Manaul v auto
I have just been having an auto v manual argument with someone, specifically re the T. I am pro manual, they are pro auto. I hate autos, especially in the T, but that is kinda beside the point.....
My argument for the manual was that yes, there are some durability issues, and yes, some people find it horrid to drive, but that they are not as bad as people make out, that they are pretty decent to drive, especially once run in and that they can handle a surprising amount of power....not to mention manuals are more fun to drive.... but again, besides the point.
The other side argued that the autos are stronger (yes, I agree with that, I think) and that the manual in the BA is waste of time, particularly if you modify the T.... the guys that did my APS chip reckon the manuals handle Phase II ok (and I don't mean racing it either, obviously that is a different issue) but that they have had some autos come back post Phase II that have been buggered.... Anyway, the other side reckons everyone they know that has BA manual has hated it, reckons it is shocking to use, has had to be fixed and have gone for auto....
I have heard SOME stories about the BA manuals being shyte, mostly in car mags (which I tend to not totally believe in that they often test cars in EXTREME conditions that regular drivers don't) and all the stories about the autos being MUCH better with the T.....I know plenty of people who own Ts with manuals that love them and no probs, but the other side reckons everyone they know it is the opposite..... I have also driven the T with auto - hated it, really whiny, boring etc. Driven manual T too (not with chip) and loved it. Have also driven auto and manual XTs, auto and manual XR8s (BA), auto and manual AUs of various kinds and have hated the autos in all of them - athough the BA XR8 manual was clunky - presumably due to having to be bigger to handle 260kw....
Oh, and I own a BA XR6 manual - for 9 months - have had no trouble with it and actually love it. Other side reckons I am just lucky, that 95% of the BA manuals are crap, they die quickly (with normal use) and that I don't know what I am talking about (he owns XT auto I think).
The question is not about whether you like it or not - that is a matter of taste.... although it would be interesting to hear your views on what you like... but I would like to know what any of you think about the durability issues of manual v auto BA, particularly with regard to mods....
Not looking to start an argument - just wanna hear what you all think, coz if I am wrong, and you all agree with the other side, I will apologise to them on the spot.... Are the BA manuals crap or not? And are the autos in Ts as good as they say in the mags?
2003 BA NA XR6, Silhouette, manual, sunroof, premium audio, alarm, window tint, scuff plates, Navman (in TIMEOUT (tm))
JMM DEV3 BA kit
2.5 inch cat
2.5 inch exhaust
Air intake conversion/pod
14.80 @ 95.33 mph
Founder MTAS (Manual Transmission Appreciation Society)
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