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Old 07-17-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Manual vs Auto.

NO this isn't a regret post but...
i was building a camaro on the webstie and it says if i want the auto i have to upgrade/downgrade from a 3.45 to a 3.27 axle ratio? is this the case or is that just the GM site? That might be one reason the auto doesn't seem as fun
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:17 PM   #2
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Not really! The transmission's gear ratios are much higher in the auto. Take a look at the A6's first gear.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:18 PM   #3
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Please don't start this. It gets retarded real quick.
Different motor
Different gears

soon we will have three pages of crap. They are different but both fun.
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:30 AM   #4
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didnt even think to look at the auto gearing d'oh
and yea your right...
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:00 AM   #5
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I'm a Brit. This means I grew up in a land where we drove on the wrong side of the road, and for the first decade of my driving I drove a stick. Probably 80% of British cars (or cars in Britain) are manual.

I have to say, having lived for ten years in the US, I don't understand the excitement people have for manual transmission. Modern automatics are a totally different ball game to the automatics of even five years ago. We are talking six or more gears, highly intelligent computer controlled shifting. It's not your grandfather's auto.

The sad reality is that for the most part a computer in a car is now better at selecting and changing gears than you. Sorry to hurt your ego if you think you are a great driver and all. But really, a computer can kick your ass.

So for me, despite a decade of stick driving, and a decade of auto driving under my belt, I would always pick an auto. Especially here in the US, where the roads are so big and mostly straight.

The auto lets you concentrate on the road, on enjoying the vehicle, and having fun. The stick is just something you constantly have to do, and while it once gave you the best driving experience, I really believe that this is rarely the case any more.

Just my 2C. Or as we say in England; 2P. Although honestly, we don't have that expression in the UK at all...
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:13 AM   #6
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I'm a Brit. This means I grew up in a land where we drove on the wrong side of the road, and for the first decade of my driving I drove a stick. Probably 80% of British cars (or cars in Britain) are manual.

I have to say, having lived for ten years in the US, I don't understand the excitement people have for manual transmission. Modern automatics are a totally different ball game to the automatics of even five years ago. We are talking six or more gears, highly intelligent computer controlled shifting. It's not your grandfather's auto.

The sad reality is that for the most part a computer in a car is now better at selecting and changing gears than you. Sorry to hurt your ego if you think you are a great driver and all. But really, a computer can kick your ass.

So for me, despite a decade of stick driving, and a decade of auto driving under my belt, I would always pick an auto. Especially here in the US, where the roads are so big and mostly straight.

The auto lets you concentrate on the road, on enjoying the vehicle, and having fun. The stick is just something you constantly have to do, and while it once gave you the best driving experience, I really believe that this is rarely the case any more.

Just my 2C. Or as we say in England; 2P. Although honestly, we don't have that expression in the UK at all...
"tons" of u.s drivers still prefer the manual,BECAUSE shifting is part of the "fun" experience!..regardless of the efficiency of the "slush" box!
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:16 AM   #7
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"tons" of u.s drivers still prefer the manual,BECAUSE shifting is part of the "fun" experience!..regardless of the efficiency of the "slush" box!
Agreed
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:57 AM   #8
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I like both for differant reasons. Both are great, it comes down to what you want to do with your car IMHO.
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thats nothing like going though the gears of a v8
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NO this isn't a regret post but...
i was building a camaro on the webstie and it says if i want the auto i have to upgrade/downgrade from a 3.45 to a 3.27 axle ratio? is this the case or is that just the GM site? That might be one reason the auto doesn't seem as fun

This has been covered over and over and over.. Do a search and you will find them
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"tons" of u.s drivers still prefer the manual,BECAUSE shifting is part of the "fun" experience!..regardless of the efficiency of the "slush" box!
Of course, ultimately it is to each their own. But despite about an equal time with both methods, I can't get excited about a manual, just like I can't get excited about washing my own car.

For me personally, buying a manual, would be like tossing my iPhone and getting a Razr.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:44 AM   #12
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Of course, ultimately it is to each their own. But despite about an equal time with both methods, I can't get excited about a manual, just like I can't get excited about washing my own car.

For me personally, buying a manual, would be like tossing my iPhone and getting a Razr.
It is a mental stigma most people have with manuals. I had it as well, felt my buddies would think I was a pansi if I went auto...but it reminds me way to much of what I felt when I was learning to drive and dealing with the hassle of "raking" through the gears in Orlando is not fun...it never has been. The number of manuals are in the decline.. there is a reason for it, and it isn't because people are getting any worse at driving. Drivers world wide have always sucked...

When I finally realized I can watch the road and see how fast I am going compared my buddies manual...I no longer have the feeling. Nor do I have to listen to my chick bitch about how shes going to vomit in a manual.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:50 AM   #13
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Hey, watch it!! I have a Razr!! :P
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It is a mental stigma most people have with manuals. I had it as well, felt my buddies would think I was a pansi if I went auto...but it reminds me way to much of what I felt when I was learning to drive and dealing with the hassle of "raking" through the gears in Orlando is not fun...it never has been. The number of manuals are in the decline.. there is a reason for it, and it isn't because people are getting any worse at driving. Drivers world wide have always sucked...

When I finally realized I can watch the road and see how fast I am going compared my buddies manual...I no longer have the feeling. Nor do I have to listen to my chick bitch about how shes going to vomit in a manual.
manual are for sure dying out... no doubt.. every thing will be duel clutch paddle shifters... in like 4-5 years
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