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6A vs. 8A (vs. elusive 7MT)

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Hello all,

I've been looking for a 2014-2018 and there are numerous decent cars in SoCal. However, I am concerned about the dissatisfaction with the 8A and am now considering whether I should buy an early car with the 6A, keep hunting for a 7MT, or even just buy another car entirely.

I've seen the thread on the TSBs and fluid swaps plus the torque converter replacements. What worries me the most is that GM's stance isn't very open minded at the moment, and the lawsuit isn't going to make me run out and buy a car with that transmission right now. In fact I'm holding off on a new SUV purchase until I see what happens with the lawsuit and Corvette transmissions.

Am I being too cautious? Am I seeing a minority of owners online posting problems, when most are happy? I can't tell. Thanks.
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I would not let the 8A scare you off, there were some very nice options added in the later years, from what I have read most failures seem to happen sooner then later, there a owners here that can give you a better prospective then i.
I would prefer a manual but some time in traffic might make the auto a better choice.
I have the 14 with 6A still fun to drive
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I use my paddles when ever I am on the winding back roads, took a little time getting the down shifts down due to being used to a manual but still fun, there is also the later year z51 autos getting the extra trans cooler and the track recorder is a nice feature, all that being said I do like my 14 and no regrets, has been a fun and comfortable car, the trunk space is nice too
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