Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by bk7794 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:16 pm

I do have to admit I have thought about going automatic for a bit. Though I just know I am going to be bored with it in about 2 weeks time. I'm really hankering for one of those Chevrolet SS/Camaro
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by AHTOXA » Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:30 pm

bk7794 wrote:I do have to admit I have thought about going automatic for a bit. Though I just know I am going to be bored with it in about 2 weeks time. I'm really hankering for one of those Chevrolet SS/Camaro
I ended up renting a 2017 V6 Camaro a few weeks ago.

Full disclosure: I am a guy that would never buy a V6 Camaro. Or a V6 (or god forbid a turbo-4) Mustang. Never. I don't care what the numbers say or what the journalists say. I won't.

I drove it for a week. Drove it in town, on the highway, and most importantly, in the twisties of SoCal.

I loved how it handled and drove. There was a lot of power from that V6 and the delivery was great. Even the stock exhaust was somewhat European-snarly and snorty - it sounded great and totally unlike I would have expected a Camaro to sound. Full throttle wide-open shifts from 2-3 (automatic, of course) were the sort of prrrwaaaa-prrr-pwaaaaa snort in the middle of the shift. But the noises aside, the car handled fantastic and inspired confidence. After a few days I really wanted to push just a little more and I went onto a mountain road that I've driven before there and let it rip (granted, with some restraint) and it felt good. Planted under power and somewhat neutral coming out of the corner, although you could certain force the matter with your right foot. A little bit of understeer coming into and up until mid corner but nothing major. Then, roll into it and giggle all the way out of the corner and into the next one.

It was a very, very good car and I understand why many journalists have stated that a V6 Camaro with a manual is an enthusiast's car. I get it.

None the less, I'd not buy a manual if it were my money. If it's a pony car I'm going to own, it better be a V8, but that's just my stubbornness.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by six » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:04 am

AHTOXA wrote:If it's a pony car I'm going to own, it better be a V8, but that's just my stubbornness.
I wouldn't argue with that my man. Also, you've just experienced what it's like to drive an SS. :)
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by ClutchFork » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:57 am

Of all the automatics I have driven (this apart from my personal vehicle being a stick since 1977) the one that was almost enjoyable is the one that is the simplest, my wife's current vehicle, which is a 1999 Plymouth Voyager. It has a 2.4L four popper and a very simple 3-speed automatic that the only electronic part is the torque converter lockup. But I don't want an automatic--ever--for my personal vehicle.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by potownrob » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:43 am

bk7794 wrote: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?
never. ever. not even a possibility!! who is this bk7794 guy?!? imboring? standardshifter?? we need to give this guy the permaban treatment stat!! :!: :evil: :o :x
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by ClutchFork » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:47 am

Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?
Frankly, to quote Bartleby,

"I would prefer not to."


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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by tankinbeans » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:43 am

Yes, and did. My previous statement still stands. Transmission will never be my main deciding factor unless it's CVT. There's enough about Boaty that entertains the snot out of me that the tranny doesn't factor.

It's my first Chrysler so time will tell if it's a good call. I hear the online crowd jeering Chrysler, but who knows of they're just excited to hear their own computer keys clanking.

yes, I recognise that I'm that way about Chevy.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by Squint » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:23 am

tankinbeans wrote: It's my first Chrysler so time will tell if it's a good call. I hear the online crowd jeering Chrysler, but who knows of they're just excited to hear their own computer keys clanking.

yes, I recognise that I'm that way about Chevy.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by tankinbeans » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:33 pm

With the dealer I bought mine from there's a lifetime powertrain warranty through CNA (I think that's the name) which, according to the sales person, would cover trans issues and the transfer case. I'm guessing the trans could be the iffy part as this one has the 3.6 pornstar v6 and not the 2.7 sludge monster.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by Rope-Pusher » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:19 pm

tankinbeans wrote:With the dealer I bought mine from there's a lifetime powertrain warranty through CNA (I think that's the name) which, according to the sales person, would cover trans issues and the transfer case. I'm guessing the trans could be the iffy part as this one has the 3.6 pornstar v6 and not the 2.7 sludge monster.
I don't think that the RWD slushboxes were known to give problems and you must have the latest in the long line, the 8-speed.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by tankinbeans » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:31 pm

Yessir. I got the 3.6 AWD, which activates permanently of the ambient temp is below 40. I've managed to kick the ass out a couple times. Pretty sweet.

The funny part is that my mileage roughly matches the 95 Accord 2.2 EX that I had.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by watkins » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:33 am

Its a very comfortable boat

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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by tankinbeans » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:37 am

watkins wrote:Its a very comfortable boat
Hence his name, Boaty McBoatface.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by potownrob » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:55 am

tankinbeans wrote:
watkins wrote:Its a very comfortable boat
Hence his name, Boaty McFartface.
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Re: Has anyone thought about buying an Automatic?

Post by tankinbeans » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:51 am

potownrob wrote:
tankinbeans wrote:
watkins wrote:Its a very comfortable boat
Hence his name, Boaty McFartface.
thickset
He is a bit heavyset at 2 tons.
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