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Manual vs Automatic Cars! – What’s your choice? Main Points To Consider

Since Zimbabwe is now a major importer of cars especially from Japan and United Kingdom, the battle of supremacy between manual vs automatic transmission has become common as drivers debate on the merits and demerits of using system. Though there are many advantages of a manual transmission, it would be wrong to give it the ultimate edge over the auto version.

Many drivers today prefer to drive manual transmissions, for they consider it to have some unique characteristics. Sometimes, they exaggerate some of the benefits of manual. So, what’s the real deal about all these manual vs automatic transmission myths? Let’s dissect it further.

Manual vs Automatic Transmission Myths Debunked

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. While in some cases the manual versions are cheaper, the trend is declining. Nowadays the practice is to price the both version the same.

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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 the case of manual transmission, you may change it once or twice which is costly in the long run.

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Myth #4: Stick shifts Are Mandatory for Sports Cars

Manual transmissions are widely used in sports cars but the option for automatic is also often available. Nowadays manufacturers are constructing sports cars with clutch-less paddle shifters. So sports cars with automatic transmission are a reality now.

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. Further, many heavy-duty vehicles with automatic transmission have towing package to get the job done.

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.

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Shingie Lev Muringi is a Technology Analyst & Digital Media Strategist by profession. He is a qualified Cisco Certified Network Engineer & a BTech. E-Commerce alumni with the Harare Institute of Technology. Shingie is a very passionate technology enthusiast who is driven by a burning desire to be a leading strategist in this digital revolution era where every organization needs to impress the paradigm shift with urgency. He has previously worked for TN Holdings, Steward Bank, Econet Wireless - Ecocash and TechnoMag before joining 263Chat as a Journalist

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