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Manual vs auto transmission on st Thomas

 
Scottnothnagel
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Is a manual transmission ok for St. Thomas or is it a pain in the butt with the hills? Anyone have a preference over the other?

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Topic starter Posted : July 31, 2015 4:12 pm
Exit Zero
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My current Honda Civic is the 1st car I have had automatic trans in - I vastly prefer stick for driving the hills - I have lived at the top of Crown Mt. for years so up and down mostly every trip - w/o a doubt it is a personal preference but if you like stick shifts I feel the gearing is way more appropriate to the hills. Buy a new clutch online ahead of time - it is cheaper to replace/fix than an auto-trans IMO.

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Posted : July 31, 2015 4:32 pm
SausageInTheCan
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Both cars automatic. Never a problem. Not all of STT requires a rock crawler type vehicle. If I can get around in a Kia Rio where I live so can you. I have even driven some of those more challenging north side hills. So where you live may be a factor. Like Exit stated it's preference.

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Posted : July 31, 2015 4:41 pm
speee1dy
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I HAD A STICK on stx-not as hilly as stt. i was so glad to get rid of it. to me it was more of a pain

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Posted : July 31, 2015 4:56 pm
OldTart
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In 30+ years of living here I've been driving an automatic for only the last 10 years and a manual transmission is a big saver overall when it comes to replacing brakes and, as ExitZero says, fixing bad transmissions.

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Posted : July 31, 2015 7:02 pm
terry
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Depends on how good you are at starting from stopped position in the middle of a hill? Can you heel toe tha brake and throttle? If not, go with an automatic.

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Posted : August 2, 2015 3:24 pm
Alana33
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I've always driven a stick shift.
When I have to drive an automatic, I have to consciously remember not to use my left leg and foot. Awkward.

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Posted : August 2, 2015 3:52 pm
SausageInTheCan
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You can down shift an auto to "save brakes" just like a manual. However you can do just as much damage to a manual trans using it to slow down on hills. In both cases brakes are way cheaper than a trans repair/replace.

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Posted : August 2, 2015 6:13 pm
vicanuck
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I just sold my 2000 Honda that had a five speed manual. I loved driving it because of the stick.

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Posted : August 3, 2015 11:45 am
Alana33
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Did you ever get to use that 4th and 5th gear on STX?

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Posted : August 3, 2015 1:00 pm
terry
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Sure you can use 4th and 5th on the four lane 66.

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Posted : August 3, 2015 1:32 pm
vicanuck
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We almost have an "Interstate" on STX where high speeds are very achievable.

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Posted : August 3, 2015 2:30 pm
Alana33
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I'm lucky to hit 3rd gear in STT.
Can't remember last when I used 4th and never 5th.

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Posted : August 3, 2015 2:47 pm
CruzanIron
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Alana, we can actually use cruise control here!!

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Posted : August 3, 2015 2:55 pm
Alana33
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I'm impressed!

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Posted : August 3, 2015 3:22 pm
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