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#9529 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [elias]
Oct 17, 2012 (4:03 am)
Rock on indeed. I'd throw my B210GX in neutral at the entrance to a municipal park in the woods where we played softball and get coasting down a dirt road that, if you took the turns just right, you could make it to the field (0.8 miles) with about 3 mph of coast to spare. That little B210 had fewer horsepower than my lawnmower and chainsaw combined, but it coasted better than any car I've owned since. I had an older friend that insisted he could do it with his manual transmission Jaguar E-Type V12. You can guess the bet. I had hot dates every night the next week while he drove around in my yellow B210 with a bag over his head.
Thanks for bringing back that memory.
#9530 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [elias]
Oct 17, 2012 (6:57 am)
manual steering. manual brakes too
Well, any steering better be "manual". But "manual" brakes may be too much to take , if you are not speaking about the parking brake (which many people wrongly call "emergency" brake).
#9531 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [habitat1]
Oct 18, 2012 (2:56 am)
you are most welcome, habitat1. I've got Datsun B210 memories too, but probably not so many hot dates in a week!
Two friends had the B210s during 1980s. manual transmissions of course. One needed lots of duct tape to hold the rusted panels onto the car so it would pass inspection.
victor, manual steering means "non-power-steering - no power assist". it was not fun while parking. ok, probably you knew that but it is rather ancient knowledge at this point.
#9532 of 10048 Re: manual transmission 1978 pacer [elias]
Oct 18, 2012 (11:04 am)
I had a 210 coupe, no B in the name. RWD, no power at all (including from the engine).
My wife had a Mitsugishi Mirage at one point with no power steering, so I'd reach over and help her in parking lots!
Oct 18, 2012 (12:42 pm)
Believe it or not I used to have a '76 volare station wagon with the 225 slant six engine. It had 3 on the tree and manual steering. Kinda like driving an old pickup truck, but lower. It is a slug by today's standards, but with no power sapping accessories (no a/c either) and a manual, it would roll most its contemporaries.
#9534 of 10048 Datsun B210GX
Oct 18, 2012 (3:52 pm)
If you are old enough to remember this T.V. ad, you have my condolensces:
We are Driven
#9535 of 10048 Re: Datsun B210GX [habitat1]
Oct 18, 2012 (4:14 pm)
I'd take 48 MPG highway considering gas prices....
#9536 of 10048 Re: Datsun B210GX [bpizzuti]
Oct 19, 2012 (2:46 am)
48 MPG required the 5-speed manual version that had a catalytic converter and used new "unleaded" gas, which was 10-15% more expensive than "regular" gas that contained lead. The 5-speed was designed to meet California requirements and hard to find on the east coast.
Mine was the 4-speed manual version that burned "regular" gas and was rated 30/42 instead of 36/48. It made it to 110,000 miles before it went to the great junkyard in the sky.
#9537 of 10048 Re: Datsun B210GX [bpizzuti]
Oct 19, 2012 (9:39 am)
EPA ratings have been downgraded twice since then haven't they? So 48 then was probably about 40 now, meaning you have a wide variety of choices available to you that make the same highway mileage that car did!
Who wants to bet that sales of manual-equipped Accords will go up now that the automatic is a CVT?
#9538 of 10048 Re: Datsun B210GX [nippononly]
Oct 19, 2012 (9:52 am)
Given the Accord's target market, absolutely sales will go up. It's not like they're Mazda...not anymore anyway.