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5 speed vs. Automatic
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Posted by tz [Email] (more from tz) on Tue, 25 Sep 2007 13:05:03 Share Post by Email
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After 28 years of manual shift Saabs (starting with a 4 speed 99 EMS), I bought a 88 900S Automatic (to be used by a new driver in the household who can only handle automatic). I drove it for two weeks just to shake things out, it was smooth and easy; no clutching in the LA traffic, etc. I liked it quite well. Then I switched back to my 5 speed's; well, it was then did I realize the fun a 5-speed can offer! what a difference.
I would go so far as saying that these two transmissions actually help to mold the character of the drivers. I became a sedate senior citizen with the automatic; but once back with the 5-speed, an aggressive driver who pushes the turbo to the edge of the red zone before every shift. Sort of a Dr. Jackl and Mr. Hyde.
And what is more, now that my senses are a bit more acute after the automatic, I found that my 83 C900 turbo is more fun than my 89 9000 turbo.

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