Manual vs Automatic? - CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion


C7 General Discussion
General C7 Corvette Discussion not covered in Tech
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Manual vs Automatic?

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-11-2018, 09:00 AM   #1
Jack605
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
Jack605's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2013
Location: Schaumburg IL
Posts: 733
Thanked 43 Times in 40 Posts
Default Manual vs Automatic?

Manual vs Automatic?

I have been looking at 2lt Stingray's and was really thinking Manual transmission, I have a manual in my C3 and I love the feel of it but it is a pain in the *** around Chicago with the stop and go on the highway coming home from work. The idea of getting a C7 is being able to drive more, I drove an automatic yesterday and it was very nice great pickup I was not able to really get on the gas due to very wet roads up here.

Manual - just great fun hammering the gears

Auto - easier to handle with traffic, lots of stop and go around Chicago. Wife might actually drive the car if it is auto.

Still thinking about it looking for opinions.

Jack
Jack605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:05 AM   #2
Corgidog1
CF Senior Member
 
Corgidog1's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2012
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 3,573
Thanked 609 Times in 439 Posts
Default

Well finally a topic that has not been discussed....



...for at least a week. You have all the salient points in your post to make a decision. Ah get the manual-real men drive manuals (just kidding with that last comment)
Corgidog1 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Corgidog1 For This Useful Post:
gurneyeagle (01-11-2018), jimmbbo (01-11-2018)
Old 01-11-2018, 09:05 AM   #3
woodsguy
CF Senior Member
 
woodsguy's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2016
Location: Huntsville Tx
Posts: 315
Thanked 38 Times in 30 Posts
Default

This will get interesting, lol. I went form Z51 auto to GS M7 this year. Seat of pants A8 seems quicker. But I enjoy the M7 better. Main reason I replied though is the wife thing, my wife can drive a manual, we had 2 GT Mustangs, but after 6 months she still hasn't driven the Vette, not sure why but she won't try, therefore I wish I hadn't made the change. My 2cents.
woodsguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:05 AM   #4
devnull
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
St. Jude Donor '07-'08-'10, '14
 
devnull's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2005
Location: Forsyth County, GA
Posts: 3,679
Thanked 79 Times in 60 Posts
Default

Before making your decision, drive the manual C7 with rev match turned on... It will take half of that Chicago pain away, and is much easier than typical sticks!
devnull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:07 AM   #5
joemessman
CF Senior Member
 
joemessman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2015
Location: Lake Havasu City Arizona
Posts: 2,799
Thanked 766 Times in 516 Posts
Default

The fact your wife may drive it if you get a automatic, I would get the manual.
joemessman is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to joemessman For This Useful Post:
thrilled (01-13-2018), woodsguy (01-11-2018)
Old 01-11-2018, 09:09 AM   #6
Jack605
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
Jack605's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2013
Location: Schaumburg IL
Posts: 733
Thanked 43 Times in 40 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by devnull View Post
Before making your decision, drive the manual C7 with rev match turned on... It will take half of that Chicago pain away, and is much easier than typical sticks!
Okay,

Maybe I do not understand rev match, it was explained that it helps with downshifting and that really never made sense to me because I have never had an issue downshifting any manual car before.

Jack
Jack605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:13 AM   #7
teejake
Lifetime Supporting Gold
Support Corvetteforum!
 
teejake's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2004
Location: Katy TX
Posts: 1,475
Thanked 25 Times in 20 Posts
Default

Very personal choice so there’s no wrong answer unless of course you choose and then don’t like whichever you picked.....I’ve had three modern Vettes, all manuals, in searching for a replacement for my 14 I lost to Hurricane Harvey I tried to convince myself to go with an automatic because I could find great deals on 17’s that were what I wanted except for being automatic. I test drove a couple and decided I just get too much enjoyment running through the gears myself so I’ve ordered a 19 GS manual. Good luck on the decision.
teejake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:17 AM   #8
Tom/99
CF Senior Member
 
Tom/99's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 1999
Location: Houston,Texas USA
Posts: 41,348
Thanked 38 Times in 34 Posts
Default

I've owned 5 Corvette's, 3 have been automatics, and the last 2 manual transmission cars. My 2015 coupe is easy to drive under all conditions, including Houston, Texas traffic. I very happy that my C7 is a manual transmission car.
Tom/99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:23 AM   #9
US Icon
Talladega 13-14-16-17-18
Support Corvetteforum!
C7 of Month Finalist 2017
St. Jude Donor '13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18
 
US Icon's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2013
Location: Miller time Wisconsin. Alcohol tobacco & firearms should be a convenience store not a federal bureaucracy. NRA Life Member
Posts: 6,272
Thanked 485 Times in 377 Posts
Default

I've seen these threads more times over the years. It is my personal belief that anyone who asks the forum for opinions on auto VS manual should probably just buy the auto.

