YKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1113 times:
After spending some time in Poland I noticed that almost everyone here drives cars with standard transmitions. This is the total oppisite of north america where almost everyone dirves automatics. We happen to have a renault 19 with an autmatic gearbox but it was bought in in germany, where I recon there are more automatics. But wherever you look in Europe the standard seems to dominate.
Personaly I preffer automatics, though its also fun to jump in a standard once in a while but I wouldn't want one for every day use.
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1096 times:
Manual is a pain when you sit in the slow moving queues that occur twice every day, AKA rushhour traffic. These are the times you really want an automatic.
However when driving generally I prefer a manual.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1086 times:
I prefer manual! It's too boring driving an auto and takes the plaesure out of the driving(especially in a sports car) 5 speed manual is the only way to go. Performance wise manuals are also slightly quicker- about 0.5-1 sec faster than the same type car auto due to the manual having more torque.
Victech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
I'm paranoid: I prefer the auto for my daily driving--it gives me a better chance to put both hands on the wheel and focus on the situation around me. The less I have to worry about the car's internals, the more I can concentrate on the idiot that's about to rear-end me.
The manual is great if you want to have fun, though...
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7860 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
Actually, with computer controls, the line between manual and automatic transmissions is starting to blur.
The Ferrari F1 system first found on the F355 sports car is the beginning of the development of transmissions that look like manual transmissions physically but have automatic clutch engagement. This even allows full automatic operation; the F1 and BMW's SMG system works this way also.
As for automatics, CVT systems are finally capable of handling far more power than in the past. Audi's Multitronic CVT that uses a drive chain instead of a metal belt can handle 220 bhp easily; Nissan has produced a CVT based on series of toroidal rollers in a variable-viscosity fluid first on Cedric/Gloria models for the Japanese market (the Infiniti M45, which is based on the Nissan Cedric/Gloria, may have this transmission after the first model year in the USA), and now on the Nissan Murano SUV will definitely have this new CVT.
Yes, the CVT does take some getting used to due to the slipping clutch feel, but it makes it up by being incredibly smooth during acceleration, even more so than the advanced five-speed conventional automatics found on high-end luxury cars nowadays.
YKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 996 times:
VonRichtofen, I've been in Poland since december. My computer maninbored fuged up so I cant get any modem to work so I cant use the net from home. The only net acess I have is from an internet cafe which is why i haven't been much at a.net. I'm going to kamloops in october to finish some classes though and I'll try for my ATPL.
p.s It's nice to see some of you old users still around.
B777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 368 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 976 times:
I prefer automatic for daily drives simply because there is one thing less to worry about and I can focus my attention of what's going on around me (very important because I live in a state with one of the highest auto accidents in the US). Plus I haven't yet driven a standard (lame I know but I grew up on automatics).
However, for high performance cars, I would prefer manual. Guess I just have to wait till I have the money for a Ferrari (I wish) before I learn to drive a standard tranny.