Is it true that driving stick...

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    Jan 20, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    ...isn't really good in "stop-n-go" traffic? I've always heard this, and I wonder what is the take from others?
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    I drive manual (stick) and its fine in stop start traffic, you just work the accelerator and the clutch like you normally do..

    That argument is giving out by those to lazy to use there damned feet.. I can understand from people who have bad knees...

    I hear it most though from people who have never even driven a manual car.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:02 AM GMT
    A manual transmission can be tiring for a driver in heavy stop and go traffic. Congested driving can also increase wear on the clutch. A manual is more in its element on the open road. Why do you ask?
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:02 AM GMT
    Manual gets you better gas mileage. Sucks when your knees need surgery though.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    No, it's not true.
    a) Generally with a manual transmission, first gear is quite low, so with a little intelligence, you can cruise along slowly without all the "stopping and going."

    b) It's been a long time since any passenger car or light truck had a clutch that required any effort to press in.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidA manual transmission can be tiring for a driver in heavy stop and go traffic. Congested driving can also increase wear on the clutch. A manual is more in its element on the open road. Why do you ask?


    When ever I get a new car (the point in at which when the one I have falls apart on the road), I thought about getting a manual shift car. I'm just intrigued by the concept for some reason, seems a little cool. I just need to learn how to drive one! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    I've been driving stick for many years, and it's a major annoyance to drive in stop-n-go traffic. If I moved to a city, I'd immediately get a slushbox.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:29 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidNo, it's not true.
    a) Generally with a manual transmission, first gear is quite low, so with a little intelligence, you can cruise along slowly without all the "stopping and going."

    b) It's been a long time since any passenger car or light truck had a clutch that required any effort to press in.
    I'm right there with ya mindgarden, I got an old shit box as well as a modern honda, both are easy as to press the clutch in.. besides who actually pushes the clutch in to the floor? personally to disengage the clutch enough to change gears its a small movement done mostly with my foot and not my leg, I only generally get the leg involved when I"m coming to a stop at lights or an intersection and then I put the clutch down only a little further.

    Na, driving a manual in stop start traffic is easy as and not tiring, I see so many autos slamming on the breaks constantly, but you can pick an auto, they coast, mostly in second gear and let the engine to more work..

    I've had my honda for a couple of yearsn now its done 140 thousand k's (86,991.967miles) and the clutch is still in top shape, never been changed, still got another about 100 thousand k's left in it...

    Auto's go through breaks like they are going outta fashion though, I've changed my break pads I think once maybe twice (although I think I replaced the fronts first and then the backs a few months later which may be confusing me)

    Learn to drive a manual.. own a manual, they are just better and there aint nothing like the growl of an engine in second icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    I drive a stick and stop & go traffic can be a hassle sometimes, but it's better than driving a go-cart - I mean - automatic.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    In really persistent stop and go traffic it can be a little bit tedious having to shift between neutral and first gear. But, in my opinion, that's a small price to pay for the added control, sense of engagement in driving the car, better fuel economy and often lower up front cost. Used properly maintenance shouldn't be an issue.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    One's experience with manual transmissions is going to depend heavily on the vehicle. After six months of driving a Porsche 911SC with a sport clutch and short shifter in the heavy traffic around Naples, FL, I traded it in for a MBZ 300E. My current ride is a Dodge 2500 pickup with a 360V8 & 5-speed, and the clutch is quite heavy. By contrast, the manual transmissions in small cars I've driven have had very light clutches.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    I drive a stick.. its usually fine. The only time it gets annoying is when traffic is really really bad - then it's a little bit of a pain in the ass. Other than that, driving a stick is the only way to go in my opinon, I always feel like i have much better control of the car. Plus, it's fun!
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    my car is manual! I prefer to only have a manual transmission car, but as far as stop and go traffic, I don't mind it, because I don't even notice it.

    When you drive stick for so long it just becomes like breathing you don't even think about what you're doing, you just involuntarily do it. I don't know how else to explain it.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidI drive a stick and stop & go traffic can be a hassle sometimes, but it's better than driving a go-cart - I mean - automatic.


    LMFAO!! haha completely agree.. as I always say.."Automatic transmissions are for people who jack off while they drive!"
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    Love sticks. Kind of sucks in SF, though. But a stick just feels different, plus better gas mileage :-)

    The innuendos are just too hard to ignor... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    yep driving a stick is like breathing.. well said.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    metalxracr said
    Timberoo saidI drive a stick and stop & go traffic can be a hassle sometimes, but it's better than driving a go-cart - I mean - automatic.


    LMFAO!! haha completely agree.. as I always say.."Automatic transmissions are for people who jack off while they drive!"


    It's really the only thing that made me decide to buy a Matrix instead of a Prius. I'm not old enough for an automatic yet.
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    I taught my high school girlfriend how to shift on my stiffy.

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    Jan 20, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    MuscleToronto saidI taught my high school girlfriend how to shift on my stiffy.

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    did you use the left nut for the shift and the right for the gas?
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    Jan 20, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    MuscleToronto saidI taught my high school girlfriend how to shift on my stiffy.

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    Is it true she gave up when you kept insisting she put it in reverse?
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    Jan 20, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    flex89 has a joystick.
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    Jan 20, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    I HATE IT. ive been driving a manual for the past year and a half and i will never get another one. i went through my first clutch in about a year. and im sick of being in bumper to bumper traffic swtiching from first to second back to first and then back to second again.

    a stick if fine if you dont have to drive in rush hour everyday. just keep that in mind
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    Jan 20, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    My first car was a manual. As well as my current car, and all cars in between.

    Driving in traffic is something you get used to. Since I started driving with a stick, it's not a big deal to me. It's like second nature.

    But there is a technique to driving in traffic. Just leave it in 1st (or 2nd) gear and crawl along. If you leave at least a 1/2 car length gap between you and the car in front of you, it's much easier. If your lane starts to slow down, just take your foot off the gas and let your engine slow the car down.

    The whole business with gas, brake, gas, brake with an automatic is insane. When my car was in the shop, my rental was an automatic. And I pretty much had to use the brakes frequently in traffic.

    It's all personal preference and what your perception is of cars. If you think a car is just an appliance to get you from A to B, then don't bother getting a manual. If you really enjoy driving or if you are a car enthusiast, then manual is the only way to go.
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    Jan 20, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidI drive manual (stick) and its fine in stop start traffic, you just work the accelerator and the clutch like you normally do..

    That argument is giving out by those to lazy to use there damned feet.. I can understand from people who have bad knees...

    I hear it most though from people who have never even driven a manual car.


    Have you ever driven during rush hour in Houston?? I drove a stick for years, but I wouldn't ever consider having one, here.
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    Jan 20, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    ruck_us said
    lilTanker saidI drive manual (stick) and its fine in stop start traffic, you just work the accelerator and the clutch like you normally do..

    That argument is giving out by those to lazy to use there damned feet.. I can understand from people who have bad knees...

    I hear it most though from people who have never even driven a manual car.


    Have you ever driven during rush hour in Houston?? I drove a stick for years, but I wouldn't ever consider having one, here.


    I drive stick in LA every day, it's no biggie haha