[DML] Re: Turbos and automatics (no relation)
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[DML] Re: Turbos and automatics (no relation)

I have an automatic and a 5-speed. The 5-speed definately has more
acceleration. The automatic can go as fast as the 5-speed, it just
takes a little longer to do it. The 5-speed has much better mileage if
you can stay in 5th gear meaning hiway cruising. In traffic the
automatic is much more pleasant to drive and I would suspect it would
get better mileage. The 5-speed has 5 gears to divide the power up
into as opposed to the automatic with 3. The automatic also has some
slippage in the torque convertor, the 5-speed has a direct gear (5th).
It comes down to driving style and the type of traffic you drive in.
IMHO a sports car is supposed to have a manual transmission but my
wife will not learn "stick". Whenever I caravann with the club I never
have trouble keeping up with my automatic but I do seem to need fuel a
little sooner than the manuals on long trips. Lucky some of the
members need constant pit stops (and not for the cars!).
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "M. P. Olans" <mpolans@xxxx> wrote:
> Johnny,
>      Lay off the cough syrup, alright man?  Seriously, I'm worried 
> about you....:)  I stuck to your heels the whole time I wasn't 
> leading at speeds in excess of 90 MPH.  The only difficulty was 
> passing slower traffic using the oncoming lane as a passing lane 
> when you zipped out and around with no warning.  Remember, you are 
> in a lower ratio than me at cruising speeds spinning higher RPM.  
> You are bound to be a bit more responsive, unless I downshift or get 

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