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Old 16-03-2020, 08:32 PM   #1
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Would you still buy a manual car?

Dealer told me that cars like a 3-5 series, A4-A6's are mostly auto and buying a second hand manual one of these would be financial suicide.

I'm interested in a 2017 A4 manual. Does it make sense or not??
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Old 16-03-2020, 08:38 PM   #2
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If you want a manual, buy a manual. Who cares what the dealer thinks! It's your car that you'll be driving every day. That's what I'd do anyway
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Old 16-03-2020, 08:41 PM   #3
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Pretty much what Tony says
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Old 16-03-2020, 08:45 PM   #4
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Personally yes. Much more robust in my opinion, the dsg boxes need servicing about every 40k. Google dsg problems, mechatronic issues, expensive. Have you driven one? The dsgs can also have an initial delay which some people can’t live with, didn’t bother me that much. I had an A6 C8 and if you wanted a relaxed cruiser and did lots of stop start driving then it was great. Repair bills would always be the worry out of warranty. £££
Chances of manual issue are way less, I’ve gone back to one and don’t regret it. Easier to choose the gear you want and you do feel more involved.

Depends on driving type and your attitude to potential servicing/repair costs.
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Old 16-03-2020, 08:46 PM   #5
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if you paying cash and keep your cars a good few years not much difference financially, if its what you prefer why not,

bigger cars do tend to be autos now, but still plenty of manual A4's around , but I wouldn't listen to dealers that much in my experience they don't know much about cars,
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Old 16-03-2020, 08:54 PM   #6
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Financial suicide is a bit much. Autos will have higher residuals and are generally more desirable but the initial cost is also higher.

Both our cars are auto and I'm not sure I could go back but that's my personal preference and I wouldn't let dealer scaremongering put you off the car you want.

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Manual all the way for me. I like interacting with a car and to row through the gears.
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Old 16-03-2020, 09:13 PM   #8
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I have just bought a manual,ill get a auto when i retire... Maybe

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Yes. And did, although Mrs B has and auto, and I’m quite happy to drive it.

The three wheeler has a sequential box. Now that’s fun!
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Auto for me every day. The drive is way better and modern auto boxes have improved so much. Paddle shift add interaction and give the box additional ways to use it to get the best out of it. I know a fleet supplier who switched their fleet to auto years ago for increase reliability and less clutch wear. But it’s down to personal preference.


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