As the Cadillac ATS slowly trickles into dealerships, the automotive media at large has been testing it in the real world since the summer time. And although there has been wondrous praise about the ATS’ handling abilities, there seems to be one unanimous complaint: the imprecise nature of the manual transmission found exclusively in the ATS 2.0T.
A manual transmission in the ATS 2.0T sounds to us like it would be a blast, but those who have had substantial seat time with the car mark it down as the car’s Achilles heel — resulting in the ATS coming up short of the BMW 328i in major comparison tests. Needless to say, this is discouraging for Cadillac… so much so that production of ATS manual sedans have been “stopped cold” to improve the feeling of the transmission’s operation by adjusting to softer bushings according to Motor Trend. A recall (or a TSB) isn’t in order, since the fixes will be made before any cars get into the hands of consumers.