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Old 03-10-2006, 06:01 AM   #1
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Which is better for speed, an automatic or manual transmission? I've looked around on the internet but couldn't find that much info.

I'm only 16 and don't have a car (nor a job) yet, but when I do get a car, which transmission will I want?
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:04 AM   #2
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I think that there is a recent post about this, but it all depends on what type of thing your going to be using it to drive at. Like drag or a race with curves and stuff...try to be more clear
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:08 AM   #3
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That's like asking someone what's my favourite colour?...Personally, I prefer standard, because if you can drive it well, you get better fuel economy, less power loss (in almost all cases), it's just plain funner, I've heard (but I'm not sure) that they're more reliable...Top speed doesn't mean much, because odds are, you won't get her up that fast anyhow, but for accelleration. Of course autos are good in some situations too, but are in general meant to be for more luxurious rides. They in a sense would help handling, because then you don't have to worry about downshifting at turns and stuff...
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:10 AM   #4
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That's like asking someone what's my favourite colour?...Personally, I prefer standard, because if you can drive it well, you get better fuel economy, less power loss (in almost all cases), it's just plain funner, I've heard (but I'm not sure) that they're more reliable...Top speed doesn't mean much, because odds are, you won't get her up that fast anyhow, but for accelleration. Of course autos are good in some situations too, but are in general meant to be for more luxurious rides. They in a sense would help handling, because then you don't have to worry about downshifting at turns and stuff...

I believe standard transmissions and manual transmissions are different chris
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:12 AM   #5
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you believe wrong.
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:12 AM   #6
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I believe standard transmissions and manual transmissions are different chris
I've always referred to them as the same thing lol...what's the difference?

EDIT: I guess they are the same thing lol
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isn't standard where you switch gears from the top near the steering wheel and manual is down by the handbrake
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isn't standard where you switch gears from the top near the steering wheel and manual is down by the handbrake
Like paddle shifters?

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Like paddle shifters?


I don't know what a paddle shifter is, my mom told me that stardard transmission was up top near the steering wheel so thats why I said it.
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i'm pretty sure he means what you'd see on old trucks, it sticks out like the windshield wiper knob or headlights nob would.

that's an automatic.

if you drive in [D], it's an auto, if you drive in 1,2,3,4,5... it's a standard/manual. if you can choose, it's a hy-bird (it's funner to say this then hybrid) of the two.
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i'm pretty sure he means what you'd see on old trucks, it sticks out like the windshield wiper knob or headlights nob would.

that's an automatic.

if you drive in [D], it's an auto, if you drive in 1,2,3,4,5... it's a standard/manual. if you can choose, it's a hy-bird (it's funner to say this then hybrid) of the two.

oh ok yea thats what she learned to drive on the 1,2,3,4,5 standard/manual
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:52 AM   #12
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i'm pretty sure he means what you'd see on old trucks, it sticks out like the windshield wiper knob or headlights nob would.

that's an automatic.

if you drive in [D], it's an auto, if you drive in 1,2,3,4,5... it's a standard/manual. if you can choose, it's a hy-bird (it's funner to say this then hybrid) of the two.
Actually they had that on some of the older cars too, it was a three on the tree and they were standard/manual, although now you really only see them in trucks as you mentioned.

http://www.aus-ford-uk.co.uk/assets/...hn_s_dash..jpg
http://www.aus-ford-uk.co.uk/assets/images/Gears-4.jpg

Those pics are from an Aussy car, so the only difference is the shiter on the other side of the column.
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:08 AM   #13
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I prefer manual, because it is more enjoyable. Controlling revs, downshifting, little peelouts...and the fact that I have an ability that a lot of people these days don't. I'll take an automatic during rush hour though!
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I prefer manual, because it is more enjoyable. Controlling revs, downshifting, little peelouts...and the fact that I have an ability that a lot of people these days don't. I'll take an automatic during rush hour though!

I havn't been there with a stick yet, but rush hour is a pain in the ass in automatic so I can't even think of how it would be with a manual.
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I havn't been there with a stick yet, but rush hour is a pain in the ass in automatic so I can't even think of how it would be with a manual.

It just makes your left leg ache sometimes.
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