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Old 21st Mar 2004, 08:05 AM   #1
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Manual or automatic?

Just had my first drive in an auto-transmission car (Volvo 850). It feels very strange after learning to drive in a manual, especially when it starts going without me putting my foot on the accelerator. I guess I'll get to like it more, especially if I start making longer journeys - cruise control is very handy for those long, boring motorways (just got to remember to stay awake ) - I scared myself when going uphill I couldn't find the gas pedal, just to remember that I'd put cruise control on and it was floored .

I guess if you want to get the best acceleration you'd use manual, but after driving a 1984 Nissan Bluebird 1.6LX, it goes a lot better anyway . Who else has driven an auto car, and what are your general thoughts?
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 08:10 AM   #2
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When I'm on four wheels, I like automatic. When I'm on two, I prefer manual, though those 650cc automatic scooters look like a lot of fun.

When I'm not on a motorcycle, it's either because of the weather, or because I want to be temporarily spoiled (at the expense of gas mileage and performance), and being spoiled means I don't have to bloody shift
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 09:08 AM   #3
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First impressions would be the same as yours, Crowze. As you, i learned to drive on manuals, but here in Canada i got t drive an automatic car once o r twice. At first it felt weird and i thought i was out of control, but i got used to it quickly and it didn't feel so bad after all. Just this strange feeling of advancing without touching anything
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 09:25 AM   #4
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I've managed to try an automatic a few times, but wouldn't change to one. Manual gives you more control. Not to mention lower fuel consumption and cheaper spare parts...

Perhaps I'd change my mind about it if I had a need for a luxurious touring car. ATM I collect less than 3000km a month, mostly city driving.
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 09:25 AM   #5
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Automatic transmissions are the devil.
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 09:28 AM   #6
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i drove a manual car for 3years and now i drive an auto for 6months.

i def prefer the automatic car because its more practical , less tiring.
not to mention when you are waiting at a stoplight ,and then the light goes green , you can start faster than those people in the bmw's

and you can do many more things while driving, for exemple eating hamburgers or kebabs , reading a map,drinking water ,smoking (for those who smoke) , being on phone (wich is forbidden ) ect
























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Old 21st Mar 2004, 09:53 AM   #7
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Automatic transmissions are the devil
Amen to that!
I learned to drive on an automatic and its quite boring and slow.
Ever since I got my WRX, I've only driven manual unless I have to drive my parents' cars, which isn't often. It is clearly more fun. The only way it is more tiring is if you're driving a sports car, otherwise the clutch really isn't that hard to use.

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not to mention when you are waiting at a stoplight ,and then the light goes green , you can start faster than those people in the bmw's
Are you kidding? If a guy is paying attention to when a light is turning green and he is driving manual, he will always out accelerate an automatic of equal power.
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 10:26 AM   #8
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You learned to drive in an automatic? Over here, if you take the test in an automatic, you aren't liscensed to drive a manual (IIRC).
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 10:51 AM   #9
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not all automatics cars are slow

the one i drive accelerates very fast.its got 117 horses.and the car is light.
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 11:49 AM   #10
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The first car(s) I ever drove were my parent's cars and they were both automatics so driving one isn't a problem for me. The two cars I own, an Opel Calibra and a brand new Honda Civic Type-R, are both are both on the sportier side so automatic transmission would be a bit akward. Manual just gives you more control.
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 12:46 PM   #11
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In November, I'll be driving a '77 mobylette

I don't even think it has gears...
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 01:35 PM   #12
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and you can do many more things while driving, for exemple eating hamburgers or kebabs , reading a map,drinking water ,smoking (for those who smoke) , being on phone (wich is forbidden ) ect
You know... you could be driving when you're behind the wheel instead of worrying about getting road head while stuffing food in your mouth while puffing a cigarette whilst telling your mother all about the experience.

It's generally a good idea to pay attention to driving when you're in charge of a 1 and a half ton vehicle travelling at 50 miles an hour.
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 01:38 PM   #13
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And you may like automatic transmissions now. But just you wait until they kick your mother and rape your dog.

We'll see who's laughing then.
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 02:14 PM   #14
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i am assuming you mean wait until it breaks, but it isn't easy to tell...
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 05:03 PM   #15
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I drive a manual - 5 spd, the traffic makes it suck: push in clutch, let out clutch shift up , shift down, over and over, again and again. Manuals rock when you have that winding country road, but stop and go traffic makes it suck my will to live! My next car will be an automatic (prolly be a truck)
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 08:47 PM   #16
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Manual all the way ! Only downside is traffic though. And being stopped at a redlight in a 45 degree "pente". Now I have some trouble with that sometimes
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 08:59 PM   #17
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I like manuals, but can't drive em anymore (Left knee is "No longer origional equipment")


So now what I drive has a 455 Olds, coupled to a squishy TH 400. Sheer torque, and big cubes go a long way to make the pain of not being able to double declutch as noticeable.

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Old 21st Mar 2004, 10:23 PM   #18
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Manual all the way ! Only downside is traffic though. And being stopped at a redlight in a 45 degree "pente". Now I have some trouble with that sometimes
Frein à main, Shrap. Le frein à main est ton ami
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Old 21st Mar 2004, 10:32 PM   #19
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Old 22nd Mar 2004, 12:06 AM   #20
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I prefer the feeling of driving a car to that of sitting in a well-powered easy chair. Just avoid stop 'n go traffic as much as possible.

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You learned to drive in an automatic? Over here, if you take the test in an automatic, you aren't liscensed to drive a manual (IIRC).
Over here, if you can read the road signs (particularly those that tell at what speed your car should be weaving uncontrollably down the highway) you can get a license to drive basically anything with 4 wheels. Some of the more fascist states might require a driving exam in which actual driving takes place, but not Texas, no sir!

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the one i drive accelerates very fast.its got 117 horses.and the car is light.
Unless you're talking 500 kg, I just can't see that. On the other hand, if your neighbors all ride unicycles while eating baguettes....
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