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Manual or Auto Transmission?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Goldendog Redux, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

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    I was test driving cars today and am torn between the manual and automatic/paddle shift transmission. It has been years since I had a manual and it felt good running through the gears but the auto with paddle shift was pretty nice as well.

    As much as I want the manual, the automatic seemed to do the job pretty well.

    The car was a Mini Cooper if it matters.

    What do you prefer?

    MF
     
  2. Easterbrook

    Easterbrook Wagon Burner

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    I prefer automatics, because it's difficult to text and drink a tall boy while driving a manual.
     

  3. Bruce M

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    Color me lazy but if I was going to spend a fair amount of time in urban traffic jams I'd opt for the automatic. If not, in a Mini the manual.
     
  4. Jay9928

    Jay9928 I laugh at liberals.

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  5. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

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    I prefer an automatic unless the car is one I bought for fun. Love a small sporty car with stick shift, on a larger, daily driver type car I don't see any reason to get a stick, automatics are so reliable now.
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Manual all the way. All my trucks are manuals. And as Americans become more and more lazy and fewer and fewer learn to drive manuals, eventually several things will happen:

    1. The likelihood of theft diminished dramatically.
    2. You slowly become the Macintosh user of the Auto world.
    3. Chicks dig a man that takes control and asserts his authority! (LOL!!!)
     
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  7. DustyBottoms

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    I bought a Mini Cooper S in 2005 as a second car. It has the 6 speed auto with the paddels.

    I love it. It is also very intuitive and will shift down automatically when you put on the brakes going downhill.

    I say auto....
     
  8. sappy13

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    I love manual. Ill never own a automatic unless its got some type of sportstronic transmission. I drove a 2013 s60 the other day and the sports mode was fun, but still wasnt the same not truly going through the gears.
     
  9. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

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    I can drive both equally well and learned in a manual car.

    With all the overdrive auto's now I can't see bothering with a manual
     
  10. Woofie

    Woofie Disirregardless CLM

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    I hate driving automatics. Both of my vehicles are autos:crying:
     
  11. Bruce M

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  12. Ol' Dirty

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    I'm one of the oddballs, have never owned an auto and can't stand the idea of ever spending good money on an auto. I recently rented a car with paddle shifters and they are ridiculously useless, autosticks are even worse. Either shift like a man or buy the auto. Minis are fun little cars meant to be driven like race cars, do the right thing.
     
  13. tryn2hrd

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    I hate automatics makes me feel like i have less control of the vehicle.But maybe im a control freak but the manuals will give you better gas mileage if driven right.
     
  14. Gregoire G

    Gregoire G Silver Member

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    Auto for my daily driver these days. Miles and miles of stop and go traffic in the city take all the fun out of a manual for me. I've never used a paddle shift.
     
  15. getorix

    getorix Gamehendge

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    Manuals for me. I have owned a few over the years and I currently drive a 5-speed Mazda.
     
  16. Drilled

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    We have both, I drive what is left in the driveway. Learned how to drive many years ago. 3 on a tree, 4 speed on the floor, large trucks, (have driven a semi a few times and those guys have to work).

    If I had a small agile car I would want a stick shift.
    When traffic is horrible I would prefer an automatic.

    I am of the school that everyone should learn on a stick especially in this world, never know when the need might arise.

    Most of the stealerships around here don't have much in the way of passenger vehicles with sticks.
     
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    I turn 65 next month and am thinking of buying a new 5.0 mustang or porsche cayman with automatic. I have had lots of sports cars over the years, and used to like driving with a stick. Even though I still have the need for speed, I have to admit with the new automatic transmissions I think I can have just as much fun, with a little less work. I even have an auto clutch on my dirt bike now.
     
  18. beforeobamabans

    beforeobamabans FYPM

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    I get a smile on my face every time I get in my Mazdaspeed3 with it's TWM short shift and solid metal bushings kit. May be the best mod ever. Easy DIY. The cp-e CAI is a close second. 280hp/300lb-ft. :cool:
     
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    I do it almost every day.

    I row my own because it's fun. Manual all the way.
     
  20. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    A mini with a slushbox? JUst buy a friggin dishwasher and get it over with.