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2016 Ford Fiesta Comes With ‘How To Drive A Stick’ Instructions

It seems like common sense that only those who already know well how to drive a car with a manual transmission would ever opt to purchase one, but perhaps that’s an unsafe assumption.

Earlier this week, Jalopnik circulated an image submitted by a reader named “Coty” – an employee at a Ford dealership – showing a new tag with printed instructions that Ford is apparently leaving on new, manual-equipped examples of the Ford Fiesta. The informational tag essentially breaks down the basics of operating the Ford Fiesta’s stick-shift, including such priceless pointers as “the vehicle must be stationary prior to shift into reverse,” and “before applying any gear the clutch pedal must be fully pressed.”

You know, advanced stuff that might not occur to even the experienced driver.

Jalopnik‘s Jason Torchinsky writes that it’s possible the automaker is simply dealing with a number of complaints about the Ford Fiesta’s 5-speed manual getting noisy while shifting into reverse; the bulk of the text is devoted to that seemingly simple act. In order to shift into reverse, says the tag, one should “bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Then, with the clutch pedal fully pressed to the floor, wait for two seconds before shifting into reverse (this will allow the gears to stop spinning).

“The length of wait time will improve the shift feel and avoid unwanted noise during the shift.”

This tag only seems to be making its way into the Ford Fiesta, implying that it’s primarily customers of that model who have┬átrouble with the general concept of manual driving. If one ever wanted to make a compelling argument for the proliferation of automatic transmissions, this apparent case of frequent user error might do.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Michael Lombardi

    My name is Anthony and I just purchaseda brand-new 2016. Ford fiesta with a five speed transmission for some crazy reason I can’t get it to go into reverse and I tried everything can you buy give me a tip on how to do it I hope y into reverse and I tried everything can you buy give me a tip on how to do it I would appreciate it very much. thank you Antral Ramirez. PS my friend Michael is helping me research information


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