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Old 12-05-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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Manual or Auto 2013 5.0?

I'm getting rid of my 97 gt, but I don't know if I should get manual or auto trans for the 13 I'm going to get? I heard people have been having problems in manual. Plus I live in Los Angeles traffic blows. What do you guys think?
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After having nothing but manual cars, minus my last V8 Auto... I'll never have another auto. It's so disappointing and kind of kills the spirit of the car in my opinion. In any driving situation, it is hard for me to get the same feeling in an auto vs. a 6-speed manual.

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If you are going to be sitting in a lot of traffic I'd say go for the auto. I have an auto 13 5.0 and love it. The sport mode is great and you can change gears with the buttons. While yes you can't run thru the gears like a manual. After you've been in traffic for an hour your left leg will be thanking you! But it's all in what you want. Like I said I love my auto 13 5.0
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I have a manual and sit in traffic everyday, it depends on you, my leg never hurts or gets Tired, bc this manuals are not old school with a super heavy clutch.
IMO if you want the full muscle and fun car experience get a Manual car. It was never a question for me.

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It also makes the exhaust sound nicer when you down shift and tell people to get out of your way by revving your engine
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After having nothing but manual cars, minus my last V8 Auto... I'll never have another auto. It's so disappointing and kind of kills the spirit of the car in my opinion. In any driving situation, it is hard for me to get the same feeling in an auto vs. a 6-speed manual.

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If you are going to be sitting in a lot of traffic I'd say go for the auto. I have an auto 13 5.0 and love it. The sport mode is great and you can change gears with the buttons. While yes you can't run thru the gears like a manual. After you've been in traffic for an hour your left leg will be thanking you! But it's all in what you want. Like I said I love my auto 13 5.0
if you are going to be sitting in traffic a lot, then an automatic with a tune isn't a bad idea. I got stock in 20 min slightly moving traffic because of 4 accidents all within 20 feet of each other the other night and it was terrible. My leg was killing me, and my foot got the tingles after getting out of the mess.

We were moving enough I could sit in N but not enough I could have the clutch all the way out.

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I have a manual and sit in traffic everyday, it depends on you, my leg never hurts or gets Tired, bc this manuals are not old school with a super heavy clutch.
IMO if you want the full muscle and fun car experience get a Manual car. It was never a question for me.

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It also makes the exhaust sound nicer when you down shift and tell people to get out of your way by revving your engine
depends for me how much traffic is moving...if I have to hold the clutch 3 inches off the floor for 20 mins, I am going to get more tired than holding it down the floor, and every now and then letting it out. Usually when I get stuck in traffic it is no big deal, other times it can be terrible.
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When i go to the gym i try to workout legs atlease once a week to keep my clutch foot in shape lol
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When i go to the gym i try to workout legs atlease once a week to keep my clutch foot in shape lol
lol, still...

I've been working out in gyms since 14. I am not huge, but I am not a weak guy. Holding the clutch for 20 mins without being able to keep it pressed to the floor or let it close to all the way out, your leg is going to hurt. Some people sit in that kind of traffic for 40+ mins.

Personally even with that, I wouldn't take an auto, but I know plenty of people who still would, just because of how they are.
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If ur gonna make a lot of hp auto puts the power to the ground better but manual is more fun
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I'm getting rid of my 97 gt, but I don't know if I should get manual or auto trans for the 13 I'm going to get? I heard people have been having problems in manual. Plus I live in Los Angeles traffic blows. What do you guys think?
I was thinking about going to look at a 2012 w/auto because of a great deal on it. My ol'lady laughed and said " you don't want an auto in a car like that " , I said you know me better than I do.
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I'm getting rid of my 97 gt, but I don't know if I should get manual or auto trans for the 13 I'm going to get? I heard people have been having problems in manual. Plus I live in Los Angeles traffic blows. What do you guys think?
Considering you live in LA like me, an auto isn't a bad choice because honestly there isn't much room for spirited driving here.
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Test drive both and see which feels more you. You could also try renting each for a weekend. That will give you a more extended period to make an assessment.
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lol, still...

