Manual vs automatic cars
A new car is a huge decision, especially if you are unsure about whether you want one with manual or automatic transmission. The most important thing is to educate yourself beforehand in order to understand the differences between the two.
Then you can decide which transmission type best suits your needs. Here is some helpful information on the pros and cons of both manual and automatic transmission cars.
Understand the basics Just like that of a manual transmission, the automatic transmission’s primary job is to allow the engine to operate in its narrow range of speeds while providing a wide range of output speeds.
without transmission, cars would be limited to one gear ratio, and that ratio would have to be selected to allow the car to travel at the desired top speed.
If you wanted a top speed of 130 km/h, then the gear ratio would be similar to fourth gear in most manual transmission cars. You’ve probably never tried driving a manual transmission car using only the fourth gear.
If you did, you would quickly find out that you had almost no acceleration when starting out, and at high speeds, the engine would be screaming along near red line. A car like this would wear out very quickly and would not be drive-able.
Consider power If you want the most power from your engine, going with a manual transmission versus an automatic is most likely going to be your best bet.
while some modern automatic transmissions, i.e. CVT transmissions, manumatics, and conventional 4 or 5-speed automatic transmissions allow for some excellent acceleration, there is still usually a substantial difference in 0-60 times between these types of automatics and a 5 or 6-speed manual transmission.
For example, an automatic equipped Dodge neon has a reported 0-60 MPH time of approximately 10.5 seconds.
The same neon when equipped with a 5-speed manual has a reported 0-60 time of 8.1 seconds; a huge difference.
while most cars do not have this large of a 0-60 MPH gap between auto and manual transmissions, 99 percent of the time you will receive noticeably better performance from a manual gearbox.
The acceleration offered from a labour-intensive task and can cost several hundred dollars if performed at a repair shop.
Identify your needs The engine that your car is equipped with makes a huge difference to which type of transmission should be chosen. To explain, if you are looking to buy a car with a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder that pumps out 62 horsepower, and 75 lb-ft of torque you will most likely want/need to go with a manual transmission.
Since power in this case is extremely limited, you will need to make the most out of your engine for hill climbing, passing power, etc.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to purchase a car with a V8 or V6 that offers plenty of power at both high and low revs, then going with a manual transmission is more of a preference than a necessity.
while most drivers will still benefit in acceleration and fuel economy by going with a manual, it is not as detrimental as it would be with a car that was limited on power.
Decide what you want Some people can’t own a vehicle with a manual transmission for many reasons. They might be unwilling to learn to use one. They might have a physical handicap.
They might need to share the car with someone who doesn’t know how to operate a manual. If this is the case then search for an automatic that combines both good shift patterns, and good fuel economy.
If you are willing to drive a manual transmission, there are a few features to look for. Manual transmissions all have their own unique shifting characteristics.
Many are geared for fuel economy, others are geared for sport driving, and then there are many that offer the best of both worlds.
If you prefer to have your right hand available at all times to multitask then you will definitely prefer an automatic transmission.
Bear in mind however that multitasking is, for a variety of reasons, very bad driving practice — not to mention illegal in a number of places.
Check that you can multitask Are you a multitasker that can do several things at once for an extended period? If you answered yes, then you qualify for a manual.
If you answered no, then you do not. Manuals need you to concentrate on keeping your car on track, shifting the gears on time, and road hazards. — wikihow.com
Volkswagen said previously about 11 million vehicles were fitted with software capable of cheating emissions tests, including 5 million at its Vw brand, 2.1 million at luxury brand Audi, 1.2 million at Czech division Skoda and 1.8 million light commercial vehicles.
Refitting 11 million cars would be among the biggest recalls in history by a single automaker, similar in scale to Toyota’s recall of more than 10 million vehicles between 2009 and 2010 over acceleration problems, though dwarfed by the number recalled by multiple carmakers due to faulty Takata airbags.
Volkswagen sold 10.1 million vehicles in the whole of 2014. The company said last week it would set aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) in its third-quarter accounts to help cover the cost of the crisis.
But analysts think that may not be enough, as it faces potential fines from regulators and prosecutors, as well as lawsuits from cheated customers. –– Reuters
A driver changes gears of his manual car.