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Old 03-29-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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trucker, there are lot of BS on this thread. for example, a 8 yr old boy can handle a stick when he is not tall enough to reach the pedals as well see where he is driving.

And then teaching someone to drive the stick in a couple of minutes.
You want the pictures, too moron? It's not that hard. I taugth my sister in a few minutes with my BMW 2002 race car with an on-off racing clutch. BFD. She's also a trophied autocrosser now.

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Rather than BS that one started stick when they were 8 yrs or 8 days or 8 hrs old, I challenge these people to provide youtube links where 8 yr olds have handled stick independently
yeah, 'cause now at 47 years old, I saved video from when I was a kid learning to drive on my dad's Renault 4CV before I started driving go karts. I had already moved on to racing cars in autocross at 15.

Do you know what a Renault 4CV is? Or how big a car it is?
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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7 yr old boy driving auto tranny and having the cop chase him for some time.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUayAGBTz94
Good. Proof that kids can reach pedals.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Because few people know how to drive them? I had ONE car with a manual transmission, and destroyed the clutch in it within a few months.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:15 PM
 
Location: dfw
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Good. Proof that kids can reach pedals.
That only proves they can drive automatics. No one has provided a link to show a 8 yr old drive a stick.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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One reason for manuals that nobody has mentioned yet, is that you can push start them. There are many reasons why a car won't crank: dead battery, bad solenoid, bad starter, broken wire, bad neutral safety switch, bad tranny ECM, etc... If you have an automatic, you can only help yourself if your battery is dead, you have jumper cables, and someone has another car nearby. For everything else, you're looking at either doing immediate repairs on the spot or calling the tow truck.

With a manual, on the other hand, all you have to do is give it a push, pop the clutch, and be on your merry way.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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I like driving a manual transmission. However, my wife can't and since we switch off cars each car needs to be automatic. Additionally, for towing an automatic is recommended and provides a higher towing capacity.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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One reason for manuals that nobody has mentioned yet, is that you can push start them. There are many reasons why a car won't crank: dead battery, bad solenoid, bad starter, broken wire, bad neutral safety switch, bad tranny ECM, etc... If you have an automatic, you can only help yourself if your battery is dead, you have jumper cables, and someone has another car nearby. For everything else, you're looking at either doing immediate repairs on the spot or calling the tow truck.

With a manual, on the other hand, all you have to do is give it a push, pop the clutch, and be on your merry way.
I have mentioned before that the 1957-1965 Mopar Torqueflite automatic transmissions could be push started. Not 1966 and later, though.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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It's because city traffic. It's a hassle. Which is why my daily driver is automatic, my fun driver is a manual. I don't want knee replacement surgery on my left knee after going to work for 10 years lol
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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I have mentioned before that the 1957-1965 Mopar Torqueflite automatic transmissions could be push started. Not 1966 and later, though.
Interesting.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Interesting.
Yeah, a neighborhood friend had a '65 Plymouth Belvedere. He drove it to a hill and turned off the engine. Then he followed the instructions in the owner's manual (turn the key to the "on" position, put the transmission in 2nd gear).

He let it roll down the hill and it did start! Of course not many people own a '57-'65 Mopar.
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