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    Cars - Manual vs. Auto?

    Hello I wanted to ask which car do you drive ?

    I have always used and did my test in a manual and I hated the clutch.

    But how is it in a auto? There is no clutch? Or gears right?

    Are manuals more petrol efficient ?

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    There is still a clutch and gears but it is all done automatically. I have driven a couple of autos but never owned one. The reduced mpg puts me off a bit, Then again if you drive like a crazy person in a manual your mpg will plummet.
    Edited by: "badgerrules" 28th Dec 2014

    I prefer automatic 100% a lot easier

    An auto will usually still have gears, unless it's a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission). There isn't a clutch pedal though, the car controls the gear shifts for you, although there are various ways of getting them to do that. My favourite type of auto box is the VAG DSG box fitted to most auto VWs, Audis, Skodas and Seats. Renault's EDC is similar, where they have two clutches so the car is ready to change up or down before it needs to. The worst auto I've driven was in a Citroën Grand Picasso a few years ago, on each shift the car and it's occupants lurched forward...

    Road tax is sometimes more expensive with autos than the same spec car with manual gearbox .

    You can burn more fuel with autos. But they're great for stop/start city driving.

    Depends on your driving. Round a city in rush hour an auto is dead easy compared to the leg ache you can get from a manual, but not as involving when you have a road suited to playing.

    Why anyone new to driving would want to drive an auto is a complete mystery...

    Learn to drive a manual properly first and enjoy yourself..

    muzzzzzzzzzy

    Why anyone new to driving would want to drive an auto is a complete … Why anyone new to driving would want to drive an auto is a complete mystery...Learn to drive a manual properly first and enjoy yourself..

    Hi,I have a skoda fabia vrs dsg 7speed 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and 140 max with paddle shifts best fun I have had in a car.

    Passed test in manual as you can then drive any - always drive automatics as I tend to have larger engine cars and just easier driving without having to change gear.

    leobella

    Hi,I have a skoda fabia vrs dsg 7speed 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and 140 max … Hi,I have a skoda fabia vrs dsg 7speed 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and 140 max with paddle shifts best fun I have had in a car.


    Paddle shift cars aren't cheap and it's not something the average new driver could afford..

    muzzzzzzzzzy

    Why anyone new to driving would want to drive an auto is a complete … Why anyone new to driving would want to drive an auto is a complete mystery...Learn to drive a manual properly first and enjoy yourself..



    Do you have a twin tub washing machine?...or an automatic one.?

    manuals normally more efficient. autos take the fun out of driving i think.go test an auto so you know what they are like if you have never driven one.

    muzzzzzzzzzy

    Paddle shift cars aren't cheap and it's not something the average new … Paddle shift cars aren't cheap and it's not something the average new driver could afford..



    2nd hand vRSs (Octavia or Fabia) can be cheap, they've had paddle shifts for at least 5 years...

    Don't be fooled into thinking all autos use more fuel. Although mainly newer models, some automatedanual boxes are just as efficient (occasionally more so) than their manual counterparts. Traditional CVT boxes are less efficient but generally perceived as more reliable.

    I've extensive miles in all types, and although we have two manuals I'd much rather have auto. Unless you munch mega miles, any fuel penalties won't make much difference in real world driving anyway. Our new car was pre reg so no option to take an auto but I'll be after auto in my next car.

    Basically test drive a few different ones and see what you like. Some VAG autonoxes are truly awful and are renowned as being dodgy as hell, while others (Alfa for example) are wonderfully quick and smooth, but again you're looking at new or nearly new there

    I drive a manual and would hate an automatic, but then I am a control freak!

    You will still have gears or how else would you put the car in reverse?

    AnnaMak

    I drive a manual and would hate an automatic, but then I am a control … I drive a manual and would hate an automatic, but then I am a control freak!You will still have gears or how else would you put the car in reverse?



    try a new bmw 8 gear auto sport
    best of both worlds

    highly efficient (more than manual) auto box thats is super smooth, and sport paddles for when you want the control fun aspect

    90% of mercedes are sold as autos
    its getting that way for all bmws 3 series and above

    try a new one
    best thing i ever did was get an auto for the 20k+ miles a year i drive

    does depend on the car though
    i drove my brother in laws peugeot 3008 auto
    and it was horrible, could feel every gear change

    even my older bmw had an auto that was smoother than it, and with the 5 gear box then, you still had the semi manual option to move it up and down the gears

    Edited by: "mrwhitelabel" 29th Dec 2015

    Leg ache from a manual? I feel lazy enough driving everywhere in my manual car so an automatic would be even worse.

    I'd go with manual if you're capable of using your left leg and foot, but an automatic if you have a problem with your foot.

    Edited by: "rikkif1990" 29th Dec 2015

    Got a BMW 635d earlier this year which is automatic. I don't think I'd consider a manual again.

    mrwhitelabel

    try a new bmw 8 gear auto sport best of both worldshighly efficient (more … try a new bmw 8 gear auto sport best of both worldshighly efficient (more than manual) auto box thats is super smooth, and sport paddles for when you want the control fun aspect90% of mercedes are sold as autosits getting that way for all bmws 3 series and abovetry a new onebest thing i ever did was get an auto for the 20k+ miles a year i drivedoes depend on the car thoughi drove my brother in laws peugeot 3008 autoand it was horrible, could feel every gear changeeven my older bmw had an auto that was smoother than it, and with the 5 gear box then, you still had the semi manual option to move it up and down the gears



    you will never catch me driving a BMW

    Plus sports cars are out with having kids.
    I am due to order my new car soon so A3 or Golf me thinks, manual

    doesnt have to be a sports car to have the sports auto gear box with paddles, its an option on most/all new builds
    3 and 5 series, plenty of space for kids
    2 litre engine fine for most

    try the i8 then, and be prepared to be blown away
    Edited by: "mrwhitelabel" 29th Dec 2015

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    You feel more at one with the car with a manual.

    ive had 4 automatics ( 1 Volvo, I ford mondeo and 2 landrover discoverys ) also had many manual cars... autos are not as fuel efficient, and can be more expensive for tax, also more expensive to repair if major things go wrong. .. auto's are easier to drive.. I would not think about automatic or manual unless your buying new, it will cost more ( normally around £800 ) but if you're buying used just buy the car that you like regardless..
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