eastsideTim UberDork
9/19/19 4:00 p.m.

I know it’s a somewhat blasphemous question, but I’m curious if anyone has driven an automatic transmission ND, and what they’ve thought of it.  I’m considering consolidating my fleet a bit, and am thinking a ND could be a good potential commuter (if I need to start commuting again, not sure yet).  I mostly use my NA for local driving and cruising backroads, no autocross or track days.

I seem to recall the NC automatic was considered decent, but hadn’t heard anything about the ND yet.  I’m also noticing a decent number of low mileage 2016 Grand Touring models turning up for sale nearby.

spacecadet Dork
9/19/19 4:10 p.m.

Mazda carried over the NC automatic to the ND. Works good, solid shifts but not DSG fast. I've not heard a complaint about them from a reliability standpoint. 


Sounds like a good fit IMHO for what you want. 

Brett_Murphy UltimaDork
9/19/19 7:37 p.m.

How will the automatics hold up under boost?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
9/19/19 7:47 p.m.

No problem with the turbos. 

eastsideTim UberDork
9/20/19 1:23 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

No problem with the turbos. 

I did not need to know that.

_ HalfDork
9/20/19 3:56 p.m.

It’s the same transmission as the auto frs/brz/gt86. I drove an auto gt86 on Hakone mountain pass, in japan a few weeks ago. Really good shifts. Plenty of fun. Holds the gears to redline. Does not brake stand though. Part of that was the pedal dance BS anyways. 

z31maniac MegaDork
9/20/19 4:41 p.m.

In reply to _ :

I didn't know that. It means all the valve body upgrades and everything else should work for the Miata too then, right? 

From what I understand, they are pretty slick once upgraded and take just about any power the FA20 boosted can throw at it. 

_ HalfDork
9/20/19 6:51 p.m.
Nugi Reader
9/20/19 10:19 p.m.

If it is the same as the NC, I will vouch for it being an above average for non-dct type auto. My ND is manual, but I have driven 3 auto NC and enjoied them as much as I can enjoy an automatic. Please excuse the obvious 3-pedal bias. 

z31maniac MegaDork
9/20/19 10:39 p.m.
_ said:

In reply to z31maniac :

Yeps. Aisin a960e. http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18868&highlight=automatic+transmission

Yeah SSP has a bunch of good stuff, that's awesome.

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