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Just curious on the numbers of Auto owners VS Manual owners out there. Have heard in Australia the Auto is out selling the manual so curious about the rest of the world.
 

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Just curious on the numbers of Auto owners VS Manual owners out there. Have heard in Australia the Auto is out selling the manual so curious about the rest of the world.
they're making many many less manuals .. check the find your VT list in us thread there are literally like 25 autos to 1 manual
 

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I wish I bought the Auto instead..................... I'm getting 24mpg average with my manual............................. sure could use that "Eco" mode.


On another note, it's SO much fun with the manual :)
 

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I wish ours was a manual. Not that the auto is terrible, but hubby drives the car 99% of the time & he would wreck a clutch in no time. Thats why I have a vintage BMW that is all mine for spirited driving enjoyment.
 

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Manual for me any day of the week. I learned how to drive in manual and forever as long as I can....go with one. The car to me feels more in MY control. Also I tend to mash on the gas in Auto's and my gas mileage goes down exponentially. Lastly, the VT clutch is pretty soft...not like my old SRT, so shifting isnt a pain. (my 2 cents)
 

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Thanks all, I havent had the chance to try the auto VT but I have always lived by the rule that if it has less than a 3.5L in it there is no point in an auto. Hope everyone is enjoying their car no matter what they chose though :)
 

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I had to go the extra mile to get a VT M/T and bought it without ever driving a M/T version of the VT.

I test drove the VT A/T and the A/T was rather impressive during daily driving and gear shifts were almost imperceptible. But it had that A/T thing when you floor it and it pauses before it decides whether to shift and how many gears down to shift. After the pause when it does down-shift the motor immediately has a lot of RPM but not much turbo pressure. That just didn't seem to fit the nature of the VT.

I also test drove the stock Veloster with the M/T and was impressed by the whole setup so I figured it was worth the chance on buying a VT M/T without a test drive.

The M/T was a bit of a handful at first but has really smoothed out now. Gear selection has been a learning experience and I have gotten the hang of skipping top gears after hammering the lower gears to save fuel and avoid speeding tickets. I.E. if I hammer 3rd or 4th on an on ramp I can just go to 6th if the traffic is only doing 70mph and is spread out, in the city if I accelerate a little hard through 3rd I can just go to 5th and still have enough oomph left for passing.
 

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Love the manual just a bitch when dealing with heavy congestion in the city...pretty hard to juggle the morning coffee and breakfast sandwich.
 

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I was just thinking about the old juggling act.

Now that I'm old I don't like having a drink in the car. But back in the day I would smoke and drink while driving a M/T!
 

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I was just thinking about the old juggling act.

Now that I'm old I don't like having a drink in the car. But back in the day I would smoke and drink while driving a M/T!
I'm in the manual. I love it. After 12 years of automatics I am having to relearn the juggling act. But after buying a nice ash tray that fits the cup holder, fully utilizing the voice features and bluelink connectivity with my phone, and lastly learning which size styrofoam cup fits in which cupholder I am happy to say I'm still keeping my routine. Cooler also fits nicely in the back seat and provides easy access from the driver seat :) I drink a lot of water!
 

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I bought the automatic. I have tried to commute in stop/go traffic with M/T cars in the past and it tweaks my back.
I'm still getting used to the car but I like the ECO setting and driving 30 mph at ~1200 rpm, 40 at ~1500 and 60 at ~2000.
Lugging the engine works fine and that was the only way I used to get 32 mpg in my M/T Miata.
I like having the option paddle shifting or sport mode too.
 

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Love the manual just a bitch when dealing with heavy congestion in the city...pretty hard to juggle the morning coffee and breakfast sandwich.
yup, that's EXACTLY why I LOVE my Automatic...I can drink my coffee, dip the Egg McMuffin in Honey Mustard Sauce (yes they have it at Breakfast -just ask), text my besties, check my Laptop for weather, read the paper, shave (electric of course...the 115V outlet rocks), finish dressing (never can make it out of the house with EVERYthing on), resort my CD's by genre...no by Artist...wait, no...by Madonna before and after becoming English, vacuum the carpet (again the 115V outlet!), rearrange the glovebox to make room for, well -gloves, stick my head out the window and bark at other drivers, AND have time for a nap. All this would be a jerky hotmess with a Manual since my carpool driver can't drive a stick.
 

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Yeah, the M/T was a hard decision - especially living in Atlanta.

I got cold feet after ordering it because the dealer gave me a Sonata loaner and its A/T was super impressive.

I remembered how to drive the M/T right away but what I forgot is that you forget about driving a M/T. I'm a month in now and I don't think about it anymore - it just comes natural. I pay a little more attention to the road in front of me and the traffic around me in order to know what to do - which is a good thing.

I wanted to like the A/T on the Veloster but to me it had a fatal flaw when downshifting. For my taste it takes too long and the motor lacks turbo pressure when it revs so abruptly.
 

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yup, that's EXACTLY why I LOVE my Automatic...I can drink my coffee, dip the Egg McMuffin in Honey Mustard Sauce (yes they have it at Breakfast -just ask), text my besties, check my Laptop for weather, read the paper, shave (electric of course...the 115V outlet rocks), finish dressing (never can make it out of the house with EVERYthing on), resort my CD's by genre...no by Artist...wait, no...by Madonna before and after becoming English, vacuum the carpet (again the 115V outlet!), rearrange the glovebox to make room for, well -gloves, stick my head out the window and bark at other drivers, AND have time for a nap. All this would be a jerky hotmess with a Manual since my carpool driver can't drive a stick.
Mmm ... honey mustard sauce
 

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The A/T has been fun since it has a semi-manual mode with the DS slap shift and the paddle shifts.. You just use them till you dont feel like it and it will go back into full auto mode pretty much giving you the best of both worlds.. I wish there is a shift light in DS mode tho.. Ill figure it out eventually
 

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I went through a lot of hoops to find a manual. I was told that only 3% of the VT's were produced with manuals. My dealer was actually told by a dealer in Kentucky that I would have an easier time finding a "unicorn" than a manual VT. Fortunately I am working with a top dealer and they were able to find my base VT manual in the Vitamin C I wanted. Now if it will just ship from Portland.

Just sold my 1990 Accord manual with 305k on it. Manual is the only real way to drive.
 

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yup, that's EXACTLY why I LOVE my Automatic...I can drink my coffee, dip the Egg McMuffin in Honey Mustard Sauce (yes they have it at Breakfast -just ask), text my besties, check my Laptop for weather, read the paper, shave (electric of course...the 115V outlet rocks), finish dressing (never can make it out of the house with EVERYthing on), resort my CD's by genre...no by Artist...wait, no...by Madonna before and after becoming English, vacuum the carpet (again the 115V outlet!), rearrange the glovebox to make room for, well -gloves, stick my head out the window and bark at other drivers, AND have time for a nap. All this would be a jerky hotmess with a Manual since my carpool driver can't drive a stick.
lmfao!!
well obviously you have not drove a manual long enough...i can do all that plus flick off (with both hands) 70yr old women driving 30mph in a 55mph zone in their GTI's..
 

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I went through a lot of hoops to find a manual. I was told that only 3% of the VT's were produced with manuals. My dealer was actually told by a dealer in Kentucky that I would have an easier time finding a "unicorn" than a manual VT. Fortunately I am working with a top dealer and they were able to find my base VT manual in the Vitamin C I wanted. Now if it will just ship from Portland.

Just sold my 1990 Accord manual with 305k on it. Manual is the only real way to drive.
i know the feeling waited 2 months to get my manual VT~
305k on a honda, that is underachieving :) how many alternators did you replace??? i put the over/under at 20
 
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