Anyone drive a stick?

  • Thegenuineart...

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    Mar 01, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    I love cars, and driving stick has to be the best way to drive them, its makes driving so much less a monotonous chore and turns your car into something more then just a daily appliance.

    imo everyone should learn how to drive stick, cars should be without abs and traction control, if you need those to drive then you probably shouldn't be on the road
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    Mar 01, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    hmmm.. lol its ur first post and its a topic about driving... stick. icon_lol.gif
    I love driving stick myself. It helps getting the full control of the car, the speed, the acceleration, the feel of the road. It also helps me stay awake if i have to drive far.

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  • Timbales

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    Mar 02, 2010 12:14 AM GMT
    I drive stick, loathe the thought of moving to an automatic.
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    I've shifted my own gears for so long I can't drive a vegematic w/o reaching for the gear lever and pressing an invisible clutch.
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    I learned on a stick and have driven stick ever since. I am not sure what I will do when it is time to get a new car because there is probably no such thing as a manual hybrid.
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    I'm don't care much either way. I learned to drive on a three-on-the-tree manual Ford Falcon. My last car was a stick and it was fun, the one before that was an automatic and I liked it too. I don't have a car anymore, but driving auto when I get a Zipcar doesn't bother me.
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    Stick lover here. Plus, it's always a challenge to shift, eat a chili dog, drink a Diet Dew, adjust the ipod, signal to change lanes, and drive with my knees all at the same time. Hey, at least I'm not yaking on the damn phone or texting!icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    I drove a stick for the last 9 years, until the beginning of this week. I loved my stick car, but there were some things that made me move away from it over time... so... I decided to go for a change.

    That's because my new ride has a double clutch Transmission "Audi S Tronic" (aka. "DSG" Dual Shift Gearbox (VW), aka PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe in Porsches)... which kicks the ass of any person who thinks he can shift quickly. It's also much nicer for all the DC traffic that I live in, and it gets better gas mileage than regular automatics or manuals. We'll see what happens, but thus far I am super happy with my car. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    I learned how to drive with a stick. My car now is an automatic, which is nice now that I'm in the city with all the stop signs and such. While I know how to drive standard, I never did get around to learning how to do double clutching and such.
  • bchbum

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    Mar 02, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    I always drove automatics until I moved to Japan. Since then, I've only driven a standard. If I lived in a city with stop and go traffic....well I might change my mind.
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidI drove a stick for the last 9 years, until the beginning of this week. I loved my stick car, but there were some things that made me move away from it over time... so... I decided to go for a change.

    That's because my new ride has a double clutch Transmission "Audi S Tronic" (aka. "DSG" Dual Shift Gearbox (VW), aka PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe in Porsches)... which kicks the ass of any person who thinks he can shift quickly. It's also much nicer for all the DC traffic that I live in, and it gets better gas mileage than regular automatics or manuals. We'll see what happens, but thus far I am super happy with my car. icon_smile.gif

    I considered a GTI with DSG, but I thought I'd really miss the gear shift/clutch connection with the machine. It's slick technology though.
  • FriscoJansen

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    Mar 02, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    I don't know how to drive a stick, I tried years ago and I couldn't get it, it kept dying on me. I wish I knew how though. My ex drove a stick and I do think it's hot seeing it being done.
  • JockChefJim

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    Mar 02, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    Prefer stick over automatic anyday. i believe that should be how people are taught in driver's ed. You never know when you are left in a position where you may be the only one capable of driving and can't because it's a stick. i had that happen to me once and the next day I had my brother in law teach me. loved it ever since. Who cares about resale value.
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    Mar 02, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    I've driven - and I like - both. Does that make me bi?icon_cool.gif
  • QHCAguy

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    Mar 02, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    I have a stick that I do love but I have to say that LA traffic plus the Ford clutch makes it less than enjoyable
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    Mar 02, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    Manual transmissions rank up there alongside those single shot coffee makers as things the stuck up elitists of the world think everyone should adopt because they are sooooo cool & hip & make you look like a progressive guy! I don't mind a stick in cars. I do mind people who think they hold anytime more than intangible benefits. Belts and DSG style transmissions will replace them soon in this country.
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    Mar 02, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    My trusty old '96 Dodge Ram has a 5-speed stick, but since last year, my daily driver is a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, and it has an automatic. Over the years, I've owned 4 automatics and 5 stick shifts.
  • nismo29732

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    Mar 02, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    My xterra was a 6spd manual. I loved it, but I traded it because it wasn't too fun driving in Charlotte traffic...but I LOVE my new altima!
  • geojock

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    Mar 02, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    I learnt how to drive stick on a beast of a 1982 GMC pickup, it was almost impossible to stall and drove like a tank... that being said I prefer automatics. Even better are the new belt drives.
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    Mar 02, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    All of my previous cars and my current car are manual. It's the only way to drive, for me. Sadly, it's getting harder and harder to get a car with a manual transmission. You're limited to economy cars or sports cars. Nothing in between. I think Honda still offers a manual transmission on their Civics and Accords. But other companies are phasing them out.

    With the recent fiasco with Toyota, I'm hoping more manufactures offer manual transmissions. Modern cars have become too cushy. Driving a car has become a brainless task. And people get bored and start texting/talking on their cell phone. icon_confused.gif
  • Akula

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    Mar 02, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    Love a stick until I had to drive it alot in Seattle with all the hills and people riding your ass. Its fun in town or on the open road but seriously SUCKS in stop and go city traffic.
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    Mar 02, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    i only drive a stick.... tis better to drive than be driven.
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    Mar 02, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    I enjoy the increased control of driving a manual transmission.

    ATC84 saidManual transmissions rank up there alongside those single shot coffee makers as things the stuck up elitists of the world think everyone should adopt because they are sooooo cool & hip & make you look like a progressive guy!


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    Mar 02, 2010 3:38 AM GMT
    Akula said[A stick is] fun in town or on the open road but seriously SUCKS in stop and go city traffic.

    Agreed. Having lived in Manhattan for over 15 years I drove an automatic but got my stick fix weekends out of town by throwing the gear into neutral whenever I went downhill or approached a red light - long before "hypermiling" was coined.
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    Mar 02, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    Pianist said
    I do own an espresso machine. icon_razz.gif


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