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Automatic Vs. Manual Transmission

I know this is a really general question, but I was wondering what everyody's thoughts were on an automatic versus a manual on the GTO. I have an automatic 2006 and a couple of people have frowned when I tell them it is an automatic. Did I make the right choice?
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From what have heard, the auto is like 1 second slower than the stick, but.....the autos almost always seem to do better at the track. I don't think either is bad, you just chose what's right for you.
I know when i'm puttering through morning traffic, I wish I had the auto!
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You made the right choice by getting a GTO. It's what makes YOU happy that matters. As the proud owner of an automatic that's trading it in for a M6, I still won't tell you that one is better than the other. I just miss rowing through gears... plus this gives me an excuse to upgrade to the LS2

I will note that if I lived somewhere with lots of nasty traffic (Seattle or DC comes to mind) I would probably be sticking with the auto.
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No, absolutely not! The 4L65E automatic has always had problems with 5th and 6th gear. They often fail completely and you're stuck with 4 forward speeds. To date, GM has refused to address this issue even though this transmission is widely used acrosss the GM product line for both cars and trucks. In addition, the transmission fluid in the auto has been proven to cause severe indigestion in lab rats while the lubes in the T56 manual have an effect similar to taking Enzyte and Viagra simultaneously. Take a look around you and see if the biggest pricks aren't driving the manual.
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No, absolutely not! The 4L65E automatic has always had problems with 5th and 6th gear. They often fail completely and you're stuck with 4 forward speeds. To date, GM has refused to address this issue even though this transmission is widely used acrosss the GM product line for both cars and trucks. In addition, the transmission fluid in the auto has been proven to cause severe indigestion in lab rats while the lubes in the T56 manual have an effect similar to taking Enzyte and Viagra simultaneously. Take a look around you and see if the biggest pricks aren't driving the manual.


As long as you don't feed the auto transmission fluid to your pet rats you'll be fine. Those 5th and 6th gears in the Automatics are worthless anyway, anything above 4th gear is a waste of money in them. Same goes with Viagra and Enzyte. Although, driving that A4 and smiling and waving like "Bob" from those commercials you may attract people like Mr. Bean. Those guys using those products and trying to get in the COCKpit with those big pricks with stick shifts, well, you'll want to make sure the seat goes back plenty far.

Seriously.... A4, or M6, is a matter of preference. It's easier in an automatic, all ya gotta do is get in, start it up, put it in gear and aim it.

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I know this is a really general question, but I was wondering what everyody's thoughts were on an automatic versus a manual on the GTO. I have an automatic 2006 and a couple of people have frowned when I tell them it is an automatic. Did I make the right choice?
Whatever one is right for you. The speed thing is irrevent between autos and manuals. Autos are easer on the driveline, easy to drive in traffic, and consistant time on the track. Manuals better for the road course, fun, showoff factor(riding out gears )Gas mileage(if you care). But I know how you feel I had a hooked up automatic T/A loved that car, people was telling me to put a manual in that thing, I was like uhh no.



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You made a mistake getting an auto...

..and I made one getting a M6. We should all have one of each

I love rowing the gears, but there are times when an auto would be nice.

Just enjoy it and quit second guessing yourself
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well at this point I don't think you had a choice............there are not very many M6 GTOs available if any.........unless you buy a used one
If the auto trans is what you wanted then who cares what others say?
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Thanks to all who responded.

I know , I know. I shouldn't let what other people think bother me, but the reassurance amongst my fellow GOAT brothers did not hurt. Safe driving to all!
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Look at it this way...... You got something a lot want and can't have. Take a good look around ya when you blow past people who turn and watch you fade away..... That il' make ya feel good as you.....

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