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It turns out that the following: Comprehensive GM VIN Decoder - www.compnine.com/vid.php is fairly handy for figuring out breakdowns of option codes.

2009 Saturn SKY, 4178 total
LNF 2,267 (1429 Auto/838 Manual)
LE5 1,911 (1478 Auto/473 Manual)

If I did this right, the 2009 Solstice Convertibles look like:
3498 total
LNF 1405 (778 Auto/627 Manual)
LE5 2093 (1568 Auto/525 Manual)
 

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It turns out that the following: Comprehensive GM VIN Decoder - www.compnine.com/vid.php is fairly handy for figuring out breakdowns of option codes.

2009 Saturn SKY, 4178 total
LNF 2,267 (1429 Auto/838 Manual)
LE5 1,911 (1478 Auto/473 Manual)

If I did this right, the 2009 Solstice Convertibles look like:
3498 total
LNF 1405 (778 Auto/627 Manual)
LE5 2093 (1568 Auto/525 Manual)
That looks right as far as previous data is concerned.

Still blows me away that so many sports car owners would want autos and in the lower powered LE5, the autos/manual are 3:1.

40 years ago, no self respecting sports car owner would be caught dead with an automatic! 30 years ago, with the Fiero, the rot started to creep in.....and their autos weren't anywhere near as good as the ones used on the Kappas.

We must be turning into a shiftless bunch indeed! ;)
 

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Good observation, but I think the move to auto's is 1) the auto is less stressful on the drive train and therefore manufacturers love them because they are required to give longer warranties due to competitive pressures. Manuals are susceptible to clutch failure due to human error or just bad drivers, and they can be a lot harder on the drivetrain. 2) the aging population. My experience is that as people age (not us of course) they are less willing to put up with a manual.

I find it interesting that all the high performance Chryslers are autos.
 

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Fair comment, Rob.
There seem to be a bunch of the young kids that don't even know how to drive manual.

The next generation will probably all be driving paddleshifting automatics....

And I agree, if this was your only car and you had to sit in stop and go traffic every day, there is no way you'd want anything but an auto.

Guess I am lucky to have found one of the 267 (IIRC) manual GXP coupes - if all I'd been able to find were autos I wouldn't have bought a Solstice.
 

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Ditto for me, wspohn... (um, except the opposite ;))
Obviously GM predicted (correctly, probably) there are more of you than there are of me!;)
 

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30 total 2010 Kappa


2 SKY LE5 Automatic (1 black, 1 Dk Labyrinth Met) (3,28)
1 SKY LE5 Manual (Dk Labyrinth Met) (12)
4 SKY RedLine Automatic (2 black, 1 Kinetic Blue, 1 Dk Labyrinth Met) (5,13,4,11)
2 Opel GT (1 Black, 1 Silver) (15, 27)
3 Solstice Convertible LE5 Automatic (1 Heritage Edition White w/ blue stripe, 2 Dk. Labyrinth Met) (17,19,21)
1 Solstice GXP Convertible Automatic (Dk. Labyrinth Met) (7)
5 Solstice GXP Convertible Manual (2 Kinetic Blue, 1 Heritage Edition Blue w/ white stripe, 1 Black, 1 Dk Labyrinth Met) (10,30,29,6,14)
3 Solstice Coupe LE5 Automatic (1 Kinetic Blue, 1 Red, 1 Dk Labyrinth Met) (18,20,24)
5 Solstice GXP Coupe Automatic (1 Red, 1 Dk Labyrinth Met, 1 Wicked, 1 Teal Metallic [Canadian], 1 Heritage Edition White w/ Blue Stripe) (2,9,16,22,25)
4 Solstice GXP Coupe Manual (1 Heritage Edition Blue w/ White Stripe, 1 Dk Labyrinth Met, 1 Kinetic Blue, 1 Wicked) (1,8,23,26)

that means 12 2010 Coupes (3 LE5, 9 GXP)
 

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Good observation, but I think the move to auto's is 1) the auto is less stressful on the drive train and therefore manufacturers love them because they are required to give longer warranties due to competitive pressures. Manuals are susceptible to clutch failure due to human error or just bad drivers, and they can be a lot harder on the drivetrain. 2) the aging population. My experience is that as people age (not us of course) they are less willing to put up with a manual.

I find it interesting that all the high performance Chryslers are autos.
My choice of the Auto GXP Coupe was partly based on age, but also having shoulder problems that made shifting of the '06 Convertible painful...didn't figure that would get better even with surgery.

Both cars have been fun to drive, choice of transmission has not made a difference to the permagrin...
 
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