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Accord - Manual or Automatic?

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  • exshomanexshoman Posts: 109
    True, with the 6, you don't need a manual to have a good amount of power. Heck, even with the 4 an automatic is sprightly enough for most folks.

    I think your last sentence though sums up some of the difference between folks who want an automatic ("easier and relaxed") vs folks who would prefer a manual (I'll say "spirited and involved").

    BTW, if this car had been primarily for me instead of my wife, I would have gotten the V6 w/6speed. A wolf in sheep's clothing, or what is fondly known as a Q-ship. :shades:
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    BTW, if this car had been primarily for me instead of my wife, I would have gotten the V6 w/6speed. A wolf in sheep's clothing, or what is fondly known as a Q-ship.

    I'm sure the V6 6speed is a fun car to drive. Of course I would have a hard time controlling my fun, and that would probably mean "speeding tickets". So maybe I'm better off without a 6speed.:surprise:
  • wcskjbwcskjb Posts: 10
    Couple more items on manual vs. auto from a huge manual fan:

    1. Notice the number of complaints here from Accord AT owners? Even adjusting for the relative numbers, manual complaints are next to nil.
    2. My college kid has a Accord LX manual. No one borrows his car for the trek to local watering hole. A big comfort to me.
    3. Police will tell you they hardly ever see a stolen manual car except high-end sports cars. Don't know whether manuals get an insurance premium break in cities, but they should.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 Posts: 852
    .... Police will tell you they hardly ever see a stolen manual car except high-end sports cars.

    ....interesting post. I think you've just made my day.

    ..ez..
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Yeah... maybe I'll give my insurance company a call. lol :shades:
  • jet123456jet123456 Posts: 6
    I have a 2007 honda accord ex-L v6 with AT. On the shift control itself I just noticed that at night with lights on - there is no illumination on the shifting device to make it easier to see you move from N to R to D etc. I know there is a indicator on the dashboard - but should those little indicators on the shift also light up? Just curious because mine do not. Thanks
  • falmouthfalmouth Posts: 27
    I also agree with this. I have a '96 EX sedan w/5 sp and it has 287K miles on it. Original clutch. Also have an 01 and just bought an 07 this week. All manuals and 4 cylinders. I have heard so many problems with the 7th Gen automatics that I'll stick with the 5 speed. The better contol of my car in snow and rain is also a plus. Traffic jams are the only time an automatic would be a plus.
  • chirocatchirocat Posts: 73
    I have a 98 Maxima with a manual and V-6. I absolutely turn my nose up at auto cars, my fiance' does as well. I am looking to trade in my Maxima for a 07 EX-L V-6 and I will not even consider a auto for a second. Not only is a manual just pure joy to feel the engine power directly, it also can save your [non-permissible content removed]. I saw a report of a woman that got carjacked; the perp pushed her over to the passenger seat at gunpoint then saw that it was a manual. He Told here, "YOU DRIVE" and he got out and ran around to the passenger side. Before he could get there she had the doors locked and was driving off. :surprise:

    I once drove my car into the entry of a Sears Auto Center to get my tires rotated and the service advisor ( a black man in his late 40-early 50's I think) took one look and laughed. He asked if I could drive the car to the hoist, he had never driven a manual in his life. :confuse:

    With there being such a small percentage of mid-range sedans with manual trans, it's easy to think that a thief would just move along. I also like the Q-ship persona, it's fun to sink unsuspecting dorks with your quiet, reliable, "invisible to cops", fuel efficient near luxury ride. ;)

    Wish me luck, I have started the quoting process with the dealers!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    There were two recent car jacking reports in the news, and in both cases thieves did not know how to drive stick.

    Here is one:
    http://www.theregister.com/2007/06/21/stick_shift_dummies/

    "Two US would-be car thieves failed dismally to make off with a Honda Accord after discovering it had a mysterious manual gearbox, RTÉ reports.
    Having menaced the owner with a gun outside a pizza restaurant in Georgia, and relieved him of his wallet and car keys, the pair of teen master criminals prepared to make good their escape. However, according to an employee of the pizza outlet, "they could not start it because it had stick shift".

