Both manual and automatic transmissions have their advantages and disadvantages.
A big part of it is the vehicle a particular transmission type is in.
You need to learn what each transmission wants as well as what the car wants before you can get the best out of either.
The 88 Mustang 5.0 liter GT purchsed new had a five speed stick.
Lots of torque for a medium sized engine, good performance overall - which includes mpg and gettin' on down the road.
Fun car most times, a pain in the aftside in traffic.
Incidentally, get in the habit of putting the trans in neutral and letting the clutch out if you're gonna be stuck for a while.
Throwout bearings last a lot longer that way . . . three to one is the ratio between my Ranger and a friends Chevy.
Nothing against the Chevy, all in all, equal in quality, but in 100,000 miles he was on his third throwout bearing and I was still running the
original factory bearing.
Strictly due to the differing driving styles between the two of us.
89 Ranger 4x4 with 2.9 liter V6.
Fairly good compromise although you had to plan ahead in some areas while towing a trailer.
An automatic would have been a better choice here.
Nice part about the manual trans is being able to coast down a hill to start the car if we have starter or battery trouble when out in the middle of
02 Ford SuperCrew with 5.4 liter for heavy stuff and for towing a race car trailer.
The automatic has worked out well and it's best to lockout the overdrive when towing.
32 Ford roadster with very torquey 462" Buick engine. (About 7.6 liters.)
The engine is moderately built, dependable, strong running and makes the car a lot of fun to drive.
The thinking about running the automatic - beefed up T-400 - was that dealing with a very lightweight - 2400# - car and very strong engine it would be
best to just hang on and steer without having to worry about shifting.
Interesting part with this car is, leave the gear selector in drive and during easy accelleration it sounds like the car never shifts.
It's just one long steady pull up to speed.
Hard accelleration in drive makes the shift points more evident and slower.
If you manually select low, roll the throttle on smoothly so as to avoid wheelspin and end up with the throttle full-on near the end of low gear then
shift, second gear hits very hard and sometimes the tires will start spinning again.
Another hard shift to third and you've pretty much exceeded any speed limit in the country.
And if you're not careful you'll get wheel spin in high gear.
Before you get too critical, note that I've only done the full-on runs at the dragstrip.
Sometimes the throttle gets rolled on hard when on the on-ramps, but the car has been in high from about 25 mph on.
High gear tire spin and just starting to bite good.
Regardless of vehicle type, it's all about learning what it wants and how to drive it.
Right now, the Morris Mini is looking very appealing.
Not so much for the mpg, but the fun of rowing through the gears and trying to stay on top of the hard working little engine.