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    Default Honda Civic Exi manual or prosmatic

    what are the advantages and disadvatages of both types? which one wud b better for pakistani conditions? as people often say that manual is better for pakistani conditions


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    Automatic vs. Manual Shift - Which is better?
    The answer is not an easy one, because each transmission is, if you'll pardon the expression, geared to different styles of driving.
    WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
    A transmission is required in a car for essentially the same reasons why bicycles have ten gears or more. A human's leg power is restricted to a certain range of power and rotation speed. To move a bicycle faster and still keep your feet from flying off the pedals, you must continuously change the gear ratio on the chain to the rear wheel.
    In a car, the engine produces usable torque (pulling power) over a relatively limited engine revolution (r.p.m.) range. Transmissions are machines that alter, through a series of gears, the rotational connection between the engine and the drive wheels. In this way, the maximum power of the engine is optimized to the various speeds and loads that the car requires.

    An Automatic transmission makes the gear changes automatically, relying on measures of the engine speed and the pressure on the throttle pedal. A Manual transmission (sometimes called a Standard transmission) relies solely on the driver for these adjustments, who controls it by use of the throttle, clutch, and gearshift lever.

    WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
    That depends strictly on how involved you want your driving to be. Guiding a car down the road can be divided into two separate but essential skills:

    Maneuvering along roads and dealing with other cars, traffic, rules, pedestrians, etc.
    Controlling the physical motion of the car - i.e. operating the car as a machine.
    An automatic transmission lets you concentrate on A by making B relatively simple. The disadvantage is reduced control of the car. A manual transmission divides your attention more evenly between A and B because B is more complicated. The advantage is more control of the car.
    Driving an automatic car is easier in the sense that you don't have to worry about operating the car as a machine, although when that kind of control is necessary, it isn't always there. Driving a manual shift car becomes a continuous, unending exercise, requiring constant attention, but allowing you great control over speed and acceleration.

    As far as performance is concerned (acceleration, fuel economy), the driver of a manual shift car has more direct control over these aspects than one in an automatic car. The sportier and higher performance cars are usually manual shift, as are race cars.
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    and this is for beginners:

    When learning in manual shift, the student must spend a greater share of his or her time concentrating on starting the car, accelerating down the road, and eventually stopping; in essence, operating the machine. Before these skills are proficient, the other aspects of driving become secondary. That's why it takes longer to learn to drive in manual shift, and consequently the cost is a little higher.
    Moving and stopping an automatic car are comparatively not difficult skills to master, so in that sense learning to drive in automatic is faster. The ability to drive a manual shift car may be acquired later after the person has some experience. However, a disadvantage is that the new driver accumulates habits peculiar to automatic driving; i.e. constant use of the brake, a general detachment from the car's power source (the engine), and hesitation when direct control of the gears is, on occasion, required. Driving sometimes gets pushed to the background - a risky practice in today's potentially dangerous roads.

    When the new driver learns in manual shift, he or she acquires the skills from the beginning. A greater variety of driving aspects may be taught as well, including optimal gear selection for various speeds and terrain, fine control of acceleration and deceleration, and the benefits of planning ahead to avoid problems. A driver who knows manual shift can always learn automatic with a minimum of difficulty.

    A driver with manual shift skills can practically drive anything. All kinds of vehicles from motorcycles to trucks have manual transmissions. Automatic cars are indigenous to North America; driving elsewhere in the world (especially Europe) requires manual skills. Automatic cars are expensive, whereas manual shift cars are comparatively cheap.

    The student should also consider the kind of car that is available to practice on between lessons. It is always advantageous to learn in the same kind of car that the student will be driving at home.
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    and this is for fun

    This is a very subjective topic and is open to differing opinions from all drivers. Many people say that manual shift is more fun, while some say that it is more work than it's worth. It all depends on what exactly you want from the driving experience. Ask yourself these questions and ask other drivers around you. Remember, the more skills you have, the better you are. i suggest you learn all aspects of driving, and then cater yourself to what suits you best.
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    pakistan conditions are not same,,,,so at some places , auto runs good and at someplaces auto can be trouble.,

    but in the end:. av. pakistani driver % lot more are happy with manual..(saves money
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    Given the pathetic Pakistani roads, it's suicidal buying an automatic transmission car here. Unless you care about the fuel consumption then AT is fine. Otherwise manual is better in terms of acceleration, consumption and car life.
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    @Levin
    nicely put. Manuals i feel r the enthusiasts choice. They allow for more control over engine braking and u can heel and toe though if u want to perfect the art of left foot braking u need an autobox;-) furthermore traditional autoboxes have torque convertors which result in power loss ( i think its becoz of built in slip). Nowadayz u get the robotisied manuals like found on the maseratis, ferraris, aston martin and even alfas...alfas call them selectaspeed i think , but by far the best autobox has to be the DSG introduced by audi in the v6 tt and vw r32. The shifts r supposed to b seamless I believe the veyron runs a similiar trannie

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    what about the resale value of both the types?

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    dunno about pak anymore as i havnt lived there for a while but about 5 yrs ago manuals were preferred , im sure levin will know better

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    so levin, do u hv an idea?

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    MR hash, you have to make the final decision. You have to make a choice between the two

    1). Compromise acceleration for luxury (A/T tranny)

    2). Compromise on fuel economy for ultimate peace of mind and luxury...(A/T tranny).

    If you're willing to accept both of the above points, go for an auto man. Inshallah im buying my mom an A/T car soon
    Bees waal 4 life

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    @Levin
    Great Explaination
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