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Old 02-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Manual or Auto, Which do you prefer in a Mustang?

I think the subject is pretty self explanatory, but figured it'd be good poll ? to toss out there.
I know not everyone likes manuals, or autos.

Me personally, I've never tried a manual
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Uh-oh here we go again lol
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But in near or distant future, if I trade my stang in, I'd like to get a manual instead, and it's about 1,200 cheaper

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Uh-oh here we go again lol
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But in near or distant future, if I trade my stang in, I'd like to get a manual instead, and it's about 1,200 cheaper

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What's that?
This usually gets to be a pretty heated topic
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Oh crap, my bad!! Sorry,


We probably should discontinue it then
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It's heated because everyone has there views on it. Mine are biased and straight about it. Manual if you like to feel in tune with the car or just like to move more (me personally) depending on how well you can in traffic is up to you. I couldn't cope and got an auto. My next stang will be a manual regardless. And a GT, I want to see what all the fuss is about. It's all on what you want. Some get the auto for mpg, have an injury, or are lazy. Some get a manual to get more power, mpg in the city, or like me, love that roll back feel of a clutch and the true feel of a car. But hear this, alot of complaints are thrown around with these new mt-82 transmissions. That's it
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When I get in my truck or the wife's SUV, I'm glad they are auto, when I get in my 11 GT, I'm happy it's a manual.
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Oh crap, my bad!! Sorry,

We probably should discontinue it then
I've had both. It can be frustrating to learn to drive a stick but after you do you really don't want an auto back. Especially in these cars. I think manuals are a lot more fun. But just my opinion.
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six speeeeeeeeeed
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:16 AM   #10
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But in near or distant future, if I trade my stang in, I'd like to get a manual instead, and it's about 1,200 cheaper

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What's that?
A manual cost more if It's a used car, they sell easier.
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A manual cost more if It's a used car, they sell easier.
I noticed that. The manuals are less expensive new but seem to have a 2-3K higher resale than the automatic cars on the used market.

I almost went with an automatic because they are better at the drag strip. I couldn't bring myself to buy an automatic sports car so I went with the 6 speed manual. I do not regret my decision.
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Yup the auto tends to be better at the drag with more consistent times, but if u really wanna feel your car, have more fun driving it, then is say go with auto

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I mean manual haha
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:44 AM   #13
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If you are undecided then go with an auto, manual is only for a certain type of car guys.
No matter how much research you do you will not get a 100% correct answer as it all depends on YOU.
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six speeeeeeeeeed
Actually the autos are a six speed.
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Actually the autos are a six speed.
Haha but you know what he means lol
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Haha but you know what he means lol
Maybe he didn't know the autos are a six speed?
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I bought the 5.0 to build a drag car out of, and was considering the auto. My wife laughed at me and said, no way will you be happy with an auto, seems she knows me better than I know myself.
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Manual or auto

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I think the subject is pretty self explanatory, but figured it'd be good poll ? to toss out there.
I know not everyone likes manuals, or autos.

Me personally, I've never tried a manual
i go for the manual . i have had plenty of manual and auto over the years. the manual IMO let you feel more with the car.
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Would have gone auto if ford had paddle shifters. Went manual for most of the reasons already listed. That being said its the first manual car I've had in a while - love it when I'm in "driving mode" but can't stand it when I'm stuck in traffic and trying to drink my coffee.
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Would have gone auto if ford had paddle shifters. Went manual for most of the reasons already listed. That being said its the first manual car I've had in a while - love it when I'm in "driving mode" but can't stand it when I'm stuck in traffic and trying to drink my coffee.
U need one of these!
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U need one of these!
That'd be perfect. One side coffee and the other side beer!
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That'd be perfect. One side coffee and the other side beer!
And in the middle a bag to throw up, because that is a nastyyy mix lol
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I got an auto for my 2010, and I absolutely love it, BUT after learning how to drive stick, I regret not getting it with my car.
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Every vehicle I've ever owned has been manual. One thing I know for sure, all manuals are different. I'm sure it's the same for automatics as well but honestly, you have to learn to drive every manual. Not by any means saying from scratch but they are all different to some degree.

