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Question 2.0 Manual vs 3.8?

I've been driving a Mustang GT (35th limited) with manual transmission for the last 10 years. I'm pretty sure my next vehicle is going to be a GC 3.8 Grand Touring. It'll probably be the September timeframe, or whenever the Nav's are out.

I went to a dealership a while back when GC's first started hitting dealerships in my local area. My local dealership (the closest one) didn't have a 3.8 on the lot, and only had two 2.0's instead. One was auto and one manual. I asked to drive the manual.

Let's just say the sales woman had a REALLY worried look on her face after I killed it twice before getting out of the dealership parking lot. It was just SO easy to kill it if I didn't ride the clutch quite a bit.

I'm just so used to the Mustang clutch. I could NOT stand the clutch on that thing. Maybe it's something I'd get used to? Is the 3.8 any better?

My wife doesn't know how to drive standard shift either so I may get an auto just in case she ever needed to drive it. At another dealership they did have one Grand Touring that was automatic. I do have to say - the shiftronic automatic seems pretty quick and responsive. Although I didn't really use the paddles.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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you're dealing with the case of the "domestic vs import" driver retraining. american (all brands) tend to feel one way. imports tend to feel another.

drive by wire on the throttle takes a bit of getting used to as well.

you WILL get used to it.

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I think that experience is pretty common when going from a torque-rich V8 to a small displacement I4. Down low, there just isn't much there and so it's super easy to stall. Especially if you are used to starting off at 1000 rpm. You'll need closer to 2 or 2.5k and a constant pressure on the gas pedal to take off casually.

The 3.8 is a different animal altogether. Mine is just as easy to drive from a stop as an '07 Mustang GT 5-spd I drove for a weekend. Lots of grunt down low.

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if you are considering auto, than i would go with the 3.8

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if you are considering auto, than i would go with the 3.8
Yup. The same ZF 6 speed auto has been used in BMW's and Jag's, even the Maserati Quatroporte.
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So it sounds like I should at least give the 3.8 manual a try before deciding on the automatic? I'm definitely set on getting the 3.8 though - most likely the Grand Touring. I was quite surprised by the difference when going from regular drive to the shiftronic though.

Thanks for all the input.
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to tell you the truth, i killed mine a few time (the V6 Genesis manual), nothing compare to my previous rsx type-s who was a lot easier.

But after 2-3 days you will get use to it. You will love that car for sure

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