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Auto Kombis

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by Jen Woolard, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. Jen Woolard

    Jen Woolard New Member

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    We have had a few replies to our add for the T3. However 2 people were put off as it's manual and they want Autos. How many Auto Kombis are around compared to manual and how do they compare with performance on hills and in traffic.
     
  2. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I’ve owned both, and my personal preference is the manual T3.......

    I found the 3 speed auto a bit sluggish, compared to the 5 speed manual, but again, just my opinion. :rolleyes:

    Maybe those 2 people, can’t actually drive a manual.......
     
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  3. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Grant is on the money. I wouldn't know the numbers of how many of each are around but for highway driving, a 5 speed is great. Around town, an auto is nice. I too have had both. The auto's are a bit more thirsty though.
     
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  4. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    People will have a personal preference for either an auto or manual ..... my wife won't drive an auto.
    They may have a medical related mobility issue which prevents them from driving a manual.
    When I sold Paddy the woman wanting him also wanted an auto but said she could drive a manual :eek: ..... at least the right foot was in coordination with the go and stop pedals :confused:
     
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  5. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    As with Grant & Melissa I have owned both. When I got the auto it was because I had no other option at the time. The manual is a far better performer. 5 speed vs 3. Far more flexible. As mentioned autos use more fuel (substantially more if you really hammer them). I even looked at converting my auto to a manual at one stage.

    One thing though. The auto is supposed to be pretty bullet proof.
     
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  6. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    My experience is the auto to manual ratio would be on the order of 1 to 10 I reckon.
    Manuals much more common - especially in Transporter form

    That said I have only owned 3 auto T3’s

    The autos are very nice in traffic ( I live pretty much inner Sydney)
    Performance wise they can boogie. I have a chip and 1.4:1 ratio rockers on mine.
    Yes they can be thirsty 16L per 100 inner city and 11L per 100 Highway cruising.
     
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  7. Jen Woolard

    Jen Woolard New Member

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    Thanks for all the insights on them. We don't live in the city so I guess we can cruise along up and down the highway and out to the beaches. I do know the manuals can be more work on roundabouts ;)
     
  8. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Manuals are for people who can drive?
     
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  9. Jen Woolard

    Jen Woolard New Member

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    It is more fun in a Kombi..I like getting it into 5th up the highway.
     
  10. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Autos are for teenagers with girlfriend and a bench seat ;)
     
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  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    @cbus

    Pffft........ you guys just don’t get the joy of driving an auto T3 with power steering.

    You can drive one handed, scratch ya bum and power through a roundabout all at the same time
     
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  12. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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    Yeah................what Barry said :D
     
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  13. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    So it's true that auto drivers are a bunch of bum scratchers ? :)
     
  14. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    True according to Barry and Geoff!
    Note to self: Do not shake hands with T3 drivers.
    EDIT! T3 Auto Drivers
     
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  15. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    No.....just don’t shake the hands of the AUTO T3 drivers.
     
  16. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had an Auto for 40 years and being a microbus I have 2 bench seats behind me .....those were the days
     
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  17. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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  18. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Wattie - we need to get some stickers made up
     
  19. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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    I'll see what I can do. :)
     
  20. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Should be easier to sell your manual now Jen.
    Should have put people off buying an auto by now :D
     
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