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Old 02-07-2002, 22:55   #1 (permalink)
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confused is it worth converting EF auto to manual?

I've got a 96 falcon GLI auto and i just went for a drive in a friends 96 futura manual and it hammers along compared to my taxi.

and he's selling it too, so do you's think its worth sellin the gli and getting the futura?
or should pay this overeast company $2500 for a conversion kit to make it manual, but then then i still don't got the futura features that i would love.

both cars are 4L too.

please can somone give me their opinion
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Old 02-08-2002, 01:06   #2 (permalink)
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get the manual unless you do bulk peak hour driving or have a medical need a manual is 1ox more fun ..my opinion.
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Old 02-08-2002, 01:32   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I agree, get the manual. I have only ever had one auto and that got converted after 3 months.

The Futura has the ABS standard, the trim's a lot nicer than a GLi too.

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hey Sideways_EF...

does that 2500 include installation??

thanks alot
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Go the manual, more fun and more options.

I went through a lazy period with my last car and bought an auto AU S (the second auto I ever owned). I bought the XR6 in manual and have so much driving it, I wonder why I ever considered the auto in the first place.
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Old 02-08-2002, 03:20   #6 (permalink)
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does that 2500 include installation??

thanks alot
Hey SIM EF6

from what i remember the kit included a pedalbox, clutch and stuff, some bits a peices and a reconditioned T5.

installation included i think
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so no one here agree's that an auto is better than manual??
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Sideways EF,

Go the manual over the auto if performance driving and enjoyable driving is what your aiming for. But if you do km's of city stops and start an auto is viable.

I personally tend to go for a factory manual over a conversion, the thing about a conversion is teh donor gearbox you get is in question ie don't know how many km's it's doen etc etc.

Also with your case the Futura is got better goodies so your killin two birds with the one stone with your purchase. But be weiry of one thing make sure the manual tranny shifts like it suppose to and syncro's are ok.
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I've had both and on the whole I prefer the manual. One big caveat is if you do heaps of stop start driving. Its a mega pain to have to clutch in clutch out for a 2 metre move when you're in heavy traffic. Do that enough and you'll be walking in circles due to an over-developed left leg, hehe.

Re the Futura purchase, do you plan to significantly improve the power of the car down the road? If so expect to upgrade the gearbox in it as the T5 in sixpacks is not as strong as the V8 version. That said even the V8 T5 has its limits and swapping a T5 for a beefier Tremec box will be simpler than the auto to manual swap.
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