Transmission manual vs auto


#1

I’m considering buying a used Subaru Forester or Outback. What are the pros and cons of manual vs auto transmission? Will I get better gas mileage with the manual? Will the cost of replacing a clutch out weight the any savings in gas?


#2

You might get better mileage with a manual, but how you drive matters more than your transmission choice.

The cost of a clutch only matters if you wear it out. Many people can get 200K miles out of a clutch.

Automatic transmissions can be VERY expensive to repair, and the Subaru AWD system uses a clutch pack and transfer valve inside the automatic transmission to send drive to the rear wheels. When these parts wear out, and they do, it’s a $700-800 repair bill.

Sort of balances out the clutch issue, doesn’t it?


#3

Better gas mileage? Usually, but the differences is usually not earth shaking and if you are not good or attentive to shifting, you might actually do better with auto.

I have had 6 cars all manuals. All but one and the one I have right now had over 150,000 miles put on them by me. I had two clutches go out. The first one, and that was a used car to start with, but I really did burn the clutch and an RX-7 I bought used and I believe the prior owner killed that clutch.

If you know how to drive stick, a clutch should be good for 200,000 miles which is more than most automatics do.

If I ever had to drive in stop and go traffic in a large city, I would go for an automatic. However I have never had to drive that way on a regular bases so I have stuck with manuals.

Modern automatics are really quite nice.