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Are Automatic Transmissions More Reliable Than Manual Transmissions?

Car aficionados have long debated which reigns supreme - the automatic or manual transmission. Most car enthusiasts will agree that there are advantages and disadvantages to both. In terms of reliability, both transmission types afford drivers with strong reliability. Given that they are both reliable, personal preference really dictates which type is “better.”

Manual transmission proponents like the bare bones features of stick shift cars. They argue that with reduced “bells and whistles” in the transmission reliability is increased, yet fans of automatic transmissions usually take this opportunity to remind their adversary that manual transmissions rely upon a clutch, which is a wearable part, thereby decreasing reliability. One notable feature of manual transmissions is that a car can be started by rolling the car and “popping the clutch.” Automatic transmission enthusiasts will counter this argument by saying that most new cars do not experience problems with the starter or require transmission repairs, therefore eliminating the need for starting the car in an alternative manner.

Not long ago, manual transmissions were offered in many lower model cars because automatic transmissions increased the cost of the vehicle. Today, some high end manufacturers offer manual and automatic options at the same price because some people are allured by the thrill factor associated with manual transmissions and consider them sportier options. Drivers who hop into a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette do not mistake the car for an inexpensive model. Professional racer, Ken Hill, says there is a reason why Ferrari and Jaguar no longer offer manual models. “They just aren’t as good.” Conversely, Audi, Fiat, Volkswagon, and Ford’s Shelby GT500 think differently.

While the debate will likely continue, one thing is certain. Automatic and manual transmissions that are put in new cars today provide drivers with much reliability. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and it really boils down to a matter of personal preference. 

Whether you have a car with an automatic or manual transmission, the experts at Toledo Discount can take care of all of your transmission needs. If you need a minor repair or a major overhaul, you can rely on our technicians to efficiently and expertly fix your transmission. Contact us today!

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