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Old 10-19-2006, 10:10 PM   #1
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Urgent! How to use auto transmission?

The local dealer called me that there is a Yaris automatic transmission available to have a test drive.

Frankly, I have never driven a car that is automatic transmission. ( don't laugh at me:))

Can anybody tell me how I can use the automatic transmission?

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Old 10-19-2006, 10:17 PM   #2
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wow, and here I thought all americans knew that

Anyway I'm not 100% surte on the yaris but you have several different positions for the gearshift:

P - Park - use this when you park the car, in addition to the normal handbrake
R - Reverse, self-explanatory
N - N neutral, just like on a manual
D - Drive, the normal automatic mode, put it in the gear, press the gas, and don't worry about anything else
3 and 2 - these limit the maximum gear that your gearbox will engage. For example, when going up a hill, you do not want the car to try to go into 4th, or it just won't have the power to climb, so you limit it to 3rd gear, or 2nd for extreme cases. These can also be used to force the gearbox to shift down when you are in 4th, and approaching a turn, like using the engine to brake on a manual transmission. Keep in mind there is usually a little bit of lag between moving the gear stick and the actual change, so think ahead. For a test drive, though, you should not have to worry about these

That's about it, there's nothing really specific to know about it, which is why it's so popular, who wants to use their brain while driving, right?
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:41 AM   #3
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wow, and here I thought all americans knew that

That's about it, there's nothing really specific to know about it, which is why it's so popular, who wants to use their brain while driving, right?

Please refrain from negative comments about Americans. Also FYI, in domestic an AT is usually better... Especially if you plan on saving money in the long run. No clutches to replace, and it lasts longer. Also (as in America) where drag racing is popular an AT can be a good choice with the right shift kit.

Thanks for not speaking of the US that way. Also I am from Texas, and we do not play around with our Country and State pride. It is almost a religion. So if you want to be reported keep it up.

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Old 04-11-2010, 10:59 AM   #4
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Please refrain from negative comments about Americans. Also FYI, in domestic an AT is usually better... Especially if you plan on saving money in the long run. No clutches to replace, and it lasts longer. Also (as in America) where drag racing is popular an AT can be a good choice with the right shift kit.

Thanks for not speaking of the US that way. Also I am from Texas, and we do not play around with our Country and State pride. It is almost a religion. So if you want to be reported keep it up.

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Ummm, coming from an American (who lives abroad), how was his comment offensive in the least? I think you're being just a touch sensitive there buddy.

Being that the overwhelming majority of cars sold in America are automatics, and that the vast majority of people have no idea how to drive manuals, it's a reasonable assumption (and not judgemental) that every would know how to drive automatics. If anything, it is a COMPLIMENT assuming that everyone would know. Assuming that Americans are ignorant would be judgemental, and thus negative. So you're saying you'd rather have him say that he thought most Americans DIDN'T know how to drive automatic?

Also, "better" is a subjective word. In the long run, depending on if you know how to properly drive a manual transmission, it can last just as long as an auto. And the good thing is that repairs are LESS costly on a manual than an auto. Sure there is no clutch to replace on an auto, but try swapping out a planetary gearset and then get back to me. Overhauling a manual is far easier than an auto. Also, the initial cost of a manual is less, and you also get a fuel savings. Whatever is "better" depends on what your particular needs are; both options are perfectly fine.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:03 AM   #5
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Ummm, coming from an American (who lives abroad), how was his comment offensive in the least? I think you're being just a touch sensitive there buddy.

Being that the overwhelming majority of cars sold in America are automatics, and that the vast majority of people have no idea how to drive manuals, it's a reasonable assumption (and not judgemental) that every would know how to drive automatics. If anything, it is a COMPLIMENT assuming that everyone would know. Assuming that Americans are ignorant would be judgemental, and thus negative. So you're saying you'd rather have him say that he thought most Americans DIDN'T know how to drive automatic?

Also, "better" is a subjective word. In the long run, depending on if you know how to properly drive a manual transmission, it can last just as long as an auto. And the good thing is that repairs are LESS costly on a manual than an auto. Sure there is no clutch to replace on an auto, but try swapping out a planetary gearset and then get back to me. Overhauling a manual is far easier than an auto. Also, the initial cost of a manual is less, and you also get a fuel savings. Whatever is "better" depends on what your particular needs are; both options are perfectly fine.


