Author Topic: Pontiac 400 4 speed Vs. Olds 403 auto..........  (Read 186 times)

Bluesky

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Pontiac 400 4 speed Vs. Olds 403 auto..........
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:50:28 AM »

I know to most car guys the answer is immediately the W72  400 4 speed.  Its way rarer and more valuable. But from a everyday driving perspective......Man did I do the wrong thing getting the 4 speed?

It can be a PITA , just putting it in the garage I need to slam it into Reverse or the key wont even come out. I'm not a speed demon......Sometimes I just want to start the car and cruise.
Can would have been way cheaper with the 403 Auto........did I make a mistake? ( I know I'm getting old)............ :-?

firebirdparts

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Re: Pontiac 400 4 speed Vs. Olds 403 auto..........
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2018, 02:55:06 PM »
Personally I never get tired of changing gears on any machine, but lots of people say they do.  The requirement of putting it in reverse to remove the key can be corrected.  Giving it a good reliable parking brake is not so easy.
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Re: Pontiac 400 4 speed Vs. Olds 403 auto..........
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2018, 07:51:42 PM »
If you're not enjoying it then there are plenty of people that want the 4-speed.  If your biggest complaint is having to go into reverse to remove the key that can be remedied as mentioned, but I'd still put it in first or reverse depending on the angle of the parking surface.  So that's something I'd want to remove as well, since if I'm parked facing up an incline I sure as Hell don't want it in reverse in that case but rather first.  It's up to you and is a personal choice, but I refuse to own an automatic for a variety of reasons BUT I can understand where some don't feel that way.  As far as cruising goes you should just be able to leave it in third or fourth most of the time outside of stopping and going, and you can skip shift and be more nonchalant with your driving.  You don't have to go all out just because it's a manual, can granny shift and enjoy yourself in a relaxed state as well.

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Re: Pontiac 400 4 speed Vs. Olds 403 auto..........
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 06:23:46 AM »
I do understand where you are coming from. I've owned several of both over the years in 2nd gens. I truly can not say I prefer one over the other. Yeah, I hear all of the crap about the 400/4 speed cars being worth more, but I did not own any of mine for money purposes, only for my enjoyment. For short drives, I can see your point, but I always enjoyed rowing the gears myself. Although, my favorite 2nd gen I ever owned was a 79' Nocturne Blue 403 car.
Chad

Re: Pontiac 400 4 speed Vs. Olds 403 auto..........
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 06:23:46 AM »
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