View Poll Results: Do you prefer manual or automatic?

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  • I prefer a manual transmission

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  • I prefer an automatic transmission

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

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I have an automatic.

    I've rarely had a chance recently to drive stick, to the point I don't trust myself to do so without slightly wearing down a few gears or some such.

    Personally (although this is probably a bad idea in some respects), I like the auto because it allows me to drive with both hands on the wheel at all times, or use one of my hands to do other things (adjust radio, drink coffee/beverage, or whatever), without greatly effecting my ability to drive. I also like cruise control for some of the same reasons (and cause' I’m lazy).
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Personally, I would think driving off-road (like jeep roads) would be a complete pain in the ass with a manual, unless of course you have three feet.

    I have to honestly ask how much difference a manual makes in slippery conditions too. I mean if you like a manual thats cool but I really don't think the edge is that great.
    I don't think automatics really are any worse in snow/ice because they have the "1" and "2" low gears and ABS. If you've ever driven a car without ABS however you'll appreciate how down shifting can safely lower your speed without having to pump the brakes. With a manual, also, you can "force" a gear shift at higher speeds if necessary for better traction, and off-road its nice because you might need to shift through several low gears, or go into reverse, quickly. Comes down to more "operator control" I guess.

    I also think their transmissions are easier to maintain/repair.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I have both and like my Nissan pathfinder (automatic) for long interstate trips but I have to go with my old Jeep Renegade (manual) for pulling my boat in and out of the launch. It's for sale BTW if there are any takers
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Personally, I would think driving off-road (like jeep roads) would be a complete pain in the ass with a manual, unless of course you have three feet.

    I have to honestly ask how much difference a manual makes in slippery conditions too. I mean if you like a manual thats cool but I really don't think the edge is that great.
    It's all in learning to drive and control it properly. Trust me, with 500hp at the rear wheels, anything, including dry roads is a "slippery condition."

    I can operate a manual with about the stiffest racing clutch you've ever seen quite proficiently, but had to settle down when I became a family man. Now I just putter around in an automatic Chevy Cavalier. There is just something about a manual though that makes you feel so much more in-tune with the car and is just a blast to drive.

    *Sigh* Now I miss my toys. Someday... maybe when the kids are gone... I'll get another one.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Manual any day of the week. Better control, less maintenance, cheaper to buy ... why wouldn't you want one?

    I think any man who can't operate a manual transmission should have his man card revoked. Automatic transmissions are for women and cripples.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    I think any man who can't operate a manual transmission should have his man card revoked. Automatic transmissions are for women and cripples.
    Knowing how to drive MT is one of those necessary survival skills - imagine dying of exposure in the desert because you could not drive the otherwise perfectly serviceable jeep you were found in.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Knowing how to drive MT is one of those necessary survival skills - imagine dying of exposure in the desert because you could not drive the otherwise perfectly serviceable jeep you were found in.
    It's also one of the skills necessary to be a successful carjacker.

    There was a story similar to this years ago when I lived in KC, except that the perp didn't go to trial -- KCPD saved everyone a little time and money and just shot the guy.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    It's also one of the skills necessary to be a successful carjacker.

    There was a story similar to this years ago when I lived in KC, except that the perp didn't go to trial -- KCPD saved everyone a little time and money and just shot the guy.
    How embarrassing, not being able to drive a girl car.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    How embarrassing, not being able to drive a girl car.
    No kidding. A Nissan 350ZX? If you're gonna jack something, at least jack a nicer vehicle than that ...

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    In high school driver's training, I drove a few times with a manual tranny, but I sucked so bad, they gave me automatics from then on. Much later, living on Knob Hill in San Francisco, I really learned how to drive a stick. I learned FAST, too, lemme tell you.

    A few years later, I bought my own manual transmission car and loved driving it until it died a sad and pathetic death on the 10 in LA.

    These days, I'm driving a big ol' Silverado auto with 4WD and ABS. LOVE THIS TRUCK!!!

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