Are you happy with the switch? My previous three cars all had manual trannys, and I think I would really miss it if I switched to automatic.
I know I can wait for the stick shift B7's to arrive (which I probably will do), but I have entertained the thought of going automatic.
06-01-2005, 05:09 AM
While automatic/tiptronic/DSG/SMG/whatever might be great for stop and go traffic, there's still nothing better than getting that braking, clutch in, blip the throttle, downshift, and get back on the gas feeling :) Me and my sis would used to fight over who got the keys to the 84 Corolla as it was stick versus taking the 5000S out.
Wait for the manual... it's much improved over the B5... clutch pickup is a lot lower (reminds me of Honda's) and the shifter is much more precise and not as rubbery as the old B5 (though probably has the same feel from the B6).
the biggest factors. I'm in LA and I drive my car everyday. Traffic is really unbearable here. Although I love manual cars (all the things Tanner mentioned), I decided it was time for a break. My next car will probably be manual but so far, the CVT is very nice. It has the same 0-60 as the manual and the shifts are buttery smooth. Now if we're talking S4, I'd definitely go with the manual. Weight all the factors, then decide. Good luck.
06-01-2005, 01:59 PM
06-01-2005, 05:07 PM
and i am EXTREMELY happy with my stickshift b7.... the clutch is super smooth and the gear box is real nice. i feel so complete.
no stick. no thanks!
06-01-2005, 05:42 PM
... I prefer the smoothness, power, refinement and reliability of a naturally-aspirated six. Also, I'm not interested in doing any engine mods. I feel that when you're paying $35k-$45k for a car, it should be fast enough right out of the factory.
However, I understand that there are some people who love to mod, and for that reason they prefer the 2.0t. I think it's great that Audi gives us that choice.
MB The Body
06-01-2005, 06:13 PM
thats why i as well drive a 3.0
06-01-2005, 06:27 PM
Tiptronic gives you a lot of options, but above all convenience. I live in the Seattle area and the traffic out here can be just brutal.
However go 15 miles east of Seattle and we have some great hilly, curvy roads in the Cascade mountain foothills. On these roads the "S" mode is great, my car just flies, it shifts in all the right spots. The feel and responsiveness, especially paired with the increased power of the 3.2, is just awesome.
While the manual tiptronic shifting isn't on the same level as a manual transmission, it is also fun. But so far (1100 miles) I think "S" almost does a better job than I do.
And then there is "D" for when you just want to relax and not think about it.
I can tell you I didn't expect to like the tiptronic nearly as much as I do, and I have no remorse over not waiting for the manual 3.2.
MB The Body
06-01-2005, 06:43 PM
and im still kicking myself that i didn't get a stick... im a busy city too... but id be willing to sacrifice some of the convenience if i could do it over again...
this will definitely be my last automatic car for a while
06-01-2005, 07:10 PM
06-02-2005, 12:45 PM
I'm in the manual group. Just got my 2.0T avant 6spd with sport, lighting, premium and it's awesome...that is if I could get it from the dealer who's been tinting and detailing for 3 days now! All my other cars (which I seem to still have) were manual as well. At 16 I got my 79 volvo 242 4sp w/OD. Then in 02 I got my 99.0 A4 2.8L 5sp, and now the b7 MT6. I forgot to mention my 89 F150 4x4..also regrettably a manual. I commute now but there is rarely stop and go. Commuting can suck the fun out of a manual with a heavy clutch. As long as I don't end up there I'll keep buying manuals. Even got the fiance to learn to drive manual this week!! I'll get some pics of my 05.5 2.0T black/black MT6 up here soon. IF I ever get it back....