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Driving an automatic vs a manual

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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Well as above ^^^ what's the deal with it? I have always driven manuals, now we have quite a big car as it is (7) but due to impending arrival we need a bigger 7 seater as our main car for car seats/luggage/buggy most of which we are looking at due to the size tend to be automatics.

Now I tend to over complicate things and keep getting funny looks from hubby/sales people/family when I raise an eyebrow at driving an automatic.

Is it hugely easier compared to a manual, do you get the knack of it quick or are manuals still better to drive, any info would be appreciated, as I have never even stepped foot in an automatic before! I will need to get a grip and test drive some soon though! I'd rather make a fool of myself here than asking in the showroom :D
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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#1
I love my automatic, so easy. I went straight from manual to auto was easy and you dont get confused as the car does it for you. Sometimes can forget, but easily sorted. Once youve driven one you wont go back!!
#2
It takes no time at all to get used to an automatic, you just have to remember you don't need to use your left foot any more!
I find it a pain driving manual cars now, I much prefer an automatic.
1 Like #3
No not hard at all, just put into drive and you are off, just your foot on break will control the car and the accelerator. I cant express enough how much more I enjoy driving. I drove an 8 seater Nissan Serena (manual) then a automatic Galaxy (lovely) now got a ford focus. 4 kids are older now!!
Tis easy, just dont get worked up about it.
#4
I cannot imagine why any cars are made with manual controls in this day and age! ;) IMO it's like using a washboard instead of a Bosch washing machine.

I've driven autos for years - various sizes; they are far easier to drive - none of that holding on the clutch nonsense as well. Ideal for 'traffic'. The change to driving an auto from manual is perfectly simple; it doesn't really matter if you put your left foot down as nothing is there.

Past opinions here:
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#5
I havent looked into all cars, but most automatic versions of the same engine size of cars ive seen are 5-10mpg WORSE than their manual versions.
#6
automatics are dead easy...main difference is u can get a quicker start in a manual, say at the lights..but its marginal also i prefer manual as i feel more in control! weird me. i was driving my husbands CLK before i had J and i did get used to it...bring a nice car it still got off the mark quick, so although i heard its slower off the mark, this one wasnt.

am i making sense?!!!? haha
#7
splatsplatsplat
I havent looked into all cars, but most automatic versions of the same engine size of cars ive seen are 5-10mpg WORSE than their manual versions.


not to mention worse tax bands/higher pollution for the same car
#8
I miss my automatic A4, it was a breeze to drive. Lovely on the motorways and in traffic, but guzzled a bit too much fuel round town.

Manual is more fun to drive, but if you want a smooth easy drive then automatics are superb.
#9
I have been driving automatic for over 10 years and just recently decided to get a license to drive manual cars. After the first lesson, I question myself why I even want to learn to drive manual. I guess after a couple more lessons, I would be able to drive a manual with more ease but so far, I believe auto is alot easier. You should have no problem driving an auto if you know how to drive a manual already.
#10
you can drink and drive in a auto as there is no gears to change, so you dont spill it
1 Like #11
chesso
I cannot imagine why any cars are made with manual controls in this day and age! ;) IMO it's like using a washboard instead of a Bosch washing machine.


EXACTLY, none of my friends understand me when I say that to them, it's like they invented something which makes life much easier, and people said, nah, don't worry, we'll carry on as we are.

True Story - My eccentric Grandma will never drive in 5th gear (apparently due to having an accident years ago when changing into 5th) so i suggested getting an automatic, rather than doing 70+ in 4th. Her reply "I'm not having someone tell me when to change gear"

My next car will be an auto though
#12
Just keep your left foot back out of the way or you will end up pushing the brake instead of the non-existent clutch pedal... takes a little while to get used to but should'nt cause any major problems...certainly nothing to fret over..
#13
It's so much easier. Just clamp your left leg down and don't move it. I now forget to dip a clutch in a manual and stall after coming off motorways. I also forget the handbrake and roll forwards when parking in ASDA. I love my auto!
#14
Only disadvantages:

Costs a bit more if there are gearbox/transmission issues
Uses a bit more fuel
banned#15
chesso
I cannot imagine why any cars are made with manual controls in this day and age! ;)


Quite the opposite. In this day and age, all cars should be manual. Fuel consumption minimisation should be a priority (unless you are a fuelhead of course!)

Shame on you Chesso for not thinking of the future and self self self.... :p
banned#16
Automatic for that dodgem car feel!

Edited By: master_chief on Sep 05, 2010 20:24: duh
banned#17
tinkerbell28
Ok this is going to sound really stupid, but what about hill starts as there are loads around here and I feel confident and in control of my car, the automatic does it for you right, it dosen't roll back, irrational I know just wondering!


The only way it would roll backwards is if you put it in reverse.
1 Like #18
Automatics are for those drivers who have the inability to do two things at once.......and lazy

I will always drive a manual
#19
well choc1869 was there any need for that comment?
#20
sorry '1969', its a matter of choice and no other!
#21
choc1969
Automatics are for those drivers who have the inability to do two things at once.......and lazy

I will always drive a manual
Or for those who want to eat and drink while driving. I drive an auto.
banned#22
choc1969
Automatics are for those drivers who have the inability to do two things at once.......and lazy

I will always drive a manual

Here here.

bernyrabbit
well choc1869 was there any need for that comment?

