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Old 06-28-2012, 03:32 PM   #43
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Personally, I think an automatic transmission takes the fun factor out of driving.
I'm on the same page but the days of raming one of these through the gears are behind me. Now the vehicles in the driveway need to be "WUF"(wife user friendly)
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:14 PM   #44
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I just read about that. It appears that there's a transmission cooler built into the radiator. Sometimes after 80,000 miles the cooler breaks down and allows water into the transmission. Seems to me the easy solution, once beyond warranty, would be to disconnect the internal cooler and install an external cooler. Just a thought.
When I talked to my mechanic about adding a trans cooler he said the add on ones are supplemental and not a replacement. Reason given was air cooled add-on is not going to remove nearly as much heat as a water cooled one in the radiator.

Does not mean they don't make add-on coolers that can act as total replacements but worth making sure what you use is appropriate as total cooling source for tranny.

I love the control of a stick when the going gets "sticky" but it's hard to beat the ease of use and wife friendly aspect of an automatic. Especially in traffic. As long as the OD off is not a pain, hate having to remember to hit that button everytime I start the car. Or worry I'm going to fry transmission.
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I'm on the same page but the days of raming one of these through the gears are behind me. Now the vehicles in the driveway need to be "WUF"(wife user friendly)
My wife and my daughter do not want a "handicap transmission", in fact my daughter just bought a Mazda 6, solely because it was the only 6 passenger car available with a manual transmission.
87% of Americans (and I assume Canadians) can't even drive a car with a manual transmission so there's a lot of uncoordinated guys out there as well.
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My wife and my daughter do not want a "handicap transmission", in fact my daughter just bought a Mazda 6, solely because it was the only 6 passenger car available with a manual transmission.
87% of Americans (and I assume Canadians) can't even drive a car with a manual transmission so there's a lot of uncoordinated guys out there as well.
Good for her! I think you gain a lot more instinctive understanding of a car driving with a manual. The term "low gear" actually means something to you if nothing else.

DW can drive stick, and air brakes. DW just has a distinct preference for automatic. All 4 kids can drive stick too. We are just a weird family I guess. (actually I KNOW we are, just another example)
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my daughter just bought a Mazda 6, solely because it was the only 6 passenger car available with a manual transmission.
I take my hat off to your daughter. A cool lady. I once had a 1989 Mazda 626 4 door sedan with a 5 speed manual. Luved that car.
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But a blow up doll can be efficient and sometimes deliver better performance, but where is the fun?
Are blow-up dolls better for towing? Or have I missed the point?
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My wife and my daughter do not want a "handicap transmission", in fact my daughter just bought a Mazda 6, solely because it was the only 6 passenger car available with a manual transmission.
87% of Americans (and I assume Canadians) can't even drive a car with a manual transmission so there's a lot of uncoordinated guys out there as well.
What about the Mazda5? I guess some may not consider it a "passenger car" since it sort of looks like a minivan. My wife has one, albeit with a "handicap" transmission. Is a nice car, but too small for me. I'm only 6'3", and I cannot sit in the passenger seat without my knees touching the glove box. That's with the seat all the way back. There is almost always a car seat right behind the passenger seat, so that further limits the travel of the front seat. When we go out as a family, we take the Outback.
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