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Old 01-12-2019, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by 449er View Post
Oh boy, I can't wait to read about all of the guys that have to "row" through the gears to feel at one with the road, or "I feel more in control" or "if it doesn't have 3 pedals its not a real Corvette" or "if it doesn't have a manual, I wont buy it" or blah blah blah
so dont read it
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:44 AM
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Prefer the M7 in my Z for fun. Just for mundane driving from point A to B the auto works in my truck.
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Never buy the weaker trans whether its manual or standard. If you go with the Z instead of the base car, you get the upgraded A8 which does NOT have the TC issues, so far as I'm aware. And the manual has notchy issues and so on, so the A8Z seems to be the most trouble free, fastest, and best.

I think moving a **** around to select my gear, mixture, timing, or any of that is silly and boring. Especially at the track. It's time to DRIVE, not shift. Some retro fans still enjoy emulating grandpa and Ronnie Sox though. I've got old cars for that. If I want to shift, I shift the M-20 in my Camaro. Back when manuals were better!

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Old 01-12-2019, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by LarryFL View Post
City driving, you mean like all the time? Yes, that would suck with an M7, especially in hilly areas with slow traffic. If you are in that situation, I wonder if a Corvette driving slowly through traffic, is the best bet. The GMC Denali is better choice.
Of course, everyone has their own situation, so depending on the purpose, commute, road condition, wife-also-drives-and-needed-her-permission, etc, you pick what fits your situation best.

Like in politics, there are 2 camps, and the only discussion left is for convincing the few folks in the middle. And to them I give my humble opinion and say, get an M7, since there is more chance of regret with an A8.
Yes full time city driving.... So you're not a fan of the paddle shifters?
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Corgidog1 View Post


My guess is this poll will be about 55/45 in favor of automatics- as opposed to the real total stats of only 23% sticks. Go to a car show and count the vettes with sticks and with autos and you will see near a 50-50 ratio-I have done that on several occasions and that is what it came out. I think the same will hold true with a forum. When the smoke clears in a few days, I would bet that the stick % is closer to 45 than 23.
For purposes of this thread, i have a stick.
I agree, and sticks may very well be higher % than that as I expect many more M7 owners will vote in the poll than those who have A8s even though M7 owners are the extreme minority as far as ownership.

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Old 01-12-2019, 12:11 PM
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If you want the car to drive you get an auto if you want to drive the car get a manual.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:20 PM
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Ah here we are again.....The Battle of the Transmissions Version 2019. I never get tired of reading these threads. Guys defending or making excuses for their choices, Guys trashing the other side and guys trying their best to convince everyone to come over to their side. That being said, I have the A8 in my car and I chose it for 2 simple reasons:

1) I'm lazy
2) It's what i wanted

I would never try to sway anyone into a decision regarding this. It's too important of a decision that you may be forced to live with for a long time. If you are unsure then think longer and harder, and if possible test drive both. Prior to purchasing my Vette I too struggled with the decision. In the end my laziness swayed my decision.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:20 PM
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Manual for me and I know the A8 is technically faster but when I was shopping for my C7 I looked exclusively at M7s, no A8s.

Almost every automatic car I've owned I've shifted it manually anyway. My old C3 and C4 were automatics and I shifted them manually. My last 5 Sedans (4 Chargers and an Impala SS) were all Auto and I shifted them all manually 100% of the time.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Inferno18 View Post
Ah here we are again.....The Battle of the Transmissions Version 2019. I never get tired of reading these threads. Guys defending or making excuses for their choices, Guys trashing the other side and guys trying their best to convince everyone to come over to their side. That being said, I have the A8 in my car and I chose it for 2 simple reasons:

1) I'm lazy
2) It's what i wanted

I would never try to sway anyone into a decision regarding this. It's too important of a decision that you may be forced to live with for a long time. If you are unsure then think longer and harder, and if possible test drive both. Prior to purchasing my Vette I too struggled with the decision. In the end my laziness swayed my decision.
Thanks for your response, though one was not necessary like the OP mentioned.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:39 PM
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My wife refuses to drive an auto corvette, says it un American
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:51 PM
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Either one is okay by me.... been rowing gears since 1957: Current C7 is MN7, Ferrari is MN5.

Have driven:

3 on the tree
4 on the tree
5 on the tree
3 on the floor
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5 on the floor
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Originally Posted by Inferno18 View Post
Ah here we are again.....The Battle of the Transmissions Version 2019. I never get tired of reading these threads. Guys defending or making excuses for their choices, Guys trashing the other side and guys trying their best to convince everyone to come over to their side. That being said, I have the A8 in my car and I chose it for 2 simple reasons:

1) I'm lazy
2) It's what i wanted

I would never try to sway anyone into a decision regarding this. It's too important of a decision that you may be forced to live with for a long time. If you are unsure then think longer and harder, and if possible test drive both. Prior to purchasing my Vette I too struggled with the decision. In the end my laziness swayed my decision.
Great answer !! If you want an AUTO then get one !! if you Don't then get a manual.Very simple
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by GARYFINN View Post
Great answer !! If you want an AUTO then get one !! if you Don't then get a manual.Very simple
Yes and just check the box,! PS love your avatar!

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Old 01-12-2019, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by 449er View Post
Oh boy, I can't wait to read about all of the guys that have to "row" through the gears to feel at one with the road, or "I feel more in control" or "if it doesn't have 3 pedals its not a real Corvette" or "if it doesn't have a manual, I wont buy it" or blah blah blah
Your post is just as predictable, bud.

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Old 01-12-2019, 01:32 PM
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I don't have a vette yet, but will be looking in March or April.

OK, that a lie. I am already looking, but I won't be ready until March of April. I will be looking for a used manual vert, preferably GS or Z51, 2LT with NPP and mag ride. My current sports car is a Mazda MX5 RF, manual.

I noticed as I started looking that there do not seem to be many manuals out there, and I have yet to find an example of exactly what I am looking for. (I want the kalahari interior). I plan to buy used, but even checking new inventory there are very few manual verts. If I have to order new, so be it, but I am surprised...! What gives?
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:32 PM
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I have a 19 M7 and would not have bought the car any other way but I dont begrudge anyone else what makes them happy. I personally do not like the paddle shifters on any car.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:35 PM
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My C6. M6
my C7. M7

personally I like the control with a manual transmission....

i always thought that a manual transmission would have better gas mileage

Clipped from the fuel economy.gov. Website.....



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Old 01-12-2019, 01:35 PM
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Out of the 11 Corvettes I've owned, the first, a '65 C2 was an Auto ( Powerglide) and the 2 C7's, including our current GS have both been A8's.

Sort of miss having a manual..... wife has no issues driving a manual either.
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Originally Posted by Corgidog1 View Post
My guess is this poll will be about 55/45 in favor of automatics- as opposed to the real total stats of only 23% sticks. Go to a car show and count the vettes with sticks and with autos and you will see near a 50-50 ratio-I have done that on several occasions and that is what it came out. I think the same will hold true with a forum. When the smoke clears in a few days, I would bet that the stick % is closer to 45 than 23.

So the poll, at least so far, does not reflect the reality of sales. Why is that? Well, one reason could be that M7 owners are more likely to vote in the poll because it's a more important issue to them. And a second possibility is that people who actually have autos are voting M7. I don't know that either of those reasons is true, but the fact is the only truly valid poll is the sales statistics themselves. That shows how far off these impromptu polls can be.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:41 PM
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Good point about sales vs this poll. I believe only 17 or 18 % of C7's produced are manual.
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