A manual transmission offers some key benefits in several areas:
- An automatic transmission has more moving parts, and that makes a manual transmission easier to repair in most situations.
- Manual transmissions use either gear oil or engine oil for lubrication, and they break down at a slower rate than transmission fluid. This can help prevent maintenance headaches down the road.
- Many drivers cite improved control as the main advantage. The ability to move between gears manually means you can control the vehicle’s speed, and you can also use the transmission to slow down the vehicle. When you’re driving down Interstate 405, that improved control can come in handy.
- One of the primary benefits is cost. A vehicle with a manual transmission almost always costs less than one with an automatic or continuously variable transmission.