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Automatic Or Manual Transmission- Which Is More Practical?

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auto all day. . . .I love auto with passion

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We ave been concerntratn much on cars, Wat about a manual transmission power bike, Now thats a real challenge

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@george, Not when there are people lyk me ready to fight for manuals 2 remain, Dnt get me wrong auto's are ok but manual's are on a class of their own esp when travellin i lyk the feel of chnging of gears when u want to overtake nd when climbin a hill, Lets not forget manuals are v.cost efective but bigboi lyk u would nt be into the aspect of cost i guess, Thats why i lyk the soviets dem soji beta thing(manual)

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Can u drv a manual?@george

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keep singing. which question pls?

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@george, U never answered my question

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manual all the way always loved manual and cant imagine myself dirving an auto, besides i just love the way i have to move the gears and controlling my legs. like to be in control. Manual all the way.

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@george, They (americans)cant completly phase out manuals, Some people lyk myself in america wouldnt sit dwn and let it happen

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I prefer driving auto but all d same never call yourself a nice driver if u can't drive manual

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George, you're not making sense!

Why would one choose a difficult option? If one prefers an auto, they'll get an auto, simple. Manuals are not hard to drive, people are merely lazy, and can't seem to grasp the fact that humans do adapt, and can multi-task.

Manuals are here to stay, manufacturers will always give the end user the option of both. Manuals will remain the choice for enthusiastic driving the world over. One of the reasons even Formula 1 cars are manual.

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@specialst, You are indeed my guy, But hv u tried driving a right hand drive manual transmission, Thats a challenge i hvnt faced b4, Merry xmaz

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@specialst, You are indeed my guy, But hv u tried driving a right hand drive manual transmission, Thats a challenge i hvnt faced b4, Merry xmaz

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i'll go with a manual transmission, auto transmission are just for cruising around the city. manual makes you xplore a car more. for me driving is changing of gear.

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I'd say my fellow Waffarian doesn't know how to drive a manual.

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do u knw how to drive a manual?@george

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@george, i meant stress 2 some people nt me, I find it stressful drivn an auto, the stress being tryn not to fall asleep bhnd the wheel

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@sithanda, nice contribution, u didnt say which u prefer anywayz, Cheers[color=#000099][/color]

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I really drive both but prefer driving auto as it selects d gear. Drivin manual needs greater skills as some do not know much of how to change gears. All d same I believe we all will rather swap to auto as manual are now scarce in 21st century cars. Regards d chang of discs n other mech faults once a cars has served u 4years its beta changed so u reduce such nasty stuffs.

Anyway I'll regard u as one who can't drive if u say u can't drive manual

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I beg to differ@fheemy, A bizman witout a drvr should use a manual, It pays 2 start off the day in a lil bit of stress (manual) in qoute, There by u are energizd for watever hassle the day may bring,

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For a business man that has no driver, Auto is the best

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perhaps the biggest disadvantage of manuals should be the first on the list:

Driving a car with manual transmission requires greater degree of skill and application, an inexperienced driver could have his hands full while driving as he has to multi task and concentrate on a lot of things simultaneously

and it's little wonder why even for the most experienced drivers, you cannot rule out fatal accidents due to a little slip of concentration. it is the reason why in the usa, manuals are gradually being phased out.  for those in love with american specs, why do you think it is getting increasingly difficult to find manual transmissions for any particular model? name it, toyota, honda, chrysler, vw, etc? it is because research has shown that for any particular year, car crash statistics point accusing fingers at manual drive cars!

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@fhemmy, nice contributn as far as am concerned its manual thats more practical forget the comfort of an automatic, if u are experiencd with a manual u dnt realy see the discomfort in its transm, And its very cost effective too, My advice is if u wanna get an auto let it be for sunday/outings use only and a manual for normal use, just a thought why dont transporters use automatic transmission vehicles?

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disadvantages of manual transmission:

•Driving a car with manual transmission requires greater degree of skill and application, an inexperienced driver could have his hands full while driving as he has to multi task and concentrate on a lot of things simultaneously.

•While climbing up a hill, a car with automatic transmission always scores over the one with manual.

•In a manual transmission smooth and effective shifting of gears can only be guaranteed by an experienced driver.

•A car with manual transmission can't be disabled friendly as it requires a greater degree of control and maneuvering.

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2 me, the easiest way 2 kill urself is to travel wiv an automatic, You wouldnt knw when u nod off behnd the steering, Its for lazy people(no offence intended)

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Always preferred manual.

George, manuals are maintenance-free. The clutch does not constitute part of the transmission per se, clutches are prone to wear, just like brake linings / pads.

Automatics, on the other hand, have clutch bands inside the automatic valve chest.

Items prone to wear in automatics, or that need periodic attention:

Clutch bands.

Torque converter.

Pneumatic valves.

Valve chest.

ECU!

Planetary gearset.

Centrifugal governor.

Hydraulic pump.

The ECU in particular, if faulty, may often be outside the scope of most mechanics, and can result in heart-stopping bills, if the car is taken to a main dealer to troubleshoot.

Auto trans fluid (ATF) needs to be replaced periodically, as do the filters, and clutch bands, if they get burnt. Manual transmissions, on the other hand, are usually filled for life, and the gear oil doesn't need replacement.

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e be lyk say na only me dey see the practicability of manual o, wetin dey shele?

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well, maybe you've been expert enough to know not to depress the clutch pedal too hard. but try asking a learner how many clutch plates got bad before he finally got his driving skills then you'll know why automatic is better.

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Thats nt true man, I have been drivn my toyota for over 6 yrs and ave not once chngd the clutch plate,

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all the posters here, i don't think you've ever driven an automatic. how can you say a manual car is maintenance-free? how about the clutch plates that get burnt all the time? well, i have been driving an automatic for over eitght years now and never once have i needed to worry about changing clutch plates. i think the only maintenaince work i have carried out on my transmission in this lenght of time is changing out the transmission fluid and base plates. not that there was a problem i just felt they have served well and needed to go.

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@sienna, Just googled it and i see that u are rite, Manumatic and semiautomatics transms are indeed arnd but gosh those will be very sensitive and impractical 2 use in naija, Imagine a roadside mechanic working on a semi automatic trans built on the concept of fuzzy logic it beats my imagination, I'l go wiv manual Trans

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There are semi-automatics, and the later Tiptronics, which can be driven as conventional automatics, or clutchless manuals.

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Is there a vehicle dat has both transmissions, Just a thought

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@richie, Yea it might be stress free in holdup, But is it stress free financial wise?Would u adv some1 to get an auto T in his/her first car

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i think i will take automatic its stress free. my only disadvantage about manual is when am in a hold up.

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Manual is the most practical, as it's virtually maintenance-free, which given Nigeria's mechanics, can only be a good thing.

Automatic cars are also thirstier in terms of fuel consumption, and heavier on front brake pads and discs too.

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They both have sum adv and disadvantages, But i'l choose a manual, Why?1.You can jump start a manual Transm to start whilst u cant wiv an auto 2.You dnt feel sleepy in a manual wen travelling as ur left leg is kept busy changing gears as against an auto 3.Easier 2 maintain, Thats just my own opinion lets hear urs

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