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Old 07-10-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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What do they know, they drive on the wrong side of the road. j/k

I do like a stick out on country roads where I can enjoy it, but in city traffic I prefer an automatic.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:17 AM
 
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What do they know, they drive on the wrong side of the road. j/k Well Only in the British Ilses

I do like a stick out on country roads where I can enjoy it, but in city traffic I prefer an automatic.
I like stick as well , especially when I did many years of Off-Roading
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm with the Europeans, and prefer a manual as well. I dislike any feature that takes away from the experience of driving - from an automatic transmission to power steering to cruise control. Yech!!!
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: California
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Because driving a manual is just plain more fun! Nothing worse than seeing a automatic trans. in a sports car!
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Because americans are lazy
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: occupied east coast
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Just a few months ago, I was in the market for a Roadster. Mercedes Benz discontinued importing manual transmissions on it SLK-350 vehicles in 2007.

Because of this, I bought a B.M.W. Z-4.

I just hope makers wake up and realize that some people really like manual transmissions.

This decision of MBUSA cost them over $50,000. Plus they have put into jeopardy a long standing customer, I really like my Beam, and just might buy another.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Do they even teach driving with manual transmissions anymore in Driver's Ed? My area's public schools stopped 40+ years ago.

I remember reading about attempted carjacking in which the criminal picked a car which had a manual trans. He didn't know how to drive it and ran away out of frustration.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: California
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LOL...I KNOW they didn't teach it when I took drivers ed! And they sure didn't when both of my kids had it. My Dad made sure I knew had to drive both standard and auto. I wasn't allowed to own my own car until I could master a standard and change a tire, as well as put on my own snows!
At the moment...we own 1 auto...(didn't offer any other choice) and 3 standards. (Well..one is a SMG....but it's never driven as a auto)
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: America
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Because go juice has always been expensive there. And manual transmissions are lighter, cheaper, less complicated, and above all will ekk out more MPGs than a auto.
Man I love that (go juice) lol

besides, real men drive stick
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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Plus cars are a lot more fun to drive with a manual! You become a part of the car and not just its operator! You have a lot more control over acceleration and deceleration.


Did I mention it is just more fun! Live once, have fun throughout!

Partially... us Americans, in general, are too darn lazy to go through the gears. Either that, we're not hand-and-foot coordinated enough to get out of the drive way. My partner admitted that to me. He still has problems chewing gum and walking at the same time!
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