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Old 28 Jun 2011, 04:46 pm
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Default Honda CR-Z: 6 speed or automatic?

My mom says that I'll get tired of a 6 speed and my dad wants it in auto as well. Opinions?
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 05:01 pm
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Well what do you want? If you want the auto go ahead. But a 6-speed stick would be really fun. Unless your first time stick driver
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 05:16 pm
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stick is a lot more fun but auto is easier but do what you want. but you are more likely to bond with your car more with a stick which also if you are a first time driver is a good skill to learn.
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 06:16 pm
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The only way you'll get tired of a manual transmission is if it's too much trouble to shift and put on your makeup at the same time!

Seriously, there are some drawbacks. You get 3 MPG less (34 vs. 37) with the six-speed compared to the CVT automatic. This is a bit surprising because until fairly recently, a manual trans always gave better efficiency; but you'll get much better response from the underpowered engine with it. If you eventually sell the car, the resale value will be significantly lower than for an automatic, because not too many people even know how to drive a stick anymore in the U.S.! Last, no matter how well you drive a manual, you'll eventually need to replace the clutch, which will be close to $1000 at the dealer. It could last as long as 200K miles if you're real easy on it; though it could wear out in 40,000 miles if you're just learning.

Positives: Manual version costs $650 less up front. Manual car is also ~100 lbs. lighter, so it handles better. More direct-feeling acceleration and a better "connection" with the car, and driving in general. Less people know how to drive a manual, so fewer friends will try to borrow it, and fewer thieves can steal it.

Definitely get one with a manual!
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 06:31 pm
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it all depends on what you want. the cr-z is a hybrid so if you want to stick with the higher mpg then stick with the auto cvt trans. but if you just want it for fun then the 6-speed is the way to go. Manual is also cheaper to maintain in the long run. You only would need to replace the clutch (if your not a great driver) every 5-10 years. as with an auto trans you have more of a chance with the whole trans going bad and that can be quite exspensive. My fiance is a senior honda service tech and i will tell you that i get a call at least twice a week from him bitching about how much he hates working on the cvt trans lol so it's up to you! drive one of each and see what you like.
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