If you're in the market for a new or "newer" car, you may have noticed that stick shifts can often cost significantly less than automatics.
We're referring here to the car's transmission. In the "old" days all cars were stick shifts (aka: manual transmissions.) Today, less than four percent of cars sold are.
Should you buy a manual or an automatic?
That depends, say automobile experts. Until now, manual transmissions have offered better gas mileage. However, technology is now producing some automatics that are actually better on gas than manuals, according to Edmunds.
There's also a good reason there are more automatics than manuals today. They're easier to drive. Manuals require more engagement on the part of the driver. With a manual, you have a clutch, and you have to coordinate your clutch and brake each time you want to shift gears. Stopping on hills or even a slight incline can also be challenging
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Q. We have an ongoing problem with our 2015 VW Passat with a 1.8-liter, turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine and 6,400 miles. The problem is a 4- to 5-second hesitation with the engine in drive after a stop light while making a left turn.
This hesitation is also encountered after we back out of the garage in the morning. After shifting into drive to move forward, the hesitation is more pronounced. After driving forward about one block, while making a left turn onto another street, this hesitation is no longer as predominant. However, it can happen even after the engine is warmed up or while moving forward after a stop light. It seems like the engine loses power for the few seconds, but if you press down further on the gas pedal, the car will lurch forward.
We have been to the dealer and they said this is normal. My wife feels very unsafe driving this car and has become very careful not to enter into traffic because of this problem.
The dealer suggested using
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Q. I have a question regarding transmission fluid changes. I own two Honda Civics and do not know whether to follow the dash reminder notices or do more regular maintenance. So, for this example, would it be advisable to change the transmission fluid every 45,000 miles or wait for the auto to give me the reminder message, which might pop up at perhaps 60,000 miles?
My second question is more direct. Is there a specific test to determine to what degree one's transmission fluid is fouled?
I ask this because although I had my transmission changed on Oct. 12, 2012, with 40,000 miles on the car, I was recommended to change it now with 60,000 miles on it -- only 19 months later.
The fluid no doubt looks discolored, but without knowing my prior history, maybe that makes it a guessing game for a new mechanic. This has me leaning toward relying on the car's sensor system as to when to make the change. I sure do not think 20,000 miles driven would be enough to
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