Manual vs Automatic transmission.

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Nicholas

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Which one is better in your opinion? Or do they have their own unique advantages and disadvantages?
 

Colt .45 killer

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in video games or real life?

I've always liked mafia 1's manual transmissions, it made driving fun. something that a lot of sand boxy games mis out on now.

IRL my Jaguar has an automatic transmission, but I intend to be putting a manual in as soon as I can afford one and the proper conversion bits and pieces to mount it to the straight six engine...
 

REZ

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It's a personal choice simply because nowadays automatic transmissions are just as fast on the shift as a manual. Get a manual if you like the feel of shifting the car yourself.. that's pretty much it. The performance argument that a manual is better is bollocks.
 

LightsabeR

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It's a personal choice simply because nowadays automatic transmissions are just as fast on the shift as a manual. Get a manual if you like the feel of shifting the car yourself.. that's pretty much it. The performance argument that a manual is better is bollocks.
Exactly.
 

Peter.Steele

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I've always had manual transmissions, until recently. My last car had an automatic, and it really made driving in traffic a lot easier. My new car is also an automatic, but it has manual shifting capability too ... I really like that.
 

braindead

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Definitely manual. Not sure if you meant fuel usage in the performance argument but older auto's use a hell of a lot more fuel than newer ones.

Autos are great when on a motorway, so you can just rest your foot nicely but I find them jittery in heavy traffic if the gears are not German made plus they have a nice kick down :) which adds quite a nice turbo effect.

There are other advantages to manuals, especially with braking, if the brakes go on an auto, watch out! where as with a manual you can use the gears to slow yourself.

Also, you cannot bump start an auto ;)
 
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HeyCarnut

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Depends what your goals and needs are. And the lines are blurred in any case. I own cars with both (or all three, depending on your level of pedanticism): Auto (torque converter), auto-manual (computer controlled clutch), and traditional manual. I prefer the interaction of the manual(s), though the paddle-shifters are amusing, and certainly faster/easier to use when lapping. For 'drag' racing, the auto can be the quickest: the 'tiptronic' auto Porsche turbo accelerates slightly more quickly than my full manual model - the turbocharges can work against the torque converter to be on-boost rapidly.

For gas mileage - manual rules when properly used.

Pick what you like...
 

Actin

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in-game: manual, getting bored without it (just press W and sometimes A/D)

IRL: Manual, it's muscle-memory automatic anyway, so it's not really easier to have auto (except for 1km/h traffic)
Also I like to have the control a manual gives me, I drove 3 automatic transmission cars (all my dads) and (e.g.) I hated it when I wanted to get some rev and it gears up:(.
But I guess modern fancy ones are very good at that.

Think it is the same as auto-reloading in fps games, I just want to press R myself:D
 

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Manual both in real life and in sims.

Unless it's a DSG double clutch auto by VW. Still, having to crank in gears is very satisfying for some odd reason, and driving without that lacks a certain something.
 

User Name

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Manual all the way. Although in high HP drag racing an automatic is better. They are generally stronger, and you don't have to worry about missed shifts.
 
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HeyCarnut

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Automatic if you live in San Francisco :D.
Oh yeah...those hills are brutal for most people for manuals. When the Ferrari 360 came out, the smell of burning clutch from those with F1 gearboxes was all over the place.
 

Switchblade

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Manual both in real life and in sims.

Unless it's a DSG double clutch auto by VW. Still, having to crank in gears is very satisfying for some odd reason, and driving without that lacks a certain something.

Exactly, DSG is ok, but I still prefer manual

automatic was always for people who could't learn how to shift in Europe, up to recently >90%of the cars were manual, the last couple of years you see a little shift in that because of the improved fuel consumption (and lower CO2 emisions) of modern automatic gearboxes.

But still after 28 years of driving manual I don't think I would easily go for an automatic