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Old 06-30-2006, 04:15 PM   #1
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......i see more & more new cars are automatics. Why is this..? I much prefer a manual to an automatic...Are there more advantages to automatics. I personally consider it lazy driving. Your thoughts please
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Old 06-30-2006, 04:20 PM   #2
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both are good.

i have both. Auto, is good when u get off work, Traffic sucks and you just want to go home.
Manual is good when you want to save energy, or get butt load of power. Its fun to drive.
I want both.
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Old 06-30-2006, 04:38 PM   #3
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Automatics are luxury items, and the only transmisions available in top luxury cars like Rolls Royce, and the like. As such, people want to own luxury items, and are willing to pay for it if they can afford it.

There are a lot of what used to be pure luxury items you now take for granted. Is it "lazy driving" that you no longer have to use a manual choke? Is it "lazy driving" that you no longer have to hand crank your engine to start it? Power windows, power steering, power door locks, power sunroofs, etc., all staples of modern mid level cars.

Driving is vastly more than merely selecting which gear you're going to be in.
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Old 06-30-2006, 07:55 PM   #4
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Automatics are luxury items, and the only transmisions available in top luxury cars like Rolls Royce, and the like. As such, people want to own luxury items, and are willing to pay for it if they can afford it.

There are a lot of what used to be pure luxury items you now take for granted. Is it "lazy driving" that you no longer have to use a manual choke? Is it "lazy driving" that you no longer have to hand crank your engine to start it? Power windows, power steering, power door locks, power sunroofs, etc., all staples of modern mid level cars.

Driving is vastly more than merely selecting which gear you're going to be in.
Yeah, i s'pose your right. But it still doesn't answer my question of what the pro's & con's are...?
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:21 PM   #5
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Automatics are luxury items, and the only transmisions available in top luxury cars like Rolls Royce, and the like. As such, people want to own luxury items, and are willing to pay for it if they can afford it.

There are a lot of what used to be pure luxury items you now take for granted. Is it "lazy driving" that you no longer have to use a manual choke? Is it "lazy driving" that you no longer have to hand crank your engine to start it? Power windows, power steering, power door locks, power sunroofs, etc., all staples of modern mid level cars.

Driving is vastly more than merely selecting which gear you're going to be in.
I think that hand cranking thing was more of a safety measure from too many people having their arms ripped off lol.

The best way to tell what the advantages to an automatic are to go to the dealership and test drive one.
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:32 PM   #6
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wow... i completely forgot about manual chokes, i remember my dads old 1970-something generic diesel mitsubishi truck had the manual choke and a backup crank.... lol
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:36 PM   #7
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wow... i completely forgot about manual chokes, i remember my dads old 1970-something generic diesel mitsubishi truck had the manual choke and a backup crank.... lol

try that in a mini, that couldnt start on a cold morning
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