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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. cutch

    cutch New Member

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    well personallyi love to drive manually..an automatic takes all the pleasure out of driving..
    but if that doesn't interrest you..and your just in to beeing luxurious and lazy..than an automatic is the car for you..
     
  2. cutch

    cutch New Member

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    but if you live in a crowded metropolitan area, i can really understand someone who chooses far an automatic..

    I can already see a manual car beeing 10years old only beeing drivin in the metropolitan area..and only the first 2 gears are used..and the rest is still brand spankin new..
     
  3. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Well-Known Member

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    ^ True. I never owned an automatic until I had been living in Atlanta a few months. Nothing kills the desire for a manual transmission like a couple hours a day of stop and go traffic.
     
  4. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    Zonda's got a stick?

    Yes.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. For Brutus

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    Never owned an auto. I might in the future but not any time soon.
     
  6. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    ^ True. I never owned an automatic until I had been living in Atlanta a few months. Nothing kills the desire for a manual transmission like a couple hours a day of stop and go traffic.

    Damn... get a condo downtown or something. That's brutal.
     
  7. sonick

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    Too hard to text driving stick

    n00b.
     
  8. Mauby

    Mauby Well-Known Member

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    This is why I drive an automatic.

    Yeah, try LA.

    I've driven in both Miami & LA...brutal. I survive with a stick here in Chicago because get around easily on the train. I rarely put on more than 8000 miles a year on my car. If I lived in the 'burbs, I'd never be able to make it with a manual.
     
  9. MsMcGillicuddy

    MsMcGillicuddy Well-Known Member

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    I learned on an automatic and would likely buy an automatic, as the next place I plan to live that would have me owning a car has a lot of hills.

    I would love to learn to drive stick, but I don't want to destroy the transmissions of the cars of any of my friends who have offered to teach me, and private driving lessons are a bit of a luxury I can't afford at the moment.
     
  10. gnatty8

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    Damn... get a condo downtown or something. That's brutal.

    I chose the next best thing, I moved out of Atlanta altogether.. [​IMG]
     
  11. visionology

    visionology Well-Known Member

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    Auto. Have never seen the appeal of a manual. With autos at the level they are at it seems like people do it just for the sake of doing it than for any real gain. It used to be the case that manual transmissions were more accurate and gave better mpg but the best auto systems rival or beat comparable manuals.

    Why make something more complicated and labor intensive when you don't have to? For those that need something to do on the road get a language book on cd or something.

    I've also noticed that manual owners are much more vocal about their position, like it is a badge of honor, even when they comprise a minute amount of the market. Is it supposed to make everyone feel more masculine?
     
  12. For Brutus

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    Auto. Have never seen the appeal of a manual. With autos at the level they are at it seems like people do it just for the sake of doing it than for any real gain. It used to be the case that manual transmissions were more accurate and gave better mpg but the best auto systems rival or beat comparable manuals.

    Why make something more complicated and labor intensive when you don't have to? For those that need something to do on the road get a language book on cd or something.

    I've also noticed that manual owners are much more vocal about their position, like it is a badge of honor, even when they comprise a minute amount of the market. Is it supposed to make everyone feel more masculine?


    For all practical purposes autos are basically better. Of course autos is a very broad term which for argument sakes covers any box that changes ratios and handles clutching for the driver.

    That said I just like manuals better. I think in part manual owners are more vocal because it's harder and harder for us to find what we love.

    I'm sure there is some shoe or shirt analogies in here somewhere.
     
  13. greg_atlanta

    greg_atlanta Well-Known Member

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    My friends who drive manuals do so because they're neurotic and cheap, not because they enjoy driving.

    I would love to have a manual on a fun car, but not on a primary car. Having my own personal fleet of cars is not a priority right now, so I've got 5AT on 08 G35 sedan. It's plenty fast with the slushbox.
     
  14. Prince

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    Drive a manual myself, but have driven a lot in my dad's car which has an auto. Manual is more fun yes, but in daily busy traffic an auto gearbox is so much more relaxing. I get really tired of the stop and go traffic sometimes and then I would prefer an auto.
     
  15. A Y

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    If you plan on keeping your car for a while, manuals are generally more reliable and serviceable than automatics.

    They also get better gas mileage, and are lighter than autos.

    --Andre
     
  16. sonick

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    DAAAAMN.

    Came across a sweet low mileage (106k miles) BMW E30 325is for a good deal, but it's an AUTOMATIC!!!!!

    I'm torn! If only it was a manual I'd be all over it... But with automatic, I am definitely in a pickle.
     
  17. j

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    DAAAAMN.

    Came across a sweet low mileage (106k miles) BMW E30 325is for a good deal, but it's an AUTOMATIC!!!!!

    I'm torn! If only it was a manual I'd be all over it... But with automatic, I am definitely in a pickle.

    There are plenty of manuals around, or if you're feeling handy, swap a 5MT into it: http://www.offthewallcustoms.com/Other/5spd swap/
     
  18. sonick

    sonick Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps its just a down-month or there aren't as many in Vancouver, but they're kinda few and far between, especially for the IS. As for the 5MT swap, I did look into it, but seems a bit over my head unfortunately. Blurry CL pics looks like paint is in pretty good shape: [​IMG] [​IMG] The price seems to be decent for the area, but not a cant-pass-up kinda deal, so I will think about it more thoroughly after I view it on Sunday.
     
  19. j

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    The automatics are likely to be much less thrashed, so doing the swap would be a good way to get an overall better condition car, but if you're not into it then it's probably best to wait I guess.
     
  20. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    Unless you need a car ASAP, I'd pass on it. E30s with decent mileage, good price, and MTs are not uncommon. Also, who knows what shape the auto tranny is in, and they are not cheap or easy to service.

    --Andre
     

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