Which one is faster:automatic or manual gear transmission?
Am sure u have more car experience than i do but try driving for a whole day, then come back and tell us how u feel. Then drive all day for 5 days. AM sure u drive to work and back .No matter the traffic u cant compare it to a commercial bus/taxi driver. Am sure u've never been in their shoes. U cant imagine the pain. Research has showed that tired/stressed/over worked drivers tend to drive recklessly and do drugs, thats why commercial drivers behave the way they do. I used to drive a manual but had to change to auto when i got my new job and had to drive up to 600km a day and work, Head ache was almost constant for me then, but now its far less after i changed to auto.
Understand that the brain works more when driving a manual than auto. Any Doctor in the house can confirm that u get more tired driving a manual than auto. If u drive more distances and hold ups auto is best for ur health.
Anyway we have digressed from the real issue but its also a good discussion. I do agree that auto is slower.
I totally agree that the Manual car is faster in most cases than the Automatic.
I own a manual KIA RIO and also an Automatic Tiptronic Audi A4 2004.
I must say the KIA flies like a bird and quite enjoyable a ride when the road is free. But the downside is it can be a bad experience in terrible traffics along Third Mainland bridge.
Despite the speed strength of the manual powered KIA, I will give it any day any time to the turbo charged Audi A4. This has been tested and proven. The drive in all ramifications and cases is amazing and exciting. Either in traffic or off traffic. The ABS is on point even on high speeds.
I purchased the KIA because I could not afford the N400K difference btw its auto and manual. I needed it to augment my expensive to maintain Audi after disposing my supplementary Honda Bullet due to its incessant electrical faults.
In conclusion, 4 hia in Nigeria ooo, I will vote for the Auto drive.
I have driven a lot of manuals, and I am currently driving autos.
No doubt there is a restriction with autos not permitting you to be fully and completely in control of the vehicle. There is always the lag even when you floor the gas pedal and it responds instantly, you are always not sure whether it will hesitate longer than necessary. This is a negative and hinders instant decisions and execution.
With manual, you decide when the gear should upshift or downshift and do the shifting accordingly. This puts you fully and completely in charge and in control. The possibility of the autos to refuse to downshift when you need it to is thus eliminated, thus reducing the risk of the avoidable with manual.
That being said, I have been longing to drive a manual again without losing the convenience of cruising offered by autos, so I got a car with auto equipped with a manual shift gate which amounts to manual without the clutch. Not much experience with this yet. However I still long for a manual manual!
haha, so true, you hit the nail right on the line.
@oblo, autos are more expensive than manuals in Nigeria, no question
so definitely, the lower cost of the manual would attract some users
what i object to is the undertone that suggests that choosing an auto over manual confers some kind of social elevation,
for many its only about the superior driving experience you get from the manual
Although the original posters question was to do with which in auto and manual transmissions was faster, not surprisingly this has turned into a bit of a 'which is the better between the two' thread.
I own a manual car. Actually my car is a bit of an anomally as most of the used imports for my '99-2002 Accord are normally autos.
I love the in-control feel that manuals give you, and have never owned an automatic, though I have obviously driven them on occasion. From my perspective, I have a slight edge with my cars get up and go over other auto trans versions of the same Accord (barring the obviously bigger V6 engine that is a variant of the Accord, which would of course leave my car for dead in a straight line. Come to think of it, in any kind of line you care to imagine for that matter).
What I hate is driving a manual in traffic, or up any kind of incline. Autos are great for straight line lazy driving. Manuals are and will always be the purists preferred way of shifting a car. Any true petrol-head that tells you different is quite frankly not a true petrol head!
90%of cars have their auto tranny more expensive dan manual and 90% of the manual car drivers in nigeria are forced to drive it cause of the price. maybe you fall among the 10%. You can do a survey on nl and see. luxury cars hardly come in a manual option. And clutch control doesnt have anything to do with the stress and leg pains you will face when driving a manual car in traffic on a hill, Even sport cars now come in a clutchless manual transmission that have all the advantages of manual and the comfort of an automatic, clutch is getting extinct!!
come and drive from vgc to vi everyday with a manual car. They wont tell you twice before you sell it.
The long and short is that the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages, The stress is not worth it
ask people dat drive a brand new manual kia,honda,hyundai or toyota in nigeria, most got it cause it was cheaper
Manual are a lot more responsive than even the current autos, that have dual-clutch (Volkswagen-Audi's DSG) and Tiptronic (pioneered by Porsche). Yes, knocking the stick back in autos will induce a slightly faster pick-up speed, it's still no match for a regular manual, with dry clutch. There's no lag, as you'd get with a torque-converter in an automatic.
Fuel economy's also worse with an auto, as it places more load upon the engine, slips a lot, and generally robs the engine of available power. Yes, servicing an automatic regularly will prolong the life of the unit, but compared to manuals, which are virtually maintenance-free, they are a waste. Nothing as good as being in charge of a car, rather than the car being in charge of you.
Autos are perhaps better in start/stop traffic. A Double Sequential Gearbox (DSG) for instance is quicker than any manual gearchange will ever be and even more economical because it has 2 clutches. The gearchanges are faster keeping revs to a minimum. Even CVT boxes are more economical than manual boxes. You can read up on DSG especially if you don't believe me. The VW group pioneered it and a lot of car manufacturers are now introducing some dual clutch gearboxes in their product offerings
Modern Automatics have tiptronic function so you don't have floor the throttle to downshift. Even those without tiptronic function have 3,2,1 on them. You can downshift manually if you want.
I don't know about the Mr. Goodwrench gearboxes but the Autoboxes here especially for the European cars, once you keep them serviced, they run forever.
The primary cause of automatic transmission failure is overheating. When the auto trans. fails, you cannot fix it, what's the use. They also aren't forgiving when rebuilding, so when they go bad, you have to replace the entire unit. Manuals don't go bad and when they do, it's not hassle having it fixed. Automatic is not a good idea for heavy traffic. I have heard from many nigerians when I complain about Houston's traffic that Lagos is more than twice as worse. Auto's always have to be serviced. Some cars don't permit you to have it's transmission serviced. You'll have to cough about 9,000 for a new transmission.
Point A to B are short distances with turns and sharp corners. The ideal transmission is the manual transmission. You get the optimal lifespan of your engine since you rev above 2500 rpm before switching gears. It's also economical since gasoline efficiency is higher.
I don't care about anyone's opinion. If you can't drive a stick shift, you cannot drive. I believe anyone residing in Lagos should have no business with automatic transmission because the roads are short and narrow as oppose to Texas where you might have to cruise an hour and a half to get to work.
To downshift, you have to floor the pedal for a higher engine speed. The purpose of the automatic trans. is to keep operating speed at low engine rpm. If you drive an auto that is underpowered, it's sister (manual) will be underpowered as well but slightly responsive since it doesn't rob the engine of 14 to 20 hp.