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Note that this demo car has a slushbox. That's VW's way of telling people its newfangled thingy is for lazy idiots.Originally Posted by SGladwell
While the slushbox stereotype is unjustifiably harsh, I don't understand why traffic justifies a slushbox. I've been on the 405 freeway in LA in terrible stop-and-go traffic (30 minutes to go a couple of miles), which is also uphill in parts, and the manual hasn't been a problem. For long term reliability, manuals will last longer, and are easier to fix and maintain than slushboxes which rely on magic voodoo in specific lubrication fluids to make sure everything's working correctly. BTW, I don't understand the role of the gauge cluster layout in your transmission choice: do you watch the RPMs when you shift?Originally Posted by Andre Yew
I hate the "boo hoo, we have traffic" so called argument. Do you think the rest of the world has no traffic? Yet outside of America (and I think Japan) the world's drivers almost unanimously manage to have left legs that are in reasonable health. That is to say, their left legs are not so pathetically atrophied that they find depressing a (hydraulically assisted, mind) pedal a few times a minute to be such an arduous burden as to require alleviation through a mechanical contraption that adds mass, saps engine power, and degrades fuel economy. If one has lost use of his/her left leg (because of the Iraq disaster or whatever) then there's no shame in buying a slushbox. Otherwise, there's no virtue in advertising one's lack of hand-eye coÃ¶rdination or care for driving. Of course, if one does not care to drive something fun to drive at near-legal speeds instead of posing in something that "feels the same at 30mph and 100mph," then any appeal to driving pleasure or connectedness is lost, anyway.Originally Posted by SGladwell
automatic gearboxes are really the last step towards complete isolation between driver and road. there are a lot of people (primarily in the united states, which is relatively free of traffic compared to say... london or paris or any major EU city) that want this isolation, however. they are too busy doing other things while driving, such as conducting business or talking to their friends or daydreaming about being rich, who knows what else.. (now they are watching movies or playing playstation while driving ! ) i've never owned anything but manual and learned to drive on a manual... i can't picture myself owning anything else...Originally Posted by briancl
Well, you have to learn to appreciate everything...Originally Posted by imageWIS