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View Poll Results: Which transmission is best in the long run, up to 100K miles.
Automatic transmissions in general. 45 38.46%
Manual transmissions in general. 72 61.54%
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:16 AM   #11
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It definitely varies for sure.
All the cars I've owned to date have been stick.
1987 Honda Civic hatch, sold it with 310,000 km, original 5 speed trans, and probably only the second clutch.
1990 Honda Prelude, timing belt snapped on me at 520,000 km, trans still shifted great but scrapped the car ultimately since it needed a bunch more work anyway.
1996 Pontiac Sunfire GT, great Getrag 5 speed, and the 2.4 engine was peppy. Too bad the rest of the car was awful. Sold it with 230k km, probably original clutch.
2003 Pontiac Vibe, 5 speed stick... Some bearings in the trans crapped out at 190,000 km, replaced with a 6 speed and replaced the clutch at 200k.

So yeah, it definitely varies. I'm tempted to say they don't build 'em like they used to.. I hope my powershift is trouble-free, so far so good.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:45 AM   #12
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I voted manual transmission. The automatic in my 06 Focus had to be rebuilt at 74k miles. The manual trans in my 92 Toyota 4x4 has 165k miles and only had the fluid changed. I'm hoping the DCT will last longer than the 06 trans.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:08 AM   #13
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How the heck should I know? Tony
I'm looking for personal experience. Not supposed to be scientific, else I wouldn't have asked on this forum.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:10 AM   #14
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shrug. who cares?
OK, sorry to have put you out for an opinion.
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I would think it is a little unusual for either to fail before 100k. I know there have been examples of manuals and automatics failing at ridiculously low mileage, but I think that is the exception rather than the rule. Following the recommended maintenance schedule will ensure anything but a defective item last the test of time.

If you are only looking for 100k then go with whatever makes the most sense for your driving needs. Sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic for an hour every day? Get an automatic. Drive in town all day with a 35 mph speed limit? Get an automatic. Have a lot of open highway miles ahead of you? Pick up a manual. Like to run on the twisty back roads at (or above) the posted speeds? Pick up a manual.
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This question has been asked and debated as long as there has been automatic vs. manual transmissions. Do we really need another debate arguing it, especially on a car that no one has driven 100k yet?

I've has manual and I've had auto (and tiptronic or whatever you feel like calling it). There are advantages and disadvantages of both. Why I said my opinion is, get what you will be happiest driving for those 100,000 miles even if someone tells you other choice is "better."
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:24 AM   #17
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Do we really need another debate arguing it, especially on a car that no one has driven 100k yet?
This was supposed to be a poll just to get opinions, not an argument.
It's not even about our Focus transmissions.

It's not about what google returns (somebody elses opinion or fact).

It was supposed to a simple Yes/NO vote on which transmission you thought was better in general.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:55 PM   #18
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voted Automatic because my previous automatic slushboxes have been quite reliable: '77 Buick Skylark, '95 Chevy Corsica, '06 Mazda5 (current). Can't comment on non-slushbox autos: DSG, DCT, etc.

Current 2012 Focus SE hatchback is a manual and so far, so good. Previous manual was in a 2002 Protege5 that had clutch "juddering" issues. Clutch disc on that was replaced under warranty.
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Looks like the manual is winning with the most votes.

Come on people, tell the world what you think.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:41 PM   #20
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Manuals are simpler, that makes them easier to maintain/repair IMHO. But any transmission can fail if abused or defective... I just prefer to row my own in a sporty car.

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