Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2000 14:01:58 GMT
From: (JMR)
Subject: Re: Radio Interference

Pete, My impression of automatics today is that they are very reliable and need little maintenance. With a manual, it is guaranteed you will have to replace the clutch at least eventually and that is not cheap today. (That said, you are in the UK, probably because of the demand in their respective markets, the North American manufacturers make better automatic transmissions and the Europeans make better manual transmissions. So your mileage may vary.) I don't think there is a "logical" argument of manuals over automatics based on cost or reliability. Manuals are just more fun to drive for people who like to drive. What more need be said? John 94 900S Turbo (manual) 87 Honda Prelude (manual) On Wed, 05 Jul 2000 09:20:49 +0100, Peter Thompson <> wrote: >Andrew Newton wrote: >> P.S. In the UK why is there such a resistance to automatics (the one in my >> car is very smooth) ; ) > >I am not sure there is resistance as such. My argument against >automatics is that they are adding unnecessary complexity. In other >words, you don't NEED an automatic gearbox and (this may be my being >prejudiced) when they go wrong they are more difficult and more >expensive to maintain. Also, you can't bump start if things go badly >wrong...! > >Having said that, I would love an automatic if I could be sure that I >could afford it if it went wrong. > >best, > >Pete (Manual 85 900) > >-- >Peter Thompson >Computer Manager >Emmanuel College >Cambridge

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