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Do you prefer a manual or automatic car?

DarkKnight Avatar
suspended7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Will be interesting to know your views
personally i prefer a manual for the following reasons:

- It gives me a better MPG (i do about half the RPM of the same speed of an automatic), so therefore it should be cheaper to run

- I find it more fun as you can control better

- It's much easier to coast the engine

The pros of an automatic i find is that you never have to worry about anything to do with the engine, you just put your foot on the accelerator or brake, and you can enjoy the views more and stuff
and the other preference is that you can do much more with your hands as you don't need to change gears with the gearstick so you can scratch your balls and stuff

So i prefer a manual
What's your preference?
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suspended7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
and the other preference is that you can do much more with your hands as you don't need to change gears with the gearstick so you can scratch your balls and stuff

:w00t:
suspended#2
deb8z
and the other preference is that you can do much more with your hands as you don't need to change gears with the gearstick so you can scratch your balls and stuff

:w00t:


Just a little joke, as you can also scratch your balls in a manual :whistling: lol
#3
Ewww tmi !
suspended#4
deb8z
Ewww tmi !


lol, any..way, on the subject of erm..cars, that's a nice car you got there Debz (i presume it's yours) :thumbsup:
#5
Nah,went for a test drive in it with my ex,he bought a silver one instead!
banned#6
Hm...I've had a few automatics and never felt "out of controll" with any of them.
It's all down to wether you're a driver or a Driver.
#7
i got a manual but drive an automatic in work its one less thing to worry about
suspended#8
Pluun
Hm...I've had a few automatics and never felt "out of controll" with any of them.
It's all down to wether you're a driver or a Driver.


I don't mean out of control as in *screech* *screech* *arghhhhhh*
i mean with a manual you can control the acceleration more precise for example, and the MPG and stuff. automatics are not bad, but with the fuel prices in the UK so high and the MPG of automatics, you would need to be a bit more careful i guess
#9
automatics rule...the difference in mpg must be miniscule ?...unless your a real cheapskate.
I`d go for auto especially if you are stuck in stop/start traffic jams as its just an easier ride surely????
suspended#10
Jumpingphil
"The pros of an automatic i find is that you never have to worry about anything to do with the engine, you just put your foot on the accelerator or brake, and you can enjoy the views more and stuff"

So how do you drive a manual car then, do you have to keep looking down to see where the pedals are. :w00t:


No i just mean you don't have to concentrate on driving as much in an auto :) it's extremely easy
#11
I think YOU are driving in a manual.... in an automatic, you are always waiting for the next gear.... ( because, being the expert you are, you would always change up WAY sooner for the acceleration.... :whistling: )

I have been driving my auto for nearly 18 months now.... I like it 'cos I'm lazy........ :oops:
#12
Manual. If the battery's flat I can jump it :p

It's just a shame that some of the more fun cars only seem to come with auto boxes.
#13
deffo gotta be automatic so much easier than manual and very helpful at times for instance when on a hill the car doesnt roll back whereas on a manual it can be tricky especially when stopping at a red light.
suspended#14
I think that in the future, if i still have an average car then i would change to an auto, but if i get some kind of better car like a sports car (in my dreams) then i would definitely stay with a manual as it will be more fun :)
#15
DarkKnight
I think that in the future, if i still have an average car then i would change to an auto, but if i get some kind of better car like a sports car (in my dreams) then i would definitely stay with a manual as it will be more fun :)


I think you have the answer right there.... driving is tedious, if you want the traffic lights race, you need a manual, (my old mondeo was no spring chicken, but had the low profile tyres, and the RS alloy wheels...... :whistling: I left many of the younger, speed freaks wondering what happened! AND it was a diesel!!!! )

But if you are lazy, like me.... the auto kinda takes it.... :oops: for now....
#16
Automatic - why make dfriving more of a chore?
#17
I hate automatics, they can't know how I want to drive at any one time...my car has six tall gears and a fairly hefty turbocharger which means it can be a very economical cruiser or give pretty gutsy acceleration - I know how I want the car to drive but my gearbox doesn't. I also like shifting through the gears particularly the sequential shift on a motorbike.

John
#18
I have two cars (one of each). Both gearboxes have their pros and cons, but I think that I'd choose to keep the automatic if I had to give one of the up.
#19
Had an auto for 3 years now & would never go back to a manual. Main advantage for me is when stuck in traffic I can just keep my foot on the brake & release it to edge forward. Oh & I can give my balls a good scratching at the same time :whistling:
#20
anyways automatic is easier to drive when u got kids in back.....easier to swing one arm back and slap em one when they misbehaving...IM KIDDING!!! but then when i drive the automatic its the 3.2litre CLK so it accelerates well and doesnt feel u dont have that kick of starting in manual. although i do miss doing the lazy reverse in it...u know just taking foot off brake and car rolling back a lil so people can get thru a gap.... dunno if that makes sense...but i know what im trying to say.

anyways i have best of both worlds...drive both cars as swao with hubby when i feel like it!
#21
I am a very naughty boy!, I have a petrol automatic 4X4............but!!, it does about 30mpg which I think is pretty good, is the MOST comfortable car I've ever driven, gets me anywhere I want to go ( and with my job I do end up far off the beaten track quite often ) in any weather ( never missed a single job in the recent snow ) and because it's high up ( and I'm getting old and decrepid ) the back and leg pain I used to get doing similar high miles in a normal manual hatchback have gone.

