Manual Transmission vs. Automatic Transmission

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May 19, 2009
  1. RebelX
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    I prefer a manual. My car (my first one, I might add) is a manual. I think it is fun as hell, and I will probably not own an automatic for the rest of my life.
     


  2. PettingZoo

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    I don't drive lol!
     
  3. Banger

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    I prefer a nice hard stick shift. ;-)
     
  4. [M]artin

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    The first car I learned to drive had Manual Transmission. After using Automatic Trans in numerous cars after my first, however, I can't go back to Manual.

    Manual is just as fun to drive, don't get me wrong, but it does get very tedious when compared to Auto. This may just be because I live in a really busy city with high amounts of traffic (Chicago), however, and constantly shifting up and down during rush hour got annoying as hell.
     
  5. Blood Fetish

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    Dual clutch automatic.
     
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    Manumatic?, WTF?
    oh and automatic is even boring on videogames, standard all the way for me, inside or outside the matrix
     
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    Manual. I get really bored driving my current car, which is automatic. Real men (and women) drive stick.
     
  8. da_head

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    automatic: for pussies
    manumatic (paddle shift?): even worse than automatic
    manual: sexy, efficient, fun as hell

    but alas, i suck at manual, so i mostly drive auto >.>
     
  9. mthrnite

    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

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    Sports car: stick, of course.
    Luxury/family sedan: automatic, of course.

    I can't see driving an automatic Mazda Miata, or a manual Lincoln or Caddy. So, depends on the type of car.
     
  10. Blood Fetish

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    Dual clutch automatics offer comparable fuel efficiency to manual transmissions, the same control over driving and they switch gears in around 8 milliseconds.
     
  11. Joe88

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    this is also more of a region based thing

    here, your lucky if you ever see a manual transmission based car
     
  12. Rayder

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    For me, a car is simply transportation from point A to point B. I've grown out of the racing phase of my life nearly 20 years ago and have long since realized that beating on a car will only shorten its lifespan, unless I want to do constant maintenance on it. If I want to race, I'll do it in a video game. All I need is a small car with good gas mileage, not scads-and-wads of horsepower and racing bling.

    The only real need I see for manual transmission is for racing and hauling heavy loads. Since I don't race around the city streets like a jackass with a death wish, and I have no truck to haul heavy loads with, coupled with the fact that I live in a busy city with lots of traffic, I don't need the extra annoyance of constant shifting with a manual transmission.

    I drive a boring, dilapidated 1995 Saturn SL2 with an automatic transmission and nearly 200,000 miles on it and no bling (unless you count the GBAtemp bumper sticker on it as bling [​IMG] ). It gets me there and that's all I need. I don't pretend that a production model 4-cylinder P.O.S. is any kind of race car like all the idiot ricers I see racing around in their econobox's, with their coffee-can mufflers that make their car sound like a moped on steroids, useless overdone spoilers and ground effects, fancy rims, ridiculous lowered suspension and lousy paint jobs. I have no shortcomings I need to compensate for.

    I've owned a manual transmission car before and I could drive it well enough, but it just seemed like too much of a pain in the ass to have to shift all the time when I could just have an automatic and not worry about it, so I sold it to some fool who was drooling all over it and he riced it out and crashed it. Oh! But not until he had it blowing smoke like a factory smokestack from beating on it too much....dumb ass. [​IMG]

    I still fondly remember the day some butt-head pulled up next to me at a red light and revved his engine, wanting to race. I put put my car in neutral and revved along with the fool, but when the light turned green, I just casually put the car in drive and proceeded normally. He tore off the line like a bat out of hell, nearly hit some guy who blew the red light and then got busted by the cops. I tooted the horn at him as I drove by. I guess I won that race. [​IMG]

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  13. DeMoN

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    In arcades, manual.
    In real life, automatic.
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    Manual, due to the fact that I've never tried out auto.
     
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    manual but i'm lazy most of the time so its auto for me.
     
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    I would like to drive manual, but i was brought up with only automatic cars so I was taught to drive in automatics and since I live in the city I've seen no real reason to buy and learn in a manual other than fuel economy. Perhaps someday in my dreams where I had a healthy income and could afford a sports car than yes I'd get manual. It'd feel wrong to have a automatic sports car but then again this is all to do with how the media and society portrays it and in 10 years we're gonna be under water so guess I should be worrying about Kayak/Canoe or Motorboat?
     
  17. Orc

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    This.
    I still drive a manual though but with shitloads of traffic, I wish I had an automatic.
     
  18. Devante

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    This answer is the most sensible one anyone could say.

    And I concur!
     
  19. FAST6191

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    Personally I detest point and squirt as I like my engine braking too much.
    On the other hand it is probably where I learned to drive, hardly anyone uses automatic around here (at least not without going out of their way to find it).
     
  20. Toni Plutonij

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    Not so many automatics around here, and also, if you learn to drive properly manual, automatic isn't much of a problem, but if you learn to drive automatic, it could be pretty hard to drive manual after..

    So I prefer manual overall..
     

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