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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

    There are many reasons why I prefer manual-
    1. Its fun
    2. Better performance
    3. Cheaper
    4. Less maintenance
    5. Better MPG

    Sadly I fear manuals are becoming extinct. We had to replace both cars the last couple of years and it is very hard to find a manual in a used automobile.

    If I had to drive in bumper to bumper traffic each day my answer may be different.

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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??
    Southern California in the 70s. All the high schools in the area had both automatics and manuals; I suppose it's because manuals were more prevalent then.

    I've heard that many high schools these days don't have driver training courses at all. Is that true? And if it is, WTF?

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    For an every day driving car I prefer an automatic - partly because I'm lazy and partly because traffic in my state is horrible.


    For a Sunday driving car, or sports car or pick-up truck not used every day... certainly a manual is preferred. But since I had to pick one, I picked auto.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    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.
    Very true. I will not question, in a sports car a manual would probobly be for the best. I can't say I have ever experience 500hp before either. In my 4x4 truck though, this is much more debatable...

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    Manual any day of the week. Better control, less maintenance, cheaper to buy ... why wouldn't you want one?
    2 advantages of a manual, cheaper and more control as far as gear selection. I think they have like 5% more power too since autos use a torque converter and generally get better MPG. There are disadvantages though. Auto's are generally more heavy duty and easier to use. Doesn't seem like a lot, but if you use your truck to drive through denver rush hour, tow a trailer, and go hunting/4x4ing on the weekend I got to say the auto is the way to go.

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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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    No kidding. A Nissan 350ZX? If you're gonna jack something, at least jack a nicer vehicle than that ...
    Girl car!? No way! It's got 330 HP/270 lb-ft and a sweet exterior and interior for under $30K. I still prefer the original 240Z, though. Check this baby out:

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by snodog View Post
    There are many reasons why I prefer manual-
    1. Its fun
    2. Better performance
    3. Cheaper
    4. Less maintenance
    5. Better MPG

    Sadly I fear manuals are becoming extinct. We had to replace both cars the last couple of years and it is very hard to find a manual in a used automobile.

    If I had to drive in bumper to bumper traffic each day my answer may be different.
    I was going to post these exact reasons for liking a manual when I saw your post. I would add a few more:

    6. Downshifting
    7. First gear in traffic.

    I downshift to slow down. If I am in fifth gear, I go 4 - 3 - 2. I don't usually downshift to 1 unless I am in heavy crawling traffic. I can drive at a very slow speed in first gear and match any traffic flow. The only sucky thing is stop and go traffic, but I back off the car in front and let them stop and go and I maintain a slow speed where I usually don't need to brake.

    I have a 2007 VW Rabbit and the manual was $2K cheaper than the auto. I like being able to drive it soft or hard how I decide. Everyone should have to learn to drive stick.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    Girl car!? No way! It's got 330 HP/270 lb-ft and a sweet exterior and interior for under $30K. I still prefer the original 240Z, though.
    330HP does not make a man's car, just a quick grocery getter.

    For reference, THIS is a man's car:


    When they can make electric cars THAT fun, I might consider one.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    330HP does not make a man's car, just a quick grocery getter.

    For reference, THIS is a man's car:

    When they can make electric cars THAT fun, I might consider one.
    Whatever. Gotta do the price/performance. I ain't the beverly hillbillies you know. All I care about is some classic lines and a tight handling, fast sports car. The Z is the car for me.

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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Who needs a tranny anyways?


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