Semi-automatic

C1airey

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Am hopefully going to view a 3.5t in about 10 days’ time. It has a semi-automatic gearbox. I’ve never driven anything semi-auto before. Does anyone on here have one? What are they like and what should I expect?
 

Pippity

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My car's an automatic that I can flip into semi-automatic. I find it a bit limiting because it stops you block-shifting, but it is useful for keeping the revs up if I'm going through deep water. In general, it has a lot of the inconveniences of a manual without the benefits.
 

Frumpoon

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My car's an automatic that I can flip into semi-automatic. I find it a bit limiting because it stops you block-shifting, but it is useful for keeping the revs up if I'm going through deep water. In general, it has a lot of the inconveniences of a manual without the benefits.
I had a semi auto car that I hated, this description is exactly right. Things like sliding backwards on hill starts and rough gear changes

depends how much it is and what the alternatives are?
 

meleeka

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Not a horse box but we have a semi auto VW van. It’s pretty much like an auto which would be fine if it were a horse box I think. My friend has a semi Auto Smart car and the gear changes are shocking, so I’d say you’d need to drive it and see.
 
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