Originally Posted by setishock
Yeah and they're embarrassing when you let the clutch out too fast in downtown rush hour traffic.
But good drivers like me don't let that happen
I also noticed that RWD's have better clutch grip. They don't cut-off as fast as FWD's. Note sure about AWD's.
Originally Posted by Celery
Since I'm a retired mechanic I had a secret that nobody could figure out. I like to buy standard shift cars and put an auto tranny in 'em.
The standard shift rear end is lower geared than than the auto shift rear end and as a result my cars were zippy. My friends always says damn, your cars are fast. WTH you do ??
I just tell 'em I tune 'em up.
That secret of yours is kinda common knowledge where I live (or do I just know it?)
. It is specially well known with Ford's Panther platforms (Crown Victoria and its family) and with Mercedes' W124's and W126's, in which the rear axle gear is replaced with tighter or wider ones, depending on the need.
But, and please correct me if I'm wrong, many auto trannies have less speeds and tighter gear ratios which means worse economy, less acceleration on mid to high speeds, and lower max speed. The engine could roar a lot on highways which is kinda annoying. In town driving would be fun tho.
I personally would go with it too if I find an auto gearbox with the same number of speeds of the original manual, and with a good ratio in the overdrive speed. I drive highways a lot.
But anyways, on slow down - accelerate conditions, the manual is still better. I hate manuals, by the way, but I don't deny its merits