This is a post on what I feel driving my new car.
My previous car was a manual Wira 1.6. My current car is a Myvi 1.3
So, my first difference would of course be my ability to speed at 130 km/hr. At 5.30 am, you bet it is possible to drive at that speed along the highway on my way to work. :) Now, I find the fastest I go is a 100 km/hr.
Next, I am able to be more courteous to the highway toll booth operator. I am able to say "Thank You" when she collects my money and then opens the bar up quickly! Of course this has to do with the car being new and that the auto windows work...... so I am not struggling to open the door and consciously aware that I need to close the door and drive off quickly before the person behind me starts honking.
Also getting out of the car park is easier since I am also able to open the window. There is a bump created where we 'teet' to go out. And most cars do not have to go over the bump since the bump was created just at the right area to 'stop' the front wheel of the car and the 'teet' machine will be where the window usually is!
Reversing is a breeze - the Myvi is a much smaller car than my Wira.
But I realised that auto cars use alot of brake power. And that the hand break doesn't really work if your car is still in Drive.
I also have accepted and even enjoyed the fact that an auto car in Drive can move by itself for quite a long distance.
I seldom drive in neutral now unlike with my manual Wira car.
And oh, the power of balancing!!! My heart doesn't skip a beat now when I know I have to face slopes laden with slow vehicles!
The Myvi though is a higher car and therefore more difficult to wash on the top!
I am listening to CDs now and not tapes and seldom the radio.
The additional features especially with regard to the wiper functionality is sorely limited in the Myvi. Something which I have found quite irritating since the speed is either to slow or too fast for me. In the Wira, I could manipulate the speed to suit the rain conditions.
All in all.....of course the Myvi is an easier drive. It being auto makes the main difference. It being shorter makes up the other.
But I think I still have no preference. A car is still a car. Avalibility of CD player aside.....