Which is more reliale in the long term, automatic or manual transmissions?
As part of my job, I very frequently need to park/secure my vehicle to get out and make a delivery. I'm about to have to buy a new (used) vehicle.
As far as long-term reliability goes, which would be better, an automatic transmission with frequent shifting between drive and park and back, or a manual, where most of the parking-related wear and tear would be in the parking brake system?
Reliale=reliable (bad keyboard!)
- WLv 41 month ago
I prefer a standard transmission. Automatics are for gurley-men.
- Anonymous1 month ago
As long as you've completely stopped before shifting, both are good & with maintenance, will last for many years. Shifting without a full & complete stop is very hard on the transmission, it's computer & u-joints.
- Daniel CLv 41 month ago
Automatics are designed for shifting back and forth between Park, Drive and Reverse. Just make sure you're stopped before you do that.
- curtisports2Lv 71 month ago
Anyone who believes you don't need to use the parking brake with an automatic transmission believes wrong. Neither transmission is going to wear out any faster just because of what you do.
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- thebax2006Lv 71 month ago
An automatic transmission doesn't wear from being put in PARK all the time.
Doing deliveries you likely drive in traffic or the city with many stop signs which means you're using the clutch a lot.
The automatic is a better choice. You'll be replacing the clutch on a manual tranny.Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
- The DevilLv 71 month ago
I've gotten the same service from automatics and manuals over the last 50 years, though I had some wild years drag racing and trashed a few autos and manuals. Driving right though, Either one can last as long as the rest of the car.
- artherLv 51 month ago
auto for traffic and frequent stopping if you like to leave the engine running at a quick in out stop. No clutch to wear out.
- jimanddottaylorLv 71 month ago
The manual transmission itself if probably more reliable, but the clutch won't be. The start/stop/shifting gears will get old pretty quick on the manual if you have a lot of deliveries.
Go for the automatic.
- KazLv 71 month ago
I think automatic would be more reliable and less of a hassle. If only for ease of operation making deliveries, frequent starts and stops. There'd be more wear and tear on a manual transmission (clutch, emergency brake), more things that could go wrong on it, so I'd pick automatic. Just my opinion.
- PearlLv 71 month ago
i would ask a mechanic about it