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Old 08-11-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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Automatic or standard

So how bout some opinions here? I have a 38 ft bluebird with a dt466 and 5 speed trans. I have no probs driving a stick, but my pettit wife will need to drive once in a blue moon and can't push the clutch. Eaton has a clutch kit that reduces pedal effort by 50% which she can push easily..
I also have all the parts I need to make this an automatic including an allison MT643.
With this senario, able to easily go either way what would you choose.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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Stick everytime!
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:56 AM   #3
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I second the stick, though an automatic would be easier to sell (and drive).
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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I prefer automatic, I just retired from trucking, I have shifted enough in the last million miles thank you.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:01 PM   #5
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Re: Automatic or standard

Very few times I would want a standard but I would say automatic.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:33 PM   #6
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I would say automatic is your best option for building a bus that needs to be driven by your wife.

Our bus is a 643 auto and my wife does need to drive it. Although there are some pros to a manual Just saying....
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:42 PM   #7
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Re: Automatic or standard

My wife's best friend was able to drive my B-700, with its Spicer 5-speed and manual steering. Tina is 4'5" and all of 85lbs. Teach your wife to float gears...that way, the clutch isn't an issue!

My Genesis is an MT643...I wish it was a standard shift. I hate slushpumps.
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:14 PM   #8
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My vote is for a manual transmission. I like to be in control of where and how my power is getting to the road.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:59 PM   #9
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Re: Automatic or standard

I think one thing to take in to consideration is cost. I dont have any commercial vehicle experience but I know replacing a clutch vs an automatic and the miles they can do should be of some consideration? I guess I have had better experiences with automatics than standards.
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Re: Automatic or standard

drove both in same size trucks, its really to each is own, they both have there benifits, myself I like my automatic, Im lazy at times, one thing to remember if you are driveing down narrow roads in a 38 foot bus ,with lots of traffic and people , and traffice lights, and finding where your going,and 3 people in the back telling you where to go, your hands are as it is, let alone changeing gears and riding your clutch in heavy traffic. as well with the auto most everyone will drive, and its easyer to sell with a auto. im glad that I had a auto after this 8700km trip, I was in places where you had to do the 328 point turns, and stuck in slow moving 3 lane traffect. you get the picture.

anyway just my choice
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