WikiWirral Share a Little Learn a Lot about your Wirral
Forum Stats
12328 Members
65 Forums
73257 Topics
989095 Posts
25 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
83 registered (alan128, 10 invisible), 1416 Guests and 288 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Finsbury Park mosque. 1013
Round the Wirral with a movie camera[1934] 450
Washing machine 206
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed 149
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats. 120
Ant and Dec 98
Another Scam 79
Wanted roof box 70
Benefit Cap is Unlawful 65
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats. 61
New General Forums
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day
by fish5133
07:38 PM
Ant and Dec
by cools
18th Jun 2017 2:11pm
Another Scam
by Excoriator
18th Jun 2017 10:00am
Happy birthday Ste
by Dilly
12th Jun 2017 7:54am
New Wirral History
Round the Wirral with a movie camera[1934]
by snowhite
16th Jun 2017 2:03pm
Bascule Bridge
by Sufee
6th Jun 2017 9:09pm
Pathe news short - merseytunnel 1934
by oldpm01
5th Jun 2017 1:57pm
1878 Post Office Directory of Cheshire query
by derekdwc
1st Jun 2017 10:41pm
Bakery at 275 Poulton Road 1925 onwards
by JAFitz
30th May 2017 8:59pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
wirral from Liverpool big wheel
New Brighton Big Wheel
Topic Replies
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by lansyp
10:22 AM
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
09:38 AM
Unilever's Power Stations
by Jimbo620
08:18 AM
Where In The Wirral Is It??
by diggingdeeper
09:22 PM
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
07:37 PM
Suspended sentence for 37,000 benefit fraud mum
by Mark
06:45 PM
What song are you listening to?
by granny
10:18 AM
live webcam from africa, a must see
by granny
09:49 AM
Sailing volunteers
by diggingdeeper
12:34 AM
June
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by diggingdeeper
18th Jun 2017 11:41am
Sefton Park
by diggingdeeper
17th Jun 2017 7:28pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#796602 - 28th May 2013 1:44am Manual or Automatic
Elizabeth Offline
Veteran

Registered: 28th Jul 2011
Posts: 718
Loc: Prenton, Wirral
Asked a while back for thoughts on diesel vs petrol cars. Now I'd be interested to know your thoughts on manual vs automatic?

The general opinion (years ago) used to be that they were more costly to repair if they went wrong but I'm not sure if that's still the case?

I'll be living back there later this summer and will be shopping for a smallish used car and would appreciate any advice before I buy smile

Top
Google Ads
#796607 - 28th May 2013 7:14am Re: Manual or Automatic [Re: Elizabeth]
MikeT Online   content
Smartchild

Registered: 23rd Apr 2010
Posts: 563
Loc: Canary Islands
If you enjoy driving, get a manual. They are also more suitable for British town roads. Automatics are less economical though these days not as breakdown-prone as they once were. There are now alternative transmissions, such as CVT or electrically-operated clutches (semi-automatics). Basically, I'd say take a few different cars for test runs and go with what you like most (and I don't mean the colour). Check out anything you're thinking of buying at www.honestjohn.co.uk CLICKY - his used car reviews are spot on.

You'll be shocked at the price of fuel here compared to the US. somad

PS. If you value your spine, choose something with sensible amounts of rubber on the wheels and a suspension that will ride out the potholes - the roads around here are getting worse by the minute.

Top
#796648 - 28th May 2013 11:24am Re: Manual or Automatic [Re: Elizabeth]
rhoobarb2002 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 13th Aug 2011
Posts: 680
Loc: Wirral
If you have difficulty or are lazy with clutch and gear changes, then get an auto. As I see it they are the only advantages to having auto.

They are less economical and in my eyes are just another (expensive) thing to go wrong. The automatics I have had I enjoyed, but would have preferred a manual.

Personally I would go for a manual with cruise control, I have not tried a clutchless gearbox so can't say either way really.

