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Automatic vs. Manuel

Been hearing on these older Mercedes that there's a lot less maintenance in buying a manuel over an automatic. Also that the Manuel models were more reliable and a lot less complicated and expensive to fix if something went wrong. What would you buy? Looking for a daily driver.

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it s a toss up , the automatic will go over 250.000 miles usually , the stick shift will need bearings usually before that .
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Automatic vs. Manuel

I would think it depends mostly on the type of driving you want to do. I think you are looking for a diesel. Right? I imagine that driving a diesel would be tough enough without the shifting. I would think a stick shift would just be a reminder of how long it takes to get through each gear. Then again, don't they get better MPG?

With a stick in a gas vehicle, I think that the revving can be fun, in a sporty way (not in a diesel way). You know what I mean?


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Manual is better in every way, except rebuild cost.

Manual has better performance, economy, braking, and longevity.

Rebuild costs on the 50s/60s manual trans can be nearly double that of the Automatics, mostly because there are so few people out there that can do them correctly.
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I daily drive an automatic for the past 21 years (1967 250S) with no problems. It has over 225,000 miles of city driving. Currently preparing to rebuild both this summer and driving the wheels off of it again.
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