When I first moved to SF, I hated my manual, as you have to e-brake shuffle all the time on the hills. Now I have a manual, w/ a hill assist feature, best of both worlds. Doesn't hurt it's a Challenger
It's good to learn manual, just in case. It would suck to be in an emergency, and not be able to drive what's available.
I drive an automatic even though I have both. I want to get good with manual, but tiptronic only offers the sporty manual with the flippy pads on the wheel which is not as cool as the real manual even though pads are used by formula drivers. However automatic is so relaxing and good for big cities that have super long rush hours and huge traffic. Manual during traffic just sucks.
I drive an auto car though, not really my choice with the car is a company car, also auto is good for city driving where you have to stop and start a lot, which get's annoying in a manual car. But I also have an option of going to use the Tiptronic in my car, but I'm lazy and use my lead foot. Admittedly I occasionally forget I'm in an auto and go to change the gears :\....
When I bought a used car a few years back, I had to learn how to drive manual to get it home. Over the years I got used to driving it, and it pretty much became second nature.
It was a used car, so it inevitably broke down, so I later I had to rent a car to attend a friend's wedding. It was a revelation.
When I pulled out on the highway with an automatic, all I had to think about was the gas pedal and the other cars around me. The multiplicity of worries that assailed me as I would try to corral a manual transmission were no longer a concern. I could just drive.
Screw manual--automatics for me. All hail the divine machine!
I drove a '68 VW Fastback all during high school and into college, I do quite well with manual transmissions, thank you very much. But when your average trip is under a mile and a half each way, with a couple of 300 mile each way roadtrips thrown in, there is really no place to use or need a manual. So now I drive an auto, much more practical.
And for all you guys who think that stick coming out of the floor is somehow connected to your manhood, then stick it in reverse!
Yay for Tiptronic, Geartronic, or whatever the fuck its called.
Both my Dad's '08 Smart ForTwo and my Mom's '11 Subaru Outback have the either/or option. I mainly use the Auto side because its less bullshit.
In the Smart I go Manual when I need to accelerate. The transmission is slow in it and will usually shift (very slowly) right about when in the middle of the street while turning left from a stop. Manual is better then as you can at least not be panicking about getting hit when turning.
The Outback doesn't have that issue, it drives much like any other automatic car I've driven, so I keep it as is. I'll turn down in manual for Ice and/or hills to use it as a pseudo engine brake.
I am nephew of pilots, im pursuing it in a sense and i share their opinion
For everyday use? Automatic: simple, does the thing and MAN , get to a traffic jam (common thing on big cities) with a manual and you are clutch/1st/clutch/1st/clutch/1st/clutch/1st/clutch/1st/clutch/1st in a terrible way... Also, a good auto box can make unexpected wonders ( we just have to remember some dragsters have auto boxes)
I save the manuals for the tracks or competitions, since there i need some extra fine control on RPM management
Manual, absolutely manual... I drove several cars in manual, the only one with automatic transmission was an Aston Matin V8 Vantage, even if it's the most beautiful car I've ever driven, it was a little bit ruined by the fact it was an automatic...
I love to play with that gearbox, especially on the small roads in the mountains of France, such a great pleasure!
Automatic; sure, manual is more capable, but so what? im not pushing the envelope, Im driving to work. What do I need with that tiny margin of advantage? Id much rather be able to fiddle with the radio, have a drink, or hold my girl close by my side, than mess around with the transmission all day every day! My bike is manual, and I enjoy it, but I see no need for it when Im cruising around in my truck, and if I need a lower gear on snow or in the mountains, so what? I can still shift on the fly. Really, if you're not in a competition, whats the point?
Frankly, I want to live somewhere that cats are legally allowed to drive like you do. Though I can understand them only being able to handle automatics due to the lack of opposable thumbs or long legs for quick gear changes.