Top
#796800 - 28th May 2013 11:46pm Re: Manual or Automatic [Re: MikeT]
Elizabeth Offline
Veteran

Registered: 28th Jul 2011
Posts: 718
Loc: Prenton, Wirral
Originally Posted By: MikeT

You'll be shocked at the price of fuel here compared to the US. somad



Yes I know, but I'll be happy to get more than 22 miles per gallon, and that's motorway/highway driving. I get even less if stopping and starting through town frown

Top
#796802 - 28th May 2013 11:48pm Re: Manual or Automatic [Re: rhoobarb2002]
Elizabeth Offline
Veteran

Registered: 28th Jul 2011
Posts: 718
Loc: Prenton, Wirral
Originally Posted By: rhoobarb2002
If you have difficulty or are lazy with clutch and gear changes, then get an auto. As I see it they are the only advantages to having auto.

They are less economical and in my eyes are just another (expensive) thing to go wrong. The automatics I have had I enjoyed, but would have preferred a manual.

Personally I would go for a manual with cruise control, I have not tried a clutchless gearbox so can't say either way really.


I am lazy yes and it's getting worse as I get older smile

Top
#796812 - 29th May 2013 12:30am Re: Manual or Automatic [Re: Elizabeth]
StuyMac Offline

Wiki Master

Registered: 24th Nov 2003
Posts: 12002
Loc: Wirralshire
TBH Autobox only really work well on torquey engines - big petrols, and diesels. If your looking for a small car, then a manual box works better.

As for reliability, nothing in it really, gearboxes cost about the same to replace, manuals use a clutch, autos use a torque converter, and with a lot of newer cars now using duel mass flywheels, it can now be more expensive to work on a manual car...

Manuals however are more economical as you get 100% drive from engine through the clutch to the gearbox, autoboxes always allow a little slip - this makes for smooth gear selection, but it does waste some of the drive from the engine.

Ive always been a manual person - always sworn by them, but now I cant be bothered. If I want to "drive" a car, I have the race car, but for normal road driving Ive recently bought an auto, mainly for thier ability to tow easier than a manual car.

Each to their own - try before you buy wink
_________________________


What If There Were No Hypothetical Questions?

Top
#796814 - 29th May 2013 12:42am Re: Manual or Automatic [Re: StuyMac]
Willo_ Offline
Forum Master

Registered: 5th Jul 2012
Posts: 2518
Loc: Merseyside
I use to have a mk5 Cortina automatic, I loved it, but that was back in the days of very cheap petrol.
_________________________
..

Top

Moderator:  StuyMac 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
09:38 AM
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
07:37 PM
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
08:00 AM
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed
by Martin1943
20th Jun 2017 8:06pm
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
20th Jun 2017 8:32am
For Sale & Free
Washing machine
by GingerTom
20th Jun 2017 9:05pm
22" full 1080p hd and freeview tv
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:50pm
Apple TV box the 1gen
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:48pm
42 lf smart tv
by stumpyduck
20th Jun 2017 8:15pm
Wanted roof box
by monsterz4
19th Jun 2017 10:32am
Featured Member
Registered: 12th Jun 2010
Posts: 167
Newest Members
Fairz87, mikerobbo84, Robbo1960, Gwhiz03, SamphireGreen
12328 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:19pm
Sefton Park
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:02pm
Property Law
by lau2908
14th Jun 2017 8:04pm
van driver needed
by futurepast
14th Jun 2017 7:34pm
Sailing volunteers
by dogsbrain
14th Jun 2017 4:31pm
News : New Topics
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
09:38 AM
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
07:37 PM
Finsbury Park mosque.
by Beethoven
19th Jun 2017 11:42am
Grenfell Tower - Notting Hill
by diggingdeeper
14th Jun 2017 5:13am
Manchester airport
by Dilly
9th Jun 2017 6:01pm
New Enthusiast Forums
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
08:00 AM
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed
by Martin1943
20th Jun 2017 8:06pm
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
20th Jun 2017 8:32am
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
18th Jun 2017 6:02pm
Code reader
by madrob
16th Jun 2017 9:09am
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Benefit Cap is Unlawful 65
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day 34
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens 16
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Fri 4:43am
Sunset Fri 9:45pm
Local Time Fri 11:25am
WikiWirral Can . . . .