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Old 06-28-2014, 09:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Any truck driver that doesn't want to drive a manual is just a steering wheel holder.
Nevertheless, he's driving a truck. Doing a job, making a living, putting bread on the table. Good things, right?
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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Nevertheless, he's driving a truck. Doing a job, making a living, putting bread on the table. Good things, right?
So I might be a hateful person, but yeah they're doing their job so got to keep the complaints down to a minimum.
Only time something like that would really bother me is if the company I happen to be driving for decides to dump their manuals as well and go with automatics.

If that happens, time for me to bone out and get lost.

As for the original post, I'm still irritated over the fact that manuals in smaller pickups and such are hard to come by.
It's not so much fuel efficiency as it is mechanical simplicity for me.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:53 PM
 
Location: North Port, Florida
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Yep, I just sold my 1999 Ranger pickup - 5 speed- for $2000- and I probably could have held out for quite a bit more.

Mechanical simplicity is a good was to put it..and.....it just makes the vehicle so much more fun to drive.

Mikey
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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It's just because of laziness... automatic transmissions make driving simpler to learn (and people that have never driven stick have no idea the fun they are missing). That said, every manual/stick-shift driver I have ever been a passenger with have proven to be better and more alert drivers (men and women alike).

I started with a manual for my first vehicle, briefly went a few years with nothing but automatics, and have returned to manual and have no interest ever going back. I love the involvement in selecting the gears, and the forced attention I have to what's actually happening with the vehicle and whatever is going on around me (there's literally no opportunity to text, call, or play with the radio when driving manual).
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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One of the best cars I've owned was a 1995 Civic SI with a 5 spd manual. The engine and transmission was swapped later for a Integra type-R motor(built with cams and all the NA goodies)/trans (also 5 spd). This Car was a rocket and fun to drive. I put an aftermarket exhaust system that wasn't loud and raspy to ruin the car, and pretty much looked stock except for coil overs with light weight wheels (wheels were 14 lbs each), and some sticky street tires. This car would have not been the same if it was an automatic.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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What would be nice is to have a 6-speed manual transmission on my 1988 GMC Sierra step-side, instead of the 5-sped it now has. The 350 motor has plenty of power for cruising at 45 MPH on 5th gear, so another gear would keep the RPM around 1,700 while moving around 70MPH. It would be quite an improvement relating to miles per gallon
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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What would be nice is to have a 6-speed manual transmission on my 1988 GMC Sierra step-side, instead of the 5-sped it now has. The 350 motor has plenty of power for cruising at 45 MPH on 5th gear, so another gear would keep the RPM around 1,700 while moving around 70MPH. It would be quite an improvement relating to miles per gallon
Just do it, look and you will see!
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Twin Lakes /Taconic / Salisbury
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F1 cars still have a clutch that is used to start moving forward or reverse. After that, the clutch is not used.
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You exactly know what's going on. What does an American who never learned to drive a manual when renting a car in Italy for example? Here in Germany the rental places have got enough automatic cars.
But mostly woman, older men and handicapped people drive automatic here.

So you know the F1-cars still have a clutch pedal, too.

About the World Cup Game Germany : USA today. What do you think?



Greetings to Alaska, I've never been there but to the Northwest Territories in Canada in 1986.
F1 cars certainly have a clutch, but most definitely NOT a clutch pedal. There is NO where near enough room in the footbox of an F1 car for a third pedal. On most F1 cars the clutch is a small trigger/lever behind the steering wheel.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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I don't get too exited about soccer, but do when watching any races from F1 (motorcycle, and car); also Indy and NASCAR. I was born overseas, but have never been to Europe. Would like to drive a "sporty" BMW with a manual transmission somewhere in the countryside of Germany or Italy, or just along the coastlines of Spain. Now, all I can do is dream.

Do you know what I saw today? When I came home I saw two Porsche Boxter Cabrio (2 seats) at two different parking places in my neighbourhood and both porsches had a FULL AUTOMATC (P,D,N,R). And this over here in Germany. These people are spending all the money for a Porsche and then missing all the fun!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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F1 cars certainly have a clutch, but most definitely NOT a clutch pedal. There is NO where near enough room in the footbox of an F1 car for a third pedal. On most F1 cars the clutch is a small trigger/lever behind the steering wheel.
Of course it has. I saw it.
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