Should I consider a car with a manual transmission?
June 9, 2007 11:19 PM Subscribe
Manual or automatic transmission?
posted by itheearl to travel & transportation (68 answers total)
I'm a college student, 20, male, in the market for a used car with a decent warranty. I'm thinking 2006 Honda Civic, but I am also possibly considering a 2006 Mazda 3 (bigger engine +, ford -), and (to a much lesser extent) a 2006 Toyota Corolla.
For the better part of the next two years at least, I will be living in a moderately sized college town and will have perhaps a 5 mile daily commute - round trip.
Traffic may be stop-and-go at times, but I usually schedule my classes early to avoid this. The town is mostly flat, and I will be on the highway for 200 miles round trip about once a month. Taking the bus would be the most cost-efficient option, but i do enjoy driving.
I'm looking for a car that is safe, requires minimal repairs, is not terribly expensive to insure, holds value well (compared to other cars), is fun to drive, and that i can keep for several years (even if i move to another state).
My previous vehicle was a Ford explorer, auto trans, and the one before that was a Ford Ranger, auto trans.
Both were a bit sluggish at times, but once they got going I enjoyed driving them.
I have no doubt that switching from a light truck to a car will make driving more enjoyable...
I have no previous experience driving a vehicle with a manual transmission, so I was looking at automatics.
But for some reason, the supposed benefits of the manual transmission piqued my interest the other day. .
Would I enjoy driving a car with a manual transmission more than I would enjoy driving a car with an automatic transmission?
Especially in the long run (2-3 + years)?