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Old 04-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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Manual vs Automatic

I hearing automatic gets the same MPG as manuals now, but even so are they lighter or still heavy as usual??
If so they can never be used in a real racing, thus why NASCAR have manual transmissions. To my understanding manual always lighter and don't overheat in extreme racing. Yet Ford has made one of the strongest 3 speed automatic known as C6 and it made so well it can be used for sport racing but that's it.
Yet I have come to realize the automatic transmissions are becoming more common in Mustangs in the dealerships and such, but there always a few. But it's kinda rare to find a V6 or regular GT with manual these days.

If I had to choose I would rather start with a manual I have yet to drive a manual and it something I always wanted to do. Not only that you safer from most car thefts.
Overall I say the manual still wins today, even that the sales win to the automatic.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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after having mustangs with both i could care less what trans is in it. nothing special tracking either of them to me. both do a great job and keep me going hard.
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I personally would only drive a manual mustang. You actually have control over the car. If I was you I'd get the manual
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After owning my first manual car I can never go back to an automatic, it's just too fun. And I like the extra control you get with it.
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After owning my first manual car I can never go back to an automatic, it's just too fun. And I like the extra control you get with it.
+1,000! It's a million times more fun and better.
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+1,000! It's a million times more fun and better.
lol that's simply an opinion remember not fact if you're more of a track guy you'd most likely enjoy an auto more if you're there for consistent times in the end it's all personal preference. having "control" over the car can be done with both easily...
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I'm only going to be looking at 13 'GT's with manual transmissions even though I barely have any experience driving them (I'm gonna have a friend test drive to save some embarrassment). I'm confident that I will learn quick! I mean, I've seen all Fast and the Furious movies, played some Gran Turismo 5, and I'm always watching the SPEED channel and Top Gear (British and American). I should be a natural right?
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The 11+ auto GT's are faster and more consistent in drag racing.. Not the case in the older cars.. 05 and up have hydraulic clutches which are much more user friendly.. I bought an older automatic Mustang this time due to the amount of time I spent in traffic(stop/go), having owned the same year car with a 5 spd and driven in the same traffic, boo on that.. Really comes down to personal preferences and what you plan on doing with the car.. I've already looked into swapping to a manual now that I don't drive as far or often..
Just look at all the options and what you plan on using it for(now and future) and make an informed decision.
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The 11+ auto GT's are faster and more consistent in drag racing.. Not the case in the older cars.. 05 and up have hydraulic clutches which are much more user friendly.. I bought an older automatic Mustang this time due to the amount of time I spent in traffic(stop/go), having owned the same year car with a 5 spd and driven in the same traffic, boo on that.. Really comes down to personal preferences and what you plan on doing with the car.. I've already looked into swapping to a manual now that I don't drive as far or often..
Just look at all the options and what you plan on using it for(now and future) and make an informed decision.
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In todays technology auto can be better for racing if its built right.
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I think it basically comes down to if you want to shift gears or not. I love having a stick and got pretty bored with my Aviator that was an auto, but there are plenty of times an auto would be lore convenient or wish I had one at some point for a situation. I still would always get a manual in a Mustang, they are just too fun to dump the clutch and bang the gears in.
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lol that's simply an opinion remember not fact if you're more of a track guy you'd most likely enjoy an auto more if you're there for consistent times in the end it's all personal preference. having "control" over the car can be done with both easily...
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Clutches are on there way out look at the new camaro it has paddle shifting , same with high end cars like Ferrari's etc.... the thing is what people don't get is you can still shift with a auto yeah it has gears and around town it is much more convenient to drive especially if you have a coffee going ha , plus it is very hard to shift as fast as a auto can , but to each his own.
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Clutches are on there way out look at the new camaro it has paddle shifting , same with high end cars like Ferrari's etc.... the thing is what people don't get is you can still shift with a auto yeah it has gears and around town it is much more convenient to drive especially if you have a coffee going ha , plus it is very hard to shift as fast as a auto can , but to each his own.
Nothing like dumping a clutch pedal at 6k though
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Nothing like dumping a clutch pedal at 6k though
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I miss a manual....eventually will be doing the 3rd pedal mod lmao
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Clutches are on there way out look at the new camaro it has paddle shifting , same with high end cars like Ferrari's etc.... the thing is what people don't get is you can still shift with a auto yeah it has gears and around town it is much more convenient to drive especially if you have a coffee going ha , plus it is very hard to shift as fast as a auto can , but to each his own.
our '10 MKS has the paddle shifter/auto combo...man that 3.7L is so much fun with that paddle shifter setup but it's nice to cruise in auto when just out for stop and go kinda things.
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I guess I love manual so much because im young and have the patience and energy to drive a manual in stop and go traffic
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Im an auto guy. Dont like manual trans in traffic.
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I guess I love manual so much because im young and have the patience and energy to drive a manual in stop and go traffic
This is helpful to know. I actually wanted one this time around, but I got such a good deal on this car, I couldn't pass it up. I'd imagine what you sit in is pretty close to what we deal with in ATL. My parents always had manuals in their cars, so they talked me out of it
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Im an auto guy. Dont like manual trans in traffic.
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lol that's simply an opinion remember not fact if you're more of a track guy you'd most likely enjoy an auto more if you're there for consistent times in the end it's all personal preference. having "control" over the car can be done with both easily...
An auto definitely can't offer the same control as a standard. I test drove a Buick Regal Turbo with the semi auto, and it would not let me go under 1500 rpms in gear. And it has more torque than my six. Yet my six easily pulls under 1500 rpms-not like drag racing, but the low end power is more than enough for the city.

And on daily driving, mpg will be better with a standard if you want it to be- for the same reason. When I test drove the 6 auto, the shift points made no sense. But its made for the average Joe, not someone like me who wants either full power, then right to mpg lol. When I go to work every morning, I either roll into second and fly to 59 mph, or start in first, spin the tires in second, then continue on in sixth. (its a 55mph zone)

But thats one person. The standard lets me do whatever I want, as goofy as it is.
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My granddads 1994 ranger is goofy with clutch it will not let you shift too early.
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My granddads 1994 ranger is goofy with clutch it will not let you shift too early.
Thats unfortunate. I couldn't handle that. Such as in rush hour, I need to be able to shift low.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:22 PM   #24
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But get this the ranger is 4 cyl and has almost 500k miles!!! It's what i love about Ford.

---------- Post added at 08:22 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:19 PM ----------

I just recall the store I work at sells type F tranny fluid! Comes in handy for old Fords.
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