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Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by bk7794 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:08 pm

I'm curious, has anyone ever thought about getting an Automatic? With modern day trucks only being made in auto and some big cheap comfortable cars only being made in stick it makes it difficult to not consider an Auto. Thoughts?




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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by IMBoring25 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:17 pm

I actually do own an automatic, but it was my first car, bought from a relative, and is a model that was never available with a manual. I've given some thought to converting it, but it hasn't needed heavy enough drivetrain work to make it justifiable when everything else is manual.

Aside from that, no. There is one manufacturer still making manual-transmission trucks...Ram. I never thought I'd own a Chrysler product, but kicking around the idea of a new one warmed me up enough to the notion to pick up an '08 2500 that hit the market about six weeks ago. If I hadn't been replacing a truck and concerned about possible need for a heavy-hauler in the next couple of years, the other prospects would have been a Mustang or Chevy SS. As long as a manual that meets mission requirements is available I see no reason to compromise that requirement.

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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by potownrob » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:59 am

bk7794 wrote:I'm curious, has anyone ever thought about getting an Automatic?
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With modern day trucks only being made in auto and some big cheap comfortable cars only being made in stick it makes it difficult to not consider an Auto. Thoughts?
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by theholycow » Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:59 am

I can't remember what prompted it, but I'll admit that I recently had a passing, momentary thought about kinda wondering if I could be ok with an automatic for a daily driver. If it comes back I'll try to remember and post to this thread.

I don't mind it for something that doesn't get driven often, and I can't deny the utility and convenience of having it available should I ever suffer a leg injury that would leave me crutch-clutching, or other such cliched situations.
IMBoring25 wrote:I never thought I'd own a Chrysler product, but kicking around the idea of a new one warmed me up enough to the notion to pick up an '08 2500 that hit the market about six weeks ago. If I hadn't been replacing a truck and concerned about possible need for a heavy-hauler in the next couple of years, the other prospects would have been a Mustang or Chevy SS. As long as a manual that meets mission requirements is available I see no reason to compromise that requirement.
Well said, both on the Chrysler thing and the no need to compromise.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by tankinbeans » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:43 am

I used to drive them exclusively, but have preferred manuals since 2011. I currently own an automatic, my Buick which mom drives, and a manual, Bubonic Freddie (2016 Mazda3 iTouring).

Transmission will never be a sole deciding factor unless it's a CVT. That will not happen as long as I have a choice in the matter. Recently test drove an Accord Sport with the striptease and it reminded me of a Sentra I drove 5 years ago, and not in a good way.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:24 pm

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It was mostly matter of the vehicles that I leased not being available, or at least not available for lease, except with slushboxes.
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Seeing as I was getting my fix on a regular basis - I drove Amish vehicles 5 days a week at work and sometimes borrowed them on weekends as well -I didn't feel the need to purchase an Amish vehicle instead of taking advantage of relatively inexpensive lease rates.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by AHTOXA » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:15 pm

Yeah, sure. I really don't have qualms with driving an auto daily, but it heavily depends on the vehicle type.

For example, I would never consider an automatic Wrangler, a sports car, a muscle car or a motorcycle (Honda makes automatic motorcycles but they are pretty much the only ones that do). But, I wouldn't mind driving a more luxurious car or truck with an auto. I have been traveling a lot, so that means I rent a lot, and with that I've accumulated points for good upgrades. I have spent a few weeks in an Audi Q5, a few weeks in a nicely loaded Grand Cherokee and I wouldn't mind driving either with an auto. Same with a half ton truck, but only if it's more of a lux truck, like a King Ranch Efff One Fiddy.

I guess overall, if the car has any sporting intentions, I want manual. If more of a luxury type car, I'd be fine with an auto. Sporty lux? Manual. Where does the Forester fall? I do like manual in practical vehicles, but I also LOATHED the CVT in the Forester and HATED the fact that it was doing a 60/40 F/R torque spli under normal driving conditions (50/50 when slippage detected). Manual is always 50/50 and that was important to me.

Having said all that I still very much enjoy a manual and I do enjoy getting into my car after weeks of rental cars - even nice ones. So it's likely that I'll always own a manual vehicle of some sort.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by six » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:24 am

AHTOXA wrote:I have spent a few weeks in an Audi Q5, a few weeks in a nicely loaded Grand Cherokee and I wouldn't mind driving either with an auto.
It's not like you had a choice. They don't come in manual.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by AHTOXA » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:57 pm

six wrote:
AHTOXA wrote:I have spent a few weeks in an Audi Q5, a few weeks in a nicely loaded Grand Cherokee and I wouldn't mind driving either with an auto.
It's not like you had a choice. They don't come in manual.
That's true. But I wouldn't actually want one of those with a manual.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by watkins » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:46 pm

I do wish they had a manual for the SRT Grand Cherokee.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by tankinbeans » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:38 pm

watkins wrote:I do wish they had a manual for the SRT Grand Cherokee.
Check the glovebox. There should be one in there. :mrgreen:
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by Rope-Pusher » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:20 pm

tankinbeans wrote:
watkins wrote:I do wish they had a manual for the SRT Grand Cherokee.
Check the glovebox. There should be one in there. :mrgreen:
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by theholycow » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:21 am

Rope-Pusher wrote:Gnaw - in these trying times they supply the owner with a cdrom.
What good would that do? Most users don't have CD or DVD drives anymore.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by Rope-Pusher » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:13 am

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Rope-Pusher wrote:Gnaw - in these trying times they supply the owner with a cdrom.
What good would that do? Most users don't have CD or DVD drives anymore.
What good would it be?

I ask Hugh, what difference does it make what media they publish it on if NOBODY is going to read it anyway?

They've been printing them in Sanskrit for years now and nobody noticed.

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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by Rope-Pusher » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:25 am

I wasn't going to buy one anyway
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