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Turtle8001 08-30-2013 09:23 PM

Auto or manual
Well the bottom line is I would like some in put fro all you guys with either. I want a manual wife wants an auto(she can't drive a manual). Auto guys how do you like them, manual guys the same. This is a toy not a dd.

URBAN LEGEND 08-30-2013 09:44 PM

Word of advice:

Make your own decision. You will get the A6 camp saying A6 FTW followed by the M6 crowd saying M6 FTW.

So you will be on your own anyway.

dixonk 08-30-2013 09:54 PM

Wife can't drive a manual. Think you answered your own question. Get the manual and save your wheels from curb rash and misc dings and scratches that seem to occur when wives drive the car.

On a serious note not quite sure if there is a difference in the auto vs manual motors. On the SS there is and I would not recommend going that route. I ended up swapping for a manual car because I was never happy.

swizlstik 08-30-2013 09:56 PM

I have a manual and wish that I would have gotten the auto.

Craig B 08-30-2013 10:21 PM

Manual is more fun on the street. In traffic it can suck. Your choice.

CAM....ZL1 08-30-2013 10:40 PM

I got the auto so the wife can drive, no dents or scratches and she does give it hell sometimes, well hell for her anyway. Would not change if I could. I like the idea of a stick, but the auto makes more sense. I can still paddle shift.

Turtle8001 08-30-2013 10:43 PM

Swizlstik what has changed made you want the auto? My big concern is the performance with the auto. I have read on here guys are very happy with both.

Turtle8001 08-30-2013 10:45 PM

Cam that is what worries me. My wife is NOT afraid of speed.

ZL1Dave 08-30-2013 11:32 PM

As far as the auto trans goes...I will say its the best auto trans I have ever driven with in any car. I have no regrets about getting it. It's very responsive with the paddle shifters on the steering wheel in manual mode and I feel as if its almost the best of both worlds. Chevy even had the auto being slightly quicker and faster top speed over the manual with the numbers they released with the car. I also haven't heard of any of the other guys with the auto having anything bad to say about their experience with it as well. A few owners with the manual have reported having problems between gears with some grinding noises and roughness. Either way you'll be please no matter what trans you go with.

Sven59 08-30-2013 11:42 PM

The auto is fantastic, also good for us decrepit old men.

SSTAT 08-30-2013 11:46 PM

None of us could drive a stick until we learned. Teach her! The only reason for not being able to drive a stick is if she is missing an arm or a leg... which I hope she isn't or this joke is going to turn out very badly for me...

ffcars 08-31-2013 12:16 AM

I fell in LOVE with the 6-speed manual ZL1 the minute I drove it. The car really is a lot of fun to drive and I wouldn't buy an auto unless I was disabled or had to commute daily in the car.

As for your wife driving a manual, it's never too late. The ZL1 has hill assist which takes away the biggest problem for new manual drivers.

Here's a suggestion. Find a friend with a manual transmission with hill-assist, like a Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present). Have her drive it around in a parking lot and then let her see what she thinks. Even if she doesn't like it, she learned to drive a manual which I think should be a requirement for every person who drives. You never know when you have to drive a drunk friend's manual car home.

Good luck.

Mick1 08-31-2013 12:32 AM

i think if you have to ask this question then you should get the auto. It's easier to find one.
Me, I only like to drive a manual, so if a car doesn't have a manual, I don't buy it. Just my personal preference.

ninsecgt 08-31-2013 01:19 AM

auto all the way
the auto has a higher top end (184mph) and is 2/10 quicker to 60 stock according to factory specs. my car is all stock except for a factory replacement k/n air filter and it does just fine for the street.

BlemsBumble 08-31-2013 03:02 AM

The auto also adds $2500 to the price of the car.

2012-1822 08-31-2013 04:17 AM

There you have it. Answered your own question. Get the stick so your wife can't ever take the Camaro.

Mvp_Me 08-31-2013 04:30 AM

The best way to find out what is best for you is to test drive both. i have a m6 and i can tell you that driving a manual today is a walk in the park compared to back in the day. i love the manual and even in traffic i dont care because after awhile it becomes second nature and you dont think about it. a plus on the manuals side is that when your stick in traffic you dont have to have your foot always on the break, or the clutch for that matter,with the auto you have to keep your foot on the break. i kno a few females that drive manual cars, camaros even with no problem at all. bottom line.... bangin gears is always fun.
i will say the auto is damn good in the camaro so im not knockin it but for me having a manual spices up the driving experience but if you are looking for consistency i will say auto is he way to go.
if you ask me, the only reason you should have a auto SPORTS car is if you are unfortunately disabled or you have the same car in manual so you buy the other in auto.

ntrimm 08-31-2013 07:32 AM

I love the manual. I wouldn't own a sports car with an automatic unless I was disabled and needed the auto. There's debate that the auto is quicker but there are some testers that got 3.8 seconds 0-60 with the manual. It's all about the driver. Either one you buy you will enjoy.

Whos_Drivin 08-31-2013 08:23 AM

I love the manual as well. To me it adds to the enjoyment of the car. The A6 is awesome as well, but it's all about your own personal likes.

Normagene 08-31-2013 08:43 AM

I love my Manual! Question really is; do you want to teach your wife how to drive a stick in a $60,000 car? Manual was a must for me, but my husband probably would of bought an auto, just cause its easier around city traffic. Today's autos with paddle shifters get you pretty close to that manual feel. If you get the manual and your wife just doesn't ever really get use to it or ends up not liking it, not sure if there will be friction as a result. She could think you did it cause you really didn't want her behind the wheel???

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Jakeman 08-31-2013 09:05 AM

Had auto in my '12 2SS - the paddles are not great when the steering wheel is being turned. I got the auto because I drive in a lot of stop and go traffic, but was never really happy I choose it.

Got stick on the ZL1 - nothing but smiles and stop and go traffic - not an issue.:laughabove:

Oz ZL-1 08-31-2013 12:32 PM

Maybe you could rent a manual car of some sort and see how she likes it??
I have the Auto but would have opted for Manual if not for the wife needing to drive.

I've heard the cup holders w/M6 are useless - interferes with shifting (perhaps not w/a 6 oz low profile coffee cup!)

Good Luck Turtle!!

SlingShot 08-31-2013 01:22 PM

I say use the EASY button and keep momma happy ...

RexZL1 08-31-2013 01:23 PM

Got the M6. I feel really connected to the car because it makes you very active while driving it. Also M6 has Launch assist, which is cool. Nothing better than dropping it down in 3rd about 60 and the acceleration to 110 is sick...

yellow69z28rs 08-31-2013 02:49 PM

I've had both, (not ZL1)
Traffic SUX with the manual, & was my reason for going auto, and I'm sooo glad I did.

The auto in the ZL1 is amazing in sport mode, don't even touch the paddles and its truly bad ass!
If you track the car that's the only time you really ever need to paddle shift, then that's truly bad ass!

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