The Truth About Cars » automatic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Manual Transmissions Come to Final Grinding Halt in BMW M5, M6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/manual-transmissions-come-final-grinding-halt-bmw-m5-m6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/manual-transmissions-come-final-grinding-halt-bmw-m5-m6/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:58:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1319042 It’s had a few good days recently, but there’s no doubt the manual transmission is a patient that’s rapidly slipping away. BMW just did its part to hasten the demise by getting rid of the stick shift option in next year’s M5 and M6, according to comments made to Car and Driver by BMW M […]

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It’s had a few good days recently, but there’s no doubt the manual transmission is a patient that’s rapidly slipping away. BMW just did its part to hasten the demise by getting rid of the stick shift option in next year’s M5 and M6, according to comments made to Car and Driver by BMW M […]

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2015 Ford Focus SE Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-ford-focus-se-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-ford-focus-se-rental-review/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1268865 Once more into the breach, dear friends / Or close up the segment with our heavily-rebated dead. This is the third time I’ve encountered this generation of Ford Focus SE, having enjoyed the car on its press preview and suffered through an overheated PowerShift sedan in Florida traffic a year later. Now I return once […]

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Once more into the breach, dear friends / Or close up the segment with our heavily-rebated dead. This is the third time I’ve encountered this generation of Ford Focus SE, having enjoyed the car on its press preview and suffered through an overheated PowerShift sedan in Florida traffic a year later. Now I return once […]

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Piston Slap: Sam Hell’s Scion Grab Bag http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-sam-hells-scion-grab-bag/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-sam-hells-scion-grab-bag/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1181914 TTAC Commentator Sam Hell Jr. writes: Hi, Sajeev! I read with deep concern your notice that the Piston Slap mailbag was empty. You kindly answered my previous query about putting more conservative tires on my ’11 automatic tC (now at 51,000 miles), despite the fact that I erroneously addressed the email to your parasitic e-twin […]

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TTAC Commentator Sam Hell Jr. writes: Hi, Sajeev! I read with deep concern your notice that the Piston Slap mailbag was empty. You kindly answered my previous query about putting more conservative tires on my ’11 automatic tC (now at 51,000 miles), despite the fact that I erroneously addressed the email to your parasitic e-twin […]

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Piston Slap: Justy-fied Freestylin’ over CVTs, Part V http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-cvts-part-v/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-cvts-part-v/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156466   TTAC commentator Anomaly149 writes: Sajeev, here’s one for you: I have a CVT-equipped 2004 Saturn Ion Quad Coupe with ~140,000 miles. While you can write a book on the things that are weird with the car (key won’t release from cylinder sometimes unless you push this button inside the steering column, sometimes the neutral safety […]

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  TTAC commentator Anomaly149 writes: Sajeev, here’s one for you: I have a CVT-equipped 2004 Saturn Ion Quad Coupe with ~140,000 miles. While you can write a book on the things that are weird with the car (key won’t release from cylinder sometimes unless you push this button inside the steering column, sometimes the neutral safety […]

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2015 Buick Regal GS AWD – Get A Grip, Man http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-buick-regal-gs-get-grip-man/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-buick-regal-gs-get-grip-man/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:07:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129617 It’s not often you get to see the future when you look at a car. Admittedly, the 2015 Buick Regal GS AWD looks nothing like a crystal ball — it’s a deep shade of white that I never knew existed and its 20-inch wheels wrapped with summer rubber are … challenging. But I can see […]

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It’s not often you get to see the future when you look at a car. Admittedly, the 2015 Buick Regal GS AWD looks nothing like a crystal ball — it’s a deep shade of white that I never knew existed and its 20-inch wheels wrapped with summer rubber are … challenging. But I can see […]

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QOTD: Is It Time We Give Up The ‘Save The Manuals’ War? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-it-time-we-give-up-the-save-the-manuals-war/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-it-time-we-give-up-the-save-the-manuals-war/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109129 With news that BMW’s M division might give up offering manual transmissions altogether along with the plethora of automatic-only performance options from other automakers on the market, the battle to keep the manual looks bleak. Not only that, but automatics seem to just be the better choice for a number of other non-performance options as […]

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With news that BMW’s M division might give up offering manual transmissions altogether along with the plethora of automatic-only performance options from other automakers on the market, the battle to keep the manual looks bleak. Not only that, but automatics seem to just be the better choice for a number of other non-performance options as […]