I've been working out in gyms since 14. I am not huge, but I am not a weak guy. Holding the clutch for 20 mins without being able to keep it pressed to the floor or let it close to all the way out, your leg is going to hurt. Some people sit in that kind of traffic for 40+ mins.

Personally even with that, I wouldn't take an auto, but I know plenty of people who still would, just because of how they are.
I'm confused as to why you never get to let it all the way out or press it to the floor for an entire 20 minute duration and how you can be in N but not let the clutch out?

I'm not asking to insult you, I'm asking because I've only been driving stick for a month and a half and am curious.

Which also leads me to ask a question, and sorry for going off topic, but when I'm shifting while cruising or accelerating or whatever, do I have to go to the floor or just a little past the engagement point? I generally go to the floor or close to it but I feel like I might not have to do that.
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I'm confused as to why you never get to let it all the way out or press it to the floor for an entire 20 minute duration and how you can be in N but not let the clutch out?

I'm not asking to insult you, I'm asking because I've only been driving stick for a month and a half and am curious.

Which also leads me to ask a question, and sorry for going off topic, but when I'm shifting while cruising or accelerating or whatever, do I have to go to the floor or just a little past the engagement point? I generally go to the floor or close to it but I feel like I might not have to do that.
Well when you are rolling at 5-8 mph, atleast with my gearing, I can't let the clutch out all the way, but I don't sit in N either. usually I have the clutch a little ways out so it is catching enough to move the car forward that speed, but not all the way out that she'll stall.

I was talking about it not being bad if you sit in none moving traffic in N and take your foot of the clutch, or can ride in a gear with your foot off the clutch.
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I'm confused as to why you never get to let it all the way out or press it to the floor for an entire 20 minute duration and how you can be in N but not let the clutch out?

I'm not asking to insult you, I'm asking because I've only been driving stick for a month and a half and am curious.

Which also leads me to ask a question, and sorry for going off topic, but when I'm shifting while cruising or accelerating or whatever, do I have to go to the floor or just a little past the engagement point? I generally go to the floor or close to it but I feel like I might not have to do that.
As you drive your car more you will be able to tell that sweet spot in your clutch. No you don't have to go to the floor. I don't think I ever do lol except maybe when I first start it up.

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And as for the auto/manual question, I don't care where you live. If you are buying a mustang whether it be a 3.7 or a 5.0 you know why you bought it. That being said, I think they should only come in a manual. There is a reason why the GT500 and the other hipro mustangs only come in a manual.
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I vote automatic as well. Traffic is the worst in a manual, especially when it's stop-and-go traffic. Plus, I really like the 11+ auto transmissions. With a tune, they can be real animals when you step on it or smooth when you want to cruise. Thus, I think an automatic transmission is best for you.

I've actually been thinking about getting a '13 auto GT myself. Except, I was gonna install a decent sized torque converter, cams, and some nitrous haha.

Good luck with your decision!

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Thanks guys I appreciate the answers! Yeah I really want the manual for fun but in stop and go traffic it'll be kind of annoying. Look like ill just have to test drive both and see which suits me. Thanks again guys!
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As you drive your car more you will be able to tell that sweet spot in your clutch. No you don't have to go to the floor. I don't think I ever do lol except maybe when I first start it up.

