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Old 11-11-2013, 12:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by minispeed View Post
Since a MT won't downshift automatically if they have too tall of a top gear some buyers will be upset that they have to downshift for a hill or a pass and feel that the car is underpowered.
Even before the massification of automatic transmissions in the American market, the average American customer wanted to avoid shifting at all, no wonder huge engines bolted to transmissions with a small # of gears were so popular, with plenty of torque at idling already, so they could eventually keep it in top gear all day long. While an European or a Japanese would be satisfied with a 4-pot and a 4-speed manual transmission, the average Joe would be pissed off with less than 6 cylinders and more than 3-speed
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