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Old 02-13-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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Are the new automatics better than the manuals ?

Hey guys I'm just curious to hear what you guys in the community are saying about this new auto-manual transmission ford has in all 13 up vehicles. Also is it true that the difference between that transmission and the manual is human error making it very easy to shift without having a clutch ? I'm just curious thanks !
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Just a years up, you're gonna get some good responses for about a page and then the manual elitists and auto nut swingers are gonna come in and start bickering. That being said, these new autos are very badass transmissions.
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Are you referring to the select-shift automatic transmissions? If so, they are very strong and quick to shift in drive...but have a slight delay to change gears when using the toggle switch...quickest times will be leaving the transmission in drive and punching it.
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I like to think I can shift quicker than an auto lol but I've never been in a 13 plus auto stang. I feel like there would be some kind of pause with it not being dual clutch.
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I can't really chime in regarding 0-60 or 1/4 times. Only have this to add:

I love new technology, I love the way cars are vs. the way they used to be. People who say they dont make them like they used to are right... and thank God. That said.. shifting through gears for me isn't about the speed or 0-60 its about the experience, the interaction. It's a way to become part of the car and the drive, to feel yourself drive and experience the engine and horse power. An Auto would likely beat me down the line... but I would still win.
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As far as a drag race, with a tune, the new autos will flat out shift faster than any human can and without error.

On a road course, it's going to be a manual all day.

I personally like to shift my car manually and always will.

Although, DSG transmissions are a blast to drive, 8 millisecond shifts FFS.
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I like my crunchy manual transmission. But it is pretty incredible how far automatics have come.
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Thank you to all great input
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Are the new automatics better than the manuals ?

I have a manual, it's all I have ever driven. I have had many diff mustangs from 98 v6 to 91 5.0 to 01gt to 03 cobra to my current 13 gt. However these new MT82s are weak and if I'd known how strong the new Autos are I would have probably made the change to auto this go around.
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I make fun of people with automatics on a GT... I dont care what people say about drag strips its still pretty goofy. My pops had a 70' Mach 1 and if he saw me in an automatic he'd talk about me so bad til I sold it. Im sure all the old heads in here would do the same...

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I had a 13 auto, a 2011 gt500, and I now have a 14 manual and I can tell you the auto was really fun after I tuned it, changed the gears, lowered it and replaced the upper and lower lca's. It was a really fun car to drive. I raced plenty of manuals and I never ever lost to a naturally aspirated manual. The only thing I hated was how there was a delay when flooring it. It takes a second to shift. The select shift is a joke though.
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You know...I had plenty of manual owners make fun of me for driving an auto at the drag strip. They shut up real quick when I started beating them by car lengths. I feel more connected to the road driving a manual though. If I ever get another auto it would have to be something like a gtr.
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Still goofy lmao ^^^

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I love shifting when I am out driving for fun, but most driving is to get from here to there. The autos do that more efficiently, and can be set to shift better than 99% of drivers. For towing and being in traffic, you should have an auto. The new ones are coming out with 8-10 speeds in the near future. You will not see that in the manuals. It all boils down to individual preferences.
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Yeah I read other threads in here about you automatic guys... I dont go to drag strips so that factor doesnt matter much to me. At the end of the day its still a mustang so thats cool... just pokin fun Mikey, dont go posting your track slips lmfao

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I love shifting when I am out driving for fun, but most driving is to get from here to there. The autos do that more efficiently, and can be set to shift better than 99% of drivers. For towing and being in traffic, you should have an auto. The new ones are coming out with 8-10 speeds in the near future. You will not see that in the manuals. It all boils down to individual preferences.
Totally agree

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Yeah I have heard a lot in the forums how guys with tunes and autos are posting low 12's in the quarter totally stock and with a tune and long tubes are posting high 11's. I like my manual though for now.
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Still goofy lmao ^^^

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Your quarter window louvers look goofy.............
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Yeah yeah... dont get butt hurt cause you bought an auto...

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Your quarter window louvers look goofy.............
But those are the Eleanor Style
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Nah I'm not biased. I like my manual a lot more than my auto. What looks funny in an auto is when people floor it and have both hands on the wheel the entire time. The other funny thing is when autos try to rev at you. Unless you wanna get jerked forward you have to hit the brake and put it in neutral lol. Oh and my favorite is when people religiously use the e-brake in autos like there is an actual purpose. Your car isn't going to roll away! It won't even let you take the key out until it's in park.
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Nah I'm not biased. I like my manual a lot more than my auto. What looks funny in an auto is when people floor it and have both hands on the wheel the entire time. The other funny thing is when autos try to rev at you. Unless you wanna get jerked forward you have to hit the brake and put it in neutral lol. Oh and my favorite is when people religiously use the e-brake in autos like there is an actual purpose. Your car isn't going to roll away! It won't even let you take the key out until it's in park.


Too funny... I also think its funny when I'm trying to be cool as I pass people who are checking out my car and then I miss freakin third gear. Or what about being at the light with lots of traffic behind ya and as soon as the light turn green I freakin stall out... even worse when forgetting that the car is in gear when you crank it up then completely dump the clutch thinking its in neutral. Fun fun times with the ol' MT82 lol...
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Lol. I learned how to drive manual on a 2011 gt500. I can only imagine what people thought when I frequently stalled out.
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They might have made fun, but deep down they all wished they had that car! Someday I hope to own one! Back it into a garage, pull it out only to rub on it, then back it right back in!!!
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Lol. Yeah my payment was higher than I wanted it to be. It was definitely an impulse buy and traded it 2 months after I bought it actually. It wasn't the payment that bothered me the most though, it was how slow the car felt. The 5.4's power band is way different and it's faster than my 5.0 for sure, but it really didn't feel that much faster driving around on the street. I
know a tune and pulley swap would have fixed that, but trading it lowered payment by 250 which is nice. I thought about getting a 14 gt500, but I'm going to hold out to see what's in store for 2015.
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Let's see all drag racing cars pro stock are auto. I had a 6mt for a yr got tired of it always grinding into 2nd. Got a auto with a tune and now smooth as butter and can roast tires all the way up until 3 rd. really depends on you and the people who say autos don't belong in a mustang see ya at the track. Plus it's a lot easier to get head in a auto just saying lol
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This^ auto is way less fun on the street but I would trade my 3650 for a stalled 4r70w any day of the week
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I used to work at a Ford dealership so I drove multiple manual GTs and GT500s. I do like the "connection" with the car that you get with the manual, but I ended up buying an Auto. Why? because I hate driving manual in Boston bumper to bumper traffic. if I lived in Florida or a state with open roads and little traffic, or if I had the $ to have a weekend car, i'd have a manual all day. I love my auto though, shifts great in Drive and the select shift is almost instantaneous.
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Manuals = more fun, more work and will always be less durable than an equivalent automatic because of the human error component.

There is nothing like a big V8 with a stick behind it, though, a quintessential Mustang experience since the 87-93 Foxbody days.

This car with a stick requires some specific driving habits to even be smooth, much less get the most out of it and most people these days can barely manage to confluence of attention between the busier roads and basic operation of a motor vehicle, without throwing in the distraction of having to shift your own gears.
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Dont believe the hype... get a MT youll regret it otherwise!!!
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An automatic transmission in a Mustang GT is like Odoul's Non-Alcoholic Beer

May look and taste ok, but Whats the point?
Auto Trans should only be available in 3.7s
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An automatic transmission in a Mustang GT is like Odoul's Non-Alcoholic Beer

May look and taste ok, but Whats the point?
Auto Trans should only be available in 3.7s

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