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Are there any disadvantages of buying an automatic over a manual car???

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Hello everybody, I need urgent help please as I've got to decide whether or not to buy an automatic diesel audi a3 by the end of today!! It's a 2000 model and at a very good price, but the only downs…
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
Hello everybody, I need urgent help please as I've got to decide whether or not to buy an automatic diesel audi a3 by the end of today!!
It's a 2000 model and at a very good price, but the only downside is that it's an automatic car...Well I don't know if that technically is a downside, so I need your advice to say whether it is or isn't.
Are there any disadvantages of buying an automatic or do you think I should go for it?
I will give enormous rep and virtual hugs to everyone who replies.
Thank-you in advance xx :-)
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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1 Like #1
I have had automatics for 20+ years now and I have only good things to report. They have all been totally reliable - Vauxhall, Toyota, Nissan - and I have never really seen the point of 'manuals'.
I have no idea whether it being a diesel makes any odds; ours have all been petrol.
1 Like #2
if its a good value go for it, and audi should be relaible either way

a manual might be more economical, but as it is a diesel, it should be fine
#3
I would stay away from automatic french cars though, the gearbox is usually rubbish on them
1 Like #4
Can't think of any downside, I have loved all my auto's.

Fuel economy drops but only a small amount.

There will be people along shortly to tell you the following, both rubbish.
a) there not a real drivers car
b) they are expensive to fix when they go wrong
1 Like #5
Having had automatics before I'd say the only real drawbacks of them is they're a lot less economical (upto 10mpg at times) and they're harder to sell so depreciate more than the equivalent manual.
#6
the2ocan
Having had automatics before I'd say the only real drawbacks of them is they're a lot less economical (upto 10mpg at times) and they're harder to sell so depreciate more than the equivalent manual.


As above but if it is cheap go for it,
1 Like #7
I couldn't tell you if there are any technical advantages/disadvantages, but does anyone else have to drive it too? For example, I like automatics - driven them in the States and had a couple of my own cars in the UK. However, my girlfriend hates them (unexplained reason), so whenever I buy a different car it tends to be a manual.

If it was purely my choice, I wouldn't let an auto box put me off from buying a car.
banned 1 Like #8
They can be slow off from the start position. Other than that they are great fun :thumbsup:
1 Like #9
i love my automatic car zafira, hasnt let me down yet.
1 Like #10
Automatic Audi gearboxes are awesome. Is it a standard auto, or a 'tiptronic' style box? My Dad has one, it's a dream to drive. As most Audis are.

Get it.
1 Like #11
Love my automatics - so much better for city/town driving, can't fault them - go for it
1 Like #12
I have a shogun, alot are auto but mines apparently unusual as its manual. I tried an automatic when ours got bumped and wasn't keen but i guess its all about getting used to it.
My brother also has a shogun which is auto which he loves, just strange at first, his does use more diesel than ours though.
I want to swap for an audi :0
#13
now give us our damn virtual hugs !!!!
1 Like #14
Only downfall really is there probably abit slower. But doubt you'd be raggin it anyway. It used to be that auto's werent as effiecient as manuals but thats different now.
1 Like #15
chesso
I have had automatics for 20+ years now and I have only good things to report. They have all been totally reliable - Vauxhall, Toyota, Nissan - and I have never really seen the point of 'manuals'.
I have no idea whether it being a diesel makes any odds; ours have all been petrol.


I love automatics, always had one, just had my Honda Shuttle converted to run on LPG because I did not want to part with it and it was so expensive to run, so much easier to drive, I hate gears now, when I have to drive my husbands car it is so tedious to have to change gear
#16
It's an Audi A3 TDI SE Automatic car, standard car and it's got 130,000 miles on the clock but only had 2 previous owners. The engine size is 1,896 cc if that tells anyone anything?? I haven't got a clue myself.
I would mainly use it for driving around my village and into town, but obviously driving on the motorway occasionally.

