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WHich would you rather have(and post why)?

Which would you rather have(post why)?  

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  1. 1. Which would you rather have(post why)?

    • what came with the car
      19
    • 5 speed manual
      66
    • 3 speed automatic
      1
    • Automatic with overdrive.
      6


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Which would you rather have, a manual tranny or an auto tranny?

Depending on the cars purpose, I can see reasons for both. Personally I would prefer an AOD in my daily driver, and a 5 speed in my fun/fair weather car. A well set up auto can outshift anyone driving a manual, so a car with a well setup auto straightline racing a manual will win every time(everything else being equal). When twisties come

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I actually have each of these trannies. I want to have lower gearing in the lower gears but still have some economy at highway cruising speeds. So, for me, the late 280ZX 5 spd and a lower geared rear differential.

Conversion and results still to follow!

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"So, for me, the late 280ZX 5 spd and a lower geared rear differential."

That's exactly the combo I'm in the process of installing now. Hope to have it done in a couple of weeks.:D

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I've always been partial to the manual trans. I perfer the ZX 5 speed with the higher 5th gear. That's what I have in my 78 280Z. If I ever have tranny problems with my daily driver 810 I'll also go with that trans since the 810 actually has the same trans as the standard 280Z. I even have the later model 'dog-leg' 5 speed in my 64 L320.

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I have one of each in my two cars and prefer an auto for town / city driving but the maunal for real driving on real roads where the driver needs to read the road rather than the gearbox read the driver - hope that makes sense.

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My wife and I both prefer manual transmissions, other than for trucks. Just what we prefer, because we both know that automatics are better in some cases. But where we live we don't have to slog through rush-hour traffic, so all of our cars are manuals.

My 240Z was an automatic car from the factory, and I converted it to a manual, but unlike many (most) people, I stuck with the 4 speed. In fact, I stayed with the early Type A tranny that it would have come with, had it not been an automatic. I figure in this day when many 240Zs have had 5 speeds installed, having a 4 speed in a driver might be a bit unique.

But I can't vote in the poll, none of them apply!

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My 240Z was an automatic car from the factory, and I converted it to a manual, but unlike many (most) people, I stuck with the 4 speed. In fact, I stayed with the early Type A tranny that it would have come with, had it not been an automatic. I figure in this day when many 240Zs have had 5 speeds installed, having a 4 speed in a driver might be a bit unique.

But I can't vote in the poll, none of them apply!

You are the first person I have ever heard of using a 4spd when a 5 was available(other than a concorse restoration)-that is why I left the 4spd choice to be handled by the "as the car came" option.

Sorry for leaving you out!

Will

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You are the first person I have ever heard of using a 4spd when a 5 was available(other than a concorse restoration)-that is why I left the 4spd choice to be handled by the "as the car came" option.

Sorry for leaving you out!

Will

My wife swears that I have a knack for being out of step with the rest of the world, Will. So no offense taken.

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Because I live in Southern California and have to deal with the traffic I prefer the hydromatic, also as the father of two teenage daughters the automatic is preferred. I have 2 Zs one auto/one 5sp, got one automatic Sentra SE-R, one Montero automatic and one G35 Sport Coupe 6MT, by far my least used car is the G35 because of all the traffic....she got only 25K miles and I have 0wned it for over 3 years. I most PM Bean Dip and get more advice on how to get more power to the wheels of my automatic 240Z.

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I like th e5 speed due to the fact I like to pop the clutch and do donuts in eampty parking lots. I have never driven an atuomatic Z car just a maxima with an L28. I may prefer the auto after I drive one.

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real men drive a manual.women drive autos.:)
Obviously, you've never met the right woman. My wife refuses to drive an automatic, her car is a '91 VW Jetta GLI - 2.0L 16 valve, close-ratio 5 speed, Recaros, Sachs suspension and Techtonics Tuning mandrel bent 2.25" exhaust. So I don't want to hear none of that "women drive automatics." 'Tain't always true.

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Right now I've got an automatic and I just learned how to drive a clutch, so I'd like to upgrade to a 5-speed next year after I get used to my car. I haven't driven it since I bought it, so the automatic will be great for getting a feel for the car. I'm going to get another automatic first though because the one I have is kinda shot.

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real men drive a manual.women drive autos.:)

All this time I thought real men drove women...crazyROFL ! My mistake!

Will

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I like the originality of the original 4 speed that came with the car. If I were to have another Z that I could build according to my personal desires for a peformance car, I would go with the 5 speed. Maybe that car will come some day..

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You need to add in there 6 speed, I finally got my six speed and you didn't even have it as a choice!!! LOL

I didnt put a 5 speed auto(as my Dodge 1500 quadcab has) either.

What six speed bolts on an L series engine or its bell housing?

Will

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The series 1 240Z (RHD) I have has the FS5C71A 5 speed box that you US guys never got. It is great but is currently in the shop getting 5th gear welded up and then re-ground as it was popping out of 5th under power. Hard to get bits for these old boxes now.

I prefer a manual in a car that I want to have a bit of fun in and an auto for a family car as I am getting lazy as I get older.

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My 70 is original and I plan on keeping it that way. The 4A transmission was rebuilt a few years back and has served me well. I am now looking for a newer 240 with an auto to use as a daily driver in the worst traffic in the country. Both because the cars themselves are in better condition and the time spent in stop and go traffic.

As far as better feel and handling I can build either set up to work well depending on its use. It only takes money.

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Curently have a 5-speed zx tranny while rebuilding the orig. 4A, 5th is nice on the freeway. But use an automatic? Hey this is a sports car!

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