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Poll : anyone bought a manual transmission and later wished they got an automatic
I realize that "to each his own" and I should test drive them both and decide for myself, not let other people on the forum influence this key decision. Understood.
I've only recently learned to drive stick - not very skilled yet - and it's not fun (yet?). I like driving the automatic GS, I floor the pedal and take off, no hassles with shifting, which I'm not good at yet.
This is a daily commuter, 4 miles each way on city streets, and for running errands two or three times a week that might involve a little stop-and-go on the freeway for 30 minutes. I will never track it, just play a bit on freeways/highways, racing the rice rockets.
Everyone tells me, "trust me, you once you get used to manual you'll much prefer your vette in a manual then an automatic!" I want to trust them. It's a leap of faith , but I was wondering if anyone here was ever in the same situation.
Has anyone bought a manual sports car before they really knew how to drive stick, and then later switched to an automatic because they never really enjoyed the manual? If such people are far and few between, I'd be much more interested in going for the manual.
My Corvette is my DD and I drive approx 30,000 miles a year. I have a M6 and would NEVER go to an automatic!! My wife has a Jaguar XKR and even though its fun to drive I find it BORING with the automatic trans to say the least.
In any case enjoy what makes you happy
It just depends on where you are in your vehicle owning journey, the driving you do, and your personality. I've had both. My GS is a MN6. I went back and forth and back and forth over whether to get an auto or a manual. My '94 was a manual. I have another car to drive that is an auto. If I had not had that car, I might have been more inclined to get an auto Corvette.
A manual DD gets old, especially if your drive is boring, has a lot of lights, traffic, etc. Having to constantly shift up and down between gears 1-3 while not going faster than 45 really takes the shine off having a Corvette. However, once you get someplace where you can stretch its legs, you will be glad you have a manual.
I thought a auto with paddles would be the perfect compromise, and it just might, but the other car I have is an auto with manual mode (Jetta) and I hardly ever shift it myself. I just put it in Auto and go.
I can't make up my mind what I like. Presently, two of the cars in my garage are manuals, and two are automatics.
When in doubt? Whip the auto out!
And Have A Great Day!!!
PS: If you want some rubber on the shifts without even trying? just push down on the pedal some after a trans tune from either a hand held or custom TCM tune. People will say "Man that guy knows how to shift!!! and most guys who do drive a manual really are not that good at it or they would be Kicking Rangers buttt.
Last edited by Grand Sport Man; 12-05-2012 at 03:08 PM.
The manual can be a PITA in stop & go driving, and I kinda felt the same way you did at first; in that I may have made a grave error and should have just gone with the Automatic as I was not a very good shifter at first. However, as I got better and more comfortable with the clutch/stick, even though at times it can be annoying in busy traffic, I definitely feel I made the right decision as you're so much more involved in the driving experience when you're able to manually shift and it's what a true classic sports car should really have... however, to each their own. With an auto, there's always the floppy paddels if you want to manually shift too, though I'm sure for many people out there it's just no the same.
all of my cars have been auto including my supercharged 350z. I bought my vette 6 speed not knowing how to drive a stick. So i learned to drive manual after i bought my vette (because i wanted a stick shift). Learning on this car was NOT easy, but i have NO regrets! I love drving the stick and now i wonder why the hell i never got a stick on any other car before! i drive it every day, rain, traffic, road trips. I feel like it is more fun and really brings out the personality of the car!