Automatic vs stick

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  1. wimble10

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    I drove a stick for a while and it was great, but then I switched to an automatic and it's just so different. The one thing I like about automatic is that you can coast so easily when you're in gear. I kind of miss shifting though. Manual seems a lot simpler. Which do you prefer?
     
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  2. Craig Sheppard

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    manual. i don't like the stomp-and-go game, need more to do. Plus in my Golf TDI, the manual gets better mileage. Not always the case these days with other models.
     
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    manual. i like to have full control.
    But i have to admit that sometimes, during large city jams, i would love to have an automatic transmission.
     
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  4. goober

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    Sports cars- manual

    Everything else auto.
     
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  5. tonyjh63

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    I second that. I enjoy my manual in my MR2 Turbo, but also like having an automatic in my Tribute.
     
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    Manual is the way to go. For me, it makes driving a little more fun. Driving is boring with an automatic.
     
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    Generally I also prefer a manual, but it does have a major draw-back for people that play certain sports (ones that cause leg injuries). If I drive to a soccer game by myself in a manual and I manage to injure one of my legs, which happens from time to time, I probably won't be able to drive myself home or to the hospital. However, an automatic can be driven with one leg. That's one of the very few advantages the auto has in my mind.
     
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  8. Caswell

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    Manual. I can fix anything on a car, except an automatic transmission. I'm convinced those things run on f'ing magic. I've seen plenty a competent gearhead humbled when they try to fix an automatic transmission problem.
     
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  9. zhan

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    manual...
    aka here
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    but i really want to try SMG/DSG style tranny lol
    say u break ur leg then u can still drive with SMG but NOT the manual clutch style... lol
     
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    for racing and off roading manual... for cruising auto =) and for after long matches definitely auto lmfao
     
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  11. zhan

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    hence the best combo = SMG/DSG
    paddle manual mode with auto feature :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
     
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    i had a 03' e46 smg... it's nice but i like F1 better =)
     
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  13. zhan

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    how come u have to have everything...
    m3, mad tennis skills...
    what else?
    maybe dated with kournikova?
    :rolleyes:
     
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    yeah right... i'm not so lucky haha... if you really want to know read my myspace =)
     
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  15. 35ft6

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    In LA, I would never drive a stick. Too many hills, too stop and go, too much traffic, etc. Automatic all the way.
     
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  16. Mick

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    i enjoy driving my manual trans. car nearly as much as playing tennis :)
     
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  17. wimble10

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    I guess automatic can take a little fun out of driving. Going from stick to automatic takes a while to get used. You definitely don't have as quick acceleration which can lead to trouble especially at intersections. Automatics are good if you just like to cruise or coast. Manual is better for precise handling and quick acceleration/deceleration. I wonder if there are more accidents involving automatics or sticks. I bet there is more for automatics.
     
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  18. Big Fed

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    Manual all da way
     
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  19. RiosTheGenius

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    I see the benefit of both... but it's like comparing Mac vs PC.. there's people comfortable with one and other people comfy with the other.
    I do feel a bit discriminated though when I rent vehicles in the US and they won't have cars with manual trans. WTF ??
     
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  20. Caswell

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    The overwhelming majority of cars sold in the US are automatic. There's a significant portion of the driving population here that literally doesn't know how to drive a car with a manual. It's in the best interests of the rental companies to have a fleet of cars that everyone can drive.
     
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  21. zhan

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    and manual rental cars gets abused like no other... and fleet car companies dont want to replace clutch and tranny every rental..
     
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  22. Caswell

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    Quite true, altough I did have some friends in college that would rent automatics and the autocross them.

    There's a great web page out there that chronicles some guys with a few nitrous bottles, a rental Neon, and "full coverage" rental insurance.
     
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  23. ShooterMcMarco

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    Manual, ever since I learned how to drive stick I never looked back. Although driving through Seattle traffic sucks ass.
     
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  24. safin_protege

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    If you accelerate and reach the top RPM for a gear, and you can hear the engine whine, you can shift into the next gear without using the clutch.

    Cars with a manual transmission are cheaper and, in general, more fuel efficient.
     
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  25. zhan

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    i find autos better for fuel efficiency just because when its manual u always want to cane it lol
    i get like 15mpg just cuz i like to drive in the correct torque band lol
     
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  26. MonkeyPox

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    I had a manual for years and the fun wears off, that's for sure. Especially waiting in traffic. That is just brutal with a stick. Automatic all the way now. And plus you can hold a drink or something or do whatever else you need to do.
     
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  27. zhan

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    depend on what stick u have...
    my car has electronic throttle... so its technically impossible to stall without actually trying to...
    and newer import sport cars the clutch isnt heavy and the shifter is light so its not THAT bad comparing to old school domestics
     
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  28. jhhachamp

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    Well my bro had to get surgery after cutting his pinky and has not been able to drive his stick car for over a month now, although he can drive my automatic car no problem. He will not be able to drive his own car for at least another month, so one reason to get an automatic is in case you injurey a hand badly.
     