Definitely. (Is it 'cos you is an auto?) :D
#23
I am indeed a driver of an auto...........and proud of it!!
#24
choc1969
Automatics are for those drivers who have the inability to do two things at once.......and lazy

I will always drive a manual


You mean women drivers?





****quickly runs and dives for cover****
#25
tinkerbell28
TBH, Choc it's a bit different when you are looking for a full size family car with full size 7/8 seats and a huge engine most are automatic so I don't have much of a choice.

Guv X) that's ok then I just like being in total control so will be a learning curve :)


I'm looking for the same, 7 seater diesel manual and have a few choices.....

eat my dust at the lights :p


What cars you looking at hun ?
banned 1 Like #26
tinkerbell28

Guv X) that's ok then I just like being in total control so will be a learning curve :)


Automatics are easier to drive in respect of not having to worry about changing gear and clutch control. However, if you dont want to drive.... why not catch a bus?X)

Its funny 'cos I was in a similar position last year as you describe. I was looking at buying a much larger car, but didnt because I could only get an auto. Doesn't appeal in the slightest.
banned#27
bernyrabbit
I am indeed a driver of an auto...........and proud of it!!


Have you got a proper license or just one for automatics?
#28
If its any help to anyone, I had 3 Nissan Serenas manual and diesel manual, really great to drive on a budget and for a large family, not much on the baggage room tho, but we used a trailer on it for holidays. Before we got the trailer tho, luggage went in the feet room and there was plenty of that...
#29
Guv
I have a full driving license, drove a manual car until 5 years ago.
banned#30
bernyrabbit
If its any help to anyone, I had 3 Nissan Serenas manual and diesel manual, really great to drive on a budget and for a large family, not much on the baggage room tho, but we used a trailer on it for holidays. Before we got the trailer tho, luggage went in the feet room and there was plenty of that...


LOL.... Thats the big mistake with the new car I bought. Hardly any boot space.... Ive ended up keeping the old Zafira and pay for 2 lots of tax and insurance now! (And dont you dare say a thing Chesso!):p
banned#31
Automatics are a lot easier to drive. You'll get a lot of 'petrolheads'/idiots saying it's for people who can't drive or some such nonsense but for city driving they're great.

Hill starts are fine. Having it in drive without pushing down the accelerator is the equivalent of a manual car on the bite point so it's only on very steep hills where you'd need to give it any gas to stop it rolling back.

To be quite honest though, if it's some kind of baby-wagon then it's not like speed off the line is a major point. It doesn't take long to get used to having one less pedal, although I still rest my left hand on the gearstick. Force of habit.
1 Like #32
yeah get an automatic tinkerbell, i reckon theyd be more fun to drive, its quite annoying having to change gears whilst txting or generally messing about on the phone (i kid)

either that or check your childrens latest school reports/ exam results and put the ones that are struggling up for adoption. :P
#33
guv
Quite the opposite. In this day and age, all cars should be manual. Fuel consumption minimisation should be a priority (unless you are a fuelhead of course!)Shame on you Chesso for not thinking of the future and self self self.... :p
Nothing to say you can't have an automatic 'green' car!

Until then ....
Haha - I drive a 1.4 auto GLS Yaris - I think I am OK on the fuel consumption tirade.;) Not much boot space though. Tax and insurance - I fancy I pay a lot less than many.:D

Hill starts are much easier in an auto! For boy-racering at the lights pop the thing into sports mode!! *raises eye brows*

Here here??? guv?
suspended#34
Auto - Best to drive with, Can drive while eating/drinking/playing with your nuts/anything else. Bad side is you can use much more fuel when using one.

Manual - Better to drive if you are a racer, more control over how you want to be driving. Bad side is they are awful for long distances or traffic.
banned#35
chesso

Nothing to say you can't have an automatic 'green' car!

Until then ....
Haha - I drive a 1.4 auto GLS Yaris -


Of course there is... I just said it! BTW.. do you know the fuel consumption of the manual equivalent? If only everyone thought of the environment! :p
#36
guv
Of course there is... I just said it! BTW.. do you know the fuel consumption of the manual equivalent? If only everyone thought of the environment! :p
If only!! ...
..... Public transport only for all.
banned 1 Like #37
chesso

If only!! ...
..... Public transport only for all.


On ya bike!:p
#38
I cant imagine driving an automatic long term after driving a manual, I've drove automatics but fuel efficiency is affected, With fuel prices rising all the time and automatics generally costing more than manuals it's a big no no for me.

Also automatics generally suffer more gearbox problems.

If money and the planet is of no concern then.

If you enjoy driving get a manual.

If your a lazy slob get an automatic.
banned#39
I've had a couple of auto hire cars from work (one a CLK... bit scary!)

Its really easy though - couple of times I tried to press the non-existant clutch, but theres no major problem with switching.
#40
Plenty of manual Ford Galaxy's about, Better than any Renault trash.

Serena is like driving a van, Horrible.

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