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Delema, Automatic or Manual?

I know this has been discussed before. I really want a Manual, but they are getting hard to find close to Savannah GA.
My Question is how Manny got a Manual and wish they got an Automatic or vice versa? I just Sold My 97 Viper GTS for a Fun daily driver. Im worried I'll settle for a Automatic and wish I had waited on a Manual to show up. Thoughts?
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You're going to pay more and have less selection especially close by. That being said, I wouldn't have had the interest in this car were it an auto only. a good friend of mine had a modded G8GT and while it was brutally quick and would chirp second and third it was still missing something for me
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I know this has been discussed before. I really want a Manual, but they are getting hard to find close to Savannah GA.
My Question is how Manny got a Manual and wish they got an Automatic or vice versa? I just Sold My 97 Viper GTS for a Fun daily driver. Im worried I'll settle for a Automatic and wish I had waited on a Manual to show up. Thoughts?
When I drove both at the dealer a few years ago I found the clutch on the SS mushy ( frame of reference was compared to wife's M Roadster). It's a subjective assessment but one that pushed me to the auto.
Very happy with my decision. Make sure you drive the manual before you buy it as you may come to the same conclusion I reached.
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I know this has been discussed before.
Just once or twice.
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We have both. I recommend you go drive both.

I've driven manuals most of my life

My G8 GXP is a manual, my 16 SS is a manual, my wife's 17 SS is an auto

I don't mind the automatic. Honestly - I don't care that much for the stock clutch feel in the SS vs a stock GXP [and I have a katech unit in it now, which will be replaced as I don't really find it that proper as it is], so eventually I'd plan to put a different clutch in but at under 7k miles I'm not wasting the money on that.

The auto is just fine, and you can still have spirited driving without an issue. Yeah, the paddle or sport shift isn't the same but frankly it doesn't deserve the ragging it gets here, or the lesser resale.

So, back to my original statement - drive both and decide. Worth a few hours to do that if you find them on a lot for sale.
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Just once or twice.
You are on the low end of estimates sir.


I have a 3 pedal Honda as my daily in one of the worst traffic areas and the world hasn't come to an end for me yet. Once you get used to it, I don't even think about it.
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Ironically, I wanted this car, but only as a manual in 2014. I was a manual or nothing kind of guy back then. Can't say i'm proud of it as it clouded my view of owner's as well. I would look in windows at car shows and dismiss cars that were automatics. However, once the 2015 SS's arrived and I test drove the manual and automatic, my world view changed. I still have 3 out of 4 manual cars in my fleet, as I love a good shifter and clutch, but I found the SS to have a fine shifter, but a really terrible clutch. 3 years later with an auto SS. With supercharged torque, the SS is my "gigantic, easy power everywhere car", a good fit for 4000 pounder IMO. Freeing up the right hand has done wonders for steering and braking control, no more heel toe needed to downshift makes for a much more even and controllable brake pedal. While its an auto, I use the paddle shifters much of the time as I like to downshift while braking and I also like to creep around in traffic leaving it in 2nd gear instead of it dropping to 1st which is just not needed with over 300ftlbs available just off idle. Ultimately, I don't think the transmission makes this car, but i'm sure it does for some. To me, I always wanted a SBC with that small block soundtrack, in a family friendly package and either manual or auto SS would fill that role.

So, my advice is to drive both and decide, but I can understand that is very difficult now that the car is out of production and they sold so few to begin with. Good luck.

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Wish I had a manual - but.....the automatic, the. automatic can be sort of used as manual. A big plus is that it does the “ rev-match” thing on downshift. And....if you check stats, all the quickest times/trap speedy are owned by the automatic.
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When I drove both at the dealer a few years ago I found the clutch on the SS mushy ( frame of reference was compared to wife's M Roadster). It's a subjective assessment but one that pushed me to the auto.
Very happy with my decision. Make sure you drive the manual before you buy it as you may come to the same conclusion I reached.
Not me brother, the CDV in the bmw was horrid.

The clutch in the SS has a different feel but its doable for one . Once you drive it any clutch feel discrepancies will go unnoticed in a couple of weeks.

OP , if your looking for a Manual... an automatic wont cut it.

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