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Would you rather have an Automatic or Manual car?

I would rather drive a Manual Transmission car
11 (32.4%)
I would rather drive an Automatic Transmission car
23 (67.6%)

Total Members Voted: 33

Voting closed: October 01, 2007, 07:44:11 pm

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« on: October 01, 2007, 07:44:11 pm »
I'm getting a new car sometime soon being that a 90 year old man rear ended me going 35 miles per hour while i was completely stopped and totaled my Acura.

i've been wanting to learn to drive manual transmission but I can't decide if I want my new car to be stick or auto.

opinions?

the car i'm looking at that i want the most is a mini cooper... and I feel almost ridiculous buying that car in automatic, it was made to be driven properly! but..

cons- i live in LA- home of stop and go traffic, tail gating drivers and hills. i don't want to be stuck in traffic stopped on a hill and have my car roll backwards into another car.

-i wont be able to drive it home from the dealer without stalling every 5 minutes

pros- its more fun to drive and more control over the car
        - I'll finally learn
        - its $1300 cheaper than the auto trans.


what would you do??
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007, 08:02:19 pm »
Are you a complete newbie to driving a stick shift?

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007, 08:24:47 pm »
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Are you a complete newbie to driving a stick shift?


i've driven my boyfriend's car a few times around my neighborhood but not enough to actually drive well. I still stall on reverse and first gear half the time.
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007, 08:49:09 pm »
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Are you a complete newbie to driving a stick shift?


i've driven my boyfriend's car a few times around my neighborhood but not enough to actually drive well. I still stall on reverse and first gear half the time.


You might want more practice.  It isn't as bad as I thought it could be.  Try a clean very large empty parking lot where you can practice on shifting exclusively.

I don't have a car right now, but I'm the kind of person who likes a stick shift and manual steering(as long as it is not insanely hard) just because I like to feel the road.

Except for where I live now.

But that is not for everyone...

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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007, 10:00:27 pm »
Jessica, I live in LA too and when looking for cars I also had the option of getting a Manual or Automatic and even the dealers recommended Automatic, sure you get more power out of your vehicle but in LA you either will get a ticket for going a few miles over the speed limit, as you said constant stop and go traffic, and its so much less of a hassle when driving up and down hills-or anywhere here in general. My dad drove a manual/stick shift for years and even though he was really good at it, he said when he bought a new car that he didn't like it.

Save yourself the trouble and go for the Automatic, in the long run its better and more pro's than con's.  :wink:

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2007, 10:24:15 pm »
hm.. i just found out that for $500 I can add "dynamic stability control" with hill holder feature on a mini cooper. which means it wont roll back on a hill.. which was my main concern... ugh i still can't decide! :(
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 08:52:09 am »
Quote from: "Jessica"
hm.. i just found out that for $500 I can add "dynamic stability control" with hill holder feature on a mini cooper. which means it wont roll back on a hill.. which was my main concern... ugh i still can't decide! :(

I thought that's what second gear was for. :?
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 11:03:05 am »
That is what riding the clutch and using the break is for.  ;)  The only place I can see it being a royal pain is on the hills of SF (and only the really steep ones like russian hill.)

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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 11:09:33 am »
driving up the hills in la are so scary! i hate it.. and my car is automatic.. haha.

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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2007, 06:06:18 pm »
I prefer driving auto, but that's because i'm too unco.
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2007, 07:16:12 pm »
i can barely drive Automatic...so i think ill stick with Automatic!!!!hhahahaha

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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2007, 12:52:46 am »
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driving up the hills in la are so scary! i hate it.. and my car is automatic.. haha.


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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2007, 03:19:27 am »


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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2007, 07:21:32 am »
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Driving uphill is pie.  Driving downhill takes patience and skill. 8)


driving uphill is fine unless you have to stop at a red light. it's that moment of taking your foot off the brake and trying to get your foot on the gas pedal asap before you hit the car behind you. it's just stressful for me haha.

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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2007, 08:33:53 am »
Automatic! I cant drive a stick shift.