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    Quote Originally Posted by scratz98 View Post
    Hello everyone! I'm a new driver and want to get into the whole JDM scene in the next few years. I don't own my own car YET, but I drive my friend's and family's cars, specifically my fathers Infiniti G37. I live in the U.S in New York City Area (Not exactly in the city but on the outskirts) aka Queens. Automatics are greatly hated on in the JDM world mainly because people who do not drive manuals are "pussies". I want to drive a stick but in my area its fairly difficult with traffic and such. I just want to hear it from you guys. Is it worth sticking it out? Should I get an auto first then a stick? I go to meets but am usually just mesmerized by everyone elses beautiful cars and hope to one day own one day own and stance my car ( Pref a wrx sti ) anyway thank you for anyone that helps. No hate please Wish the JDM scene was as nice here as it is in Australia! Have a great day guys!
    I'd say get a manual. But if you get in to traffic a lot probably it's better to get something that has power assisted clutches (read: really soft). In my experience my right foot gets more tired operating the gas and the brake long before my left does from clutching.
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    I grew up in the country, so I learnt to drive well before I got my L's. Dad taught me in his old farm ute, which was a column shift 4-speed Mitsubishi L200. First time I drove an auto was just before I finished school, lol.
    IMO for a city kid without the opportunity to learn to drive in a wide open paddock with nothing to hit, an auto would likely be the best choice. It's one less thing for you to have to concentrate on whilst inexperienced and dealing with city traffic.

    As for my preference, it depends on the vehicle and it's intended usage. I'd hate my Navara if it was auto, 4x4s should be manual unless you plan on doing a LOT of towing IMHO. If I was building a car for combined track and street duties it'd be manual, if it was purely for the street it'd be auto. I'm lazy these days.
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    Auto's are just as good, if not better than manual these days. Try calling an R35 owner a pussy, their car is auto (not quite a slushbox, but no third pedal).
    Only downside is the cost of repair if something goes wrong. Manual more likely to be drivable if something breaks, auto you'll most likely get stranded.

    Better to learn manual, opens up your choice of cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nizmo_man View Post
    Auto's are just as good, if not better than manual these days. Try calling an R35 owner a pussy, their car is auto (not quite a slushbox, but no third pedal).
    Only downside is the cost of repair if something goes wrong. Manual more likely to be drivable if something breaks, auto you'll most likely get stranded.

    Better to learn manual, opens up your choice of cars.
    A dual clutch gearbox is not an 'auto'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Panda View Post
    A dual clutch gearbox is not an 'auto'.
    Is there an auto mode for cars with dual clutches like DSG golfs and skylines?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joy View Post
    Is there an auto mode for cars with dual clutches like DSG golfs and skylines?
    Yes, but if there was a manual offered I'm sure people would buy it
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    First of all you can get your own car if you want a successful driver because sometime damages your car.
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    Hi, I just to have the same dilemma. It depends on several things, for example, as you mentioned, traffic, other road conditions, and how you prefer to drive. I guess that in your case, given the traffic and all that, auto would be a better solution. And the people talking, let them be, you are driving a car for yourself, not for them.
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    I like both, it depends on the car and your driving style.

    Far cars that are low powered manual is the way to go as you need to use the revs.

    For cars that have more power a auto makes a good cruiser.

    A manual always feels more sporty though and for sports cars with a auto it kind of takes away from the experience of the car.

    For example a auto WRX will drop to idle while you back off the accelerator and brake so the exhaust will be quiet, down shifting on a manual WRX the engine will rev higher in every shift and sound "cooler".

    I've owned quite a lot of both but every time I have a auto I do get people ask "why would you buy a auto?" and they always bring up that it's auto like it's ruined the car or something.

    It's not easy to launch at revs in most autos as some won't stall up and will try push the car under braking so might be lucky if you can get it to take off at 3k RPM while the same car with a manual can launch at any RPM and smash the auto off the line. You can modify it to launch at higher RPM but it's not worth the cost unless you're building a drag car.

    I think new drivers should learn to drive manual but they are often scared that it's too hard but honestly, you will probably only stall a couple of times and have the hang of it in less than a hour.. give it a week or so and it will be subconscious shifting without you even have in to think about it.

    How about calling around for a driving instructor with a manual car? That way you only have to pay like $30 or so a couple of times to get the hang of it.

    Either way it doesn't matter if you buy auto or manual but you should try to experience both first so you're not disappointed later with your decision.

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