3 Manual Transmission Vehicle Myths

Back in the day, manual transmissions were a much more popular choice than automatic. In 1985, 35 percent of all vehicles in the US were stick shifts, today that number is under 10 percent. They were typically chosen for better handling and gas mileage. Today, automatic transmission has overtaken and many of the pros of a manual no longer apply.

Myth #1: Better Gas Mileage

Manual and automatic cars get about the same mileage depending on make, model and year, as you would see comparing automatics to each other. Back when manuals were a better choice, automatics had a lot of inefficiencies built in, but they have since progressed with things like computer controls.

Myth #2: Manuals are Cheaper to Repair

This is partially true. Manuals are easier and cheaper to repair because there are much fewer parts in it, so fewer things can breaks as well as fewer needing to be located and repaired. An automatic takes longer to repair because of all the parts and the labor costs will start to add up. However, an automatic is much more likely to last for the life of your car, or until you sell. A manual will need multiple clutch replacements in its lifetime, which are about $1,000 each.

Myth #3: Greater Control Over Your Car

If you want to be able to employ engine braking by downshifting or delaying up-shift, you can do those in an automatic too. Some automatic cars have “manual modes” that let you shift manually when you need. If you’re talking safety, newer cars have anti-lock brakes, as well as traction and stability control.

For the most part, the difference in costs for maintaining an automatic or a manual are negligible. If you are shopping for a new car and don’t know which to go for, chose the one you are most comfortable driving.

Contact the reliable mechanics at Performance Auto for more information about keeping your manual or automatic vehicle maintained.

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