Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Still, I’ve put less than 85,000 miles on it, mostly because my commute has shrunk from across state lines to down the hall.
It’s the classic story of a gently used car owned by a little old lady who only drives it around town.
Now it’s time to part ways, as I take ownership of a 2011 VW GTI on Friday. The old Bimmer has a lot of life left in her, so I uploaded a page to the Web to tout her qualities. Now I'm responding to inquiries.
The only sticking point so far has been the stick. Yes, it’s a manual transmission. A stick shift. Four on the floor. (Actually, it’s a five speed.)
And that’s an issue.
So not only am I selling a car, I’m coaching people about learning to drive stick. Imagine that. Where are all the hard-core driving enthusiasts? The feel-of-the-road guys? The performance drivers? How have so many been lulled into automatics?
Used or not, my car remains one of the “ultimate driving machines,” according to BMW branding. It's a stick; my previous car was a stick; and my new car is...a stick.
Hard to believe so many people are missing out on the fun of real hands-on driving.