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Manual vs Automatic Transmission [Which is More Reliable?]

Most of us know the basic difference between a manual and an automatic transmission. I have an automatic transmission in my truck, but I have also used to have a manual transmission. My manual transmission seemed reliable, but I didn’t have it for too long.

In general, an automatic transmission is more reliable than a manual transmission. Automatic transmissions last longer and tend to break down less than manual transmissions, but there are always exceptions to this rule.

The reliability of your vehicle can be thought of in terms of:

  • Repair Costs
  • How Quickly The Engine And Transmission Wear Down
  • Necessary Maintenance Over Time
  • Fuel Costs Over Time

I think a manual transmission is fun to use and can cost less in fuel, but having an automatic transmission gives me a lot of comfort knowing it will last a long time with only normal maintenance costs. We will explore why an automatic transmission is reliable, and a manual transmission is good for other reasons.

Is an Automatic as Reliable as a Manual?

A manual transmission uses a clutch and stick-shift to manually change gears, whereas an automatic transmission shifts gears automatically. Although the difference between a Manual and automatic transmission can be complicated, an automatic transmission tends to be more reliable.

Manual transmissions tend to break down sooner than automatic transmissions because of human interaction with shifting gears. Automatic transmissions can effectively change gears using a computer to reduce wear and improve efficiency.

Manual transmissions cost less to fix, so some people believe they are more reliable when comes to how much money they need to spend. This is true in some cases. Although, if a manual transmission breaks down due to hard shifting and human interaction, it can cost more than an automatic transmission.

Using a stick shift (manual transmission) can be fun, and these types of cars can last a long time, but it all depends on how someone drives. An automatic doesn’t often shift hard, even when the driver is aggressive with the gas pedal.

In the end, it depends on a lot of factors, but in general, an automatic is more reliable.

Automatic Transmission Reliability

Automatic Transmission
  • Advantages of Automatic cars: These cars use a computer to help change gears. The advantage of having an automatic car is that you can drive it comfortably in the heavy traffic without the need to change gears manually.
    • You need not worry about shifting gears and this can save wear and tear on the engine. Automatics provide reliable shifting when stopping and starting at each intersection they come to. In short we can say that this technology is perfect for urban driving, especially when the driver is new and inexperienced.
  • Disadvantages of Automatic cars: The basic disadvantage of having an automatic is that it may cost you much more than the manual transmission.

In terms of how much money they use on gas. Automatics are reliable with their consistent gas consumption. They are heavier but efficient. You may need to spend more than a manual transmission, but you know how much you will need to fill up each time.

These days’ fuel prices are touching the skies. An automatic may require more fuel in order to operate. Some automatics aren’t very fuel-efficient. Yet, more and more automatic transmissions are on the road now, and many are becoming very fuel-efficient.

Manual Transmission Reliability

Manual Transmission

Advantages of the Manual Cars

Now let’s talk about manual transmissions. Are they reliable? Let’s look at what they offer.

  • Manual transmission technology provides much more control over the gear system of the car. This is ideal when you are driving on a poor road and in poor weather conditions.
  • In case, you have a flat tire or some sort of technical problem for which the car needs to be towed or in case you need to tow any other car; the manual transmission system will help you in these circumstances.
  • Manual transmission maintenance is usually much cheaper than automatic cars. The repair cost is comparatively less and easy. With a little knowledge, one might be able to repair some parts by themselves.
  • Maybe the most important advantage of the manual is that it provides you many people with a fun driving experience.

Disadvantage of Manual Cars

  • The manual transmission is not for those who feels uncomfortable changing gears.
  • Many sports cars are manual transmissions, but can have reliability problems due to racing the engine and hard shifts.
  • They are less reliable with how long parts last.
  • The manual transmission cars are not even ideal for those who get distracted easily while driving.
  • They are less reliable with gas costs, and can flucuate a lot depending on your driving style. Although in general they tend to save money on gas.
  • If you do not like to deal with a clutch and gear while driving then these cars are not made for you, and it may be less reliable because of shifting incorrectly and causing wear and tear.

Maintenance For Automatic And Manual Transmissions

When comparing an automatic and manual transmission for reliability and maintenance costs, you need to consider several factors.

  • Is the manual transmission a sports car?
  • Is the manual transmission used by a new driver?
  • Is the manual transmission being used in the city most of the time?
  • Is the manual transmission being used for fun?

  • Is the automatic transmission regularly maintained?
  • Is the automatic transmission used mostly on the freeway?
  • Is the automatic transmission in used by an experienced driver?

These factors will play into the cost you will pay for maintenance over time. Each car and driver will help determine the type of cost that will occur.

If you want a reliable car, then figuring out how you drive and where can make a big difference.

Changing Gears In an Automatic and Manual Transmission

With automatic transmissions, at various stoppages, your foot must rest on the brake pedals so that it will not roll forward. This may be easy for some and hard for others. While most people get used to the pedals, it does impact reliability over time.

Manual transmission cars require practice to drive them. You need to practice again and again for a gradual transition of the gears for a smooth start. If the clutch pedal is released all of the sudden, then the car will start with a bump.

It is always important to learn to use the clutch pedal properly, and once you perfect it, you will love to drive manuals.

Automatic transmissions also have a torque converter. It is used to separate the transmission from the engine and works automatically. The driver doesn’t need to do anything.

These two systems of shifting can determine how reliable your car is. A lot will come down to the car’s quality and the driver’s care when driving. Reading reviews for cars can help a lot.


Although there has been a debate for a long about which one is the best and most of the factors revolved around fuel economy and driver control. There are several other aspects to consider, that how certain type of transmission structure affects the engine performance and driving experience.

It’s not always easy to determine that which of them is suitable for you, but a manual transmission and an automatic transmission vehicle can both be reliable cars.

If we are looking at statistics, you will want to get an automatic transmission for the best reliability, keeping in mind all the other factors that make a reliable car.