There are probably loads of posts about this but I couldn't find them. The question is, we are about to buy a Ford Kuga Diesel to tow a caravan and wondered if automatic is better than manual. Any advice would be welcome. We will be going down to Spain and Portugal and around Europe so fuel consumption could be an issue [ or not].
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Auto for the last 14-15 years , never going back to manual. Much more relaxing to drive generally and especially towing. I wouldn't worry about the fuel consumption difference there's very little difference, indeed some models the auto is better mpg.
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On my 5th auto car great to drive every day and great for towing. Don't really take much notice of fuel consumption after all you are on holiday, but I don't feel I am going to the garage anymore often.
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I bought a Ford Galaxy Powershift that has been used for towing with 60,000 miles on the clock. The clutch was knackered which was a £2k repair and it was suspected that the gearbox had gone as well which was another £5k. Luckily we spotted it and the garage took the car back.
If it is a Powershift at a good price with over 40,000 miles then you could buy it but I would factor in a clutch replacement for £2k, but it will then last you for a good while.
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Another vote for autos here, wouldn't have anything else. My first automatic was a Ford Zodiac back in the 1970s, and that's all I buy now, especially for towing. Back in the 70s autos were more thirsty than manuals, but there have been so many improvements in the auto technology the gap has narrowed considerably and in some cases disappeared altogether.
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