Originally Posted by RonMaiden
Driving a manual is a dying art as many young people I know couldn't drive a stick to save their lives.
I think there are 3 reasons people choose manuals. Sporting intentions, lower initial cost, and higher fuel economy. Higher fuel economy is probably the primary reason why a third of all cars sold in 1980 had a stick. But with todays automatics, manuals have lost that 3rd advantage. And in some cars, like the Focus Titanium, the 2nd advantage is gone too (they cost the same).