- Mar 17, 2012
- Long Island, NY
- (Formerly) '11 Jetta 6 speed, Alltrack 6MT
Nailed it. Add to that the number of people who just plain couldn't find what they want and settle (manufacturer stopped making it, regional availability or whatever), or the people who compromise for a spouse, and the number goes way down. Then the dealers stop stocking them because it's a numbers game for them (understandably), and that just feeds the availability/settling statistic.I often suspect that the reason so few cars are offered with MT is that American companies decided to dumb things down as SUVs and minivans became popular...and eventually people quit fighting to find a manual. Then when it came time for their offspring to learn to drive, automatic was the only readily available transmission to learn on. It's no wonder the # of people able to drive manual is shrinking. .
Thanks!! I'll definitely look into it.eBay! Search for "heated seat kit" I'm running the basic two-seat setup with the little round buttons and have been very happy for the past few years with them in the FJ. I picked up another kit a few years ago and never used it, so now I'm seriously considering heating the rear seats in the next car for the dog. I'd say for the kid(s), but honestly, they've got to ride in car seats and booster seats until they're 25 or some crap, so they'd never get to enjoy them anyway...
I agree about the stick SUV thing too, I was really bummed when Toyota stopped making a 4runner with a stick. Hence why I've looked at Jeeps too. Just so pricey nowadays...