Why Automatics Are Better Than Manuals

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In for the stupid game...

I guess they are, for the uncoordinated. Me a person that can walk and chew gum at the same time. Totally enjoy the manual box. Can leave the car, windows down. Fob in glove box, sign on the dash take it for a ride. And not worry about it being stollen.

I've heard on the internet the paddles chip the diver's finger nail polish :question:





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This discussion has been brought up so many times and it’s always the same. There’s the people that prefer auto and the people that prefer stick and everybody is right because it comes down to preference. For me an auto fits my daily requirements since I’m not racing the car and when I want to take some high speed turns on some country roads I’ll use the paddle shifters to hold gears and stay into the power. That’s my preference because it fits what I use the car for. Although I would prefer a DCT eventually.

I’ll offer another idea though, a clutch less manual. It’s been done on other cars in the past and I believe Hyundai is doing it now on a car. The how it works I’m not sure but from reading I see it says “it predicts” when you want to shift. I’d like to see a system that maybe knows by pressure being put on the shifter that the driver is ready to shift and instantaneously engages the clutch and tells the PCM to do all the appropriate stuff to allow the shift into a higher or lower gear.A transmission like this would help those that want to drive a manual but have never driven one and would help the popularity of the manual while bridging the gap between a manual and an auto.
 

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6r80 with a PHB 4 speed hub or TH400's are the hot ticket. Anyways, point being manual trans cars can be just as fast as autos. But the fastest s550's 7's/8's none run the A10 afaik, it's clutches are the very weak point.
Completely agree with you there either transmission can be very fast it just takes a good driver in the manual versus an auto can be driven more consistently by anyone and as you said 6R80 is definitely the way to go for an automatic in an S550 but a manual is probably more fun though.
 

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For me driving a manual is a major part of the driving experience. It's that feeling of being directly connected to the machine that makes driving fun and not mundane.
 

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Driving a manual is fun sometimes. Driving an automatic is fun most of the time.

I have owned many manuals and a few autos. The A10 is my favorite transmission so far. I owned a 15 manual and this 18 auto. Love the auto now.

The question is have is - Have the manual guys driven the A10?
 

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The A10 is as capable as the Porsche pdk with none of the pdk failures. I’m club racing the A10 and it is the best part of the s550.
 

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I will rock the manual 5.0 until I can get my Mr Fusion energy reactor installed..

And then I would still want to row my own gears.
 

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My commuter is an auto, thats all the auto that i need lol . My mustang is also a manual, I wouldn't drive a car without one unless I had to. This 17 mustang is the 12th or 13th car that i've owned and only 2 of those have been auto. One is my current commuter car and the other one was my first car. :angel:
 

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Driving a manual is fun sometimes. Driving an automatic is fun most of the time.

I have owned many manuals and a few autos. The A10 is my favorite transmission so far. I owned a 15 manual and this 18 auto. Love the auto now.

The question is have is - Have the manual guys driven the A10?
I have driven 3 different A10 cars all in different levels of performance 2x18’s and a 19. The 19 was T boned on my way to work
The A10 transmission is stellar, I truly don’t believe anyone on here would dispute that. However for me, the experience was missing something. I found myself driving faster to try and get the same excitement level as I would with the manual.
I don’t care about being the fastest person off the line so for me “Quicker” wasn’t really a selling point.. Manual or Auto doesn’t matter these cars are fast as hell.
Also tho I drove an 18 with a manual and it was not my favorite. In the 18-20 refresh they made the automatic more fun and the manual less fun.. maybe a way to slowly phase it out?
Different strokes for different folks I guess. Somewhere out there is an EB A10 owner who thinks they got the perfect combo
 

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The only real thing I don't enjoy about the manual is if I ever get stuck in stop n go traffic. Other than that I love it. Maybe having a manual and an A10 sitting in the garage would be ideal...both SC'd. :)
 

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I have driven 3 different A10 cars all in different levels of performance 2x18’s and a 19. The 19 was T boned on my way to work
The A10 transmission is stellar, I truly don’t believe anyone on here would dispute that. However for me, the experience was missing something. I found myself driving faster to try and get the same excitement level as I would with the manual.
I don’t care about being the fastest person off the line so for me “Quicker” wasn’t really a selling point.. Manual or Auto doesn’t matter these cars are fast as hell.
Also tho I drove an 18 with a manual and it was not my favorite. In the 18-20 refresh they made the automatic more fun and the manual less fun.. maybe a way to slowly phase it out?
Different strokes for different folks I guess. Somewhere out there is an EB A10 owner who thinks they got the perfect combo
That's an excellent point, the driver has the control to feel the torque/power at will.

Well said
 
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A clutch pedal is more efficient than a torque converter because it is relying off of human interaction. But thank you Mr. Sarcastic. Everyone loves your useless anecdote.
 
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I think American Muscle have some fast S550s on stock transmissions.
 

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When shopping for my car I would of went for the A10 but my budget amount and mileage range I wanted only could yield the 15-17 models.. so I chose to stick with the stick.. Pickens were slim in my neck of the woods but I was able to find a 16 Premium 6spd man with 25k miles for 27k. Not the best deal ever but I’m happy with it. Plus I got a real good deal on my trade in which was another bonus... if I decide to update later on I’ll give the automatic world another rip. My work commute is 95% interstate.. and there’s 2 traffic lights I hit.. so, bumper to bumper traffic is minimal.

The 10spd is a very impressive unit but I still enjoy rowing gears..
 

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