Date: Sun, 02 May 2004 20:37:31 -0400
From: Hans Lellelid <hplnospam>
Subject: Re: sensonic

ma_twain wrote: > I have driven the Volvo Geartronic, which is an automatic transmission > that claims to encourage manual upshifting. This Volvo turbo had > serious turbo/transmission/traction control lag - pick your reason for > the 2 second delay in throttle response from a dead stop. The salesman > said it was the traction control system. I my opinion, it was better > left in Drive. I also use to have a Volvo S60-T5 which had the geartronic transmission. I agree that it was pretty poor -- very slow to shift up, although downshifts were usually a lot prompter. I used to use it mainly for controlling descent speeds on inclines. Audi's has also been comparably slow on the cars I've driven ('00 and '01 A6). BMW has apparently a very snappy auto-manual. I've driven a '03 MINI for awhile w/ auto-manual & it was actually quick & fun (even though in that case the MINI is "emulating" gears, since it's a CVT). I've been curious about the auto-manual on the new 9-3 Saabs; does anyone have any positive things to say about that? What year did it debut? I was considering getting a '99 or '01 hatchback, but wasn't sure if it would be an option on those (I'll most probably get a manual, but having the option of auto is kinda nice sometimes). Cheers, Hans

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