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      02-03-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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Any manual owners out there?

I currently own a VW Golf R in manual and I'm looking at changing over to a 320d Msport. New job means I am racking up 40,000kms a year, mainly between Newcastle and Sydney on the F3 freeway.

I have always owned a manual, but there just doesn't seem to be any around. I don't particularly want to order one without getting some ideas of how they are to drive. Or is the 8 speed good enough too not worry about getting the manual?

As a VW owner (faultless reliability from mine. Honest.) I did not get the DSG because of reliability concerns as well as driving enjoyment.
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      02-03-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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I am racking up 40,000kms a year, mainly between Newcastle and Sydney on the F3 freeway. Or is the 8 speed good enough too not worry about getting the manual?
With 7 & 8 being overdrive gears, you should have no trouble at all getting some AMAZING fuel economy figures from the diesel. Go for it. The 8 speed is superb, but try it for yourself.

You are in a tall gear for a long time anyway, the 8 speed would be perfect for you.
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This is my first Auto car and I don't think I could ever go back to a manual!

The gearbox is amazingly smooth and incredibly responsive when it is called into action.
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Add adaptive and VSS to the 320d it will make the long drives smoother.
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      02-07-2013, 07:18 AM   #5
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Cant remember but does 320 come with sports auto trans? I'm sure the X320 does have it

Edit: Just confirmed that it does for the sedan, check for the touring. 318d sedan doesnt have sports auto trans
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      02-07-2013, 07:32 AM   #6
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It's going to be hard to test drive one.

I'm having enough issues working out whether to go 320d or 328i.
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