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Old 03-27-2013, 10:30 PM   #11
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Gots a 5 speed. Just taught the wife, now she doesn't want to drive her AT lol

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Old 03-28-2013, 04:22 AM   #12
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I also factory ordered my 5 speed in order to get the combination of options I wanted. Going in, I knew that the automatic had better mileage ratings by about 3 mpg. The Focus I test drove was auto and kept the engine as close to idle speed as possible at all times.

In reality, to get the most mileage out of the 5 speed you have to really pay attention to the upshift light and upshift much earlier than feels natural. I have found about a 25 percent increase in mpg by doing this, but shifting at 2000rpm all the time is exhausting and your eyes are always on the dash.

I end up forgetting about economy most of the time because the Focus is just so much fun to drive when you are more agressive with the throttle. Mileage is still pretty good and I don't mind the trade off.

i suspect most economy minded cars are set up the same way. People want more power and better fuel economy but those two things are usually at odds. The high mileage figures in ads are probably technically possible but unlikely considering the way people drive these days.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:34 AM   #13
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5 speed trans in my Yellow Blaze. Wouldn't waste my time with a slush box.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:56 AM   #14
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I love my 5 speed in my 2013 SE!
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:14 AM   #15
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Our 5 speed was the only one on the lot that weekend we car shopped and since it was candy red and had the all important sport package it was an easy choice.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:26 AM   #16
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I love rowing through my 5 gears. Been rowing gears for almost 18 years.

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Prior to that I had a manual Saturn,great car but BORING and decided to go auto.
Your Saturn was boring so you went auto? Hmm... That sure is a head scratcher.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:34 AM   #17
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5 Speed SCMT (Single Clutch Manual Transmission) :D
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:24 AM   #18
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Sport package 5-speed, reporting in. Now with a Steeda short-throw and transmission bracket. :D
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5 speed here. Only one ever sold at my dealership in fact. STS on order!
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I have a 5 speed.
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