Cvt vs manual: I'm torn what are advantages of MT in wrx (or in general)?
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    Cvt vs manual: I'm torn what are advantages of MT in wrx (or in general)?

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    i've actually never even owned an automatic car in my life. for me, i enjoy MT. i like to be able to control the car myself, downshift in the blink of an eye if i have to make a quick move to avoid an accident, etc. the ONLY time i truly wish i had an automatic is in stop and go traffic on the highway (which is very rare)

    at the end of the day- drive both. see what fits your lifestyle better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    i like to be able to control the car myself, downshift in the blink of an eye
    My shifting is painfully slow, and when I drive I get the perception that my passengers are on a boat. I expect that there is no advantage of a manual transmission in comparison to some of the modern alternatives. Nevertheless, I much prefer the manual because it feels like I am more involved with the operation of the car. I guess that personal preference can outweigh any need for "the best" option; arguments could be made in either direction.
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    Technically, the advantages of owning a manual in this day and age are very little... except I will always own a manual.
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    Honestly...I've had about 10 manuals and 4 autos throughout my driving years, and everytime I bought an lasted a few months before it was sold for another manual.

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    A) Manuals would prevent the whole "wrong pedal" thing that kills kids and donut shops across the country
    2) A sporty car with an automatic is a head scratcher for some. A CVT is not just some automatic however, it is pretty cool stuff.
    III. If you get a stick, you can lord over those who opted out of the Ace Cool Daddo One club. We enjoy our own company immensely, and are a stalwart minority weathering the passinge auto fad storm, as it were.
    Four- Soon, a solar flare will render all autoboxes fused chunks, and we will rescue gobs of attractive mates with deft shifting.

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    I chose the manual, but I have had mostly manuals and I enjoy shifting. It really is your preference as you're the one driving it. You will find a lot of WRX owners and car reviewers recommending the manual because many are car enthusiasts, like myself. You shouldn't be swayed by our opinions, though. Do you do a lot of city driving in stop and go traffic? If so, will the shifting bother you? Have you owned a manual, either right now, or recently? Do you regret it? Do you enjoy it? These are questions I considered before my recent purchase. I just purchased a 2015 WRX about a month ago. I chose the manual. Out of my 27 years of car ownership, 25 of them have been a manual, by I am a rarity. Most prefer automatics, but the WRX is such a driver's car that a manual makes sense if you like to shift gears yourself. The CVT has received good reviews, though, even by driving enthusiasts. I did not drive the CVT so I have no comment on that. I hope you feel confident about whichever decision you make.

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    Drive both. The CVT is pretty good IMHO, but it's no manual. My wife loves her FXT CVT.

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    I tend to eat less in a manual car while driving. So if you're on a diet, go manual.

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