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Transmission poll: What do you have?
  • novasteve May 6, 2013 - 9:43 am #72174 Reply

    You know my views. What kind of transmission do you have?


    Oh, also thought you might be interested in this story



    NoVapologist May 6, 2013 - 10:40 am #72180 Reply

    Both my cars are automatics with a manual option.

    JamesE May 6, 2013 - 10:47 am #72183 Reply

    6 speed bro

    Captain_Obvious May 6, 2013 - 11:12 am #72189 Reply

    Auto, but unfortunately, we actually don’t know your views.  You still haven’t acknowledged why you think automatics are more likely to get in a crash/flip without alcohol being a factor?

    novasteve May 6, 2013 - 11:13 am #72193 Reply

    Are you going to deny it’s easier to steal an automatic CO? Every who can drive can drive an auto, but not everyone who can drive can drive a manual.

    Captain_Obvious May 6, 2013 - 11:25 am #72205 Reply

    I’m not denying anything, you are.  Sounds like the guy should have looked in the car first before he tried to steal it.  Maybe he would have seen 3 pedals and a gear shift.

    Why can’t you answer a question ?  You still haven't acknowledged why you think automatics are more likely to get in a crash/flip without alcohol being a factor?

    Bard May 6, 2013 - 11:55 am #72208 Reply

    novasteve you need to move to a different place and time

    maybe warrenton in 1973

    1234 May 6, 2013 - 12:20 pm #72211 Reply

    another garbage thread by resident troll scumbag steve

    vibrancy May 6, 2013 - 1:29 pm #72230 Reply

    ^ this.  +1,000.

    R. Griffon May 6, 2013 - 2:04 pm #72242 Reply

    NoVapologist said:

    Both my cars are automatics with a manual option.

    Doubtful.  Unless you’ve got a clutch pedal, you don’t have a manual transmission – you’ve got an automatic with shiny up and down buttons.

    Full disclosure: I swore I’d never buy a manual again after years of sitting in stop-and-go traffic on 66 in my old truck before it died.  My VW now has shiny up and down buttons too.

    gnushell May 6, 2013 - 4:39 pm #72285 Reply

    I drive a 5 speed and have only had manual transmissions since 1976.  I figure if I can’t handle shifting, it’s probably time to hand over my car keys..

    novasteve May 6, 2013 - 4:45 pm #72287 Reply

    Bravo gnushell.

    Captain_Obvious May 6, 2013 - 6:46 pm #72304 Reply

    ^^  Really?  You still won’t answer ?

    Overlander May 6, 2013 - 7:30 pm #72306 Reply

    I been driving for over 20 years, mostly sports cars, and have only owned manuals.  Last one being a 6spd in my Corvette.  When I sold it last year and bought a new vehicle, I went with an automatic.  Stop and go for hours took its toll.

    1.  Spend some time at a drag strip.  All factors being the same, a modern automatic will beat a manual in the quarter mile.  Pro drag racers have been using automatics for years now.

    2.  Ferrari no longer offers a stick shift, only SMG.  Soon Lamborghini won’t either (back in 2010 they only offered them on 5% of cars).

    3.  F1, LeMans and other open wheel cars have been using SMG for years.  There is no performance advantage to taking a hand off the wheel to shift the gears.

    One cool thing you can do with a manual (not sure about PDK/SMG) is roll-start the car, which can’t be done on an automatic.  Manuals are also still lighter, and if you are hyper-vigilant, can return better gas mileage.  Manual fans will note that Porsche recently released a 7spd manual, which will mostly be sold in the US.  Europeans moved to PDK primarily.


    novasteve May 6, 2013 - 7:41 pm #72308 Reply

    Good point about popping the clutch. I’m sure most automatic drivers have never even heard of that. My car is a 6 speed manual. Unless I get an injury I will never switch despite traffic. Though I admit it sucks.

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