Good to see you have an opinion, just an fyi I am not gonna read it, lots of words and stuff IDC about. But I just should let you know I only mentioned it b/c I have seen it in other places on forums with foreign cars. And I am not going to argue tranny stuff with a stranger. I had the original tranny in my car longer than most people in here have had one...
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:12 AM   #6
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Good to see you have an opinion, just an fyi I am not gonna read it, lots of words and stuff IDC about. But I just should let you know I only mentioned it b/c I have seen it in other places on forums with foreign cars. And I am not going to argue tranny stuff with a stranger. I had the original tranny in my car longer than most people in here have had one...
As an American, I find it offensive that people are easy to offend because they are American. Furthermore, I find that refusing to read contradictory ideas to be harmful to our image as Americans. If anything, you're just furthering the stereotype that Americans think they are always right and refuse to listen. I agreed with you in my post that both transmissions are good. I didn't exactly say that automatics were bad. If you are really so concerned about the image of "American," it's best to lead by example.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:01 PM   #7
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Good to see you have an opinion, just an fyi I am not gonna read it, lots of words and stuff IDC about. But I just should let you know I only mentioned it b/c I have seen it in other places on forums with foreign cars. And I am not going to argue tranny stuff with a stranger. I had the original tranny in my car longer than most people in here have had one...
OK, I think this may be a good time for me to throw in my opinion here

Everybody takes a deeeeeeeeeeeeep breath here.

Vehicles with automatic transmissions are prevalent in this country, like it or not, and vehicle with manual transmissions are much harder to find (and getting increasingly harder to find) That's no secret.

By contrast, in Europe or other countries in the world, MT still prevail.

I think that's all he was trying to say. "I thought Americans drive Automatic trannies" means only that, don't read into it

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Old 04-12-2010, 02:31 PM   #8
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Ummm, coming from an American (who lives abroad), how was his comment offensive in the least?
Speaking as an American who lives in Oklahoma... Americans tend to be very thin-skinned when it comes to constructive criticism, even presented jokingly. We're The Greatest and Most Free Nation that has ever existed on This Earth, and most anyone who lives within 300 miles of me would be happy to confirm the fact. God particularly approves of us. And anyone who doesn't agree is probably Gay or Communist anyway.

That said, I love the 5 speed manual in my Chevy Sprint for the 54 mpg it gets me on the highway. I love the automatic in my 2008 Yaris because it's just so damned convenient. Similarly, I love the fact that I've removed the air conditioning components (except for the evaporator coil) from the Sprint (replacing it with 52% heat rejection window tint) because it gets me probably an extra 0.5 - 1.0 MPG on the highway. (There are aerodynamic benefits beyond the 4% weight savings.) And I love the A/C on the Yaris because it keeps me cool when I really want to be cool.

Most everything in life involves trade-offs. If it didn't, we wouldn't need brains any more evolved than the nervous systems of jellyfish. Earlier today, I picked up my cat from the vet where she gets boarded while I'm away. I took the Sprint, which has vinyl seats. As I contended with her stubborn insistence upon riding on my lap as we drove home, I wished that the Sprint had an automatic. I could have taken the Yaris. But then she'd have jumped in the back and clawed the back seat to shreds before I could get home. Such is life.

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Old 04-12-2010, 03:04 PM   #9
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Speaking as an American who lives in Oklahoma... Americans tend to be very thin-skinned when it comes to constructive criticism, even presented jokingly. We're The Greatest and Most Free Nation that has ever existed on This Earth, and most anyone who lives within 300 miles of me would be happy to confirm the fact. God particularly approves of us. And anyone who doesn't agree is probably Gay or Communist anyway.


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Old 04-11-2010, 04:22 PM   #10
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Thomas wasn't being negative. He is a long time and valued member of the community whose attitude and opinions are widely respected.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:17 PM   #11
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Basically put in in P to park it, R to go in Reverse, and D the rest of the way. You just press the gas to go or the brake when stopping/stop at a light. As easy as it gets...
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:51 PM   #12
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:00 AM   #13
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Yup thats y i drive an auto, its easy and lazy!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:08 AM   #14
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Yup thats y i drive an auto, its easy and lazy!!
and boring too!
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:14 AM   #15
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and boring too!
that's why I have driven manual transmission for years:)
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:28 AM   #16
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:49 AM   #17
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I got a Yaris recently,and i've noticed the auto doesnt perform as well as the manual,for eg.normally lets say at so and so speed,a slight tap to the pedal will show a corrsponding jump in the car in response to the petrol give,but this car gives no response!i try tappin the pedal but the car continues at same spped as though i never tuched the acc pedal!
So i jut want to know when i can use the 3 gear from D.for eg when i'm at 100 kph and want to pass another car,can i shift to 3 and do the passin or will it damage the gearbox?or can i do tht only for speeds under 80,coz i did try shiftin to 3 at around 100kph and the car showed no difference.

Anyonecan help me here??
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