal fans love to pit them against each other, but no one completely wins here in the end. It’s like the Pacquiao vs. Marquez boxing match in 2004. When it looked like Pacquiao was winning—even …

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Manual cars may not be having the time of their lives these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re in a total state of ruin. Yes, the automatics will be the standard transmission in the future, but no — we’re not giving up on manuals anytime soon. In fact, we’re even encouraging …

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The traditional stick is a dying breed. No, it’s not a melodramatic statement — it’s a fact, plain and simple. Ever since General Motors introduced Hydra-Matic as the world’s first fully automatic transmission in 1939, it seems the stick shifts’ popularity has slowly and gradually declined over the years. Don’t …

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