Fans of cars with a manual transmission believe that they are better controlled and more responsive to the actions of the driver, and mechanics, in turn, claim that they have fewer problems with them than with vehicles with an “automatic”. Auto experts have debunked the myths about the manual transmission.
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The opinion about a rather modest cost of maintenance of a manual transmission is true only for cars such as VAZ, which were produced more than 20 years ago, since then it was possible to limit ourselves to replacing the clutch disc and release bearing every 150,000 kilometers. On modern vehicles, not ordinary manual transmissions are installed, but “boxes” with a two-mass flywheel. After 120,000-150,000 kilometers traveled, the checkpoint must be repaired or replaced, and this is a very costly business.
Many drivers are sure that the oil in the “mechanics” does not need to be changed throughout its entire service life. This, of course, is necessary, just much less often than in the “machine”. It is best to fill in new oil on a run of 70,000-80,000 kilometers. To reduce costs, some manufacturers use a low-quality product during the first filling, therefore it is in the interests of the owner to change it to a more reliable option.
It is also a mistake to consider cars with manual transmissions more economical in terms of fuel consumption. The ability to reduce fuel consumption depends to some extent on the driver's habits and driving style. But it will not be possible to significantly influence this in any case.
The reliability of a manual transmission is another stereotype that is firmly entrenched in the minds of motorists. Of course, the gearbox itself can last a long time, but its components, such as the clutch disc, clutch basket, release bearing and flywheel, will have to be changed every 120,000-150,000 kilometers.
Mechanics are convinced that it is the manual transmission that is more promising in terms of the emergence of new technologies. The statement is rather dubious, since component manufacturers have already “squeezed” the maximum out of this unit, and it has reached a ceiling in its development. It is unlikely, for example, that you can increase the speed of gear changes and further reduce vibrations in the box. Today, it is only the “automatic machine” that is evolving.