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    Manual vs Automatic Tranmission

    Hi, I'm new to sim racing games, and was wondering how much of a difference Manual vs Automatic makes in competitive play, and if Automatic is viable at all. I prefer the ease of Automatic, but if it makes a huge difference against decent opponents, I might have to get used to Manual, thanks.

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    Well, the gearbox doesn't get broken and with some cars you're faster to change gears by yourself.

    I still prefer the manual if you have the shifter to do a job. It's more entertaining
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    Quote Originally Posted by attaGee View Post
    Well, the gearbox doesn't get broken and with some cars you're faster to change gears by yourself.

    I still prefer the manual if you have the shifter to do a job. It's more entertaining
    Thanks for the advice.

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    Manual, whether sequential or stick give you better control. Auto does not always pick the best gear for a corner and prevents you selecting a different gear from time to time to balance the car little better.
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    Manual every day of the week. If you use automatic it removes the ability to short shift to prevent wheelspin.
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    I've used manual exclusively for years now. I use whatever shifting method the car has, whether that be a manual, sequential, or paddles.
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    I learned how to heel and toe using manual on the formula rookie. It definately made me faster by a significant amount. It took me a while to build up the competency and some adjustment of pedal sensitivities (my pedals meant that i couldnt easily depress the brake all the way and still easily blip the throttle so i adjusted brake pedal to be more sensitive). Itll feel very strange at first and if you are like me youll absolutely rag the engine but its very rewarding to master. Youll feel like a one armed wallpaper hanger at times though..

    Edit- read and follow advice in the post below too!
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    If you really prefer automatic, then of course feel free to use it. But there are advantages, as has been stated by previous posters, to going manual. But there are essentially two different options, manual gears and manual clutch. If you’re just starting out then leave the clutch on automatic and just shift the gears manually, would be my advice. This is pretty easy to get used to, but might take a couple of races to get down. Most wheels will have the flappy paddles to shift with, which work just fine. So start with manual, sequential gears, ignore manual clutch for now, and it will be second nature in no time. You can get fancy with manual clutch and H pattern shifting later, no hurry.
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    Just a small note, even if you use automatic, you can still use the flaps (or whatever buttons assigned) to still shift manually, when you want to.
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    you can, but when the automatic decides to shift earlier as you want you have the a..card.
    If it desides to shift 1/100s before you do manually, you'll get 2 gears up or down.
    So not a good decission.
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