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Piston Slap: Avoiding Brutal CVT Step Gears? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-avoiding-brutal-cvt-step-gears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-avoiding-brutal-cvt-step-gears/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:04:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1019698   TTAC commentator Raincoaster writes: Hi Sajeev, I currently drive a 2011 Honda Fit(Manual) and I’m mildly interested in a CVT for my next car purchase. I have never driven one, and one thing that gives me pause is all the “fake gears” that they set them up with. I understand that this is to […]

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  TTAC commentator Raincoaster writes: Hi Sajeev, I currently drive a 2011 Honda Fit(Manual) and I’m mildly interested in a CVT for my next car purchase. I have never driven one, and one thing that gives me pause is all the “fake gears” that they set them up with. I understand that this is to […]

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Piston Slap: The Auto-Erratic Transmission? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/piston-slap-auto-erratic-transmission/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/piston-slap-auto-erratic-transmission/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:54:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=880922 Longtime TTAC commentator Mikey writes: Sajeev, I bought a 2014 Impala LT with a 2.5 four cylinder, and a 6 speed auto. I’m a 60 year old guy, that’s driven more cars than I can count. I’m still in awe that the engineers have figured out a way to move a car with the weight and size […]

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Longtime TTAC commentator Mikey writes: Sajeev, I bought a 2014 Impala LT with a 2.5 four cylinder, and a 6 speed auto. I’m a 60 year old guy, that’s driven more cars than I can count. I’m still in awe that the engineers have figured out a way to move a car with the weight and size […]

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Piston Slap: Crystal Ballin’ With Yo Tranny! (Part II) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/piston-slap-crystal-ballin-with-yo-tranny-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/piston-slap-crystal-ballin-with-yo-tranny-part-ii/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:24:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=789569 Aaron writes: Hey Sajeev, Huge fan of TTAC and the piston slap articles. My problem is that I noticed my car(2007 honda civic)would shudder, under light throttle and low rpms especially when going up a slight slope. This usually happens at 30km/hr or 40km/hr. I took it to the honda dealer(4 months ago) and he […]

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Aaron writes: Hey Sajeev, Huge fan of TTAC and the piston slap articles. My problem is that I noticed my car(2007 honda civic)would shudder, under light throttle and low rpms especially when going up a slight slope. This usually happens at 30km/hr or 40km/hr. I took it to the honda dealer(4 months ago) and he […]

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Twincharging Is Volvo’s Replacement For Displacement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/twincharging-is-volvos-replacement-for-displacement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/twincharging-is-volvos-replacement-for-displacement/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=724490 Engine downsizing is all the rage. Making the engine smaller increases fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and cuts vehicle weight. With ever tightening fuel economy legislation in the United States and CO2 emissions regulation in the European Union, mainline manufacturers are turning to turbochargers like never before. In 2009 just 5% of cars sold in America […]

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Engine downsizing is all the rage. Making the engine smaller increases fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and cuts vehicle weight. With ever tightening fuel economy legislation in the United States and CO2 emissions regulation in the European Union, mainline manufacturers are turning to turbochargers like never before. In 2009 just 5% of cars sold in America […]

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Piston Slap: Sealed for an Infinite Life? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-sealed-for-an-infinite-life/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-sealed-for-an-infinite-life/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:11:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=623153 Jerry writes: Sajeev, Thank you and the rest of the TTAC staff for providing the community with an entertaining and genuinely informative automotive website. I’m a long-time reader, and hope you can answer some questions I had about my wife’s 2009 G37 S 7AT. We purchased the car new in 2009 and love it. It’s […]

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Jerry writes: Sajeev, Thank you and the rest of the TTAC staff for providing the community with an entertaining and genuinely informative automotive website. I’m a long-time reader, and hope you can answer some questions I had about my wife’s 2009 G37 S 7AT. We purchased the car new in 2009 and love it. It’s […]

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Piston Slap: Not Totally Enamored with E39 Upkeep? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/piston-slap-not-totally-enamored-with-e39-upkeep/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/piston-slap-not-totally-enamored-with-e39-upkeep/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:54:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499025 Will writes: Sajeev: I was recently greeted with the warm, orange glow of a check engine light on my 2002 BMW 530iA with 93,000 miles. I took the car to AutoZone and had the code read. It’s a P0741, which indicates a failing torque converter. This is apparently a common issue on E39s with the […]

