Truth, Honda makes awesome Manual transmissions. Mazda's automatic is actually just an improved standard hydro automatic setup which has already long been proven as reliable. Hence the reason very few folks have major issues with them. I've seen a few bad solenoids around the forums, but that's really been it.Don't know what you mean by a "kick" but I find it almost impossible to get a smooth gear change between 1st and 2nd on my manual mazda 3. Some people rave about Mazda transmissions, but they're no better or worse than any other car I've driven, certainly not as slick as our honda.
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