You still drive a stick?

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Lofty » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:45 pm

There are days when I really enjoy rowing the gearboxes on both of my motorcycles. There are also those days when I want to drive the truck and be shiftless. :D
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by snowymonkey » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:03 pm

I love that sticker..... but I fall in that generation (by birth, but I don’t claim it). Born in 82. I however have driven manuals most of my life (lots of ACVW’s).

Currently drive a manual 07 Subaru Forester. I love that thing. I miss having a Jeep.... but we have had good luck with Subaru’s.

I actually enjoy a manual much more than an automatic..... for where I live. Lots of backroads and interstate. If I lived in a bigger city with more stop and go traffic I think the manual would get old. I did live in Pensacola for a bit while driving a 62 ragtop bug.... but that was almost 15 years ago.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by sKiZo » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:27 pm

Yup ... <G>

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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Lee Pape » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:43 am

When I used to work and commute daily I likes to have a stick. Living in Iowa we do get snow during the winter. With a stick it let me choose the gear that felt best to me for the conditions at the time. The best car that I ever owned for winter driving was a Geo Metro. It had a 3 cylinder engine with a 5 speed gear box. It's lack of horsepower and the 155/80-13 tires helped a lot in the snow.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by David Z » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:59 am

Makes driving feel like driving, and with the stick it gives you a place to hang your hat, not like on the "Three on the Tree".
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Peter Pan » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:55 pm

Automatic is for to cause accidents in mountain range like here in Costa Rica. Once upon the time I made a inspection at a saw mill with a handicapped colleague in his automatic car.... on the way downhill it started to speed up like a 2 stroker, brakes heated up and faded several times. NO THANKS.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Shortline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:38 pm

Yup. A Jeep just needs a stick. Mine has one. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Though, it was hard to find one, most are autos now too!
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by Tin Man » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:40 pm

Grew up with manual trannys but I remember when i was about 15, learning to drive a dump truck with a 4 speed transmission and a 2 speed axle. Had a gasoline V-8 so ya had to baby it up outta the pit with a load lest you blow an engine. I thought I was the cats azz.......until I climbed up in a cousins semi with its gazillion speed road ranger transmission. :roll:
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by rebelrider » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:06 am

I have a 1980 Honda Civic, and a 1999 Ford Ranger. Both with manual transmissions. I agree with the above comments that control, engine braking, and feedback are good reasons to still have one.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by bratmanxj » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:07 pm

My wife complains "that you have to pay to much attention" when driving stick, I told her I was never riding with her ever again.

The two SUVs are automatic, because you just can't find anything worth a dam in stick anymore. The work beater Mazda3 is stick, as were the last 2 Mazdas and VW Passat. I use to drive 30k miles a year for work and the manuals were just easier to rack up miles on. I have to re-tune the brain to hit the brakes when driving the SUV vs engine braking in the car.

I told my niece and nephew that I don't give a dam about what driving school they do, they need to pass my test of Chicago rush-hour traffic in my stick shift car before they can get their license.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:09 pm

I began using automatic transmissions due to old leg injuries. Auto trans - have improved greatly over the years & actually shift faster & smoother than many drivers. There are statistics to show that automatic transmissions actually prevent damage to the engine from lugging & over revs.
*My daughter bought a 91 automatic Miata way cheap - it had nearly 300k on its broken speedo - she drove it another 8 years with no major repairs.
*I bought a used 01 automatic Miata for a very good price 6 years ago, & later learned it has factory sport suspension, best auto trans with overdrive, + positraction + deluxe Nardi interior. It was so cheap because it has an automatic transmission. It is STILL the finest car I ever had.

IIMO you stand a better chance of NOT needing engine/drivetrain work on USED CARS WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS. Many near gone clutches can't be detected. That's how its worked out for me - since I haven't bought a NEW VEHICLE since the 1970's - Then - only USED, & have been even Luckier having next to NO UPKEEP OWNING JAPANESE CARS. My used Fords & Chevs were rolling money pits. Just my $.02
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by chaos2 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:46 pm

My wife's old Contour, son's Blazer, in laws Grand Caravan, my old Malibu, all sold for junk around 100-150k mile because the automatic quit working and car was not worth fixing. Soured me on slushboxes but I'm sure they're gotten better. Wife has 80k on her riceburning minivan now, time will tell.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by :FI:Igor » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:12 am

My preferred vehicle is the Ural (56k km), rain day vehicle 1992 Ford Ranger (304k miles) 5 spd. Back up to all that is 2010 Ford F-150 (99k miles). Wife's car is a 2016 Honda Accord (33k miles). In my dreams, my only vehicle is the 2015 Ural! In dreams: same wife, same son, same house with more closet space, and somehow have a 17 year old daughter from India (haven't figured that out yet!)
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by tgtrotter » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:29 am

David Z wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:59 am
Makes driving feel like driving, and with the stick it gives you a place to hang your hat, not like on the "Three on the Tree".
Three on the tree is a steering column manual. An improvement from floor shift and eliminating some transmission hump.

It's all personal choice. Slapstick muscle cars can be as fun as manual sport cars. I can drive my diesel powerstroke automatic like a manual using the electronic gear selector.

Reliability ? Probably manuals better. Driveability ? Depends on skill and below

Coordination ? I can drink a soda, eat pizza and read a map book in a manual as easy as any millennial can Google and drive an auto.

My wife taught both our girls to drive a stick in one hour. No bull. But it took her about 20 times to figure how low that second gear was on our '51 Plymouth with three on the tree. She kept trying to put it in first gear while rolling.
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Re: You still drive a stick?

Post by VWK75S » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:35 am

I have to be careful in an automatic that I don't put my left foot on the brake to shirt. :oops:
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