2016 SXT Plus Blacktop
Personally, and I'm talking normal cars, people I have known with a manual, all needed a clutch at some point. People with automatics, a few might have needed a repair repair. Like any random mechanical breakdown number. But certainly not like the automatics were anywhere near an guaranteed repair. A GuyGuy:
However, the same could be said for an automatic. For someone who drives conservatively, a clutch will outlast an automatic. But then ya gotta ask, how much is it to rebuild an automatic?
But for most, the clutch will become an issue before needing to rebuild an automatic. And for some, it will happen before 50k miles.
But one encouraging thing to note: the average backyard mechanic can rebuild a clutch. Not so with the automatic. I don't know anybody that can do that. So rebuilding a clutch is actually affordable; ha, it would definitely cost less than rebuilding the front brakes on my SRT.