The simplicity that comes from automatic transmissions is second to none. Gone is the schlep of clutch control and fighting with a gear knob, especially in peak-hour traffic.
They are slowly becoming a choice for many motorists as it offers a much simpler drive as a 'one foot operation'' as opposed to its manual counterpart.
Ode to the manual 'box
An example of the 'no more manual' principle is Mercedes-Benz. They have made the full transition in all of their luxury cars. Heck, even the new Suzuki Swift Sport now boasts an auto transmission as an optional extra. Purists, look away now.
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Because there is so much technological intricacy involved in its creation, it is often better to replace the entire component than spend lots of money having your gearbox fixed because dealerships are the only place that sells it as an original part.
A gearbox is under constant use, shifting gears at split-second speeds for improved performance and driveability. But, while it is a great advantage for the driver, what happens in the event if it malfunctions and needs replacement?
The consequences are beyond pricey, and you would possibly have to apply for a loan to have your vehicle fixed.
Wheels24's Robin Classen contacted five dealerships to find out how much it would cost to replace an automatic or DSG transmission in these luxury sedans.
These 2019 new model prices exclude add-ons like oil, syncronising and labour:
1. Mercedes-Benz C180 - R94 000 excluding fitment.
2. BMW 3-Series 320d - R230 000 excluding fitment.
3. Volkswagen Arteon - Rough estimate to be between the R210 000 to R350 000 mark, excluding fitment.
4. Audi A4 - R172 000 excluding fitment
5. Toyota Corolla Exclusive - R72 500 excluding fitment