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Will writes: Sajeev: I was recently greeted with the warm, orange glow of a check engine light on my 2002 BMW 530iA with 93,000 miles. I took the car to AutoZone and had the code read. It’s a P0741, which indicates a failing torque converter. This is apparently a common issue on E39s with the […]

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Piston Slap: A New (Wave Plate) Sensation? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/piston-slap-a-new-wave-plate-sensation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/piston-slap-a-new-wave-plate-sensation/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490494 Keith writes: Mr. Mehta, My apologies if this has been covered, but I’m looking for advice on my soon-to-be out of warranty 2008 GMC Acadia. I’m at 64K and 4.8 years, so bumper to bumper is gone but power train is still good for a few months. Two fellow Acadia owners I know have reported […]

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Keith writes: Mr. Mehta, My apologies if this has been covered, but I’m looking for advice on my soon-to-be out of warranty 2008 GMC Acadia. I’m at 64K and 4.8 years, so bumper to bumper is gone but power train is still good for a few months. Two fellow Acadia owners I know have reported […]

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Piston Slap: Automatic Decisions, Manual Trannies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-automatic-decisions-manual-trannies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-automatic-decisions-manual-trannies/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:16:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480900 TTAC commentator hidrotule2001 writes: Hey Sajeev, A few months back you helped me sort out a plan of action for my Ford Fiesta transmission problems, and I have another stick-shift quandary I thought you might have some insight on. My second vehicle is a 2003 Ram 1500 (bare bones work-truck, standard cab, manual everything), which […]

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TTAC commentator hidrotule2001 writes: Hey Sajeev, A few months back you helped me sort out a plan of action for my Ford Fiesta transmission problems, and I have another stick-shift quandary I thought you might have some insight on. My second vehicle is a 2003 Ram 1500 (bare bones work-truck, standard cab, manual everything), which […]

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Piston Slap: Of Power Curves and Turbo Boost… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/piston-slap-of-power-curves-and-turbo-boost/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/piston-slap-of-power-curves-and-turbo-boost/#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:32:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470319 Chris writes: Sajeev, In a couple recent Piston Slap articles you’ve mentioned that when driving car with a manual transmission its most efficient to accelerate with the engine near its torque peak, then cruise in the highest gear possible. This raised two questions in my mind: 1. Does the engine’s torque peak vary based on […]

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Chris writes: Sajeev, In a couple recent Piston Slap articles you’ve mentioned that when driving car with a manual transmission its most efficient to accelerate with the engine near its torque peak, then cruise in the highest gear possible. This raised two questions in my mind: 1. Does the engine’s torque peak vary based on […]

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QOTD: Pick Your Poison- A CVT Or A 4-Speed Automatic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/qotd-pick-your-poison-a-cvt-or-a-4-speed-automatic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/qotd-pick-your-poison-a-cvt-or-a-4-speed-automatic/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:04:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453483 For 2013, America’s cheapest car will get another bit of unloved technology to go along with its continuously variable transmission. The 2013 Nissan Versa sedan, currently available with a CVT or a 5-speed manual, will also get a 4-speed automatic option for the base model S trim. With the CVT adding $2,130 over the 5-speed […]

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For 2013, America’s cheapest car will get another bit of unloved technology to go along with its continuously variable transmission. The 2013 Nissan Versa sedan, currently available with a CVT or a 5-speed manual, will also get a 4-speed automatic option for the base model S trim. With the CVT adding $2,130 over the 5-speed […]

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Piston Slap: Justy-fied Freestylin’ over CVTs, Part II http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-over-cvts-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-over-cvts-part-ii/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:06:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414925     Brian writes: Not sure if this would be appropriate “piston slap” fodder or not, but here goes: Our blossoming family recently expanded to five. My wife and I, and a three year old, a 20 month old and now a 2 month old fill up the house. We occasionally travel with our 75 […]

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    Brian writes: Not sure if this would be appropriate “piston slap” fodder or not, but here goes: Our blossoming family recently expanded to five. My wife and I, and a three year old, a 20 month old and now a 2 month old fill up the house. We occasionally travel with our 75 […]

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