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Old 07-10-2008, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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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.
Well only 1 country in Europe, if you want to be pedantic....
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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besides, real men drive stick
Is that so?

I get the impression that many like stick because they're desk jockeys and a car is the only piece of machinery they ever get their hands on, thus the need to feel they're "more in control". Which is understandable I reckon, fellas need that elemental tool control thing somehow.

My 06 F-150 had a standard shift, not because I wanted better control or more fun but because it was the cheapest truck on the lot. I since traded it on a truck with automatic but I'm still the same man.

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Old 07-10-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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Automatics are starting to kick the cliche of being less fuel efficient than manuals. Automatics are more complicated and inherently more expensive than manuals... they have historically been considered a luxury option for a vehicle.

I prefer manuals when driving trucks and performance automobiles but I prefer to have automatics in my big heavy Cadillacs and other large luxury vehicles. And if you know how to work on an automatic transmission (successfully) you can consider yourself fairly intelligent.

For one to consider the option of manual or automatic to be a black or white decision is very naive and ignorant. The option should be completely application based.

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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.
That sounds pretty stupid.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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That sounds pretty stupid.

That's Nice!!!!!
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Man I love that (go juice) lol

besides, real men drive stick
From the book, "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche."

"Real men drive a car with an automatic transmission. They are secure enough to let their gears be changed automatically."
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Manuals are more fun to drive, usually better on fuel but horrible when in traffic jams.
Ain't that the truth.

I do like that manuals don't eat as much hp as autos do, and a clutch change is cheaper than an auto overhaul.

I also like that if your manual car's battery goes dead, all you need is a few friends to push the car while you pop the clutch and start it.

Plus for a Jeep, 4X4 or any sports car and especially muscle cars, give me a manual any day.

But for a luxury car or a drag race car, I'll take an auto.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I also like that if your manual car's battery goes dead, all you need is a few friends to push the car while you pop the clutch and start it.
You could do that with a 1957-'65 Mopar with an automatic. It was designed to start by putting it in neutral and rolling it up to speed and turning the ignition key to "On."
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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My first car was a '85 Trans Am with a big V8 and a 5spd manual. When I got it I had no idea how to drive it, I pretty much taught myself on the country road in front of my parents house. Needless to say, the rear tires on that car didn't last very long.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I have always had manuals and the few times I did own automatics I soon longed for the stick and traded it in. However I have lived in Germany and Japan besides the USA and sticks were much more common overseas. I guess I just got used to driving the manual.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Earth
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My first car was a '85 Trans Am with a big V8 and a 5spd manual. When I got it I had no idea how to drive it, I pretty much taught myself on the country road in front of my parents house. Needless to say, the rear tires on that car didn't last very long.
You're lucky, those T-5's that were used in the 80's Camaros and Firebirds were one of the worst transmissions ever built.....even the tire blazing "big V8" 305 had no problem grenading them under the right conditions.
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