Manual transmission or Automatic transmission?
I just recently passed my driving test (100%!!!!) and am in search of a car. I found one that has everything i want and seems perfect. Except, it is a manual transmission. A lot of people say manual is better, but it sounds REALLY hard. Is it as hard to learn as i think it is? would i be better off looking for a car with an automatic transmission since i'm a new driver? what do you suggest???
- richard bLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
when i was your age i prefered cars with manual transmissions. these days, i still prefer manual transmission cars, but i recognize that in day to day city traffic the automatic is much easier to deal with. it is not hard to learn to drive a stick though, and i usually recommend that people do learn, and even drive a stick shift for awhile as it makes them better drivers. why? because you have to be aware of what your car is doing at all times, along with what traffic is doing. you have to plan your moves further ahead with a stick shift as opposed to an automatic.
- 4 years ago
A manual used to be cheaper on a new car. In fact it still is. When they advertise the lowest price for a new vehicle, they are quoting the numbers with a manual transmission. . Automatic transmission? Add another $1000 onto the price tag. A/C? Another 1000, Undercoating another grand. If you learn to drive a standard shift properly and don't haul a trailer behind you filled with rocks, turf, miscellaneous heavy junk...or drag race. You can go 6 years without touching the clutch. Many times even farther. . In city traffic with lots of stops, your clutch foot gets tired. You can up shift to third and down to second and then use brakes from that point on to stop. First is for just starting off, never shift back into it as second gear will take you from "almost a dead stop" to third gear. It makes for less shifting and more smoother ride. As for transmission problems, automatics usually have to go to an auto transmission shop as they are full of parts. So they rip you off because they are specialists. Auto transmissions have clutches too...they call them bands which clamp around the rotating shaft. They slip too. Manual transmission it is just the clutch plate. Last time I paid for one it was $150., the throwout bearing you change too and that was maybe 70...all total maybe $500 to have a mechanic do the job with the parts included. Auto trans problems are going to be double that easy. Because they all ask that "They are in collusion, all the same price." Any work you have them guesstimate the cost so you have an idea of whether you can afford to fix the car. They have a good idea what is wrong so their guess will be on the high end, to cover hidden unexpected costs. Any garage mechanic can separate a bell housing and take out and replace the clutch and throw out bearing and reassemble it. You don't need a specialist. The transmission gears are fine. Rarely do they break. Automatic only break when you drag race a lot. Besides it is a girl's car.
- 1 decade ago
Yes Manual transmission is better than automatic .In the efficiency curve the range for which the automatic transmission gives higher efficiency is lesser compared with manual.that is is manual transmission will have lesser power loss during its power transmission.
- 1 decade ago
at least learn how to drive stick then where do you have to drive??? lots of city traffic or frequent stop and go on the highway for manual sucks with all that said if you like to race off the line like me youll never drive an auto again plus autos are a luxury item and cost more on new cars
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- 1 decade ago
manual is better but it's easier to drive an auto...but if u keep on driving and practising very soon u will be able to drive a manual like a pro...it's easy actually
- 1 decade ago
Automatic is the best way to go for your first car u will feel safer and will be safer. Miss shift or being on a hill and notoperating clutch properly could lead to an accident.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Get a car with an automatic.
- John St.LouisLv 51 decade ago
sounds like at least you have a brain so learning to drive a manual sounds like a plan...