View Poll Results: Do you prefer manual or automatic?

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  • I prefer a manual transmission

    36 45.00%
  • I prefer an automatic transmission

    29 36.25%
  • I don't know how to drive a car with a manual transmission

    14 17.50%
  • I have no idea what you're talking about

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Thread: Automatic or manual

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I haven't had the opportunity to drive a manual yet.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Manual

    I want it to shift gears when I want it to shift gears.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I prefer a manual transmission because when it's in gear it's a sure thing unless the clutch is going out, but then I have never worn one out.


    Manuals should get better mileage if you know how to drive.


    I have however had a number of Automatics give up the ghost. My last pickup had a 5 speed manual and got about the same mileage as my Goldwing.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I've never driven an automatic, they are not popular here. But I'd love to drive an automatic... electric car. I've had it will those gear boxes and ICEs.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Do you know how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission and if so, do you prefer manual or automatic?
    Love the manuals myself,

    usually a pain to drive though when in stop and go city traffic,

    life spans of manual transmissions are longer than automatics IIRC and they might be better on gas,

    zero to sixty times are probably a tad better with a manual transmission versus an automatic assuming the right driver at teh wheel.



    Looks like driving one is much easier with one of these here,

    only drawback is they seem to come in only one color which is gray,

    look at the pictures and check the reviews, it makes driving any car much easier =).

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Back in 2009, I bought a new Toyota Tacoma and specified a manual. You should have seen the look on the salesman's face, like there was something wrong with me. They didn't have any on the lot. They wanted to take my old 94 in a trade in and give me a loaner automatic until they could order me a manual. I knew what they were up to. They figured I'd just take the automatic and they'd have the sale. I left and went to a dealership in another town. They just happened to have a forest green Tacoma with manual transmission. It was love at first sight, even though I really wanted a silver one to match my wife's 2005 Dodge 2500, also a manual. I have 3 trucks, and everyone is a manual, along with our Massie Ferguson tractor. No farm should be without a manual transmission vehicle. It is just the only way to drive a vehicle, especially when you're in the mountains. I bought the first electronically controlled automatic with my then new 1985 Toyota pickup. I had nothing but trouble with that transmission. I vowed never to buy another automatic. Granted, you have to search high and low for a manual, but it is well worth it. I drive a vehicle for over 10 years so I want one that I like, not what a car salesman says I need to drive because that is all they have on the lot because he wants the sale.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Maybe I should start a thread on who drives a car with roll up windows? When I went looking for my new Tacoma, I wanted one with rollup windows, and you can get a Tacoma with them, but only in the Regular Cab models. Since I wanted the Access Cab model, then power windows were standard. I'll admit, power windows have their good points. I can roll down the passenger side windows without having to stretch over like I do with rollup windows. All the other trucks I have are rollup windows. Yet, those trucks all have variable speed wipers with cruise control, while cruise control and delayed wipers were an option, which I decided against since all of that would have cost me an additional $4,000. At first, I was led to believe that you could no longer get a Tacoma with a manual transmission on the Toyota website. I almost bought an Isusu because of that. Incidentally, a standard model Isusu also supplies cruise control and variable speed wipers as standard equipment. Years ago, air conditioning was considered a luxury option. Now, it is standard on all models. Even today, I will go for as long as I can before turning on the AC. Heck, when I get home, I'm going to be out on the bike sweating my head off, anyway. What's the difference?

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I love manuals. I have two now. They are more fun and allow me more control.

    Having said that, I do not do daily stop-and-go commute traffic. If I did, I'd own an automatic for commuting.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    A manual would drive me insane during my daily commute. I drive an automatic; although, I do know how to drive a straight drive.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Both, it depends on the vehicle.

    In my sports cars I prefer manual but in the family car I want an automatic.

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