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  29. brownbearfalling

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    I prefer a manual. Though I really want to try a clutchless manual someday.
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  30. wimble10

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    First I thought a stick was much better than automatic for normal driving. The automatic seemed so dull, unpredictable, and annoying. Automatics seem better if you don't care much about making sudden accelerations. I drive a lot slower in an automatic. I guess automatics are a bit slower on the road because of the way people drive them.
     
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  31. RiosTheGenius

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    while in the subject.... a friend of mine was going to driving school in New York, it turned out that the practice vehicle was automatic, I find this pointless, in most countries you can't take the driving exam in a car that's not manual..... in fact , my mom's car was auto so when I took the test I stopped a taxi and paid the guy so I could take the driving test in his taxi, an old beaten Peugeot 505 Diesel :lol:
     
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  32. zhan

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    ppl drive manuals r probably safer than ppl who drive autos...
    just cuz u have to be on the ball all the time not eating a mickey d's cheese burger and driving at the same time
     
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  33. safin_protege

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    If you drive a manual correctly and well, it will probably be more fuel efficient.
     
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  34. zhan

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    i drive manual WELL and CORRECTLY
    just i dont choose to granny
     
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  35. wimble10

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    That's the problem with automatic, you basically have to granny it (or it doesn't seem to run as efficiently)..
     
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  36. zhan

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    gear ratio problems of autos lol...
    6 spd > 4spd
     
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  37. vkartikv

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    Where I come from manuals are more prominent. When you are in a city with 8 million people and no one seems to obey traffic rules, the going gets very slow and you almost never get past 2nd gear...
     
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  38. zhan

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    well say u live in Shanghai, NYC, or some crazy populated city where traffic dont seem to move...
    buying auto might help lol...
    but i think using manual gives ur left calf a gooood working
    :mrgreen:
     
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  39. simi

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    I've only owned one automatic in my life, my current car. And, my wife said she would leave me if I spent the money to swap a manual into it. Bummer!

    Best thing about manual transmissions is how long brakes last. My Ranger now has right at 255,000 miles on it and is on its second set of brake pads. Still the original roters. My previous auto, a manual Mercedes diesel was able to last for 300,000 miles on two sets of pads. But, I did have to replace the clutch at about 250,000 miles. One just has so much more control over the engine of an auto with a stick shift.
     
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  40. zhan

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    i went through a set of stock pads in about... 3,000 miles
    now im on racing pads for street driving... and they r holding up well
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    my car had 3 transmission changes in 15,000 miles
    i torched the clutch in about 2,000 miles
    i had it replacement under warranty at 14,000 now its 16,000 and its slipping
    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL
     
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  41. simi

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    That does it! Don't ever ask to borrow my car. You'll have to hoof it. :D
     
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  42. GRANITECHIEF

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    ^i don't even know if i'd want to loan zhan my mountain bike. Maybe a skateboard.
     
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  43. Objective Danny

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    I grew-up on an automatic. Had a stick for two months but it was a lemon. I purchased it from a co-worker. Took her word that the motor was good. After a couple of day I wondered 'what is this black stuff leaking from the bottom of my car'? . . . It was OIL. My co-worker sold me a bill of goods!

    Eventually the motor went out in it. I never said anything to my co-worker about it. She knew she got to me. Tried to avoid me. I let her stew in her on juices.

    . . . Back on topic, doesn't a manual get better gas mileage than an automatic?
     
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  44. JRstriker12

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    I heard the clutchless manual systems in the VW and audi cars are slick.

    My next car needs a clutchless system - not one of those fake push-to-shift automatics - since my wife can't drive stick.

    Every try the shifter in a honda s2000? I swear there's nothing sweeter. The throws are ultra short and it moves like clock-work.
     
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  45. simi

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    Used to be that way, but in the past few years, say five or so, automatic transmission technology has advanced to the point where it is pretty much a wash.
     
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  46. Rickson

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    I learned how to drive stick 19 years ago. Give me a stick any day over an automatic.
     
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  47. Rickson

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    You're wrong, buddy. I can eat or drink while driving a stick. The key is to eat or drink with the left hand and do a shift with the right of course, but you momentarily let go of the steering wheel which is in the right hand.
     
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  48. GRANITECHIEF

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    Its OK to let go momentarily cuz you can steer with your knee!
     
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  49. Objective Danny

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    For the most part driving a stick is a guy thing. Most women don't want to be bothered with shifting gears. That's why most rentals are automatic.
     
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  50. simi

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    You do that too? But, I'm not as good as you. I have to use both knees.
     
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