Are manual cars more reliable and low maintenance than automatic cars?

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  • Neil
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Unless abused, a manual may prove slightly more reliable and lower maintenance, but it depends a lot on how it is driven. If abused a clutch can need replacement in 5,000 miles or less, or it may last well over 100,000 miles. No other maintenance is generally needed.

    A conventional automatic with a torque-converter will need some maintenance (fluid replacement every few years), but is less sensitive to how it is driven, so abuse is generally not an issue. The automatic transmission may also protect the engine from abuse, so improving engine reliability.

    Automated manual transmissions, including dual-clutch transmissions, tend to be slightly more troublesome, some suffering clutch-pack failures and some suffering from failures of the hydraulic systems that operate the clutches and gear changes.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Don’t break the goddam clutch and u will be fine!

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes but automatic are easier to drive indeed

  • 4 weeks ago

    Nope, they're about the same. Same reliability, same levels of maintenance.

    Manual transmissions do provide better control and somewhat better fuel efficiency (somewhat), but you didn't ask about those. You asked about reliability and maintenance, and they're about the same.

    • F
      Lv 6
      4 weeks agoReport

      Autos are more fuel efficient these days in most cars.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    yes. hybrid cars are way etter

    • F
      Lv 6
      4 weeks agoReport

      All the hybrids I've drivenl had CVT gearboxes which ruin any car.

  • 4 weeks ago

    I believe modern dual clutch systems are now better than manual - the driver can't ride the clutch and wear it out faster and having two (ie one for odd gears and one for even gears) mean they last longer. They also take away the problem to having to decide what the right gear is -and this takes away a little of the drivers concentration so auto potentially mean eyes on the road more.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Is the pope black...???????

  • 4 weeks ago

    Not today both are Just reliable it is only Personal choice I prefer a manual

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Maintenance is cheaper with manuals. Fuel is cheaper too according to the mechanic. Reliability is the same consumer-wise although the mechanic say manual is better.

    • Cap'n. America
      Lv 4
      1 month agoReport

      Really, No maintenance. Unless clutch free play gets out, not that often. My cars have those automatic, ratchet adjusters, anyway. No fluid changes.

  • Iam
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It depends how the manual car was driven. In some cases, auto transmission means less stress on the engine, however it is around 5% less fuel efficient and costs a little more when the car is new.

    • F
      Lv 6
      4 weeks agoReport

      They were generally 3 speeds in the 70s and 80s. However, 7 is fairly common and even 9 is available now, although CVTs are awful.

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