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I've got an auto. When I was looking for a mustang, I had my mind set on getting a manual. All in all, I'm satisfied with the auto. The tune helps - it still has manners under regular driving, but if you give it the oats, it really livens up and shifts FAST.

Sometimes I'd still prefer to have a manual - because slamming through your own gears is pretty fun. But also because I get tired of "car guys" giving me grief over having an automatic mustang lol.

It's funny - you never see automatic guys telling the manual guys, "What? Auto is the way to go - it's the only way to go in a performance car, the shifting is so smooth and fast, all you have to do is concentrate on the gas, the brake, and that next corner, etc etc etc".
But so often you get the manual guys going "WHAT?! Manual is the only way to go in a performance car, because no computer can decide for me when I want to shift gears, and I can shift as fast and accurate as any auto, and I feel more connected to the road and to me it's all about the experience, etc etc".

Not aiming at anyone in particular, but I'm sure you all know what I mean lol.

Someone once asked me about my car, and said "Is it a standard or automatic?" My response? "uh.. how can I tell"?

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And having said that, my next mustang will almost certainly be a manual lol.

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Originally Posted by jasonthefox View Post
Someone once asked me about my car, and said "Is it a standard or automatic?" My response? "uh.. how can I tell"?
Ok I'm going to have to use that one. Thats good, haha.
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Originally Posted by buzzkill911 View Post
The 'traffic' wildcard totally makes sense for an automatic. Here in NE Wisco I don't deal with a lot of stop and go traffic and I can only imagine it's a nightmare with a manual.

I'm lucky enough that a rolling stop is about the closest I come to a complete stop no matter where I'm going.
Bah. I've been driving my manual in San Fransisco 3x days a week. If ever there was a reason for an automatic transmission, SF is it. But you get the hang of it after a couple gnarly hills.
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I would suicide driving my car in SF
I would need that hill assist in the 2013(i think its there) or an auto.
Im decent with alitht slopes here but that stuff is insane
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Originally Posted by Al ALUCARD19 View Post
Gotta be a stick why have a muscle car with an auto,besides the side benefit is my wife can't drive a stick this way she never touches my car.


And I thought I was the only one

I really enjoy the manual shift in my Mustang. I feel more connected. However, if I had more stop and go traffic I would have gone automatic.

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I love stick. My last car was auto, and it just got boring. It's nice in traffic, and especially when I'm drinking a cup of coffee, but I like driving stick. I have had 2 rangers that were 5 speeds, and ever since I turned in that last one at the end of the lease, I always missed it. It just makes driving fun.

I will say that if I had a track only car that I drag raced with, I would go with auto for the consistency and accuracy of the controlled shifts. But for a street car, I just like banging through the gears myself.

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Love the stick.......I love the control and I love down shifting to a light and hearing the burbling exhaust

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I love them both and had them both, the manual is definetly a drivers choice, the auto is a cruisers. My back the way it is now I should have kept the automatic, I looked at a nice Notchback with an auto the owner said lost the overdrive but still drove nice just with 3 gears, I looked under the hood and the TV cable was off, he insisted it had always been off and didnt affect it, I passed , between that the smell of mold and the dash lights not working at all not even the directional bulbs I think walking away was good, I still want an auto notch but they are pricey

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When I first learned to drive there was no car to learn stick, so when I bought my first car (My current mustang) I got an auto.. I can drive stick now and if I bought a car now, I'd go with stick.. But I get to experience shifting on the Kawasaki Ninja 250..

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To me, the Mustang is a twisties road car. There's no way that an automatic can anticipate what's next and do the job that I do manually.

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Originally Posted by Ninja63634 View Post
Stick. Autos are for girls.. Lol!
I know several girls you just made upset...LOL

My vote is for auto....only due to a neck surgery and 2 back surgeries.
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Stick, but in my opinion every sports car should only be stick. Shelby's are only stick.boss 302 only stick. Why argue with what's already the obvious and being auto, I understand daily driving and all, but I think it takes the fun out of driving the car :P IMO
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Purchased my first mustang as a manual, will never purchase an automatic, ever.

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Next one will be an auto.

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