First of all , let me clarify, I don’t drive. So you can flame me for speaking shit without doing it. Ok that apart, I always wondered why people (especially Indians) get a Manual transmission car. Some say its easier, some like to be in control, others say its more fuel efficient.
But is the stick really worth it. I mean, to me it looks like ‘stone-age-ish’. If you are driving in a traffic, half of the time you are fiddling with it. People say manual transmission gives better acceleration. I dont see how thats true. Every time I look, the first bikes to speed off a signal are the ones with Automatic transmission(Honda Activa for example). Buy the time you you hit the first gear, and release the clutch in slowmo, you are already wasted 3 seconds of your life in something that could be done so much better.
With the stick comes the awful clutch. You want to start the car, hit the clutch. U want to switch gears, hit the clutch, Brake, again hit the clutch. What the heck? the only thing that works without a clutch is accelerating, Oh hold on, u have to release the clutch slowly for that. Have you imagined how much time and more importantly brain time you lose.
In cities like Pune you hit a signal every 300 meters. Your car/bike easily reaches second gear by then, u have to manually bring it down to stop. Ain’t that the job for the car/bike to manage. You are paying good amount of money for your vehicle, whats the point if you cant drive it with fun.
Yes i agree Manual transmission saves fuel, but automatic transmission has really matured in the past few years. The max difference you can get on fuel saving is 10% under any conditions. 10% ? I think its a small price to pay for the comfort.
Maybe its just India. 80% of the cars in US and Europe are Automatic . Like everything in India , price always comes before comfort. Automatic is normally priced higher that Manual.
I am a system admin, I have to automate many of my daily tasks into scripts. Even though i don’t get optimal results from them, they save me a lot of time, to concentrate on stuff that are important. To me Automatic transmission is the future. My first car is going to be Automatic transmission. fullstop.
Here’s a funny video I found when I was researching on the topic.