So, auto all the way for me please :-D
banned#22
Automatics are for people incapable of co-ordinating their hand and feet movements. Not only are they green unfriendly (and use at least 20% more fuel than their manual equivalent), but they allow access to driving, people who shouldn't be out on the road. (Seriously)
#23
I didnt realise people had so many problems with changing gears.. for me its totally subconcious
#24
how hard can it be changing gears, sounds like some of you auto people shouldnt be on the roads, suppose for the female of the species it is easier to put on the lippy and do your hair whilst driving
#25
Manual all they way, i love been able to decide when i want a different gear.
#26
I didn't mind driving an automatic when I was in America but manual wins hands down for me - nothing like having 6 gears to go through :thumbsup:
banned#27
guv
Automatics are for people incapable of co-ordinating their hand and feet movements. Not only are they green unfriendly (and use at least 20% more fuel than their manual equivalent), but they allow access to driving, people who shouldn't be out on the road. (Seriously)


I was waiting for the Top Gear-esque view of this debate.

I prefer an automatic for city driving and a manual for more 'open' driving. An auto around town is just easier. It doesn't make you any less of a 'driver' at all, nor does it mean you can't coordinate your hand and feet movements.
banned#28
BlondeBella
Manual all they way, i love been able to decide when i want a different gear.


You know I agree. When I'm on the motorway doing 70, I miss not being able to drop it down into second so I can really hear those revs.
#29
I currently have a manual, But would like an automatics for rush hour when its stop start for miles at a time in roadworks would make it a hell of a lot easier
#30
For anything sporty, it has to be manual, I want to decide when to change gear, not let the car decide for me.
However having said that, for stop start motoring an auto is great, and the more modern autos do seem to have a decent kick down. I test drove the Nissan Nurano recently with the CVT box, and that was great, with a nice powerband and very quick gear changes.
#31
I can drive both, but my car is an automatic - Long story, but it's great, the ultimate lazy car :) It is awesome of course for stop/starts or very slow movement, but great for everything else, except getting up a steep hill or overtaking.

I would prefer a manual, but I bought my car due to other reasons, but they still haven't arisen, although I think it will in the coming months, or at least by the end of the year - Then my good deed shall be done.
#32
correct me if i am wrong but if you want to drop down a gear in an auto dont you just put your foot down, so what is this carp about wanting to select your own gear and not having the car to decide for you
#33
guv
Automatics are for people incapable of co-ordinating their hand and feet movements. Not only are they green unfriendly (and use at least 20% more fuel than their manual equivalent), but they allow access to driving, people who shouldn't be out on the road. (Seriously)


theres nothing wrong with driving an automatic..... stop being so judgemetnal. i drive both cars and some of the more prestigous cars are only available in automatic. yes being green is an issue, but those of us with cars that emitt high emissions have to pay higher road taxes anyways...and to be fair if ppl were so obnoxious about drinving eco friendly cars then why dont u all just walk/use public transport. u gotta be realistic...some ppl drive heavy emission cars for whatever reasons, others drive smaller eco friendly cars. no need for judgments.
#34
guv
Not only are they green unfriendly (and use at least 20% more fuel than their manual equivalent


[COLOR="Red"]at least 20% more fuel.[/COLOR] Sorry I can't agree with you.

I drive a petrol Audi A4 2.0LTR Auto & get about 35 - 37 miles per gallon which I thought was pretty impressive.
#35
I love driving my Manual.

I drive an automatic quite frequently, but the response isn't anywhere near as good. It's also easy to switch off and become lazy, though I must say it has it's benefits if I travel into the City of London.
#36
since i only have one leg, i couldn't drive a manual
#37
ding
correct me if i am wrong but if you want to drop down a gear in an auto dont you just put your foot down, so what is this carp about wanting to select your own gear and not having the car to decide for you


You're wrong - how does the auto know what performance you actually want? It doesn't know the road, traffic or anything else instead it can only second guess what you want from your acceleration and braking. If I'm cruising in sixth when I put my foot down it may just be because I want to get a few more revs to get the turbo spinning because the road has changed to a dual carriageway or I may need a good chunk of acceleration for an overtake and instead will drop down to 4th.

Obviously some autos are more intelligent than others plus they have sports modes but I don't really see the point in having to flick back and forth between settings when I can just control the gears for the style I want. While at best the auto box may be able to do roughly what I want, I might as well be doing it myself especially as the auto box may perform a lot worse.

On paper the auto box is slower and less fuel efficient whereas in reality I'd reckon it's worse as the auto box cannot cope so well with a variety of conditions.

John
#38
harry127
since i only have one leg, i couldn't drive a manual


yes that would be a problem.

There's plenty of people with one arm that drive automatics too

Also my sister and brother in law are deaf... they drive an automatic because they cannot hear their over revving, and it was obviously easier for them to learn to drive in.
#39
Johnmcl7
On paper the auto box is slower and less fuel efficient whereas in reality I'd reckon it's worse as the auto box cannot cope so well with a variety of conditions.

John


And it takes the fun out of driving.
#40
I prefer driving a manual but I had to get an automatic due to medical issues. At least with the auto I can be independent. Mine is semi automatic with economy mode and I tend to use this when driving the 20 miles to work each day. It does frustrate me when the gears seem slow to change when in auto mode - hence using semi automatic mode!

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