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Old 09-22-2002, 03:58   #1 (permalink)
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roll Manual or Auto for XR's!?!?

Ok folks, the age old debate must commence once again...

I'm having a rather interesting arguement with my old man here and I need some back-up! Here's my 2cw:

XR-6 - Manual
XR-6T - Auto
XR-8 - Manual / Auto - I'd have either here.

Reasoning:
XR-6 - for the fun of chucking it around.
XR-6T - can be interesting to change up effectively under hard accelaration and turbo is really going.
XR-8 - prefer manual here - can rev it nicely, the feeling of putting the power down and heel-toeing on the Ocean Road, but a sequential adaptive shift auto could be just as fun on the corners and far less taxing around town.

Hmmm...

Agree or disagree?
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Old 09-22-2002, 04:02   #2 (permalink)
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Yes please, I'll have all four of those cars to play with LOL.

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Old 09-22-2002, 04:02   #3 (permalink)
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Fb, I have a current xr8 with a auto. I got sick of changing gears 20 years ago. But I must say I loved the notchs back then.
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Personally I only want to drive manuals. However, thats just me. So I would take all 3 in the manual.
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All manuals thanks. Manuals can be a pain in traffic, but they more than make up for it on the weekends when you want to do some good hard driving and actually feel like your in control.
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I would say all of them in manual also, depending on how enthusiastically you are going to drive the car. A manual gives you more controll of the car in cornering and ability to keep the revs wear you want them which would be good in the turbo, also less power loss through the drivetrain. Either way they will still be fun
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Not only do autos lose more power through the driveline but they are heavier too.
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It seems that over the years the autos have become better and sales of manuals have dropped to a point where there are not many made now. A dealer told me a while ago that their sales of manuals across the range was was less than 5%.
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It seems that over the years the autos have become better and sales of manuals have dropped to a point where there are not many made now. A dealer told me a while ago that their sales of manuals across the range was was less than 5%.
Mate, I work in pre-delivery for a dealerhsip, and I can tell you now if you take out the few XR and ute's that are sold in Manual you would have a virtually Automatic range. I would say about 25% of ute sales are manual, and probably about 15% of XR's are manual. In my 7 months working there, I have only seen about 2 manual Fortes, and both these were SR's.
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So what you are saying is that it is less than 5% across the range
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