I was bored, so I decided to play with the build and price feature on the Ford web site. And again ran afoul of the corporate bullshit machine. Why do auto manufacturers insist on limiting what vehicles you can get a manual transmission on? Why if you want one option, must you get 3 others?
Just an example, I was looking at the Fusion and Mustang, but the Mustang was the one that pissed me off more, so that's what my rant is going to be about. I was building a V6 Mustang Convertible and spec'd the Premium package, fine but as soon as I checked the Pony package, they told me that it's only available with the automatic transmission. Now how fucking stupid is that? Do they assume that people who drive convertibles don't want to shift for themselves?
The Coupe with Pony package doesn't have such a restriction, and the order guide that I downloaded from the internet doesn't mention this. Is this a recent change by Ford?
With rising gas prices, a Mustang buyer who opts for the V-6 in his convertible and then wants the top of the line, can't get a manual trans. What fool thought that up?
This is just one of many situaitons where the manufacturers have limited our choices unfairly. Maybe someone in the market for a sporty convertible will look elsewhere, maybe at the Pontiac Solstice? The same is true of Mazda and every other Ford partner ( as well as all manufacturers). Don't get me wrong, I know the days of ordering the top of the line motor in a stripper are over, and that building potentially orphan cars is unwise, but shouldn't a buyer be able to special order a car the way they want?
As you can tell, it's been a slow weekend for me posting, nothing really inspiring me so far.