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Old 08-26-2008, 09:53 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Taller top gears in automatics are really very common. That is one reason why some of the new automatics actually get better highway mileage than the manuals. The reasoning behind not putting in taller 5th gear sets I believe is only to accomidate the lazy consumers who don't wish to downshift to pass. Pretty sad when you think about it. That change alone could net every manual transmission car another 5% at least on the highway without ANY increase in price in the vehicle.
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