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Old 05-16-2004, 22:56   #1 (permalink)
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automatic regrets??

G'day all,

I test drove a car on the weekend, and absolutely loved it.
Except i have always said, i will never get an automatic.
As much as i love my manual TS50, i could probably live with this one being an auto.
What i am asking is, is there anyone who has chosen the automatic and regreted the choice they made?
What are some down falls with auto compared to the manual?
I wasn't to fond of the pause when slaming my right foot down, but it did get there eventually.
You can't control the noise of the car like a manual, but off the mark it left my TS50 for dead, and by then it only got worse for my T2.
I would appreciate anyones experiences......and comments.

Regards Trent.
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Old 05-16-2004, 23:11   #2 (permalink)
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What was the car you tested ?
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Series 3 TS50....OOHHH YEAH.
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Is there anyone who has chosen the automatic and regreted the choice they made?
My TE50 is auto and I love it. I don't regret it at all. I do drive in peak hour traffic so I would of gone mad in a manual

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What are some down falls with auto compared to the manual?
Manual cars have less drivetrain losses so put out more kw at the wheels
You can push start a manual

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I wasn't to fond of the pause when slaming my right foot down, but it did get there eventually.
If the trany is set in econ mode there is a delay, but in performance mode there is none.(Not in my one anyway)

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You can't control the noise of the car like a manual, but off the mark it left my TS50 for dead, and by then it only got worse for my T2.
I would appreciate anyones experiences......and comments.

Regards Trent.
You can't press the clutch in and give it a rev, but you can hold the gear you want by using the buttons on your stearing wheel, which does give you a better note as you hold the revs a bit higher.
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I couldn't figure out how to work the change gear on the steering wheel thing.
Do you press the ESS button near the shifter?
On the dash in the left (near the odometer) it had ADP, is that standard mode?
Off the line it just bagged it up if i wasn't careful.
I was by myself, and the dealer didn't know much, so i thought best not to muck around too much pressing buttons.
I also couldn't find the fog lights switch, on my T2 it is in the middle near the rear window demister, and door lock button. Yet this one did have SAT NAV so was a slightly different lay out to mine.
I didn't think the TE's had the steering wheel button gear change thing happening, i thought it was only a TS thing.
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in a V8 I love the auto but on an I6 it sucks too much power. That said I dont want a manual as I do city driving and the smell of a burning cutch is not much fun.
If it was just a toy than a manual for sure. If its a daily driver than an auto is the go IMHO.
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ADP is adaptive shift mode. It learns from your driving style and changes the shift points of your gears, so depending on the previous owners driving style the shift points might have felt strange to you.

Not sure how the ESS is engaged, TE don't have them, it does list the procedure in the owners manual, which I can check for you if you like. I just use the T-Bar to fool around when required.

They are not fog lights, they work with your high beams and only come on when you turn on your high beams.
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I only drive mine on the weekends as it is.
It will be a toy, but a very well looked after toy.
Just don't want to spend that much and regret it thats all.
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So i can't drive around like a wanker with them on like i do now???
AAHH SHIT. I will be re-wiring that if i get it.
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So i can't drive around like a wanker with them on like i do now???
AAHH SHIT. I will be re-wiring that if i get it.
I think they are 100W.
Driving lights can only be 50W
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