View Poll Results: Do you prefer manual or automatic?

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  • I prefer a manual transmission

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

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I prefer a manual, without question. The only thing I hate about my car is that it's an automatic. When I bought it, the transmission was the ONLY downside to it. I decided to go ahead and get it despite the crap automatic transmission because it was a good deal on a convertible and I really wanted a convertible. (and I'd only seen a couple in the area for sale and for much more than what they wanted for mine)

    But, the automatic transmission drives me ****ing nuts at times. It hesitates at times, and often I'm screaming at it, "****ing shift, goddamnit!!!!" And going down icy hills is MUCH scarier in an automatic. I use the lower gears, but still... I don't have near the control. And I don't like that.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
    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.
    Where did you take drivers ed that they used a standard tranny??

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    But, the automatic transmission drives me ****ing nuts at times. It hesitates at times, and often I'm screaming at it, "****ing shift, goddamnit!!!!"
    I hate waiting on the kick-down in an automatic, especially here when merging onto the freeway. It can be just plain dangerous.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    I prefer a manual because it saves $1k or so on the cost of the vehicle.

    Not necessarily. However, sometimes your selection of options is vastly limited with a manual. I won't drive an automatic. Too dang boring. I want to drive my car, not have it drive me.

    I laughed at my husband when he ordered his truck with an automatic transmission.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    I hate waiting on the kick-down in an automatic, especially here when merging onto the freeway. It can be just plain dangerous.
    Yes. It's why I don't trust it to pull out quickly in front of a vehicle in traffic or something. Whereas, with a stick, I'd pop it down in gear and dart right out. But the automatic? I never know if it's actually going to ****ing shift when it should. I've found myself having to force a shift down at times by flooring the gas pedal just to get that boost when merging or having to dart across traffic.

    Plus, automatic transmissions are ****ing expensive as all get out to fix, but the manual? Hardly anything. After spending $3000 to fix the automatic transmission in my Bronco, I swore I'd never get another automatic. But I broke that promise to myself with my convertible. I swear though, if I could pay someone a couple grand to take out the automatic transmission in my car and put in a manual, I would do it in a heartbeat.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    Where did you take drivers ed that they used a standard tranny??
    They offered that when I was in high school. We could choose between standard and automatic. /shrug
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    Where did you take drivers ed that they used a standard tranny??

    I took mine on a ranch. First ya learn to ride a horse then a tractor then a pick 'em up truck then a car.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Yes. It's why I don't trust it to pull out quickly in front of a vehicle in traffic or something. Whereas, with a stick, I'd pop it down in gear and dart right out. But the automatic? I never know if it's actually going to ****ing shift when it should. I've found myself having to force a shift down at times by flooring the gas pedal just to get that boost when merging or having to dart across traffic.

    Plus, automatic transmissions are ****ing expensive as all get out to fix, but the manual? Hardly anything. After spending $3000 to fix the automatic transmission in my Bronco, I swore I'd never get another automatic. But I broke that promise to myself with my convertible. I swear though, if I could pay someone a couple grand to take out the automatic transmission in my car and put in a manual, I would do it in a heartbeat.
    I have noticed this issue with my automatic - it sometimes shifts when it would seem inadvisable...

    But overall, since there's not all that much traffic congestion to deal with in my area, and most of my travel is to and from my workplace on a highway, not much issue.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I've owned nothing but manuals since I learned to drive. I like them much better, and unless I come up with a pressing reason to change my mind in the next couple years, my next car will be a manual too.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
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    I find driving really difficult and draining. It's not an enjoyable experience to me at all, it's very stressful and frightening, so much so that public transportation often seems preferable.
    Of course I live in a big city, with pretty bad traffic, and maybe small-town or country driving would be different. A lot of people here don't drive; sometimes it's faster just to bike or take a bus.
    The solution to this is to drive a little crazier than everybody else on the road. Seriously.

    Most of the areas where I work, Central Florida, North Florida, sometimes the Panhandle and other southeastern states, the traffic is reasonable. There isn't very much gridlock, I can get from the hotel to work and back without stopping, usually, except for red lights.

    But I had to work in Miama for two different stretches this past summer. The drivers and the road conditions there are very different. I have to completely change the way I drive.

    You have to go faster there, especially on I95, have to force people to let you change lanes. Turning on your blinker and waiting for an opening is useless.

    You can not leave a safe driving distance between your car and the one ahead of you because somebody will whip in there and leave you nothing. Its bumper to bumper at highway speeds (in between the traffic jams) in the areas of Miami where we worked. You literally have to drive recklessly and aggressively to get where you're going, to get to the exit you need.

    The only way it works for me there is to drive as badly as everybody else. Its counterintuitive, but that's the safest way to get around. I don't like it, but if I'm going to fear their driving, they're going to fear mine too. Its kind of a badge of honor to have people honking at me there, better than doing the honking anyway.

    That's bad advice, I know, but it works for me. When in Rome...
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