When is Manual Transmission Better?
In his latest missive http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/APIWar.html Joel states that "there is only one case, in normal driving, where a good automatic transmission is inferior to a manual transmission."
Engine braking isn't really practical with an automatic, and getting it into the right gear when going around a corner doesn't happen. In broad strokes, Joel is right about this. And the analogy is pretty apt.
I assume it is when you are raw-hiding the car through a corner. You want to down-shift BEFORE you enter the corner, because at the limits of adhesion IN the corner you don't want to shift.
In a performance driving situation, as Allen noted, you can extract a lot more power by downshifting into the turn, tapping the brake, and getting right back on the gas.
There is only one occasion when a manual gearbox is superior to an automatic one, and that's when you want to drive properly.
You're all wrong. It's when there are several inches of snow on the ground.
Quick getaway situations. You have to look at the indicator in an automatic to make sure it's in the proper gear, whereas you can put a manual into gear without even looking.
It really depends on how good the auto trans is.
Albert D. Kallal
Driving in snow (both accel and decel), passing (deterministically gearing down), fuel economy, keeping both hands engaged so you can't talk on your damn cell phone...
I had a car with an auto once that would shift properly during spirited turns. Lots of fun!
If you're got a flat battery, it's a damn sight easier to push start a car with a manual transmission than it is in an automatic... ;-)
I'm stuck deciding between pushing to start when the battery's dead and engine braking.
Manual transmissions are more efficent than automatics. From an energy conservation stand point. However autos are getting better and the fact that a human controls the manual transmission and can drive in a way the ruins the efficeny advantage. Add in the CV's and auto shifting manuals then the I can't see any advantages of the manual anymore.
I prefer manuals, as does my wife.
When you want to have fun!
As far as snow (and mud) are concerned, I have a basic preference for manual. However, when the manual doesn't have first and reverse on the same gate, rocking the car to get unstuck is a bit of a challenge. It's even more of a challenge when somebody decides that you have to push the shift lever down into the transmission in order to clear the gate into reverse :)
No no, everyone's got it wrong. The one instance where manuals are superior are in arcade games, where if you select manual transmission, you are given a 5mph over your automatic-transmission-racecar-driving competitors.
What does this have to do with software?!
Automatics are better if you are a little girl and can't drive stick. But if you aren't a little wussy then you should get a manual. And those new automatics where you can switch it to manual and shift yourself - those are crap, stick with the true manual. Ever tried to double clutch an automatic? Doesn't work so well......
Manual Transmission keeps the driver physically and Mentally in tune with the road & their surroundings. This results in safety for me & you.
You'll are so correct, with a manual gear u get a hndbrake advantage, like for instance ur driving down and ur brake doesn't seem to catch fast u just, put it in neutral or match the clutch and pull the hand brake while turning the steering in ur escape path: but u can't try that with a auto 'cause theirs no clutch u'll just damage the whole gear box, also even if u use the neutral on the auto, it still doesn't work right, u feel me?
i just want to say that i am looking for my car some dumbfucker jacked it. Man if i find the hoe ass nigga that jacked my car , damn man i fuck you in in the head mother fucker
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