Every vehicle I've owned is manual transmission. You control the power and what gear to be in. Automatics do play a nice roll in traffic and lazy drivers. I can see owning an automatic truck or luxury car, it does have benefits, but too many parts inside controlled by the TCM is not my cup of tea.
You also have to evaluate repairs. Manual is easy, its composed of 2 drive shafts, helical (gears 1-5/6) and 1 standard gear (reverse), clutch assembly, flywheel, bearings and lubrication, synchros, synchro sleeves, clutch teeth, shift forks, and a few more pieces, that's all. Some of today's upscaled transmissions have over 90 parts in an automatic. Nissan's creation of the CVT has less than 20 total parts and is being used by many manufacturers such as GM's Volt.
2009 Cobalt LS XFE U74
Mods: K&N Typhoon Intake, Option Cat-Back Exhaust, Cosmo Short shifter, Maxxim Ahead 17X7's, MPx shorty antenna, FE5 Strut/shocks, Tein S Techs, Moog endlinks, Moog spring seaters, ZZP shorty header, LSJ downpipe, LNF front grille
Last edited by 5t3alth; 05-27-2013 at 10:46 AM.