Noisy Shifter Reminds You That You're Driving a Machine - 2015 Ford Mustang GT Long-Term Road Test

2015 Ford Mustang GT: Noisy Shifter Reminds You That You're Driving a Machine

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 4, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

The short-shifter in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT makes noise. It isn't loud or annoying. Turning up the radio or rolling the window down mostly masks it. But the sound is prevalent.

You can hear the whine of meshed gears spinning and the clunk of the shifter engaging. Rest your palm on the knob and you'll feel vibrations, too. These are important sensations, constant little reminders that you're using a machine.

The car is the most complex mass-produced consumer good in existence. We often take for granted, as new cars require less and less from owners. They're better isolated than ever before, and need little care outside of fuel, tire pressures, and oil changes. Sometimes even less.

Despite this, there are countless things happening inside. Gears, springs, innumerable tiny and controlled explosions. Things are acting and being acted upon.

When you're cruising on the freeway to work you are riding on a machine comprised of humanity's understanding of applied physics.

This can be too easy to forget.

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor


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