Manual or Automatic Transmission?

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Can you drive a manual transmission? Would you want to?
    YES, I can drive a manual transmission, and I prefer it. : (48 votes)
    44 %
    YES, I can drive a manual transmission, but I prefer an automatic. : (24 votes)
    22 %
    NO, I do not know how to drive a manual transmission, but I'd like to learn. : (9 votes)
    8 %
    NO, I do not know how to drive a manual transmission, and I have no interest in learning. : (28 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 31
    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I’m from Canada and drive a manual currently. I think if you drive a low HP car it gives you an advantage, I have. Fiesta and if I want to pass I can manually gear down, I think an automatic version of my car would be fairly gutless. 


    Though automatics are more common in Canada, I have found it convenient while being able to drive rentals in countries where this isn’t the case. My brothers wife has never learned so when her and my brother travel (mostly European countries) he always has to be the driver. 

    Post # 32
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    When I first learned to drive I could not master a manual.  However,  decades later I did own a car that was an automatic manual,  so it was the best of both worlds.  I usually drove it in auto, but did learn to manually drive it.  I would not drive a mnaual now because of the amount of traffic in my area, but another automatic manual is not out of the question.   I suppose manuals are harder to find, but not impossible.   Most trucks and sports cars come in a manual option.  My jusband drives trucks, but gets the automatic version because of me.  I rarelyndrive his vehicles,  but it does happen from time to time.

    Post # 33
    662 posts
    Busy bee

    I have been driving for 21 years and have always had a manual until last year. I bought a brand new car and it wasn’t available in manual. I was sad at first, but I got over it quickly. My car has a setting where it automatically gears down if it senses I’m going downhill and trying not to gain speed, which was important to me because I live in the mountains and it helps with the life of the brakes. It has full triptronic, but it’s not the same feeling as a manual so I never use it. 

    Post # 34
    359 posts
    Helper bee

    I can drive a manual and enjoy it depending on the car. When I had my Shelby GT500 it was a six-speed manual. I would not have considered buying that car with an automatic transmission. I have owed several manuals, but now I have an automatic, which is fine for a daily driver. My kids (of driving age) all know how to drive a manual as well as I think it’s a good skill to have in case it’s needed.

    Post # 35
    709 posts
    Busy bee

    I can drive a manuel but prefer at automatic. I learned to drive on an automatic but had to learn to drive a manuel when I moved abroad for two years. My husband has a manuel and I have an automatic. I drive his car sometimes and have no problem with it being a manuel, even find it fun at times, but I prefer my automatic. 

    Post # 36
    4662 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    British bee. The only people I know who drive automatics are elderly… is that weird? I guess it’s because they’re more expensive than manual in the UK. I prefer manual, I like having control especially for slowing down, hills and overtaking.

    Post # 37
    123 posts
    Blushing bee

    I can drive manual, I own and automatic and a manual vehicle. I prefer manual transmissions, but they are hard to find where I live (US). 

    Post # 38
    1017 posts
    Bumble bee

    I learnt on a manual and I’m still comfortable driving one, but my current car is an automatic.  Most cars where I live are automatics.  In my day to day life I prefer driving an auto because I sit in stop/start traffic for about an hour each morning on my way to work, and doing that in a manual sucks, but when I go away and hire a car I quite like to hire a manual.

    Post # 39
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I know how to drive a manual and have owned one in the past but have mostly had automatics. I would drive either one and don’t really have a preference either way. 

    Post # 40
    2130 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I can drive manual transmission.

    You can get a manual transmission in my area but I think many people special order it.

    I drive a manual transmission now! The only problem with one is if you injure yourself. I had to switch with my husband and drive his automatic when I sprained my knee. 

    Post # 41
    286 posts
    Helper bee

    We own 2 manual cars and unless I’m getting a flappy paddle super car I will never buy an auto if I can help it. We purposely chose BMW and Porsche since they still offer new models with manuals – and their gearboxes are amazing. 

    Post # 42
    12127 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I learned on an automatic and have no desire to learn how to drive a manual. 

    Post # 43
    10651 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I used to be interesting in learning how to drive a manual, but there were always other things going on then.  Now, I’m not even really interested.  I’m not against it, just don’t think it’s worth the energy considering all the other crap I’m dealing with.

    Post # 44
    5572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I prefer manual, but then I am from the UK.

    I can’t shake the go kart feeling in a automatic. 

    Post # 45
    35 posts
    • Wedding: February 2018

    i can drive both and i do prefer manual over automatic transmission. i don’t know but somehow i believe that manual transmission is safer than the automatic even if it’s more difficult to get used to. my husband owns a Ford truck, which is a manual transmission, but i don’t think it’s that common now around my area too. well, it actually depends on the car though haha, if i got obsessed over it i’ll definitely buy it even though sometimes it’s quite comfortable to drive an automatic transmission car.

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