Otherwise known as Robbo
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Sydney, Australia
i bought the manual and although I have critisized it on these forums, i would still stick with it given the choice. Ive driven my dads BA auto fairmont so i have some experience with both:
manual XR6: cons - notchy shift, often hard to engage first and reverse.
pros - faster acceleration, overall car is lighter, more fuel
efficient, obviosly complete control over gear
selection and engine revs, and (on occasion) able to
spin the wheels when needed ;-), more rwkw.
auto fairmont: cons - cant fully control shift, even with tiptronic, not as
fun through corners.
pros - very smooth, and likes to rev, good in traffic.
Overall if i voted with my head i would choose the auto - its smooth, its willing to rev to redline (unlike some autos), and is a hell of a lot better in traffic. Tiptronic shift is good but dont believe marketing hype that is drives like a manual. Voting with my heart i will always choose the manual, simply as i like having full control over gears and revs, and can also manipulate the clutch. I tend to get very bored with autos. Sure its notchy and not particulary a fast shift, but i still think it will last the test of time and be reliable - while many people whinge about the manual, i think its quite easy to live with, its just that it could be a lot smoother. i dont see the point in buying something sporty wether it be XR6, XR6T or XR8 if your going to limit the driving experience with a "softomatic" - but i do fully understand some peoples decisions, simply as either a) they deal with traffic everday or b) their just old and lazy (just kidding)...
2003 BA XR6, T5, Blueprint. Herrods exhaust, unifilter ,painted calipers.
0-100 in 6.55 secs.
Forever to live in the shadow of its big brother!
Also - Kawasaki ZZR, soon to be Kawasaki ZX6R.