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Old 01-26-2009, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Earth
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As for the person who asked when "three on the tree" were discontinued.

I am not sure, but my best friend bought a "new in the box" 1971 Chevy Malibu with it.
3 on the tree I know was used into the 1980's on trucks and then I think is when it became a thing of the past. I've seen some of the early 80's Fords have the 3 on the tree.

On cars, I'd guess late 70's they phased them out. I do recall seeing a 1977-78 Chevy Nova 4 door that had a 3 on the tree in it. I also saw a 1976 Chevy Malibu 4 door with one. By '78 I don't think any Malibus had column shift manuals.

I was thinking the poster I responded to was asking about those big land barge type luxury cars (Fury, Caprice, Bonneville, Delta 88, Le Sabre)....it seems '71 was the last year for the 3 on the tree for them.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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I was shocked to see so many replies but I wish there had not been so many people saying how wonderful stick shift cars are. That was not my question.

I wanted to know what percent of American drivers know how to drive a stick shift car?
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:35 AM
 
Location: California
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I was shocked to see so many replies but I wish there had not been so many people saying how wonderful stick shift cars are. That was not my question.

I wanted to know what percent of American drivers know how to drive a stick shift car?
4 out of 4 in this American household...so 100% here!
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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I was shocked to see so many replies but I wish there had not been so many people saying how wonderful stick shift cars are. That was not my question.

I wanted to know what percent of American drivers know how to drive a stick shift car?
How is anyone supposed to know the answer to that? You could have done a poll but then the only answer you'd really get is "What percentage of c-d auto forum readers who are willing to participate in a poll, can drive a stick shift car"
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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----"but I wish there had not been so many people saying how wonderfull stick shift cars are. That was not my question "---

sorry ----------(but if YOU don't know the exact percent, how do you expect US to know the exact percent ? )

Maybe you feel that is a question the census takers should ask when they take the census.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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I wish I could drive stick. I'm in London for the semester and have a full range of ZipCars at my disposal... but they're all stick! I'm trying to convince one of my friends here to allow me to practice on their cars, but I'd feel horrible to trash it learning.

My parents and grandparents have always driven automatic- even before that was common. There has never been anyone to teach me how to drive standard.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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I wanted to know what percent of American drivers know how to drive a stick shift car?
Fwiw, I answered your question back on page 4.

Net is, not many in the USA know anymore since we've had automatics for so long.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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I learned to drive on automatics. In fact I never thought I would ever learn to drive a manual and had automatics my first years of driving. My first new car in my early 20's was a stick. I got the stick because it was cheaper than an automatic. In all the years since, I am now 59 I have only owned 3 automatics I kept the last automatic car 1 1/2 years and found I missed the manual, traded it for a new manual pick up truck. I like the fact I have more control with a manual, and my brakes last alot longer since I can downshift. I never liked the feeling of needing the brakes so much more with the automatics. I think now I have continuously owned manuals since 1986.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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None of us would know what the percentage of people in the US drive or can drive manuals. One thing for sure is the majority of americans drive automatics.

Last edited by Jimrob1; 01-26-2009 at 09:46 AM.. Reason: spelling
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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I never learned to drive a stick. Always wanted to, learn but never got around to doing it. My current car is a VW GTI with a dsg transmission. i think this is a great middle ground-two clutches but no actual clutch pedal. This thing shifts faster than any manual I have ever driven in and gets about the same gas mileage. You can shift youself when you feel like you want to be in control or let the computer do its do. Best of both worlds.
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