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    I have recently been looking at 3.2 V6's, both Vectra's and Signums. I have noticed that there are some really nice examples out there for not alot of money. There also seems to be a fair few automatics. So having never driven an automatic I know all the cliche's about them being old mans cars, expensive to repair and uneconomical but what are the real life experiences of them? My main worry would be that if I was in the car on my own and fancied driving "enthusiastically" that I would be restricted by the auto box changing gear before I was ready to. Is this the case or do they have a "sport" button or something that can be used for such occasions? So guys an girls please give me your experiences of automatic gearboxes and the real world highs and lows.

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    Well as the owner of both 3.2 manual and auto i would say the auto is the better option in todays world.

    All the auto boxes are 5 speed tiptronic which means you have a manual option on the gearbox as well as full auto.

    I also think the auto's are a bit better on fuel when driven sensibly and quicker from a standing start.

    There was an issue with a gearbox cooler fault on early cars but it was a factory recall and most will have been fixed so just ask the question of the seller or check with any Vauxhall dealer if you have the reg number of a potential purchase.

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    I absolutely love the auto in my 3.2. All this it's for an old man is ********.

    In normal drive D you can pootle along, never needing to even think about changing gear, in traffic you're not constantly using the clutch pedal. If you need to get going floor it and it will drop a couple of gears and off you go.

    Gear change rpm levels can be moderated by the throttle - if I floor it and keep it floored it will go to the red line before changing, however if I back off the accelerator once at speed it will change down, you learn this as you go.

    You can also knock the gear-lever over to semi-auto and control the gear changes yourself, I do this occasionally if I really need to go quick or I want engine braking. 99% of the time D is sufficient.

    I don't think it's any worse on mpg than a manual.

    Change the fluid when you get it and it should last the life of the car.

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    Had a few autos over the time and I'm not sure of them

    I like a manual feels like I'm in charge changing gear and using the clutch however in traffic the auto wins hands down everytime.

    I was always under the impression autos got a few less mpg than manual but maybe they have improved a lot over the years?

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    The DSG boxes in VAG cars are quicker to 60 and have better mpg than the manuals.

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    Well it seems opinion is pretty unanimous at the moment! I guess the real answer is to find one and go and test drive it and a manual. Does the auto box automatically eliminate wheelspin if you get a bit heavy in slippery conditions? Also what are they like in the snow and ice? Any different to a manual?

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    Auto hands down, and im only 27!! I have a 2.2 and it will spin if you're too heavy with your right foot, like any car. Mine has the winter button (which most have im sure) which helped me out when the white stuff was on the roads a few months ago. Try them both. If youve never driven an auto, its a strange feeling at first, but you'll get used to it and love it.

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    Have driven autos since 1996. Won't go back to a manual box full time.

    1993 2.0 Mk3 Cavalier Diplomat.
    2000 2.2 Vectra-B CD.
    2003 2.2 Vectra-C Elegance.
    2006 2.2 Vectra-C Elite (current car).

    Vauxhall have been using the Aisin Warner autoboxes for a number of years now. One of the most reliable on the market.

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    I recently bought a manual 1.9 150 Signum because I wanted to 'drive' the car and was also considered the mpg... in hindsight, I wish I'd bought an auto as over the last 2-3 years, I have be come a bit of relaxed/lazy driver! My next car will defo be an auto

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    At the end of the day it is all about personal preference, and also I think to some extent the type of car. I wouldn't have wanted my Cliosport 172 to be auto (yes, I know the new cliosports are but it's just sick and wrong), whereas the Signum suits an auto cos it's a more "grown-up" car. Some people just can't get one with autos and that's fair enough.

    If you have never driven one before tho and go for a test drive in one it will feel a bit weird and you'll probaBLY find yourself pressing an imaginary clutch pedal the first time you come to a halt.

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