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I cant decided which transmission to get for my TC. I've test drove the manual and it felt
really good. I enjoy running thru the gears and having that each stopping power of
down shifting. Plus being able to rev up the RPM to my discression.
I live in Los Angeles and you probably know we have traffic. I've always drove a manual my entire life. Since cell phones, eating in your car, bumper to bumper having to ride the clutch.
It seems it might be easier to just step on the gas and go.

Questions to ask yourself.

1. Will the auto lose any performance compared to the manual? if so, is it worth it?
2. performance upgrades, do you limit yourself if you go w/ auto?
3. cant think of question 3.

4. Do you think they'll (Scion) change the body style on the 06'?
5. You always hear never buy a car its first year out. Do to the fact of working the buggs out. Althought the TC is a great looking car, it does have some design flaws. (silver plastic radio cover, flimsee sunroof cloth, rear ends a little short/compared to front end)

Any help would be great. I've really enjoyed looking at all the pictures of TC owners. Thanks for all the ideas for when the time comes!
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Welcome to the site....


(Since I gotta live up to my post naziness... I'm gonna move this to the talk forum...)
 

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1.) Don't know... but my auto tranny is great... has enough power for me... so no complaints there
2.) Yes and no... I guess you could always do all the performance upgrades you want... but it will have better results with a manual
3.) What car do you have now??
4.) Maybe... rumor has it they are going to get rid of the sunroof / moonroof thing and go with a normal roof...

5.) True... but its also a time when they are most willing to replace... fix... any bugs.

Hope this helped... and welcome to the site again!!
 

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hey everyone, I live in the San Fernando Valley, LA. and I was wondering if any Scion tC owner would like join me to cruise around sometimes !?!?! I have the flint mica, 5 speed with lip spoilar.. let me know..
 

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LOL... welcome to both of you!

sitdowncomic: yes, the auto is nice, but you do lose alot of the torque you gain with the 5 speed. It is one of the smoothest autos i've ever driven, but I chose the manual myself. I'm not sure how the auto tranny would hold up to alot of power, but chances are, any power adding upgrades you do, you'll feel more of the power with a manual tranny. Oh yeah, and I thought the same way you did about buying a car its first year out.... but the tranny and motor (most important things) are out of cars that have been out and the same for years. All the other things, can be fixed... Good luck to you with your choice!
 

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Originally posted by Sheriff@Oct 14 2004, 02:31 PM
hey everyone, I live in the San Fernando Valley, LA. and I was wondering if any Scion tC owner would like join me to cruise around sometimes !?!?! I have the flint mica, 5 speed with lip spoilar.. let me know.. 
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, essay.
 

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As everybody else here knows already, I love my auto and have loads of fun driving it.
 

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i also had to make the very hard choice... i wanted the 5 speed cause well its more fun.. but i'll be moving to a high traffic area so i chose the auto... as far as MPG it doesn't make a huge difference .. i basically chose the auto cause i wouldn't really get much use out of more torque with a 5 speed since i'll be moving inches an hour
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but the auto is great.. its smooth and pretty powerful.. i drop it into 3rd on the freeway to give some extra umph when i need to pass someone .. works great.
 

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I hate both manuals and automatics. I prefer to cut a hole in the floorboard and get around the Fred Flintstone way.
 

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Originally posted by basilisk4@Oct 15 2004, 08:52 AM
I hate both manuals and automatics.  I prefer to cut a hole in the floorboard and get around the Fred Flintstone way.
I agree, and in this case I recommend a very good pair of shoes... at least for the novices. After you drive.... er.... run around for your first 2000 miles you get some good calluses on your feet. Then, it's all good. Otherwise, I recommend a good pair of Pumas, preferably in a color that matches your car. Or, even better, a color that matches the current color of your LCD on your 6CD changer. Good luck!
 

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Originally posted by sitdowncomic@Oct 14 2004, 01:15 PM
I cant decided which transmission to get for my TC. I've test drove the manual and it felt
really good. I enjoy running thru the gears and having that each stopping power of
down shifting. Plus being able to rev up the RPM to my discression.
I live in Los Angeles and you probably know we have traffic. I've always drove a manual my entire life. Since cell phones, eating in your car, bumper to bumper having to ride the clutch.
It seems it might be easier to just step on the gas and go.

Questions to ask yourself.

1. Will the auto lose any performance compared to the manual? if so, is it worth it?
2. performance upgrades, do you limit yourself if you go w/ auto?
3. cant think of question 3.

4. Do you think they'll (Scion) change the body style on the 06'?
5. You always hear never buy a car its first year out. Do to the fact of working the buggs out. Althought the TC is a great looking car, it does have some design flaws. (silver plastic radio cover, flimsee sunroof cloth, rear ends a little short/compared to front end)

Any help would be great. I've really enjoyed looking at all the pictures of TC owners. Thanks for all the ideas for when the time comes!
-sitdowncomic
1) Yes, the auto will be slower than the manual. There is more driveline loss, and the auto is geared differently.

2) If you're considering an auto, I don't think you have to worry about adding too many performance upgrades.

3) I know you didn't have a question, but I'm going to throw this out htere anyway... You obviously enjoy driving a manual. Are you sure you won't get the itch back in a year? My brother had a '90 Eclipse GSX for a couple years that gave him nothing but problems.. He sold it and bought an automatic altima because it was safe, reliable, and easy to drive in traffic. One year later he's looking to sell that and get a manual IS300...he's bored with the Altima. Just something to think about.
 

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On the other hand, the Altima and IS300 are hardly comparable, so it could also be that he's looking to upgrade...
 

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Not if it's a 5-speed (manual or auto - both are 5-speed) 3.5L Altima - this thing is mean - 250hp and loads of torque.
 

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Either way, it looks like a boat (and drives that way, from what I've heard). A speedboat, maybe, but a boat nonetheless.
 
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