Originally Posted by MeanGoat
Some say the auto is quicker, but I say those same people just don't know how to shift a stick. There's something very natural and at "one-ness" with your vehicle about cotrolling every shift point up to 6,500 rpm if you so desire.
But that's just my 2 sense...
I find it quite difficult to shift gears in the GTO quickly. I had a beater Ford Aspire ($250, 63 HP, now junked). I could shift gears on that thing in about a tenth of a second when I wanted to, but most of the time I would be lazy and shift without the clutch on it.
I have tried to shift "quick" with the stock GTO shifter, and it just doesn't want to "go in" when trying to shift quick. It's almost like there is a rhythm to the shift motion rather than just jamming it into gear as quickly as possible. I've never owned a new car other than the GTOs, however. The shifter may "loosen up" with about 30K of normal use. Or maybe I just need to bite the bullet and get a GMM shifter.
And I sure won't be trying to do clutchless shifting in the GTO any time soon. I could get it right about 95% of the time with the beater, but grinding one out of every 20 shifts seems like too much of a risk with a $30K+ car. One I paid $250 for, not so much.
Originally Posted by johnebgoode
I had a Jerico 4 speed in my Race Car for 15 yrs.. It's a great feeling to be able to DRIVE the car instead of it driving you......
Sweet. I've always wanted a Jerico (or any other heavy-duty tranny with straight-cut gears) in a high-performance street car, preferably an older musclecar. Gear noise is awesome.