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And as for the auto/manual question, I don't care where you live. If you are buying a mustang whether it be a 3.7 or a 5.0 you know why you bought it. That being said, I think they should only come in a manual. There is a reason why the GT500 and the other hipro mustangs only come in a manual.
I know where the sweet spot is at this point I've just been going all but to the floor out of habit. Rookie mistake haha
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I know where the sweet spot is at this point I've just been going all but to the floor out of habit. Rookie mistake haha
Definitely do it when the car is cold. Once she has been running for a few mins then have at it.
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I know where the sweet spot is at this point I've just been going all but to the floor out of habit. Rookie mistake haha
Hey aleast your learning. I think everyone should learn to drive a manual even if they drive a auto every day.
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I'm getting rid of my 97 gt, but I don't know if I should get manual or auto trans for the 13 I'm going to get? I heard people have been having problems in manual. Plus I live in Los Angeles traffic blows. What do you guys think?
I live in SoCal too and sometimes I miss having a manual transmission... But then I remember that I live in SoCal and it takes 30 minutes to drive 5 miles in rush hour. Either buy an auto, or buy a manual + a cheap commuter car.
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I say auto cause with traffic in the picture it's always annoying an plus auto's are still pretty fun
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I tossed this around in my brain for a few months also. I love in Baton Rouge, La where traffic is a nightmare also. Yes auto is more convenient in traffic. But manual RULES!! I like to e in control of my car, not just go along for a ride
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I tossed this around in my brain for a few months also. I love in Baton Rouge, La where traffic is a nightmare also. Yes auto is more convenient in traffic. But manual RULES!! I like to e in control of my car, not just go along for a ride
Nicely said sir, nicely said.
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If I'm stuck in traffic all I do is put the car in neutral and just press the clutch whenever I need to move.....u guys make it sound like your holding the clutch the whole time lol
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To be honest whatever you go with you will regret a little and want the other ! It's normal. I would say manual is more fun and more muscle car feel. Auto is easier to drive and better in certain weather conditions (rain) and situations traffic). They're both gonna be awesome either way cus you'll be in a 2013 GT. So lucky you!

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If I'm stuck in traffic all I do is put the car in neutral and just press the clutch whenever I need to move.....u guys make it sound like your holding the clutch the whole time lol
That's what I do too lol you only hold the clutch if traffic is slowly moving forward. Which you can still work it you just have your car roll some of the time instead of holding the clutch down
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To be honest whatever you go with you will regret a little and want the other ! It's normal. I would say manual is more fun and more muscle car feel. Auto is easier to drive and better in certain weather conditions (rain) and situations traffic). They're both gonna be awesome either way cus you'll be in a 2013 GT. So lucky you!
I don't know about you but I have never regreted not getting an auto. I will say it is easier to drive a auto in certain situations but you WILL regret it if you don't go with a manual. 100%
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Manual all the way. I debated but told myself its a mustang, a muscle car. A real car is a manual
Don't kid yourself get the manual.
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To be honest whatever you go with you will regret a little and want the other ! It's normal. I would say manual is more fun and more muscle car feel. Auto is easier to drive and better in certain weather conditions (rain) and situations traffic). They're both gonna be awesome either way cus you'll be in a 2013 GT. So lucky you!

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That's what I do too lol you only hold the clutch if traffic is slowly moving forward. Which you can still work it you just have your car roll some of the time instead of holding the clutch down
Lol ikr
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If your going to be sitting in traffic go auto especially if its your daily driver I went to cruising the coast this summer I live in mobile and I pushed the clutch in and out for about two hrs my foot was numb for it felt like two days
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If your going to be sitting in traffic go auto especially if its your daily driver I went to cruising the coast this summer I live in mobile and I pushed the clutch in and out for about two hrs my foot was numb for it felt like two days
Get a bowflex and workout that foot/leg lol
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Manual is more fun and if your wife can't drive a stick then your in luck.
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Manual is more fun and if your wife can't drive a stick then your in luck.
Hahaha if your married then you know even if she don't know how you will still let her drive it.
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I've driven both Manual and Auto for the past 30 years. Manual has always been alot more fun, in almost any car, let alone a car with power, but when it comes to automatic, the 2013 with a tune, is hands down the best I've driven. It can be shifted manually, or auto, and with a tune, it's a whole different animal! If you plan on taking it to the quarter mile, you cant beat an auto for consistency.
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Every car I've ever had was manual transmission except for the last two, the last one being a 2013 Mustang. I do an 80 mile commute round trip to the city every week day and see a lot of traffic. I don't miss those days of shifting gears in slow moving traffic. The commute is bad enough when traffic moves.

If I drove on one of those traffic free winding roads like you see in car commercials I would get a manual transmission, but in the real world an automatic is a luxury IMO. The '13s have select shift if you want to play with the buttons.

Great car either way. You won't be disappointed.
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