Manual or Automatic Transmission?

posted 2 years 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.

    YES, I can drive a manual transmission, but I prefer an automatic.

    NO, I do not know how to drive a manual transmission, but I'd like to learn.

    NO, I do not know how to drive a manual transmission, and I have no interest in learning.

  • Post # 46
    198 posts
    Blushing bee

    Yes, I can drive a manual car. I learnt to drive in a manual car. My dad is nearly 60 and still drives manual, my mother is 55 and just got her first automatic car. Manual cars are around $2-3k cheaper over here in Australia compared to an auto and you can get 90% of cars in manual and automatic transmission. I am thinking about upgrading my car in a year or two and I think I’ll stick to manual. I like it, keeps things interesting! My partner drives an auto, I hate it. 

    Also, I didn’t read the other replies but over here in Australia if you have a manual licence you can drive a manual or an auto, but if you have an auto licence, you can only drive an auto. I think everyone should learn how to drive a manual! It takes a while but I can do it with my eyes closed now (I don’t lmao) but you know what I mean! 

    Post # 47
    16 posts
    • Wedding: July 2015 - The Plantation, PE, ZA

    I have only driven manual transmission vehicles. I’m in South Africa and it is not normal at all to be incapable of driving a manual transmission. 

    Also we stay in a fairly “off the beaten track” area near Stellenbosch, so it’s a mix between winding roads and full on country dirt roads. 

    We have a hatchback and a “bakkie”, i.e. a truck. They’re both diesel because it just makes sense in this area too. 

    I have no qualms with automatics or people who can only drive them, but it really isn’t common here. I don’t think it’s even considered a real option when doing your drivers license here. 

    Post # 48
    3477 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    beejeany :  It is the same here. If you pass your test on an auto your licence will state you can only drive automatic cars. I have also only ever seen one learner car that was an automatic.

    Post # 49
    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

    UK bee. I can drive both but as with nearly everyone I passed my test in a manual. D.H has a two hour commute so he chose an automatic. More expensive but worth it for sitting on the M25.  I drive when we go abroad though and it takes me a second to remember how to drive an automatic. It’s a strange lack of control feeling for a bit.

    Post # 50
    697 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    German bee here and almost everybody learns how to drive a manual, so yes, I can drive manual. Most cars are manuals.

    However, my mum always bought my great-uncle’s used cars when he felt like getting a new one and for disability reasons, he always had automatic cars. One of his cars (an old rosewood-coloured Audi 80) was later passed on to my sister and me as our first shared car, it, too, was an automatic.

    Since then I’ve owned a manual (Renault Kangoo) and currently drive an automatic (VW GOLF V) that I took over from my mum. I drive quite a lot and I have to admit that it’s nice to have an automatic because it saves me work, especially in traffic jams and in town. I wouldn’t usually spend extra money on an automatic though. I’m currently waiting for my new car to be delivered. Since I wanted a hybrid, I didn’t get to choose between manual and automatic because afaik they only come as automatics. 

    Post # 51
    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I learned to drive on automatic back in the dinosaur days, but my now husband (then HS boyfriend) taught me to drive manual on his old truck.  So I haven’t driven manual in a very long time because every car I’ve owned has been automatic.  I suppose if I had to do it, I could figure it out again, but I didn’t care for it anyway so it’s not something I would intentionally chose to get.  I’ve never been in the market for a car that had manual.

    I just googled this because I found it interesting.  Only 4% of the cars sold in the US since 2012 have manual transmission.  It is very much a dying market.

    Post # 52
    1714 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yes, I can drive a manual transmission and love them.  It’s always been my first choice and I currently do own a manual transmission and yes, would buy another one. I also just bought a BMW X1 which is an automatic because I wanted a small SUV and they don’t come in manual, but I do enjoy it. I love having the best of both worlds!

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