AMEN, brother!! I have driven a clutch for most of my driving "career" (uh, now over 30 years) and love a manual. Still don't understand what the problem is......(laziness, maybe? (OK, just IMHO, calm down.....:shock)Did I see somewhere that they would not be mfg until Feb?
It is getting harder and HARDER to get a car with a clutch these days?
I rock with my TRP, Manual '08! I was very disappointed to go visit my local Honda dealer and he showed me with great pride the new Black '09 that they just got in. We talked and when he said that there was no manual, I walked away in disgust.Have you looked for an '08 manual Element?
From what I read, '09 Element, manual in EX 4wd and SC only. The two most expensive E's, basically. Too bad they didn't put in a six speed manual, especially on the SC.
Makes me glad to have my 2wd LX, black panels, manual '08, last of its breed.
Thought I had another statement attached that stated those with medical conditions and/or true bumper to bumper commutes have my condolences, but it somehow disappeared Having a manual actually makes driving a box fun!Not always laziness. I like a manual (especially for the control it gives), but all I need is one gout attack (which luckily doesn't happen often) and driving becomes academic if I need to use a clutch pedal. Went through that with my old Mazda 323 and, as much as I'd like a manual transmission, it's not happening.
Yeah, better highway mileage, someone on the forum has a six speed from a Civic in his 'E, so he did all the hard work for 'em. :wink:Yes.....for sure they should bolt the six speed gearbox up to the element. What would that cost Honda?....maybe 50 bucks in a few extra gears inside the gear case.
A bit closer spacing in the lower gears and a TALLER 6th gear would make me happy.
true bumper to bumper commutes have my condolences
Anyway, I only wrote that because I just passed a woman the other day putting on her mascara while driving :shock: . . . just asking to take an eye out!
How true-Most of us who own an MT E, know just how hard (or how lucky we got) it is to have been able to get our mitts on them! . . . If you really want an 09 MT E, be patient; you'll be glad you did!