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New car Driving a stick

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by heyabbott, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    After 13 years I'm back to driving a stick. Haven't grinded a single gear in 10 days.
    I learned on a girlfriends 3 speed, My 1st car was a 4 speed stick. When i met the future Mrs. Abbott she was driving a 5 speed stick. We bought another one a few years after we were married and now I'm back to it. This one's a 6 speed stick. Honda Accord Coupe.

    I'm such a better driver with a stick, but have realized that although I've always thought the majority of drivers sucked, I've over estimated them.

    Automatic transmissions should be banned. Dilettantes, douchebags and drunks can't drive a stick.
     
  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Well, you're driving one so only 2/3 are true.

    (KIDDING!)

    Welcome to the standard transmission club. I've been driving one for nearly five years now. Sucks in stop-and-go traffic, but I do enjoy it most of the time.
     
  3. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    For some reason my dad thought it would be a good idea for me at age 16 to learn to drive a manual in a 1957 Chevy with a three on the tree. I realized that stick shift was much easier when driving a Corolla.
     
  4. I didn't know they made stick shifts anymore.

    I am truck shopping (my 99 Ranger - a stick shift - was crushed by a tree) and would prefer a stick. We are looking at F-150s and my wife said they don't make shifts. :mad:
    How the hell can you get a truck w/o a manuel transmission?! That's UnAmerican!
     
  5. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    I was shopping for a stick only. I was told by car salesmen, about as reliable as impotent gay porn actors, that only about 6-7% of cars are made with manual trans. Many models are automatic only. It used to be that manuals were alot less expensive, not anymore.
     
  6. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I didn't drive a manual until I was 27. I haven't owned an automatic since.
     
  7. Madhavok

    Madhavok Active Member

    My next car will be stick. They're great for up here in the mountains and I just really enjoy driving stick more. Thankfully my next car will be another Subaru and it isn't too hard to find them when compared to other manufactures. I grew up driving stick and switched to auto around 20 and unfortunately every car since has been auto including my Outback.
     
  8. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    All the cars in France are sticks. And you know how we feel about France ...
     
  9. When my commute changed, had to go automatic. otherwise my left leg would have been twice the size of my right
    Rented a stick for a week in Italy. Looking forward to driving
     
  10. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    great food, great sex, great wine, poor taste in comedy
     
  11. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    So tell me, someone who has never driven one, what's so great about a manual transmission?
     
  12. Amy

    Amy Well-Known Member

    I've had a couple of manual transmission cars. It was a must when I bought a roadster.

    Got tired of it though, once I had a long commute with a lot of stop and go time and now have an automatic.

    I found a stick more interesting and fun. Made driving more of an activity rather than just transportation. Loved taking the roadster on winding roads in Connecticut.
     
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