    The eyewitness recounted: "The kid was just sitting in the car trying to start it but he had no idea what to do. He looked dumbfounded. The only thing he had going was the radio."

    While dumb and dumber wrestled with the problem of how to drive a car with four on the floor, restaurant staff called the cops who cuffed them as they tried to leg it into nearby woods."

    I can't find the other, but I heard it on the radio just the other day.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Have you considered the fact that one day a manual may have the opposite affect. Say mister car-jacker was planning on making your wife get out of the car, and just take the car. But then when he finds out the car is a sick shift, he is forced to take your wife along to drive. I have a manual truck (I drive to work), and I would much rather drive my automatic car. I don't see what the big thrill is to exercise your left leg and right arm in heavy traffic, when you don't have to.
  • chirocatchirocat Posts: 73
    If my wife is that careless maybe it's time to trade her in.

    I don't drive in heavy traffic unless there is a wreck. My commute is 23 miles each way and usually averages 80 mph on the interstate portion. The amount of times I have been stuck in traffic and cursed my manual is low and it NEVER made me even seriously think about getting a lame auto box. I would move closer to work before I would give up the joy of having a manual.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    The amount of times I have been stuck in traffic and cursed my manual is low and it NEVER made me even seriously think about getting a lame auto box.

    I don't drive in a lot of heavy traffic either, but that doesn't mean I want a lame exercise machine. And I have never cursed my automatic. Enjoy your workout. :)
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Have you considered the fact that one day a manual may have the opposite affect. Say mister car-jacker was planning on making your wife get out of the car, and just take the car. But then when he finds out the car is a sick shift, he is forced to take your wife along to drive. I have a manual truck (I drive to work), and I would much rather drive my automatic car. I don't see what the big thrill is to exercise your left leg and right arm in heavy traffic, when you don't have to.

    What if the car jacker does not know how to drive period, but has a gun.... your argument does not hold here....

    As to excersise, have you ever driven a Honda manual?

    It is far from excersise.

    Going along the same lines, why bother excersising the right foot (gas and brakes) and arms (steering) when one could take a bus?

    And yes, AUTOs are lame.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I consider a manual having many advantages over an automatic but worrying about carjacking, exercise, or about my car being stolen had nothing to do with my purchase.

    Driving a stick becomes second nature and I'm sure many auto-only drivers will never completely understand how the flow works. It really isn't any different than your right foot coming off the accelerator and applying the brake. You react; you do it. You don't really THINK about it, do you?

    My left foot and right hand react just the same to any adjustments I need to make, whether I am just anticipating or experiencing a crisis.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Driving a stick becomes second nature and I'm sure many auto-only drivers will never completely understand how the flow works.

    I have a stick in my work truck, so I know exactly how the "flow" works. I just don't see the big benefit of shifting manually, when the car can do that for me. Sure, a manual can be more fun, at times, but most of the time it's just extra hassle.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Sure, a manual can be more fun, at times, but most of the time it's just extra hassle.

    I couldn't disagree with you more... but ain't it great we have that choice so we can drive what we like?? :shades:
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I couldn't disagree with you more... but ain't it great we have that choice so we can drive what we like??

    Right! To each, his own.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    When you are used to it, shifting is about as much exercise and hassle as breathing. ;)
  • ezshift5ezshift5 Posts: 852
    ...When you are used to it, shifting is about as much exercise and hassle as breathing.

    - - obviating the clutch would deny our auto driver the hands on experience of appreciating just how well Honda puts to shame many, many manual shift transmissions.

    .... not really impressed with my 6M coupe's clutch. The transmission - however - is flawless (IMHO).

    ..best, ez..
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I have a stick in my work truck, so I know exactly how the "flow" works. I just don't see the big benefit of shifting manually, when the car can do that for me. Sure, a manual can be more fun, at times, but most of the time it's just extra hassle.

    Does your truck have triple cone synchronyzers?

    If you consider shifting a hassle, what do you consider excersising 3-4 times a week? :D
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