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Old Aug 28th 2012, 9:00 pm
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Default Auto or stick shift In San Jose Area, CA?

I love a manual car, I've had two autos, always find a manual to be my kind of drive.

I will be buying used, around the 7-10 year old, and probably a larger engined BMW or similar (330i/530i/M3/M5), because I like manual, RWD and a driver's car.


At least, that's what I'd buy in the UK...



So should I actually be buying an automatic US waftmobile or a Jag etc for sitting in traffic in the commute and trundling down freeways for hours on end?

I have no kids. I will be commuting around Cupertino and the abutted areas, as well as getting out to explore the national parks, Highway 1, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and beyond...
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Well, when you're in stop and go traffic for an hour, which would you rather do:

1) occasionally lift your foot off the brake for a few seconds to move forward ten feet

or

2) Clutch, shift, gas, clutch, shift, brake. Repeat thirty seconds later.
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Default Re: Auto or stick shift In San Jose Area, CA?

Originally Posted by joylove View Post
I love a manual car, I've had two autos, always find a manual to be my kind of drive.

I will be buying used, around the 7-10 year old, and probably a larger engined BMW or similar (330i/530i/M3/M5), because I like manual, RWD and a driver's car.


At least, that's what I'd buy in the UK...



So should I actually be buying an automatic US waftmobile or a Jag etc for sitting in traffic in the commute and trundling down freeways for hours on end?

I have no kids. I will be commuting around Cupertino and the abutted areas, as well as getting out to explore the national parks, Highway 1, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and beyond...
Most of the time you will be on the freeway, when you go to National Parks... it's single lane with no overtaking. The point to me of having a manual is it can make driving fun, there is no fun driving around here.
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Default Re: Auto or stick shift In San Jose Area, CA?

Originally Posted by joylove View Post
I love a manual car, I've had two autos, always find a manual to be my kind of drive.

I will be buying used, around the 7-10 year old, and probably a larger engined BMW or similar (330i/530i/M3/M5), because I like manual, RWD and a driver's car.


At least, that's what I'd buy in the UK...



So should I actually be buying an automatic US waftmobile or a Jag etc for sitting in traffic in the commute and trundling down freeways for hours on end?

I have no kids. I will be commuting around Cupertino and the abutted areas, as well as getting out to explore the national parks, Highway 1, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and beyond...
I'd go auto just because I can't be asked to have to change gear every few seconds as I snail my way anywhere. You'd also regrets it if you have to drive in SF - those hills are not kind to clutches.
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Old Aug 28th 2012, 9:28 pm
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Default Re: Auto or stick shift In San Jose Area, CA?

Originally Posted by joylove View Post
I love a manual car, I've had two autos, always find a manual to be my kind of drive.
You just answered your own question. If you like driving a car with manual transmission (a "stick shift" in US parlance) then you will probably be miserable with an automatic.


Originally Posted by avanutria View Post
Well, when you're in stop and go traffic for an hour, which would you rather do:

1) occasionally lift your foot off the brake for a few seconds to move forward ten feet

or

2) Clutch, shift, gas, clutch, shift, brake. Repeat thirty seconds later.
Traffic around San Jose is heavy during commute hours but mostly just "slow" not "stop and go".

Admittedly, it can happen on Hwy 17 if there has been an accident and that does get a bit tedious but it really doesn't happen very often.

You should, however, practice your hill starts before driving in San Francisco
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Originally Posted by N1cky View Post
The point to me of having a manual is it can make driving fun, there is no fun driving around here.
I really disagree with that.

Highways 17, 1, 9, 35 and 92 can all be quite fun to drive and they are certainly a lot more fun with a stick ...
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Automatic, so it's easier to hold onto and eat your burger while driving
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Automatic, so it's easier to hold onto and eat your burger while driving
Also easier to sell, after you are done with it, too.


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Automatic, so it's easier to hold onto and eat your burger while driving
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Automatic, so it's easier to hold onto and eat your burger while driving


And a beer...oops.
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Old Aug 29th 2012, 12:24 am
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The resell is definitely something to be considered, but if you're looking for a 10 year old clunker, you're going to be driving it to the scrap yard rather than likely to sell it on, so perhaps less of a issue.

Unless you're on a visa and get laid off and need to sell the thing in a rush.
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Manuals are not as common, and the resale value of a manual takes a hit when you want to move away.

If you want one because you enjoy it, go for it. The only caveats being a) traffic stop/go, b) the hills of San Fran which really will test your skills and c) if your definition of 'fun' is Grand Prix in and out of lanes accelerating and swerving you won't find much opportunity in the suburbs of San Jose.

My advice would be to rent a car for a few weeks and see what kind of driving you are encountering in your day-to-day and then go from there.
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Default Re: Auto or stick shift In San Jose Area, CA?

Good luck even finding a manual to drive!! They are getting harder and harder to find in the US.
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Originally Posted by britishtwilight View Post
Good luck even finding a manual to drive!! They are getting harder and harder to find in the US.
From what I've seen most cars here seem to come in a manual version, in fact the MSRP for a new car is usually for the manual version.

If you don't want to get a manual because of heavy traffic, difficulty reselling, etc, I find the next best thing is an auto with optional manual mode.
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Good luck even finding a manual to drive!! They are getting harder and harder to find in the US.
Mazda and Honda seem to offer a lot though.
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