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Sup. Okay, so it's not exactly a new car, so much as it is new to me... but hell, the damn thing is far newer than I would have previously seen myself owning.
It's a 2008 Nissan Altima SE (3.5L V6), and if you ask me it's absolutely gorgeous. This is the first automobile I've ever purchased and owned on my own. My previous vehicle (A 1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE) had essentially been disowned by my dad and, while functional, had fallen into disrepair and is physically not in very good shape. So yeah, I'd say this is a pretty big step up.
I'm pretty stoked about it.
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I uh... I have no idea what it is to have easy access to such powerful wheels. A 3.5L V6 engine is the realm of €75K+ cars around here, but over there it's run-of-the-mill... Then you waste all that power with an autoshifter :)
My ride's a 1.2L, 75HP 2003 Honda Jazz and it's so snappy I feel like I can kill myself anytime I want to. It's also damn comfortable and practical - I want to keep it for as long as it's reasonable.
Off the line, the automatic has more power.
Manuals have more power through the gears, but of course that doesn't matter because we have speed limits.
On second look, this car should have CVT - giving it the ability to run at peak power (or peak efficiency) 100% of the time - which makes it superior to manual.