It depends on what kind of driving you are doing. I try to keep my rpms around 2,000 for most driving and might delay the shifting if necessary, or if I have something heavy in the car, I use a lower gear. I try not to use 5th gear unless I'm dribing steady for a while in town.
having a manumatic/semi-auto is slightly helpful when driving in snow, but i would say it's mostly for spirited driving, because of the way it's programmed. if you try to use it like a real manual you just end up getting frustrated. i have enough of a curb on my driveway that i have to slow down to just faster than stopped, and when i had a real stick i would always pull in using second, but the semi auto does not allow that under any circumstance, causing a slightly violent jerk when it catches first and i'm still rolling. it's also frustrating in the snow because it sometimes defaults back to first when you stop, but there is no rhyme or reason as to when it will and when it won't go back to first.
my frustrations are amplified right now because i just test drove a speed3 and have been suffering clutch pedal withdrawal ever since.
I hate using a clutch, even though I can do it in my sleep. It's irritating to me.
So having a manumatic shifter is great. I can get that "control" now and then when I feel it is necessary, but don't have to use a god-forsaken clutch all the time.
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