meh...in my long daily commute through the city, i got sick of shifting gears in rush hour traffic for an hour a day...even though my new car only came with an auto, i would have chosen it anyway.
It's a personal preference thing, to be sure. I guess I'm so used to driving a manual that being in traffic doesn't bother me as I don't seem to notice. If anything, I like the manual so that I actually slow down when I take my foot off the gas, rather than gas/brake/gas/brake/gas/brake that I see from other drivers.
as well, people will drive stupidly regardless of whether they have an automatic or manual transmission.
Absolutely true. Sad, but true. -- "Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus" (We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died) the inscription on the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek, the Netherlands
Yeah... gearing down to slow down is a plus. Really helps too when going down a steep hill... But be careful when gearing down in winter... I did that once with my first manual tranny (Toyota Celica) and I geared down not knowing how slippery it was. The poor Celica did a slight compression burn & threw it sideways on a street... Luckily no on coming traffic.. I was a mere lad in my early 20's at the time...
If anything, I like the manual so that I actually slow down when I take my foot off the gas, rather than gas/brake/gas/brake/gas/brake that I see from other drivers.
interestingly, one of the first things i noticed about my new car is it does just that...if i am driving on the highway, and let go of the gas, it doesn't "coast", it slows down like a manual transmission car would...i'm not sure how, but my guess is the torque converter locks up "early" and stays on, which also makes it downshift as you continue to slow down...when i take the off ramps on a highway, if i "coast", it will even downshift like a manual as i round the bend...it is pretty close to feeling like a DSG in how it behaves...it isn't a DSG, but my guess is it may be "programmed" similar in how it behaves. -- People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Yeah... gearing down to slow down is a plus. Really helps too when going down a steep hill...
my car has the "Tiptronic" feature, so i can move the shifter to the left and "kick it up or down" to manually control the shifting...i can even start in 2nd if i want (to help minimize wheel spin on a slippery surface).