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Better for winter driving...Manual or Auto?

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Better for winter driving...Manual or Auto?

What kind of transmission is better for winter driving....auto or manual? or does neither not really make a difference. Just out of curiosity..
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Don't really know if one is better than the other... But i drive stick year round without issue.
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Manual.

With auto, I'm limited to the RPM defined by speed. With manual, I can maintain my RPM. More RPM = more rotations = less traction.

As for braking, I can downshift and use engine braking. With automatic, I can downshift but automatic takes about 2 seconds to adjust. 2 seconds is too long.
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AzNCrAzYcOoLeR wrote:
Dec 29th, 2011 11:59 pm
Manual.

With auto, I'm limited to the RPM defined by speed. With manual, I can maintain my RPM. More RPM = more rotations = less traction.

As for braking, I can downshift and use engine braking. With automatic, I can downshift but automatic takes about 2 seconds to adjust. 2 seconds is too long.

+1 for downshifting

Last year I avoided an accident partially thanks to being able to downshift. Of course the winter tires helped a whole bunch but the downshift saved my behind in the end. The guy in front of me slammed into a TTC bus that has stopped to drop off passengers and I was sliding directly into him (no ABS), so I threw it in first gear and came to a stop within a couple of feet of the guy's bumper. For winter driving, manual beats automatic any day.
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Downshifting does wonders for breaking smoothly without losing traction.
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None. It is based on the operator.
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RSX-S wrote:
Dec 30th, 2011 1:28 am
None. It is based on the operator.

But auto is an operator in itself, it operate for you and take away some of your controls... Now please don't tell me you drive an auto Acura RSX... What a waste...
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I find manual to be marginally better, but it's not a huge difference. Downshifting is one advantage, as is controlling upshift and initial gear selection (second or third) when accelerating. However you can do this with most automatics too. I find myself depending more on the electronic aids (ABS, traction control) when driving an automatic. Manual has an advantage when you're stuck in snow too, you can more easily rock the car back and forth without breaking the gearbox. :)
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defencerulez wrote:
Dec 30th, 2011 7:02 am
But auto is an operator in itself, it operate for you and take away some of your controls... Now please don't tell me you drive an auto Acura RSX... What a waste...

the RSX-S indicates otherwise.
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My personal experience would be manual based on the down shifting advantage option in snow conditions.
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You can downshift ona tiptronic.. So it really does not matter. End of the day it is up to the driver
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I prefer manual but drive an automatic that's as easy to shift as manual.... hahaha! You have more control with manual going up hills and most importantly using the engine to brake when heading downhill in slippery conditions. For an experienced driver it's a huge advantage over automatics. But in the end it really is all up to the driver. Manual drivers can end up in the ditch just as easily as those who drive an automatic.
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rdtx2002 wrote:
Dec 30th, 2011 2:24 pm
You can downshift ona tiptronic.. So it really does not matter. End of the day it is up to the driver

+1

I've ranted so much are Winter Tires but realized it makes no difference if they can't drive.


This is may be off topic, I'm scratching my head when I see High-End cars this Winter with Performance Tires. On Boxing Day I parked beside a 335i/Manual and had barely any tread left?!?!
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How does this include flappy paddles/tiptronic/dsg? You can still hold a gear down a hill and upshift whenever the rpm allows. All that it's missing is your left foot in the whole sequence.

Then when you're tired of all that, you can let the ECU sort everything out and put it into auto......
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