Getting in Gear With Scion Cars

Posted on 07 May 2014 by Tony Santos

Scion Cars

Scion cars are some of the sleekest and most affordable vehicles on the road today, and they also come with both manual and automatic transmissions. If you’ve been driving automatic your entire driving career and are thinking about making the switch to manual, a brand-new Scion can be the perfect introduction to a great driving experience as well as the wonders of driving manual. While it might not seem like it, stick shifts are starting to make a comeback on the roads of America.

The Advantages of Stick Shift

No one enjoys being constantly plagued by mechanical failures with their vehicle. One of the best things about Scions with manual transmissions is that they’re easier to maintain than a vehicle with an automatic transmission. The reason for that is manual transmissions aren’t as intricate as their automatic counterparts, which means that there’s less that can go wrong with them. One of the most common repairs with manual transmissions is the clutch, which will only cost you a few fingers as opposed to an arm and a leg.

Another great thing about manual transmissions is that they use engine oil instead of automatic transmission fluid (ATF). Engine oil doesn’t wear out as quickly, nor does it need to be changed as often as ATF. There are even some experts who feel that drivers don’t really even need to change their manual transmission fluid unless they experience a leak.

You’ll also be saving money on gas driving Scion cars with a manual transmission. Hydraulic pumps and torque converters tend to suck power, which means that it can impact fuel efficiency. Depending on where you drive and your particular driving style, you might be able to save as much as 15 percent on your fuel economy by switching to manual transmission.

Something else that you’ll be saving on with a car with a manual transmission is money. You could get a better deal on a Scion car with a manual transmission since not many people buy them and salesmen are more willing to haggle in order to move them off of the lot.

The Disadvantages

Like everything else in life, there is a downside to driving a Scion with a manual transmission. For one thing, it might take you a bit longer than you might like getting used to driving a stick shift. If you’re not used to shifting gears, you’ll more than likely experience miss shifting, jerking, stalling, and bucking while you learn shift timing, the clutch and the rest of the manual ropes.

Another downside to manual transmission is that hill ranges can be either horrifying or an inconvenience depending on your skill level. There have been instances of drivers either rolling back into traffic or stalling out entirely as they were attempting to pull away from a hill.

Drivers who don’t have very strong leg muscles might want to choose a Scion model with an automatic transmission. The reason for that is that depressing a heavy clutch pedal can start to wear on your left leg, and that’s especially true when it comes to your joints.

Even if you decide that a manual transmission isn’t for you, there are still plenty of great Scion cars that have automatic transmissions.

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