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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
I've booked my driving test (woo hoo!!) and am looking at getting a little car once I have. However, I really don't like faffing about with gears, and even though I'm comfortable with gears/clutch, I'm thinking why not just get an automatic once I've passed.

So my question is, are automatics really easier to drive? There must be a downside otherwise everyone would be driving automatics, no?

Any suggestions for small (cheap to run, insure etc) automatic cars? I've been looking at the Suzuki Ignis or Alto.
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Its obvious its easier to drive but i prefer manual generally. But if it comes to merc, bmw..ect big well built cars then auto is the 1 to go for.

automatic gearboxs tend to go more often then manual in smaller cheaper cars. A Small automatic car is pointless.

Stick to manual if buying a small car.
#2
Autos are generally more expensive to run, and you get used to a manual pretty quick, but I've had 2 autos (an Orion and an Escort) and both were fine.
#3
^ why only good for larger cars? I've twigged that because there's not many of them around, just wondering why that's all...
#4
Oh yea and as above they cost more to run (fuel).

Not sure why, i know someone whos had endless small auto cars and the gearbox always packs up or has some sort of problem. Where as i tend to go for the bigger cars with 3.0litre engine upwards and ive never had a probl with a auto gearbox.
#5
lol I'll have to try find out.

Maybe its just me being lazy, but seriously all that gear changing and clutch control when u cud just drive an auto. I'm guessing driving a 3.0 litre bmw is not gonna help my insurance costs 2 weeks after passing my test :-(
#6
Just stick to a corsa 1.2 manual as first car.

If you really hate manual you can pass your test in a auto but that only restricts you to drive auto cars only.
#7
J4GG4
Oh yea and as above they cost more to run (fuel).

Not sure why, i know someone whos had endless small auto cars and the gearbox always packs up or has some sort of problem. Where as i tend to go for the bigger cars with 3.0litre engine upwards and ive never had a probl with a auto gearbox.


I have never had a small automatic, owned several manual boxed cars without any problems, the only problem I have had is the auto box on my Mercedes E320 and that cost me £2000+ Labour! Ouch..:x
#8
There is really no comparison imho - automatic wins every time - once you have had one you will never go back, besides if you wish, most autos can also be used as a manual. They use slightly more petrol (but no new clutches) and they really pay off in traffic jams and slow moving traffic.
#9
I think some people are missing the point here, if you are taking a driving test in a manaul car, that's the license you will have, you need to sit your test in an auto if you intend to drive one all the time. You may find problems with insurance if you have a manual license and drive and auto. Beware!!!
#10
jasperchico2
I think some people are missing the point here, if you are taking a driving test in a manaul car, that's the license you will have, you need to sit your test in an auto if you intend to drive one all the time. You may find problems with insurance if you have a manual license and drive and auto. Beware!!!


What are you talking about? If you take your test in a manual (i.e. full test) then you can drive either a manual or automatic without any issue whatsoever.
#11
jasperchico2
I think some people are missing the point here, if you are taking a driving test in a manaul car, that's the license you will have, you need to sit your test in an auto if you intend to drive one all the time. You may find problems with insurance if you have a manual license and drive and auto. Beware!!!


It only works the other way, if you do your test in a manual you can drive both autos or manuals. Whereas doing your test in an auto means you can only drive autos.

Personally i drive a small corsa which is a manual, i have driven autos but like the freedom to know if i need a lower gear for acceleration (an overtake for example), im not worrying if the auto will have the same pick up speed.

imo with a manual you know where you stand, plus autos are SOOOO boring to drive.
banned#12
autos are really boring and have a knack of changing up just when you want to get out of a tricky situation with a power boost. only worthwhile on larger engines imo

more problems with them too and cars depreciate quicker.
#13
jasperchico2
I think some people are missing the point here, if you are taking a driving test in a manaul car, that's the license you will have, you need to sit your test in an auto if you intend to drive one all the time. You may find problems with insurance if you have a manual license and drive and auto. Beware!!!

not at all,the other way around only. that's why I'm doing the manual test because then I have the freedom to drive whatever I want

but that's not the issue anyway!

why are small automatics cars so rare?!
banned#14
paperclip;5523138
not at all,the other way around only. that's why I'm doing the manual test because then I have the freedom to drive whatever I want

but that's not the issue anyway!

