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      10-24-2012, 01:23 PM   #36
penguin_of_death
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Engine and gearbox make a massive difference to driving in low grip conditions IMO. In a 2l petrol manual you have good control of the power and hence the car. The problem comes with diesel automatics where all the power comes low down and you don't have a manual clutch to control the transmission to the wheels.

I remember driving a 530d auto in the snow and you had to have your wits about you when pulling away.

Mind you that was a good few years and I'm no auto expert. I understand modern auto boxes are considerably smarter than me now!