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Manual Or Automatic ?

Manual Or Automatic ?

  • Manual

    Votes: 27 75.0%
  • Automatic

    Votes: 9 25.0%

  • Total voters


FNG / Fresh Meat
Jan 10, 2008
I think of my car as a "take there" only tool, and I don't care about gas saving when I get a full tank of 95 octane gas for less than $1.

Automatic for me.


FNG / Fresh Meat
Mar 20, 2006
Montreal Quebec
Your point?

(and I already don't buy the pedantic manual>auto argument, so don't waste your time)

As I said in my reply, my comment was just a tease and I agree with Gudenrath that my statement was technically uneducated, reason why I looked it up.

However, the point I was making is that without that third pedal, it isn't a real manual.

Granted, it's not much of a point, just a personal opinion, therefor I was just teasing. Sorry if I was being an *** :eek:

(If anything I can say I am quite jalous of your TDI, I am certain it will treat you well for a very long time)
Mine has 420000km on it.
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FNG / Fresh Meat
Nov 21, 2005
Baltimore, MD, USA
My apologies as well. I wasn't trying to antagonize. Your right, it isn't a true manual. But what I appreciate about it is that it shows the future of automatics. I only wish it had paddle-shift (the TDI Cup cars had it, and it is possible to add it afterwards...)

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FNG / Fresh Meat
Jan 12, 2006
Manual all the way. I'm even converting my '69 Ranchero to a manual, and I already converted my '90 5.0 convertible to a 5-speed.

My '70 Mercury Cyclone is a 351C with an auto. I plan on putting my 429 in it, and C6 automatics are much cheaper to stick in there when you don't have the 4-speed accessories (Clutch pedal, linkage, etc.) and you already have the C6 ready to go.


FNG / Fresh Meat
Apr 10, 2007
For work I might prefer automatic. Just cause Im lazy. But then again, manual accelerates faster for getting in tight spaces. (assuming your really good at judging speed and distance) You will get good at it if you drive 50k a year in tight traffic.

If its a car that I drive for fun, then manual all the way. But then again, driving a car is not fun if you do it all day.

So I guess I vote automatic, since I want to talk on phone, smoke, eat or anyhing else while Im driving.


FNG / Fresh Meat
Feb 19, 2006
Meh, both have their place.

If I'm out for a 'spin', a manual is fine. If I'm on a trip with the wife, give me an automatic.

But after 43 years of driving everything from manual 3speed floor shifters,to on the steering column manual shifters, to 5speed with-a-low-hole Mack Truck semi's, to powerglide automatics (no gear shifting), to the present 6speed automatics I lean toward the ease of letting the computer do the labor for me.....

As for needing a clutch, semi's have them but they are only used to begin rolling the truck. After that, you shift without the clutch using various rpm breaks.... Takes a little practice to keep from grinding the gears :eek:. Downshifting and failing to remember if you just came out of 10th or 9th or 11th can be 'interesting'......

The newer six speed automatics are actually more fuel effecient than their manual counterparts. Computer controlled shift points trump any effeciency a direct drive may have. :cool:


Grizzled Veteran
Dec 20, 2009
I am sporty type of person so manual for me. If you are going to drive for "fun" (if you know what I mean) manual is way better. Also if you are going to drive offroad climbing and stuff you will need manual. I am not blaming the guys who prefer automatic tho. They just use the car to travel from A to B, they dont need the perfect RPM to be faster or something. As someone said - they are using the car just because teleportation do not exist. If you are going to race - manual is for you/me.