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Old 03-25-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Oh trust me, that one is a lost cause
Don't know why you say that. I did say I do like a few certain cars with a manual transmission ('69 Dodge Super Bee 440-6 Pack, for one).

Being a car guy and somewhat mechanically inclined, it's very probable that not only could I learn to drive a car with a manual transmission with no problem, but I could probably learn to be a very good and quick shifter.

But since I currently own 4 cars, I have no plans to buy another one, either automatic or manually-equipped.
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Don't know why you say that. I did say I do like a few certain cars with a manual transmission ('69 Dodge Super Bee 440-6 Pack, for one).

Being a car guy and somewhat mechanically inclined, it's very probable that not only could I learn to drive a car with a manual transmission with no problem, but I could probably learn to be a very good and quick shifter.

But since I currently own 4 cars, I have no plans to buy another one, either automatic or manually-equipped.
Don't worry dude, I was said in a joking manner, I didn't mean anything by it.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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Well only 1 country in Europe, if you want to be pedantic....
Old post, but wrong - 2 countries in Europe drive on the left - UK and Ireland.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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That's funny , because when I think of driving in Europe, I do think of the manual Transmission automobiles. So why is that ?

What about the movie series of 'The Transporter' with Jason Stratham ?

Statham (incidentally, a manual only Porsche 997.1 GT3 owner) drove Audi A8s in all of the Transporter movies. They only came in automatic.
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Statham (incidentally, a manual only Porsche 997.1 GT3 owner) drove Audi A8s in all of the Transporter movies. They only came in automatic.
Not true, he drove a BMW in the first one.
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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More cars should be made manual transmissions. It's harder to talk on your cell phone while smoking a cigarette and drinking a latte while listening to the radio when you have to change all those gears yourself. LOL Imagine the number of car accidents that could be prevented that way!
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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I also think a manual transimisson is easier in heavily congested traffic than an automatic transmisson, you can "creep" through the streets without having to use the gas and also I love to be able to "release" the car and just slide on the clutch.
Me too! And my Ford truck is 11 years old with its same brake pads in good condition because of slow rolling to a stop while on the clutch and not using the brakes until the very last minute.
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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Good point, but I can sip my coffee and change the station while driving a stick if I'm on a highway or such. This might be a "danger-sport" though as I'll be steering with my legs for a short time just to keep the car stable.
Well like I said, I live in the real world. Yeah, I can do those things too with a manual but it's more distracting and stressful.
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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I like my manual, and I drive a 1.3L 86hp hatchback. It's fun in the corners, and I manager perfectly well to sip on the coffee while using my legs in traffic (the key is to leave it in second and only take it to third if needed, don't go to first, it's usually not needed.)
I don't know what city you live in but when you are forced to slowing down to a near complete stop as in traffic in 99% of most large urban areas, you absolutely need to downshift to first otherwise you will stall. You can't just leave it in 2nd gear.

People who drive manual cars develop behaviors to compensate but it doesn't change the fact that they are constantly having to manage more variables (shifting, one foot managing the clutch) than driving an automatic. Managing more variables is going to be more distracting regardless of how well conditioned you are to driving stick.

Yeah, I can sip coffee and drive stick in traffic too. Guess what, I'm also more distracted and preoccupied doing that versus driving an automatic. Being able to do that in a manual has nothing to do with the fact that doing it in an automatic is much easier

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Old 03-27-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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Me too! And my Ford truck is 11 years old with its same brake pads in good condition because of slow rolling to a stop while on the clutch and not using the brakes until the very last minute.
You can do this in automatic too. Saving your brakes has nothing to do with automatic vs manual. You can wear out your brakes just as easily in a manual. What you are saying depends on the habit of the driver not the type of car. Whether you drive an automatic or manual, you will wear out your bakes if you are the type who prefers to slam their brakes instead of releasing the accelerator early and gradually slowing down prior to applying your brakes
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