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Do you drive a Manual or Automatic Car?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by TheFusilliJerry, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

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    Dunno man, there's an awful lot you can do with a "standard manual" that you can't do with SMG/DKG/etc.

    Such as...???

    I recognize some of the fun of launch is lost, and maybe if you powershift you can do pretty well, but the new dual-clutch trannies are lightning fast and only getting better.
     
  2. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I don't know, my driver takes care of all that gear-shifting.
     
  3. eqpablon

    eqpablon Senior member

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    I should be allowed to vote twice since both my cars are stick shift [​IMG]
     
  4. Mauby

    Mauby Senior member

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    Started with auto-trans. That's what the driver's ed cars had in them, so that's what I learned. Drove automatics for a long time. Got into riding motorcycles which introduced me to gear shifting. Made the jump to manual. Have driven stick exclusively now for about 10 years. If I ever got a job that required me to do a lot of driving, I'd switch back to automatic in a heartbeat. Chicago stop & go traffic is not fun. Chicago suburban traffic is even worse.
     
  5. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    Manual.

    Any car I own will have to be stick.
     
  6. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Chicago stop & go traffic is not fun. Chicago suburban traffic is even worse.
    I usually drive my automatic to Chicago for this very reason. I've driven the manual a few times, but it wasn't fun at all.
     
  7. uhurit

    uhurit Senior member

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    Manual, but only because I have always lived in the boondocks with very little traffic. Big city or suburbia would definitely require an automatic
     
  8. stylesmurf

    stylesmurf Senior member

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    Manual, but only because I have always lived in the boondocks with very little traffic. Big city or suburbia would definitely require an automatic

    False.
     
  9. Night Owl

    Night Owl Senior member

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    Too hard to text driving stick
     
  10. crazyquik

    crazyquik Senior member

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    Dunno man, there's an awful lot you can do with a "standard manual" that you can't do with SMG/DKG/etc.

    BMW 330i manual here.


    Other than start the car with a dead battery (by rolling down a hill or getting a tow start) I can't think of one helpful advantage an H-pattern manual has over a sequential manual. Unless skipping gears is that important?
     
  11. office drone

    office drone Senior member

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    Manual. It's like a video game! I find manual keeps me engaged while driving. Works well when driving home late at night and you have trouble fighting the effects of a few drinks, or if you're dead tired. When driving an auto, I can get passive (as one poster says), which means sometimes losing concentration and stopping short, etc..

    I think, though, that if I ever start a family and get an SUV, I'd probably get lazy and get an auto. Also auto would be more practical for a big car, no?
     
  12. TheFusilliJerry

    TheFusilliJerry Senior member

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    its more fun to drive stick. plus i feel you have more control over it.
     
  13. blackbowtie

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    Need you ask? Manual, of course.
     
  14. xpress

    xpress Senior member

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    Manual sports car

    Automatic luxury saloon...

    Best of both worlds I guess!
     
  15. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    It's annoying having a manual because I'm the only one I trust to drive it. Eating in the car with a manual is always interesting too. My manual Impreza sure is fun though. Next car will be a sport shift.
     
  16. Threak

    Threak Senior member

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    I don't know, my driver takes care of all that gear-shifting.

    Now that you mention it, I don't know if city buses are manual or automatic either.
     
  17. bsherman100

    bsherman100 Active Member

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    auto, so tired of manuals in the city
     
  18. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Miami stop & go traffic is not fun. Miami suburban traffic is even worse.
    This is why I drive an automatic.
     
  19. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    Chicago stop & go traffic is not fun. Chicago suburban traffic is even worse.
    Yeah, try LA. I learned on both transmissions as my father was a die-hard manual for all the reason previously given while my mother just wanted a go-kart. Driving manual was fun in Jeeps/SUVs up in the mountains but I went automatic when I got my car because 1) of the amount of time I knew I'd be sitting in traffic and 2) I never wanted sometime as simple as the type of transmission getting in the way in case family or friends needed to drive. I know the latter doesn't sound plausible but during and since college there are remarkably few excuses from friends who can't be the DD for me either planned or otherwise. An automatic has paid in dividends.
     
  20. Hennessy

    Hennessy Active Member

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    I learned to drive manual, but I prefer automatic and is what I use most of the time.
     

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