The Pros and Cons of a Manual Transmission

by | Apr 10, 2013 | Automotive

When you imagine your perfect vehicle, what do you see? A cherry red sports car? A large and in charge, extended cab, extended bed pickup truck? Next question, what kind of transmission does it have? Maybe this is something you have yet to think about, but when it comes time to purchase your first, next, or dream car, you should know your options so that you can make the best choice. Although the majority of automobiles on the road today have automatic transmission, a manual transmission could be the right option for you.


The cost of the manual option, both upfront and maintenance, are lower than automatic. If you buy a brand new vehicle, the manual model of two identical cars will cost, on average, about eight to nine hundred dollars less than the automatic counterpart. Beyond the initial price of the car, manual vehicles are much cheaper to repair and cheaper to maintain. Since a manual isn’t as hard on the brakes as an automatic, it will not wear as quickly. The fluid of a manual car also needs to be changed less often. A transmission repair or replacement can cost you big money with an automatic, but since the clutch is usually to blame, the repair is much less costly at a transmission North Dallas shop.


The art of driving a manual takes some practice and finesse. It does require the driver to do the work that an automatic does on its own. With a manual, the driver is required to perform extra movements and pay close attention to the act of driving as well as the surroundings. Driving a manual on a flat, open highway may be extremely satisfying, but coming to a stop sign on top of a steep hill with someone riding your tailgate is a situation that no manual driver wants to be in.

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