Since the time when cars with new age technology started appearing on the scene, there have been many subjects over which car lovers and enthusiasts have differed over from time to time. But forget the current discussion that pits lovers of the new driverless or self driving cars against those who love the more traditional human driven cars. The oldest and perhaps most heated discussion has been about whether a manual transmission system is better than an automatic transmission system or if it is the other way around.
First of all, it is important to note that there is no likely end to this discussion within sight because, at the end of the day, it will all just be a matter of personal tastes and preferences. So if you do not have an opinion yet and are wondering which of the two transmission systems would be best for you then you should first begin by exploring the pros and cons of each one and then comparing the two to see which one works for you.
Advantages of manual transmissions
Considered the classic system, a manual transmission system gives the driver full control of the vehicle and is an ideal choice for a driver who wants to feel totally in charge. The same power also translates to actual driving because cars with manual transmission usually have better handling in taxing surfaces such as wet roads.
Another advantage of manual transmission systems is that they are easy to repair and parts can be found easily. This means that they have relatively low repair and maintenance costs. For instance, someone with a used Chrysler 300 in Houston would find it much cheaper to fix gear issues in his car compared to someone with a similar car but an automatic transmission system within the same city.
Disadvantages of manual transmission
Compared to automatic transmission, this system is more complicated and takes more time and effort to learn and master. It can be quite cumbersome to use even for experienced drivers in places where a lot of unscheduled stops are expected.
Advantages of Automatic transmissions
The main advantage here lies in the convenience that comes with driving an automatic car. Changing gears is a simple process that does not take long to learn and just a matter of seconds to execute. This makes it ideal for learners and new drivers. The smooth shifting of gears also makes it ideal for city driving, particularly because driving in the city involves tons of unscheduled stoppages along the way.
Disadvantages of automatic transmission
Cars with automatic transmissions are generally more expensive compared to cars with manual transmissions and also cost more money to repair. It can also be argued that they take away most of the control from the driver and that is something many drivers would not like to happen.