I forgot to add that it would only be me driving it and I do like give the turbo a good boost on my rover especially when going up hills as it flies past other cars, and I wouldn't be wanting to sell at, well not for a long time anyway, as an audi a3 is a car I've wanted for donkeys years, so the fact it would be harder to sell than a manual wouldn't be a problem for the foreseeable future.
1 Like #17
130kmiles on the clock is a lot for an automatic, the engine should be ok as its an Audi diesel, but I would get someone to check the gear box before buying the car
#18
((((((((((hassony))))))))))))))) and everybody else that has replied. Thank-you so much, you've all put my mind at ease, as some of my friends and family weren't so sure about buying an automatic, but none of them have ever owned one.
Chidda and Octobergirl I promise I will give you rep tommorrow and anybody else that may reply, as it says I've given out too much today already, but I really appreciate you replying so thank-you and big hugs to you both. xxx
Does anybody have any more opinions/advice for me?? Anything on this subject is greatly appreciated.
Thank-you all once again. xxx :-)
#19
greg_68
Can't think of any downside, I have loved all my auto's.

Fuel economy drops but only a small amount.

There will be people along shortly to tell you the following, both rubbish.
a) there not a real drivers car
b) they are expensive to fix when they go wrong


they are not real drivers cars

very expensive to fix:-D
#20
cribert
they are not real drivers cars

very expensive to fix:-D


^^^^ see I told you, I was sweating then thinking no-one would be along. Thanks cribert.
#21
Ah thanks hassony, that maybe why it's a good price then, I didn't realise about the gearbox, I will defiantly take someone with me that might know about that then. The car looked in excellent condition when I saw it, but I wouldn't have a clue what to look out for to check whether the gearbox is in good shape. Is there anything you can tell me about checking the gearbox?
1 Like #22
good test for an automatic is putting foot down going up hill
if it feels like clutch slipor crunch, its a gadget called a torque converter going and thats expensive to fix, other wise modern auto boxes are very good and apart from slight increase in fuel consumption can be very nice to drive once you get used to it.
1 Like #23
Why not get an AA check done on it if in doubt?
1 Like #24
greg_68


There will be people along shortly to tell you the following, both rubbish.
a) there not a real drivers car
b) they are expensive to fix when they go wrong


a) If the auto gearbox has a decent kick down, the difference is negligible, the CVT auto box on teh Nissan Murano is very good.
b) Any gearbox if it goes wrong will be expensive to fix

If you do a lot of town driving an auto is a boon, my next car will be an auto.
#25
lol cribert, I've only ever driven manuals, so perhaps it's time for a 'lazy' car :)
#26
One of my friends mentioned that your forever need to be replacing the brake pads on an automatic, is this true? As I know it's just had new brake pads all round fitted and new rear brake discs.
Also the glove box will need replacing as the catch has gone on it, it does close, but it takes a while to open and when open it takes a while to close, if you catch my drift. Has anybody got any clue on how much this will cost to fix?
Thank-you maddog, greg and dkls, you've all given great advice and been helpful, I will rep you all tommorrow when hotukdeals lets me! xxx
1 Like #27
well tbh autos are extremely reliable and in all the newer cars, you will see they are faster off the mark and hav a higher top speeds. And with the paddle shift you get the advantages of an auto and a manual car in one. Now there will be fanboys for both sides. I personally drive both but prefer the auto as its just the way forward. You have different auto gearboxes. CVTs are brilliant and you'll get a realy kick driving them. The DSG from the German cars is excellent and way better than manuals. Then you have the standard autos which are dated, and you shud stay away from. They have lag and usually show trouble around the 80k mark.

It is standard practice to get the air checke dbefore you buy it anyway. At 130k you'd probably have a worse off manual gear box than an Auto. Get the car inspected and if its ok GO FOR IT!!
1 Like #28
Automatics are not harder to sell, in fact they make a premium price over manuals, in many instances.

Check that the Audi has a full service history.

Drive it in reverse gear for a few yards to make sure there are no clicking noises.

Have a HPI check carried out on it before committing to buy.
#29
Inactive
Automatics are not harder to sell, in fact they make a premium price over manuals, in many instances.

Check that the Audi has a full service history.

