Automatic or Manual transmission

It all comes down to one question: automatic or manual transmission?
Now, certainly there are a lot of benefits owning a car with an automatic transmission but, if you’re shopping on a budget, getting a car with a manual transmission is probably better. Now, before you jump on your wagon and list all the benefits of automatic transmissions, allow us to tell you all the benefits of purchasing a car with a manual transmission.

Pay a lot less

Generally, most cars with automatic or steptronic transmissions cost more, not because they’re nicer or more luxurious but because they’re more expensive to manufacture and to maintain. Compared to a manual gearbox that consists of a case and gears that’s shifted manually, an automatic transmission consists of a valve body, a primary and secondary fuel pump and actuators that allow it to shift automatically. Components for an automatic transmission needs to be precision engineered and therefore can be far more expensive than a vehicle with a manual transmission.

Manual Transmissions Benefits

Also, manual transmissions tend to be more fuel efficient. Automatic transmissions are coupled to the engine by a torque converter instead of a rigid clutch which can cause fuel consumption to be quite costly. Buying a car with a manual transmission can save you a lot on fuel.

Manuals are safer

You would think that an automatic transmission would be safer because it allows you more control of the steering wheel but you’d be wrong. Manuals are safer because it gives the operator more control over the vehicle. You could have the most luxurious car with the most refined automatic transmission but none compares to the complexity and problem-solving abilities of the human brain.
Driving a car with a manual transmission requires the driver to pay attention to what he or she is doing and, when it comes to adverse driving conditions, a person can make a much better and quicker decision than any computer.

They’re a lot more fun

Ok, I’m sure this is debatable but, compared to an automatic, manuals are a lot more fun to drive. Why you may ask. Well, because of control. I’m sure it’s very convenient to get into a car, turning the ignition, stepping on the gas and off you go but that kind of takes away from the driving experience, doesn’t it? It takes skill to drive a manual and, once you’ve acquired that skill, you can fully enjoy the thrill of the open road knowing that you’re in control. Besides, once you’ve experienced the perfect downshift you’ll be hooked.

An Individual Choice

In the end, if’s really your choice of what you’re looking for. If you’re a novice driver and not as skilled on the road then, getting a car with an automatic transmission may be a better option because it’s less work. However, if you’re an experienced driver you may prefer the control manual transmissions offer. Either way, we hope this article provided some insight on why manual transmissions can be more beneficial than automatic transmissions. Regardless of what you’re going for, rest assured that, if your transmission breaks down, here at Enduro Gearbox we can fix it.

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