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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 12:31 PM
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Automatic Vs. Stick

When I bought my Fusion I wanted manual yet my parents insisted on me getting automatic, so since they were kind of buying it for me, BUT I HAVE TO PAY THEM BACK, I went with the automatic.

Now I wish to have a manual no matter what. They told me that it gets annoying and boring. And after awhile you would want to go back to automatic.


So for all you stick drivers out their. I NEED YOUR OPINION!!!
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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 12:35 PM
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Re: Automatic Vs. Stick

About what, stick getting boring?

It doesn't. Period.
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post #3 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 12:36 PM
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I was an automatic driver and I was told that I would get bored and it would suck in traffic. But I own a Manny now and I love it....Traffic sooooo what. I love driving with a stick. It is more fun, and if anything you become more aware of things around you. With an automatic you don't have to worry about concentrating on shifting. And no if you're a good shifter then it becomes second nature to you. But believe me it is so much better!

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post #4 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 12:39 PM
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I'll say it again, it sucks going from a 5 speed (Saturn coupe) to an automatic (mazda 3). You wouldn't have regretted buying an MTX.

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yea whoever says that stick gets boring either 1) hates driving to begin with or 2) has never driven a stick before or possibly 3) never drove a fun car.

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Stick is fun and I insisted having stick on my toy cars. If I werent boosted I would wish I had the extra speed a stick gives. But auto is better if you commute in traffic. You can eat/drink/ talk on the phone while driving while its much more difficult with stick. If you get the auto, get the Lentech Valve Body.It eliminates all the slop and makes shifts instant, faster than a MTX driver can do. With a turbo, a auto is a better option considering all the broken manuals and the loss of boost when shifting.
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We bought an SEL AWD '07 Fusion (six-speed automatic) and now wish we had bought an I4, five-speed manual. Hindsight is always 20-20. Boz

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post #8 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 02:59 PM
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There has been one or two times I wished I had an auto when I have been stuck in stop and go traffic over the bay bridge for 2 or 3 hours. Other then the maybe 3 times in my life I have never regreted getting a manual trans. I could maybe see how I could be tired of it some day, but that day is probably going to wait until I am 50 or 60 years old.
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PS fatigue factor aside, manuals are generally cheaper then autos (by $600-1500), get better milage if driven properly, accelerate quite a bit faster, and as a bunch of people have pointed out more fun to drive if you care about that sort of thing.

PPS so long as the manual trans isn't abused you might either never have a clutch change in the vehicle's life time or maybe 1 clutch change which would run you $500-800. Still cheaper then having gotten the auto and the fuel savings over the life the car basically pays for a new clutch as it is.
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post #9 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 03:33 PM
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I ordered and automatic since I have a nasty habit of spraining my left ankle every couple of months. It's hard to work the clutch when your ankle hurts so I just said get the auto. Not a much fun, but a lot more practical for me.
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Stick is fun and I insisted having stick on my toy cars. If I werent boosted I would wish I had the extra speed a stick gives. But auto is better if you commute in traffic. You can eat/drink/ talk on the phone while driving while its much more difficult with stick. If you get the auto, get the Lentech Valve Body.It eliminates all the slop and makes shifts instant, faster than a MTX driver can do. With a turbo, a auto is a better option considering all the broken manuals and the loss of boost when shifting.
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yeah but its quite expensive for one too
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