In spec'ing out 4 Vettes, I have antagonized over different options and colors but never the transmission. Manuals without any hesitation.

In the end, it's is a nice problem to have.
US Icon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:34 AM   #10
sTz
CF Senior Member
 
sTz's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2014
Posts: 3,597
Thanked 875 Times in 726 Posts
Default

M7 w/rev matching is one of my favorite features. If you want hours of reading opinions on which is preferred, go to search.
sTz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 09:44 AM   #11
Range_Rat
CF Senior Member
 
Range_Rat's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2006
Location: Cedar Falls Iowa
Posts: 328
Thanks: 0
Thanked 20 Times in 13 Posts
Default

Automatic - Drag racing, heavy traffic environments.

Manual - Everything else.
Range_Rat is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Range_Rat For This Useful Post:
Gonzo (01-12-2018), ONENATION (01-11-2018)
Old 01-11-2018, 09:49 AM   #12
2500 hd
CF Senior Member
 
2500 hd's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2017
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 315
Thanked 15 Times in 13 Posts
Default

I have a automatic, sometimes I wish I had a manual..
2500 hd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 10:38 AM   #13
robertbruce
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
robertbruce's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2013
Location: Morrill Nebraska
Posts: 2,489
Thanked 620 Times in 489 Posts
Default

[QUOTE=Jack605;1596354455]Manual vs Automatic?



I have never seen this discussed here.
robertbruce is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to robertbruce For This Useful Post:
gurneyeagle (01-11-2018)
Old 01-11-2018, 10:47 AM   #14
gurneyeagle
CF Senior Member
 
gurneyeagle's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2015
Posts: 476
Thanked 163 Times in 105 Posts
Default

WOW! First in with the beating a dead horse emoji!

Last edited by gurneyeagle; 01-11-2018 at 11:16 AM.
gurneyeagle is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to gurneyeagle For This Useful Post:
FLATJ (01-11-2018), Mike Campbell (01-12-2018)
Old 01-11-2018, 10:48 AM   #15
gurneyeagle
CF Senior Member
 
gurneyeagle's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2015
Posts: 476
Thanked 163 Times in 105 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack605 View Post
Manual vs Automatic?

I have been looking at 2lt Stingray's and was really thinking Manual transmission, I have a manual in my C3 and I love the feel of it but it is a pain in the *** around Chicago with the stop and go on the highway coming home from work. The idea of getting a C7 is being able to drive more, I drove an automatic yesterday and it was very nice great pickup I was not able to really get on the gas due to very wet roads up here.

Manual - just great fun hammering the gears

Auto - easier to handle with traffic, lots of stop and go around Chicago. Wife might actually drive the car if it is auto.

Still thinking about it looking for opinions.

Jack

The more relevant question would be - Chrome versus black wheels!


Seriously, good questions, just that it's been posed here numerous times.


Bottom line - get what you feel most comfortable with and enjoy your car.

Last edited by gurneyeagle; 01-11-2018 at 11:16 AM.
gurneyeagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 11:14 AM   #16
PobreWey
CF Senior Member
 
PobreWey's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2017
Location: Calgary
Posts: 148
Thanked 40 Times in 23 Posts
Default

Manual isn't bad in rush hour unless you literally aren't moving at all. I hated it for the first 2 weeks though... Wanted the clutch adjusted... Different shift stick.... Regretted getting a manual and had some embarassing stalls at lights.... After 2 weeks I thought it was easy and flawless and don't miss auto's

rush hour with a manual is fun I try as hard as I can to cruise in 4th or 3rd and when it is bumper to bumper 1st and 2nd gear are your friends

Automatics aren't bad either but it is annoying when people ask why you didn't get a manual 100 times

Last edited by PobreWey; 01-11-2018 at 11:21 AM.
PobreWey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 11:21 AM   #17
Dif
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Dif's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2009
Location: Northeast MA & Mad Beach FL
Posts: 3,589
Thanked 376 Times in 250 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack605 View Post
Manual vs Automatic?
The idea of getting a C7 is being able to drive more, I drove an automatic yesterday and it was very nice great pickup I was not able to really get on the gas due to very wet roads up here.

