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View Poll Results: Which type of transmission do you prefer?
Automatic 100 29.15%
Manual 175 51.02%
Both 68 19.83%
Voters: 343. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-30-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Manual transmissions are much more common than automatic transmissions in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

In Europe, 80% of the car's sold are Manual; while almost all car's sold in the U.S. are Automatic.

Automatic transmissions are used by almost all driver's in North America, especially the U.S., and most of Australian driver's. If you have only taken driver's licence for Automatic transmission driving, most European countries do not allow you to drive Manual cars.

Which do you prefer?
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Generally, I prefer a stick, but in some specific environments like a hilly urban area, typical of Seattle, I would go with a slushbox.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I prefer manual transmission in any decent size vehicle. SUV's/Trucks/Vans need a slushbox though.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: NY
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Depends on the car and circumstances. If it's a daily driver, in traffic and daily stop and go, I prefer an auto. If it's a performance car such as a Corvette, Viper, Porsche, etc, then a manual is the only way! Open road or on a twisty road, the manual is nice and fun to downshift and play with. Paddle shifters on autos blur that a bit too. They both have their place.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I dunno...I drove a semi over the road, four anna quarter Cat, 18 speed, baby. I don't know why the vehicles you mention need an auto trans? My pickup truck is a stick...most of the vehicles I've owned have been manual transmission. I vastly prefer it, even in traffic, on hills, whatever.

Definitely cheaper to maintain and I think better fuel consumption. I find them much more fun to drive and appreciate the extra control for mountain driving, off road and snowy roads. I grew up in Europe and the middle east, learned to drive there...perhaps it's what one was first taught?

Real women drive stick shifts.


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I prefer manual transmission in any decent size vehicle. SUV's/Trucks/Vans need a slushbox though.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I dunno...I drove a semi over the road, four anna quarter Cat, 18 speed, baby. I don't know why the vehicles you mention need an auto trans? My pickup truck is a stick...most of the vehicles I've owned have been manual transmission. I vastly prefer it, even in traffic, on hills, whatever.

Definitely cheaper to maintain and I think better fuel consumption. I find them much more fun to drive and appreciate the extra control for mountain driving, off road and snowy roads. I grew up in Europe and the middle east, learned to drive there...perhaps it's what one was first taught?

Real women drive stick shifts.
With smaller cars, sports cars and even large sedans I'll drive a stick anywhere. When it comes to driving large trucks I spend way too much time in San Francisco and other cities with steep grades to make it worth while. I'm no slouch when it comes to controlling roll on a manual car but we get too many idiots who decide to stop an inch from your rear bumper on a steep incline at a stop.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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4 speeds, 5, 10, or 13 speeds... Manual transmission.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I've driven both. Stick is more fun unless you drive in stop and go traffic or get caught at a red light at an overpass. Because of that, I drive an automatic.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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both my truck and car are 5 and 6 speed manual respectively. I hate the isolated feeling autos give ands hate the way they hunt for gears sometimes.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Almost the very first time I drove a car in the USA...1979, in a friend's MG. In San Francisco. She was way too drunk to drive (and I wasn't precisely sober) and was trying to get us out of the city back home...nighttime, traffic, we got utterly lost all over the place, and those hills are something else, I know what you mean!

Lived at 10,000 feet in the Rockies for a few years but still preferred the manual. But I've driven a stick for almost 40 years now, I don't think about it at all. It's become, ummm, automatic. LOL.

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With smaller cars, sports cars and even large sedans I'll drive a stick anywhere. When it comes to driving large trucks I spend way too much time in San Francisco and other cities with steep grades to make it worth while. I'm no slouch when it comes to controlling roll on a manual car but we get too many idiots who decide to stop an inch from your rear bumper on a steep incline at a stop.
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