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Myths Surrounding Manual Transmissions

Manual Transmission Repair in Sandy Springs

If you are trying to decide between a four speed manual transmission and an automatic transmission, there is a lot to consider. If you’re caught up on gas mileage and which option will be more fun to drive, take a look at these common myths regarding manual transmissions.


·         Myth 1: Manual transmissions get better mileage. This is one of the most common myths regarding manual transmissions. While in the past this may have been true, automatic and manual transmissions pretty much get the same gas mileage these days. In the past, automatic transmissions slipped quite a bit, making them inefficient compared to manual transmissions. Now, however, automatic transmissions have more speeds and gears, making them efficient and their gas mileage comparable to manual transmissions.


·         Myth 2: You have more control over your car with manual transmission. While it’s true that you are able to upshift or downshift as needed with a manual transmission, you can now do the same with many automatic transmission cars as well. No matter what kind of car you are using, there are still plenty of safety enhancements built in to ensure that your car is very well controlled.


·         Myth 3: Fixing a manual transmission is much easier and cheaper than fixing automatic ones. This is one myth that’s actually true. On average, it’s about $1,000 cheaper to fix a manual transmission as opposed to an automatic one. This is because automatic transmissions are made up of so many different pieces. When one needs to be rebuilt, it’s like putting together a very complicated puzzle. However, automatic transmissions tend to last longer than manual transmissions do. So, in the end, it could be a wash.


·         Myth 4: Cars with manual transmissions are more fun to drive. This is all about perspective. For some, a manual transmission is a pain. If you have to commute and are regularly stuck in traffic, you might dread having to deal with a clutch. However, if you live in the country, you might love being able to zip through the different gears and hug the tight corners during your Sunday drive.

When it comes to establishing which type of transmission is right for you, a lot of it comes down to preference. However, if you do choose a car with a four speed manual transmission in Sandy Springs, be sure to keep it maintained as needed. This will ensure that it remains in tip-top condition.