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Can someone please tell me which is more fuel efficient the Automatic Transmission or the Manual Transmission. I am contemplating getting a M/Benz 200E.
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Can someone please tell me which is more fuel efficient the Automatic Transmission or the Manual Transmission.
You know, it's not as simple as "which transmission is better?".

For example, what kind of driving do you do? if you're mainly a "performance driver", you'll probably want to stick to a manual and gain some of that power. But if you're a commuter who doesn't want to shift those gears on the drive home, go with an automatic. If you'll be dealing with slopes, mud and/or rain a lot then you'd probably want a manual. You get the idea...

As for fuel efficiency, it really depends on how you drive and the age of the automatic. Theoretically, if you are a "sensible" driver with good control, then you can have far greater fuel efficiencies with a manual. However, more modern automatics can change gears faster, more efficiently and save more fuel than most drivers in control of an manual.

At the end of the day, I'd suggest choosing a transmission on your driving style first, which will be weighed by a bias of your own preference anyway - then worry about the fuel savings later - in most cases the differences are minor. I think the average combined mileage of a 91 200E are along the lines of 22 mpg (11 l/100km).

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