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Manual vs Automatic Transmission Myths Debunked

It looks like the manual vs automatic transmission debate is never going to end. Though there are many advantages of a manual transmission, it would be wrong to give it the ultimate edge over its counterpart. So, what’s the real deal about all these manual vs automatic transmission myths?

Myth Battle Between Automatic Transmission and Manual Transmission

In the rising age of the automatic transmission vehicle, many drivers still prefer a manual gearbox for its unique characteristics. However, sometimes they cannot help but exaggerate the benefits of manual drive. In order to understand the facts of manual vs automatic, let us discuss it further.

Manual vs Automatic Transmission Myths Debunked
Manual and Automatic – Which is the best?

Myth #1: Stick Shifts are Fuel Efficient

When it comes to the automatic vs manual gearbox question, we tend to give the green card to manual transmission for good. Though initially manual transmission has had more efficiency, with the technological advancement, nowadays automatic transmissions are no less fuel efficient. And if still there is a difference in terms of automatic vs manual gearbox fuel efficiency, it’s minimal.

Myth #2: Stick Shifts are Less Expensive

This is also partially accurate. Though in some cases the manual versions are cheaper, the trend is declining. Nowadays the practice is to price the both version the same.

Moreover, not every car comes with a manual version.

Myth #3: Stick Shifts Take Less to Repair

Although replacing a manual transmission costs less than replacing an automatic, you rarely have to change modern automatic transmissions. In case of manual transmission, you may have to change it once or twice, which costs higher in the long run.

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Myth #4: Stick shifts Are Mandatory for Sports Cars

Though manual transmissions are widely used in sports cars, the option for automatic is also often available. And today manufacturers are constructing sports cars with clutchless paddle shifters. So sports cars with automatic transmission are a reality now.

Sport cars
Sport cars are now availble in both options for enthusiast.

Myth #5: For Heavy-Duty Works, Stick Shifts are the Best

People believe that for heavy-duty jobs, there is no alternative to manual transmission. But in reality, the clutch in manual transmission may wear out. On the other hand, automatic transmission doesn’t have any clutch at all, making it more reliable. As well as that, many heavy-duty vehicles with automatic transmission have towing package to get the job done.

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These debunked myths in a way show us the manual vs automatic transmission pros and cons. Even though today automatic transmission is becoming the first choice, a manual transmission has some fixed advantages. For example, when a car is stuck somewhere, it can be rescued if there is another vehicle nearby with manual transmission.

47 thoughts on “Manual vs Automatic Transmission Myths Debunked

  • October 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm
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    Good information

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:48 am
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  • October 19, 2016 at 10:03 am
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    I hate replacing clutches in manual cars

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:47 am
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  • October 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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    thnx for da good information,
    ma question is what brings about a hard start in da car prado Tz

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:44 am
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      Arigatou. Thank you. Your comments encourage us a lot.

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  • October 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm
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    Yes I want to know more difference of automatic and manual

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:45 am
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  • October 25, 2016 at 4:14 am
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    Manual does it better than Automatic in all ways

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  • October 25, 2016 at 8:35 am
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  • October 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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  • October 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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    We love the information given. Keep it up

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  • October 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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    I drive a Golf III manual and it is no comparison to an automatic. Automatic vehicles have a problem of the valve body once it sucks in dust, then you have to replace the entire gearbox which is not the case with a manual gearbox

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    • May 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm
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  • October 27, 2016 at 1:40 am
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    Manual transmission is the better option.
    Manual transmission brings beauty of driving.
    Manual transmission makes driving active and not passive.

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    • December 6, 2016 at 1:31 am
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      Thank you for sharing your opinion. Many people will agree with you too.

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  • October 28, 2016 at 12:15 am
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    What You have said there is true but what I need to foward to me that advantages of manual transmission and automatic transmission and disadvantages of it to my email

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  • October 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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    now days are talking about AT;but practically manual transmissions are Strong’s everlasting

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    • December 6, 2016 at 1:31 am
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      thank u for sharing your comment

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  • October 28, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    Another advantage of automatic transmission is that shifting from one gear to another is done during the exact required engine speed.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 11:03 am
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    What about the torque on off road conditions? My opinion, Non automatic transmission gives you more torque power over automatic transmissions. If there is any expert information available on that matter then please share!

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    • November 30, 2016 at 2:23 am
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      Thank u for sharing your comment. We will search more infor about it and share as soon as possible

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  • November 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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    I love driving manual because it’s good when you’re engaging in gears

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  • November 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm
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    I love driving a manual car because it’s engegment of gears is better

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:34 am
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      Thank you for sharing your opinion. Many people will agree with you too.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm
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    thank you for helpful information keep it up.

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    • December 2, 2016 at 1:43 am
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      Arigatou. Thank you. Your comments encourage us a lot.

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  • November 8, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    manual is the best way to go, cause that’s when you really feel that you’re driving.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 2:06 pm
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    Thanks for the info, although you have shared it selectively. e.g. on the heavy workload, an Automatic transmission is always weak noting that not all of them have the towing options. Secondly, on very steep hills e.g. in Africa hill start for an automatic is nightmare. I have used both options widely for more than 15 years.

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    • December 6, 2016 at 12:59 am
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  • December 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm
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    How is Toyota ipsum performance.

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  • January 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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    I always rather manual above automatic transmission, my 1989 toyota is manual and i love shifting gears and to make it worst i have seen many people driving manual and have brake prob and thanks to the gears, they got little to no damage unlike what i have seen with the auto

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    • February 8, 2017 at 1:53 am
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      We respect your opinion! Thank you

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  • January 31, 2017 at 4:39 am
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  • February 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    For me I like manual coz u do want u want in time.

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    • February 6, 2017 at 8:27 pm
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