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Old 08-31-2013, 07:32 AM   #18
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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.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:23 AM   #19
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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.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:43 AM   #20
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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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Old 08-31-2013, 09:05 AM   #21
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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.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:32 PM   #22
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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!)

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Old 08-31-2013, 01:22 PM   #23
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I say use the EASY button and keep momma happy ...
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:23 PM   #24
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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...
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:49 PM   #25
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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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Old 08-31-2013, 03:15 PM   #26
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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!!
THIS! I will say the cup holders in the manual SUCK lol i dont bother with drinks because no matter how small the cup it gets in the way. and if i give in ill hold the cup the whole time in my left hand and drive n shift with my right (its not hard to do). the point is, cups being in the cup holders do suck for the manual trans camaros. imo they should have made holders behind the arm rest, even my cobalt had that
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:27 PM   #27
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I went through this whole debate last year.
I'm really glad I got the automatic. I'm impressed.
I've always driven Manual, Including a 96 Z28+SS, up till I got the 06 MC SS, didn't come in Manual.
The ZL1 A6 works great. Love the PTM's and the paddles if/when I want to play.
I'm also glad I went for the Navigation and Sunroof. No Regrets.
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:28 PM   #28
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Nice thing about a manual is that you can "hot rod" around and get the sensation of speed with out really speeding vs a automatic which you usually have to mat the accelerator to the floor for a while to feel all of its 580hp.... but by then you are usually going fast enough to be arrested. Sure you can keep the auto in a lower gear but you still miss out on all the little nuances of going through the gears with little hints of WOT before, during and after shifts so you can hear all the popping and blurbing coming from the exhaust vs the consistent linear roar from the auto car. I'd get an auto if it was going to be a heavily modded daily driver that would see a lot of time at the drag races and a manual if it was going to be a fun weekend car with light mods and no track time.
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:45 PM   #29
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Nice thing about a manual is that you can "hot rod" around and get the sensation of speed with out really speeding vs a automatic which you usually have to mat the accelerator to the floor for a while to feel all of its 580hp.... but by then you are usually going fast enough to be arrested. Sure you can keep the auto in a lower gear but you still miss out on all the little nuances of going through the gears with little hints of WOT before, during and after shifts so you can hear all the popping and blurbing coming from the exhaust vs the consistent linear roar from the auto car. I'd get an auto if it was going to be a heavily modded daily driver that would see a lot of time at the drag races and a manual if it was going to be a fun weekend car with light mods and no track time.

Sure you can keep the auto in a lower gear but you still miss out on all the little nuances of going through the gears with little hints of WOT before, during and after shifts so you can hear all the popping and blurbing coming from the exhaust vs the consistent linear roar from the auto car.

You can do this with the auto either using the paddles (same as manual except no clutch) or using the sport mode it will downshift like a manual.

I hear mine popping all he time in the sport mode it even senses how you are driving and downshifts appropriately. This is the best automatic I have ever driven. The only thing I miss in the manual is pushing in the clutch. NOT!
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #30
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The cup holders are that bad with the manual? Damn. The vert wasn't bad but it was an auto. She loved the auto but never used the paddle shifters. She also got caught by a friend doing north of 3 digit land. That was a v 6. I was told this am to get the manual. Hope the one I want is still there Tuesday. Blk m6 silver rims. She said she is willing to learn the manual in my 71 3/4 ton gmc.
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Sure you can keep the auto in a lower gear but you still miss out on all the little nuances of going through the gears with little hints of WOT before, during and after shifts so you can hear all the popping and blurbing coming from the exhaust vs the consistent linear roar from the auto car.

You can do this with the auto either using the paddles (same as manual except no clutch) or using the sport mode it will downshift like a manual.

I hear mine popping all he time in the sport mode it even senses how you are driving and downshifts appropriately. This is the best automatic I have ever driven. The only thing I miss in the manual is pushing in the clutch. NOT!



This isn't like a Gen4 with a 3.8 auto trans, this thing is nothing but baddass. Also the harder you drive it, the harder it shifts. The programing is adaptive, and knows when you mean business.
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:50 PM   #32
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And the autos in my area are damn hard to find.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:13 PM   #33
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automatic all the way just do some search on the 6L90E and you will be amaze and theres no issue on that tranny's yet and lots of ppl are beating them alot on the drag strip.more constant and quicker on the 60 and for those manual guys who talks about the feeling with there manual tranny well you should have been trying that 6L90E in sport mod with the paddleshift activated,i can bounce the rev on my A6 Z like any other manual tranny would do and i would say even better,quicker and louder!
(and for the manual tranny bud's don't try to tell me that you did try an auto SS and it was sh...it bc the SS have the 6L80E and that tranny is not heavy duty like 6L90E and its not a pre-stage double cluch and dosen't have the same algorithme)

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Old 08-31-2013, 05:35 PM   #34
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The cup holders are that bad with the manual? Damn. The vert wasn't bad but it was an auto. She loved the auto but never used the paddle shifters. She also got caught by a friend doing north of 3 digit land. That was a v 6. I was told this am to get the manual. Hope the one I want is still there Tuesday. Blk m6 silver rims. She said she is willing to learn the manual in my 71 3/4 ton gmc.
They are absolutely a terrible design. Probably the worst I've even seen or driven in a manual car. They could have at least put a cup holder in the door panel.

OP - As others have mentioned; It's hard to beat the fun and exhilaration of a manual car; but the auto in this car is stout and nothing like the typical slush box autos. I would have gotten one; but I got a smoking deal on my car and no regrets. Can't go wrong either way.
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