As far as vote:
Manual

It's a control thing for me.
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I drive a lot and Dallas traffic sucks so, I went with an auto. Every car I have owned previous to this has been a manual. I do not regret the decision to go auto one bit. My only complaint would be that the shifts are a little slow to respond but, I have gotten used to it. I have been told that a tune will make it better but I am waiting on my 3/36 to run out before I tune.

If your like me and spend 4-5 hours a day in your car in traffic, go auto. If I did not spend so much time in traffic. I would have gone manual.
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Skilled drivers buy manuals

Lazy drivers who want all the work done for them buy autos



I understand that autos have faster drag times, but that is like telling me you are faster than me at calculus and you are using a calculator and I am not. Then take away your calculator and I'll whoop your *** any day of the week.

Just saying. Doesn't take as much skill to drive an auto. Just a good torque convertor and big rubber.
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Skilled drivers buy manuals

Lazy drivers who want all the work done for them buy autos



I understand that autos have faster drag times, but that is like telling me you are faster than me at calculus and you are using a calculator and I am not. Then take away your calculator and I'll whoop your *** any day of the week.

Just saying. Doesn't take as much skill to drive an auto. Just a good torque convertor and big rubber.
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Skilled drivers buy manuals

Lazy drivers who want all the work done for them buy autos



I understand that autos have faster drag times, but that is like telling me you are faster than me at calculus and you are using a calculator and I am not. Then take away your calculator and I'll whoop your *** any day of the week.

Just saying. Doesn't take as much skill to drive an auto. Just a good torque convertor and big rubber.
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That is going to hurt someones feelings real bad! Lol
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That is going to hurt someones feelings real bad! Lol
Yeah I know haha.
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That is going to hurt someones feelings real bad! Lol
I think you mean in general but, if you mean me, my skin is way thicker than that.
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I think you mean in general but, if you mean me, my skin is way thicker than that.
I'm almost 100% sure he meant in general. I don't know many people that would want to deal with that much traffic a day in a stick. But if someone doesn't drive in much traffic daily I would say manual.
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How bout paddle shifters? I have an auto and would love some bc I do take it to the track and the wife/ anyone esle can drive it every once in a while. Anyone esle?
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Probably the best thing is the manual restricts who is gonna drive it, because not everybody can.
Like If I got one it cancels out a while lot of people asking me, can I drive can I drive it.
Or it's gonna make someone even more tempted.
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How bout paddle shifters? I have an auto and would love some bc I do take it to the track and the wife/ anyone esle can drive it every once in a while. Anyone esle?
But if u had a twin disc clutch like a gtr then yea paddle shifter are good and trackable but in a regular tranny they dont do much and u cant really down shift without using the brakes. Last month i when to the track and there was an auto 5.0 that couldnt finish his second 20 minute session because his brakes where completely eaten thru and his brake line popped.
He couldnt even come close to the other two 5.0 there and was just a bit slower than a 10 4.6 manual over all. Everyone hated the guy because he spill oil right at the end of the front straight and the track was down for like 45 minutes.

I drove a corvette c6 with paddles and the time between each gear was horrible and wouldnt down shift either.
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Well there was no option for me in 2012. I wanted BBP and 3.73, deal-breaker, so MT it was. I've been driving MT for 30+ years, I've had 4 Mustangs in that time, 3 of them stick, last autostang was my first, a '68 coupe I had wayback in high school. I had a '79 Ghia 5.0 TRX with a C4 that I swapped an SROD 4 speed into because it made it more fun and faster. I did the same with an automatic Merkur XR4Ti I once had. After its front pump seal failed, I put an SVO T5 into that thing.

All that said, I would have considered an auto if it had select shift that actually let me and didn't shift like sliding a blunt breadknife through cold lard. Paddle shifters I could go either way on, as long as the stick was bump shift or something similar.

Autos are not "faster than manuals" in stock form and comparing a tuned auto car to a stock stick car isn't fair. There's some validity in saying they are more consistent and easier but, that's always the case when "manual override" is selected.
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