Drive it in reverse gear for a few yards to make sure there are no clicking noises.

Have a HPI check carried out on it before committing to buy.


good advice here!! Autos are actually more expensive to buy, even second hand!!
#30
Hi and thank-you for your replies unileeds and inactive, rep will be given to you both tommorrow. xx :-)
Unileeds, I've got a feeling that it's just a standard auto, but I will check. Can't you tell I haven't a clue about cars lol.
I just know its an audi a3 tdi se 2000 diesel automatic (w reg) and it looked in excellent condition when I viewed it
1 Like #31
Automatics do not wear down the brake pads quicker than manual cars. Breaking hard and/or late does that and it depends on the driver and not the car. I've just replaced by brake pads on my 2005 Hyundai Tucson Diesel Auto after 25k.

Driving in icy conditions can be trickier in automatics unless you've got an optional shift-up/shift-down function as the car will try to gear up to keep the revs down.

You'll find that most people who bad-mouth automatics have never actually owned or driven one for any length of time. They sometimes take a little getting used to as your left leg no longer does anything, but they have their advantages (e.g. hill starts).
#32
Excellent, thanks funkymonkey! Good advice, rep will be given to you tommorrow xxx :-)
#33
Hi again people, I've found out a little more information from the owner about some of the questions people who have kindly replied have suggested I find out before I buy, and these are the answers;

The gearbox is in great condtion, no slipping, crunches or clicking driving forward or in reverse. The gear changes up and down are fine, it shifts up and down at a perfect pace.
This is the standard auto gearbox, The DSG is only on the newer and sporty models.
And this does have the lower gears as in gears 1, 2 & 3 then drive, neautral, reverse and park.

Someone mentioned that the standard auto gearbox isn't very good, can anyone elaborate on this, as I don't want to buy the audi if it's not going to last.

I really appreciate any advice or comments/suggestions as I really haven't a clue about these sorts of things, so thank-you heaps in advance. xx :-)
1 Like #34
you find automatic a downside wow, I would highly reccomend a automatic so much easier, no need to keep on changing gears, just hit the gas and brake when you wanna stop simple as that and also on a hill or slope your car wont roll back. once you drive it then tell me.
#35
Thank-you for your postive reply sarbjeet, that has reassured me, so I'm pretty certain I'm going to go for it. I'm just slightly worried about the standard auto gearbox on the audi, as it's done 130k and somebody mentioned they go downhill after 80k and have lag etc.
#36
chocolateabuse
It's an Audi A3 TDI SE Automatic car, standard car and it's got 130,000 miles on the clock but only had 2 previous owners. The engine size is 1,896 cc if that tells anyone anything?? I haven't got a clue myself.
I would mainly use it for driving around my village and into town, but obviously driving on the motorway occasionally.



That doesn't help really, diesels tend to be a bit different to petrols - rather than have a 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 etc. as you get with petrols, diesels tend to be mostly one engine size with different power outputs. Volkswagen/Audi sold the 1.9 TDI in many different power outputs ranging from 90bhp up to 150bhp so you need to find specifically which engine it has. The base 90bhp TDI engine is a bit sluggish on the manual and it's not a great engine with the auto as it's slower and loses a chunk of its fuel economy.

The 110bhp TDI engine is much better as it's just as frugal but the performance is noticeably better, the turbo lag is surprisingly minimal as the engine pulls smoothly through the rev range. I guess it's up to you whether an auto is acceptable or not, I don't think it's a great pairing in this case especially with large loss in fuel economy.

John
#37
OK, I'm just trying to find out the answer to specifically which engine it has, so thank-you for your input John, I will let you know the outcome as soon as I hear. xx
#38
I drive an auto, i have a hyundai accent and ive had it second hand for a year and a half has never give me any trouble whatsoever

i would recommend autos to everyone
#39
Thank-you dcx badass and ilovepink, I will give you both rep tommorrow when I get some more allocated to me. xx
#40
Drive an Audi with Tiptronic but know that the Audi boxes are made to last. Smooth changes and minimal loss in fuel efficency.

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