There are lots of things to decide before you buy a car, from deciding the model and brand to what kind of interior you will and most important to choose the transmission for your car. Yes, a lot of people get confused between manual and Automatic transmission. As they are the two most popular and used transmission among all four kinds of transmission.
The transmission is a mechanical component designed to transmit power from a vehicle’s engine to the drive axle, which makes the wheels drive the vehicle. Along with that, it is the most complicated and least understood component of your car.
In that case, it becomes very much important to understand these two terms, and their advantages and disadvantages. So let ’s begin:
What is a Manual Transmission and Automatic Transmission?
Manual transmission is an automotive transmission in which the driver shifts gears manually (by hand). Whereas, Automatic Transmission is a transmission that can automatically change gear ratios as the vehicle moves, freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually.
The basic difference between them is:
In a manual transmission vehicle, you have a gear shift which means you have to work physically as it includes a clutch pedal that unlocks the gears and you can safely shift the gear into the next gear. On the other hand, an automatic transmission vehicle does all of this work for you once you put it into drive.
Let’s compare them in terms of their costs, maintenance, driving and fuel consumption:
If we begin with Manual transmission it is a known fact that the manual transmission is cheaper than automatic transmission.
The difference between the cost of the same model, installed with one by automatic and another by manual transmission you will find that the difference is about more than a thousand bucks or sometimes it goes to thousand dollars.
And it’s a great extent of amount.
The basic difference between driving a car with manual and another with automatic transmission as we all know that you have to shift gears based on the vehicle’s speed and this requires the use of the clutch pedal and the gear shift. When the clutch pedal is depressed the clutch is released – the engine and the transmission are separated. Gears can be selected at this time or the car can be stopped without stalling. You need practice to ensure a smooth start and gradual transition between gears once the vehicle is in motion. Learning to control the clutch pedal is the single most frightening thing of driving standards, but if once you learned to use your left foot properly for controlling the clutch-pedal the “muscle memory” becomes permanent and you won’t forget it again,
it will be like a life lesson. Automatics also have a clutch except instead of a clutch pedal a torque converter is used to separate the engine from the transmission – and it all happens automatically without the need of driver input. Taking of driver input: manual users need all their pride and discipline in traffic jams when they need to shift gears every minute for hours. (Hint: if you commute in bad traffic, buy an automatic and forget about control- it’s just not worth the stress driving a stick shift through traffic jams).
Cars with manual transmission consume 5%-15% less fuel depending on road conditions and driving habits.
With the advancement of technology, as the automatics advanced and gain additional gears, they are often now overtaking manuals in terms of fuel economy.
As working on a manual transmission is very much simple and easier than working with automatic gearboxes. So the maintenance cost for automatic transmission is relatively higher than the manual transmission. You can drive thousands of kilometers without any problem if you will operate your manual transmission car properly.
The lubricant needs to be replaced periodically but not as frequently as in automatics. (Some cars use special transmission fluids that do not need to be replaced at all).
Advantage of Automatic transmission:
Advantages of Manual Transmission: