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i was thinking about buying a Solstice this year..and was wondering if anyone knew anything about if theres going to be an Auto Trans?
 

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Cecil, the car is only available for ordering with a manual 5 speed. The auto trans will be available but don't expect to get it til late this year or next. Maybe you should consider a Miata or learn how to drive a stick?
 

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Cecil, this has been mentioned quite a few times lately. We finally have seen a semi offical date of Feb 2006 from the last brochure.
 

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learn how to drive a stick?
:agree: :agree: :agree:

Really it's not that hard and everyone should know how. IMO all roadsters and sports cars should come with sticks only!!
 

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learn how to drive a stick?
I learned to drive a stick in a '79 C-60 Chevy Flatbed truck in high school. Never thought I would need it again until I had to drive my roommate's car in college. I realized that driving a sports car with a manual is a H**L of a lot more fun than a lumber truck! Now I couldn't imagine having fun driving without it. :cool:
 

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Really it's not that hard and everyone should know how. IMO all roadsters and sports cars should come with sticks only!!
For some poeple, it's not a question of knowing to drive with a stick shift. I'll be getting a Sol with a manual trans but my preference is an auto. Every other year, I'm in crutches (old skiing and hockey injuries) for a few weeks or so and it will be difficult/impossible to drive the Sol during that time.
 

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I drove a stick Miat while in a cast up to my knee with right foot then the left. I just said I did not have a lead foot I had a plaster foot
 

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Zavean said:
I drove a stick Miat while in a cast up to my knee with right foot then the left. I just said I did not have a lead foot I had a plaster foot
How did you press on the clutch when you had your left leg in a cast?
 

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Luc said:
For some poeple, it's not a question of knowing to drive with a stick shift. I'll be getting a Sol with a manual trans but my preference is an auto. Every other year, I'm in crutches (old skiing and hockey injuries) for a few weeks or so and it will be difficult/impossible to drive the Sol during that time.
Health is certainly a consideration for many people. People with bad backs tend not to want manuals because they are too painful to operate. A manual can certainly be a lot of fun, but not if it just puts you in pain.
 

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Good point Formula.....and an excellent reason for people with bad backs to not buy a Solstice. This is the type of car that will only aggravate back pain....ie., low to the ground will make it difficult to get in and out of (can you imagine your grandmother driving this...I think not), fast acceleration, g-force, etc.

This is like the warning at Disney on the Aerosmith Rock-n-Roll ride. People with heart conditions, back conditions or pregnant should not subject themselves to this ride. I would gather the same is true of the Solstice.

Some people are just meant to drive their father's Oldsmobile!

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brentil said:
It's a good thing I'm in a good mood, otherwise this thread would get a :brentil: :D
You must be in a good mood, you didn't even pop on the 'top up' photo!
 

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simmonsmb said:
:agree: :agree: :agree:

Really it's not that hard and everyone should know how. IMO all roadsters and sports cars should come with sticks only!!
I don't necessarily agree.

Times I wished I had a manual include playing race car driver, spirited driving on winding roads, passing manuevers, trying to control rear-wheel drift, keeping to a low gear up a steep hill or more importantly on a steep down grade.

Times I wished I had an automatic. Gridlocked traffic. Inching through the bridge toll plaza. Cruising while sipping on a cold beverage. Cruising with my arm around a girl. Driving on winding mountain roads behind traffic when you constantly have to downshift to keep from lugging the motor, then everyone speeds up and you have to upshift, doing this over and over and over. Starting from a dead stop on steep hills (I live in San Francisco).

I think there are many who want to relax while cruising in a convertible and who feel shifting is work, not fun. Let's not criticize those who drive this way. If some folks like to row your own and that is the only fun way for you to drive a sports car, that is fine. But don't forget there are a lot of fun people who like to have fun driving who don't share your view but have just as much fun driving their automatic.

FWIW, my daily driver is a slush box, my Solstice wil be a stick.
 

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brentil said:
It's a good thing I'm in a good mood, otherwise this thread would get a :brentil: :D
Troy, Solsticeman, somebody out there. Somebody has stolen our beloved Brentil and replaced him with someone that doesn't go :brentil: anymore. :willy:
 

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Troy, Solsticeman, somebody out there. Somebody has stolen our beloved Brentil and replaced him with someone that doesn't go :brentil: anymore. :willy:
hehehe I'm trying to be nicer about it after a couple other members chastised me about doing it in some of our older closed threads. Don't get me wrong, I've had many windows open recently with just a :brentil: sitting in it, but I usually end up closing 90% of them.
 

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Jimbo...I'm sure when you close your eyes...you see yourself driving your Solstice on that winding road, upshifting and downshifting in anticipation of turns and passing opportunities. Anyone thinking about an automatic commuter car should be looking at a "Toyota Prius".

Better yet, I propose we lobby GM to option the supercharged version with a 6 speed manual only (including optional orange and yellow colors). What do you think Brentil?
 

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jimbo is right. It's an individual choice and depends on the situation. But this brings up another point. What about a tiptronic like trans? Does GM have something like that available? Ive driven an Audi S4 for a short time with one and it still felt like shifting a classic auto trans without the feel of the clutch. I dont think Id care for it in the long run.
 
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