When it comes to choosing a car transmission, you have more choices than ever. Our dealers here at Executive Dodge Jeep in Wallingford, CT, would like to explain your options.
Manual shifting, or switching gears using the stick and clutch, makes driving an even more interactive experience than it already is. When you shift manually, you control your speed at a much more precise level, and a bonus is: it also happens to look really cool. Beyond the aesthetic, the simplicity of its design makes getting it fixed much easier than other transmissions.
The downside to manual transmissions is that not everyone knows how to drive manual (or stick shift), and learning can be like learning to drive all over again.
This is a problem you don’t have to worry about with an automatic transmission. If you can move the gear stick into Drive, you have mastered the art of gear shifting in an automatic. This is because the automatic does all of the shifting work for you.
As you might imagine, there’s a bit more technology involved in an automatic transmission than in a manual. Because of this, there are more things that can go wrong. Plus, when they do, they are harder to fix.
How would you like the control of shifting without all the work? A semi-automatic transmission combines the best of these two main transmissions into one easy-to-use transmission. A 2018 Dodge Charger with SAT allows you to shift with a convenient wheel paddle and circumvents the clutch altogether. The only catch is that from a mechanic point of view, this is the most complicated of the three and more prone to difficult to fix malfunctions.
If you’re worried about performance, recent technological advancements have made the three largely comparable. You won’t miss out whichever way you go. Ultimately, when it comes to the Dodge cars at Executive Dodge Jeep and their transmissions, the choice is yours!