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Old 04-11-2005, 09:37 AM   #1
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Manual vs. Auto - Impact on Performance

I am in the process of buying a Focus ZXW wagon as a sort of utility second car. I was planing on getting the manual; however, there currently is a "free auto transmission" promotion. While I have a slight preference for manual over auto, I suspect an auto ZXW would be much easier to sell in the future than a manual ZXW.

How much performance do I really give up going with the Auto vis the manual? Is the auto much slower than the manual?

I cannot find any comparisons in searching the net.

Thanks for any data you might provide.


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Old 04-11-2005, 10:00 AM   #2
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well i dont know how much performance you'd have in wagon that size...unless you work it hard with mods
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:15 AM   #3
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I don't know the numbers, but the difference is significant.

Don't worry about selling the car, manual trannys are rare (1/10 cars sold), and there are lots of people looking for them. People like auto trannies because they can eat/drink/cell phone/apply makeup while driving, but if you care at all about control and performance, get the manual.
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Couldnt have said it better myself Drray
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Hey, I said it was a wagon that was a utility second car. The first car is a BMW Z4 with a six-speed, so I'm not looking to do any performance mods to a Focus wagon i buy. I'd just like to know how much performance I give up if I choose auto over manual.
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depends what you are going to do , but if you're going to haul people/stuff, it is nice to have the manual to help with acceleration on the hwy. Manual cars are safer because it is very difficult to lose concentration on the road when you are driving the car. Better on gas,... if you use it properly.

Go to a dealer, try any Focus, manual and auto-big difference. The auto is not very good, only a four speed.
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the auto is not slower...
it only have less whp than the manual
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To give you some comparison, Pio and I have very similar modifications, he has 112hp and 113tq with his auto, whereas I have 128hp, and 132tq with my manual.

EDIT: Just as a sidebar, I owned a 2002 ZTW with an auto, and I was never disappointed with its performance.
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To give you some comparison, Pio and I have very similar modifications, he has 112hp and 113tq with his auto, whereas I have 128hp, and 132tq with my manual.
true...but i need a chip (running rich)
but even when i get a chip i will be arround 120 whp...

you loose more hp @ wheels with an auto tranny...
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