Still thinking about it looking for opinions.

Jack
A test drive will not give you a full evaluation of what these modern Auto's have to offer.
They're docile around town with slow speeds and low RPM.
But with aggressive throttle they come alive and shift hard, either in full auto or with the paddles.
At WOT in full auto it will shift with a bang just before the rev limiter and go through the gears like that until you let off the throttle.
The trans also goes through an adaptive process when new and learns the way you drive.
There's also a Performance mode algorithm when you get aggressive with the throttle where it will hang in a gear longer as it would when racing and keeps the RPM's up.
Lay back off the throttle and it will go back into regular auto shifting.
It's also intuitive and doesn't just keep up shifting to the highest gear when driving normal.
It will stay in a lower or higher gear according to speed, throttle and will up shift or down shift accordingly keeping it in just the right gear.

It's not going to replace the experience of manual shifting.
And if you're a die hard manual guy, get the manual.

IMO you need to rent an Auto, or find a way to drive one for an extended time.
It's the only way you'll see what the Auto is like to make a decision to go with it or not.
Good luck either way with the new ride
Dif is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 11:28 AM   #18
TEXHAWK0
CF Senior Member
 
TEXHAWK0's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2003
Location: Longview Texas
Posts: 8,340
Thanked 531 Times in 386 Posts
Default

If you ever think a manual is a pain, then you are not a hard core sports car driver and should get the automatic.

I never get tired of mine.
TEXHAWK0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 11:48 AM   #19
LIStingray
CF Senior Member
 
LIStingray's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2013
Location: Long Island New York
Posts: 1,656
Thanked 157 Times in 112 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack605 View Post
Okay,Maybe I do not understand rev match, it was explained that it helps with downshifting and that really never made sense to me because I have never had an issue downshifting any manual car before.
You may not, but it isn't much of a help in traffic - rev matching does two main things: matches the engine rpm in up and down shifts and allows for no lift shifting at full throttle.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PobreWey View Post
Manual isn't bad in rush hour unless you literally aren't moving at all. rush hour with a manual is fun I try as hard as I can to cruise in 4th or 3rd and when it is bumper to bumper 1st and 2nd gear are your friends
No offense, but rush hour in Calgary is nothing like rush hour in NYC, LA or Chicago. At least in the urban NYC area, it can take an hour to go 3-4 miles (except cross-town in Manhattan, where it take 90 minutes to go 1.5 miles) - it is literally a crawl - so you are constantly riding the clutch and shifting in an out of first gear. There are some trips where you might see 2nd gear a half a dozen times in an hour (never 3-7)
LIStingray is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to LIStingray For This Useful Post:
dbintegrity (01-13-2018)
Old 01-11-2018, 11:54 AM   #20
glava2876
CF Senior Member
 
glava2876's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2009
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 826
Thanked 76 Times in 45 Posts
Default

I love a manual car, but as has been stated, it is a personal choice. One feature that I really love with the Corvette M7 is that when you are on an incline and push in the clutch, the brake engages to prevent rolling backwards.
Even after 40+ years of driving standards, big hills in city traffic were always a little stressful.

Last edited by glava2876; 01-11-2018 at 11:55 AM.
glava2876 is offline   Reply With Quote
Go Back   CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion >
Reload this Page
  • Manual vs Automatic?
  •  
     
    Reply

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    New twist on the auto vs manual debate Notreadyforprimetime C7 General Discussion 24 05-01-2017 02:05 PM
    [ANSWERED] Manual trans vs auto jvp Ask Tadge 39 03-09-2017 01:26 AM
    Thinking about something crazy - an automatic harmonyp C7 General Discussion 36 11-02-2016 10:16 AM
    Auto vs Manual old jack C5 General 23 11-01-2016 08:10 AM
    Differential side covers auto vs manual outbackfarmer C6 Tech/Performance 0 10-08-2016 12:08 AM


    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Click for Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Forum Jump

    Sponsored Ads
    Vendor Directory

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:54 AM.


    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
     
    • Ask a Question
      Get answers from community experts
    Question Title:
    Description:
    Your question will be posted in: