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Best Manual Transmission You Have Driven???

Discussion in 'General Automotive Discussion' started by bmwm3, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. Rifledriver

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    But a 355 shifts great while most trucks are top loaders and shift like trucks.

    Basing this on how far the gear box is from the shifter ball makes no sense at all. It totally ignores a long list of factors.
     
  2. white out

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    Speaking of non-cable driven shifters. The GEN2 Viper with poly engine/trans mounts, short shifter and shift knob lowering kit is an outstanding feel. One of the very few cars with a 2-3 shifts that is precise and so rewarding. Oh, and you can beat the f**k out of it and not worry about breaking anything.
     
  3. Sterling Sackey

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    Having driven dozens of S2000s, I would say it's the best shifter I've experienced but only with fresh fluid and a previous owner who was easy on the synchros, otherwise they can have some notchiness. In mine, once I get the fluid up to temp it's hard to imagine a better gearbox.

    The best cable-actuated shifter I've experienced was the Carrera GT, which reminded me somewhat of the NSX's cable shifter but even smoother.

    The best rod-actuated shifter I've experienced was the Integra Type R's with a short shifter installed. Like butter, Honda just has a way with manual transmissions.

    Whoever said the NSX shifter feels rubbery and like an old Accord drove a very tired NSX that was not representative of the cars. There is a reason that Gordon Murray chose the NSX as the model for the F1's shifter mechanism. And, yes, they can be 6-speed too.
     
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  4. energy88

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    For what it is worth, it should be noted that back in the day, the AP2s had a popping out of gear issue that Honda addressed under warranty. In my case, they replaced the 2nd gear gear set.
     
  5. Sterling Sackey

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    Yes for the '04-'05 cars only IIRC, I did own one for a short time that had this issue. I think many solved it simply by using a different transmission fluid.
     
  6. boxerman

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    I never drove on on track so cant coment. Yes clutch was heavy.
    On street if you're not rushing even an elise feels great.

    Someone comneted on how bad me ferraris are. My experience is if you sift at or near redline on a warm box they shift great, at least the Bb does, but it is baulky shifting lower down the rev range.
    As others shave implied, a Ct shifts like a tractor.
     
  7. Smiles

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    That would be me. And I still think it’s true.

    In 1990 my daily driver was a 1986 Accord LXi. I took a test drive of the brand-new NSX and thought it felt very, very similar. And not nearly as special as my father’s 1981 308 GTSi.

    And for the shifter itself nothing beats the absolutely positive rifle bolt metal-on-metal precision of a Pur Sang Bugatti 35B.

    Matt
     
  8. alexion

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    Drove my AP1 S2000 on Sunday after 4 months of winter hibernation...If you don't know, you should try. Really amazing how good these cars are.
     
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  9. Texas Forever

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    Heavy sigh. I wish I fit into one of those.
     
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  10. alexion

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    I'm 6'1 and 2-210lbs and while not spacious, there's certainly enough room.
     
  11. Texas Forever

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    My problem is the steering wheel hits the top of my legs and my right knee bangs against the tunnel.
     
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  12. Ianjoub

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    Best manual transmission I have used??? CBR600 Honda .... BUTTER
     
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  13. Texas Forever

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    But I fit great in an e36!
     

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