why are small automatics cars so rare?!

cos they are dangerous imho
#15
^what makes you say that?
#16
Autos all the way:thumbsup:
banned#17
paperclip;5523726
^what makes you say that?

autos have a knack of changing up just when you want to get out of a tricky situation with a power boost. depends if you like overtaking though lol
#18
but that's all autos no? why small ones in particular so hard to find/ why doens't everyone drive a an auto?

and I don't like overtaking!!
#19
they drain petrol, and as mentioned, cheap ones don't cut it.
#20
I have had loads of autos and don't agree with any of the negative points above.

There are a few urban myths when it comes to autos, several of them being above.

Go get one, if you can.
banned#21
greg_68;5524687
I have had loads of autos and don't agree with any of the negative points above.

There are a few urban myths when it comes to autos, several of them being above.

Go get one, if you can.

say that when you're overtaking a lorry in a 1.1L auto and you put your foot down to avoid an oncoming car!
#22
csiman
say that when you're overtaking a lorry in a 1.1L auto and you put your foot down to avoid an oncoming car!


To be pedantic you shouldn't be overtaking a lorry with an oncoming vehicle.:p

You can drive all autos in a manual type mode so if in trouble just drop it down to the correct gear.
#23
csiman
say that when you're overtaking a lorry in a 1.1L auto and you put your foot down to avoid an oncoming car!


Automatics (even old ones) have kick down you know. 1.1 auto or manual; unlikely to change the safety of an overtake.
banned#24
pghstochaj;5525149
Automatics (even old ones) have kick down you know. 1.1 auto or manual; unlikely to change the safety of an overtake.

am aware but from experience, its nothing like a manual drop-down for a kick

anyway, if I had just passed my test, i would at least get a year or two under my belt with a manual before opting for an auto. much more fun.
#25
Have been driving over 10 years and had 1 automatic in that time. Personally I found it like driving a bumper car without the crashing LOL. Mine was a granada scorpio that I'd gotten free.

Once you've passed your test you'll then learn how to drive it won't take you long to become more comfortable in yourself with the gears. It all becomes automatic in your mind.

My personal opinion is that automatics are for those that really can't get to grips with the gears and thus take the test in an automatic which of course restricts you to automatics unless you re-sit your test. Given you're taking yours in a manual you must be good enough with gears and need more confidence instead. If you're taking lessons with an instructor and they thought you weren't all that at gears then they would have had a word and discussed automatics with you.
#26
doogan9
There is really no comparison imho - automatic wins every time - once you have had one you will never go back, besides if you wish, most autos can also be used as a manual. They use slightly more petrol (but no new clutches) and they really pay off in traffic jams and slow moving traffic.


I agree totally... I learnt in a Manual car but took a Auto test as I felt much more confident. I have to say from driving both I am definatly in favour of Auto's. Most new cars nowadays can be driven semi auto too, abit similiar to manuals where you control which gear you ar in. Yes they are priceier to run but it depends how important it is to your driving confidence. My dad doesn agree and is all for Manual cars... he always gives me the " what happens when there is a emergency and only a Manual car available for you to drive?" lololol. If possible take a Manual test and once you pass buy youself a small automatic car. :thumbsup:
#27
csiman

anyway, if I had just passed my test, i would at least get a year or two under my belt with a manual before opting for an auto. much more fun.


I have always thought the opposite, I have always seen driving as two difficult tasks. Reading the road etc and handling the car (gears etc)

Why not start lessons in an auto until you can read the road etc and drive confidently. Then swap to a geared car and complete the course. Being able to concentrate on one major thing at a time would be easier I would have thought.
#28
greg_68

Why not start lessons in an auto until you can read the road etc and drive confidently. Then swap to a geared car and complete the course. Being able to concentrate on one major thing at a time would be easier I would have thought.


You would probably end up doubling the time it takes to learn if you do that.


Anyway Ive got a 1.6l astra auto and it runs fine. Power when needed thanks to the gear step down button when you floor it. Very easy to drive and it lets you concentrate on the road.
#29
I'm comfortable with gears and stuff and I know it'll become 2nd nature with experience but like I said I think I'm just being lazy :p

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