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post #1 of 86 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Would you buy Manual transmission

Just curious if anyone would be interested in getting a manual tranny for a Terrain or Equinox.

I have the 5 speed manual in my 06 HHR,and I think it makes the car more fun to drive..

I also had a 86 GMC full size G Van with factory 4 in the floor......
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post #2 of 86 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 11:04 AM
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I own a small Aveo5 and an automatic tranny is painful: no power when needed. So the manual transmission is a must.

For Equinox a manual transmission would be just useless. Try to use the manual shifts you have now I you'll understand what I mean.

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Re: Would you buy Manual transmission

Nope.

Its the wife's vehicle and she doesnt like to drive a standard.

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post #4 of 86 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 12:27 PM
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Re: Would you buy Manual transmission

If the Nox were a little smaller/lighter and I didn't live in one of the most congested metro areas in the country...sure, a manual would be fun. In my younger days I had a Toyota Corolla GTS, Nissan 300ZX and a Honda Prelude with rowsticks and I enjoyed them all. Now that I've gone all soft, I prefer the music at a sane volume and the car to do the shifting for me.

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post #5 of 86 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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I own a small Aveo5 and an automatic tranny is painful: no power when needed. So the manual transmission is a must.

For Equinox a manual transmission would be just useless. Try to use the manual shifts you have now I you'll understand what I mean.

I have used the manual shifts,and I do not understand what you mean............

A manual setting on an automatic trans is no where close to a standard or manual transmission ...

In my opinion,the 6 speed trans on the Terrain/Equinox is it's weakest link,but then again that is my opinion and you may disagree .

I prefer a manual as it makes a person more focused on driving.
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I have used the manual shifts,and I do not understand what you mean............

A manual setting on an automatic trans is no where close to a standard or manual transmission ...

In my opinion,the 6 speed trans on the Terrain/Equinox is it's weakest link,but then again that is my opinion and you may disagree .

I prefer a manual as it makes a person more focused on driving.
Why is a 6spd the weakest link?

A manual on this type of car would not sale to the market its geared towards. You will never see it. If you want "more" performance driving out of your Nox, than use the "M" mode to control the gearing, but as you mentioned, thats not really shifting gears, but it does keep the rpms higher if thats what you wish (but then your going to need intake, exhaust to actually hear it), and then suspension to have fun around cornors........Not exactly the cars market is the point . I would purchase a Forestor if it had something other than the 4sped auto, that car would have potential with a manual due to turbo and modibility.......The equinox does not, and I would say I'm one of the most modified on this site without question
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Why is a 6spd the weakest link?

A manual on this type of car would not sale to the market its geared towards. You will never see it. If you want "more" performance driving out of your Nox, than use the "M" mode to control the gearing, but as you mentioned, thats not really shifting gears, but it does keep the rpms higher if thats what you wish (but then your going to need intake, exhaust to actually hear it), and then suspension to have fun around cornors........Not exactly the cars market is the point . I would purchase a Forestor if it had something other than the 4sped auto, that car would have potential with a manual due to turbo and modibility.......The equinox does not, and I would say I'm one of the most modified on this site without question
Why is the 6 speed the weakest link(in my opinion)...............I do not like the amount of downshifting it does,put it in cruise at around 120 k( around 74 mph),....how often does it drop one or two gears to keep the selected speed............I'm not looking for more performance out of my Terrain....I do not want to keep the rpm's high ...........I would like to keep a steady speed, without having it drop down gears..!!If I had a 5 speed manual It would just add throttle to keep up to speed....

annnd.........Just as a side note ......why would I buy a Forestor,when I am an active employee of one of the !! BEST !! GM plants in North America(Oshawa,Ontario Canada)....
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Why is the 6 speed the weakest link(in my opinion)...............I do not like the amount of downshifting it does,put it in cruise at around 120 k( around 74 mph),....how often does it drop one or two gears to keep the selected speed............I'm not looking for more performance out of my Terrain....I do not want to keep the rpm's high ...........I would like to keep a steady speed, without having it drop down gears..!!If I had a 5 speed manual It would just add throttle to keep up to speed....

annnd.........Just as a side note ......why would I buy a Forestor,when I am an active employee of one of the !! BEST !! GM plants in North America(Oshawa,Ontario Canada)....
Then complain to the programming of the engine/tranny PCM to your boss's....because it utterly sucks.

6spd in any setup is going to have to drop down gears, the benefit of having a 6spd is the ability to add some VERY STEEP gearing, our first and second gears show just that. I think we could've gotten away with 5psd, but 5-6spd autos (its all advertising as more is better) are the way all automatics are going. I just like steep gearing. We do not even get to 1:1 until 5th (which is nice) and 6th is just an OD. Having steep tranny gears makes moving this 4k pound beast not so bad for those that have the I4, imagine driving around on a 4T40/45 setup (highest gear is 2.95....On the 6T45 its 4.5 in 1st, 2nd is higher than the 1st on a 4T40, and every gear throughout the band is higher, this allows the engine to REV which increases the driving experience. Add the 4T45 in and its a DOG, nobody would've purchased the I4 setup, unless the final drive was something around 4.11:1 gearing. Having such steep tranny gears , allows for smaller final drive gearing and is the way all automatics are moving twards, and will be needed in the days coming of lower power and torque 4-bangers put into jobs previously done by torquey engines.

And btw....When you talk of given a 5spd manual more gas to pass, that has more to do with final gear than number of gears of a tranny. Having 3.84:1 in my previous car allowed this with easy, with our low gearing, we need to downshift into power gears to move the heavy beast
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2010BlkGraniteNox ............good information,point taken...

About telling my Boss............I think you just did.........

Would I still want a manual...........yes....
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I am sure that if it was an option for the Nox when we got it we would of had it... Its funny. My wife learned on a manual and when she went to drive an auto for the first time she didn't know what to do...

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