|QUOTE (Lurch @ Monday, Jul 30 2012, 23:00)|
| I'd say the pros of a manual outweigh an auto in pretty much every scenario but urban driving. Actual compression braking really lengthens the life of your brakes. Then there's the ability to roll the car off with a dead battery, not to mention having something that's actually involving to drive. A lot harder to fall asleep when you actually have to drive instead of simply holding a steering wheel. |
Autos are f*cking boring and I hate having to give a car constant brake input while I'm driving. City traffic is their one upside. A manual trans is more of a selling point to me than about anything else about a car.
Torque converters eat a lot of power. Having to change filter and fluid ever 15k in an auto sucks as well.
And I've never heard anything good about BMW autos. Their manuals are a lot tougher. Changing a clutch is cheaper than a whole auto trans.
All of this is totally true, I've considered all of those notes when thinking about choosing between auto or manual - but then you answered it yourself.
I live in Birmingham, which is a pretty dense city - and in future I plan to move to London, so a manual would be a nightmare for me.
And if I really was determined to get a car purely for performance, I'd get a semi-auto or one of those E60 M5/E46 M3s with them manuals
, as they are much more comfortable.
I'll never understand anyone saying you'll get more involved into driving with a manual. I have heard this lots of times, but still don't see the point.
For example - I'm driving in a long trip to visit my friends in Scotland, which takes 4 hours one way and would take longer if I lived more down to south. I don’t spend an uninterrupted four hours on anything else in my life. Even four hours in the pub is a bit much.
You're telling me to shift gears for 4 hours just so I can enjoy driving? Isn't that like, telling somebody to wear condoms because then he would enjoy sex more?
I'd rather enjoy the view (both in city and countryside/motorway) than purely
drive. Maybe I'm too accustomed being a passenger in a train or bus..
Just recently I had to help a friend to roll his car off when his battery died - that didn't help, so we decided to tug it, which also didn't help. Getting a new battery turned out be the only solution, so your argument about manuals and dead batteries is only relative - some may work, some not.
One last note to this almost
off-topic - I can't fall asleep unless I force myself to or get my sleeping pills. I don't sleep as often as my peers and falling asleep behind the steering wheel has been a childhood trauma for me when my dad did so.
Ontopic - The Prowler seems nice, but with that mileage and price ratio you could get much better cars. But as this car has become almost rare and exclusive I see the point. Too bad you still look like a douchebag when inside it.