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View Poll Results: Can you drive a stick shift?
Yes 71 77.17%
No 7 7.61%
Never had the opportunity to learn 14 15.22%
Voters: 92. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-19-2010, 12:19 AM
 
Location: SWUS
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... You taught a kid how to drive a stick shift..
...on a CORVETTE???!
...wow.

Naw, I just got my first car about 9 months ago and it's stick. I have WAY more fun in my car than I do most automatics, to the point of being barely able to drive an automatic transmission without accidentally hitting the brake with my left foot.
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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... You taught a kid how to drive a stick shift..
...on a CORVETTE???!
...wow.

Naw, I just got my first car about 9 months ago and it's stick. I have WAY more fun in my car than I do most automatics, to the point of being barely able to drive an automatic transmission without accidentally hitting the brake with my left foot.

I'm an older guy,but,I've never been able to drive stick!
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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I'm an older guy,but,I've never been able to drive stick!
Too bad, if you were not so far away, I would teach you. I have taught dozens how to stir their own gears. It is something everyone should know.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: SWUS
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I'm an older guy,but,I've never been able to drive stick!
that's too bad, you really should learn how. driving a car with an automatic transmission vs driving the same car with a manual transmission is like the difference between night and day- I feel that the car is much more responsive.

That, and I would be able to "feel" if there is something wrong with the car a lot better than someone driving a manual transmission. (At least, I think so..)
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Fleet can't, or doesn't want to, or is to lazy to.
No personal attacks against City-Data members, please. Having an open mind on this forum is a definitely a good quality to have.

You are wrong with 2 out of 3 anyway.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:06 AM
 
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Some of the older medium duty trucks have two non synchronized manual transmissions to shift. I wonder how many can shift these? Like this one. Click on the part below the video.


YouTube - 1972 International 5 and 4 speed Transmission Shifting

Last edited by 73-79 ford fan; 04-19-2010 at 01:44 AM..
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:47 AM
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Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I can but then again I'll be 56 in June.
I'll get hate posts here but standard transmissions are a dying species so there's really no reason for new drivers to learn how to drive them.
They'll be like vinyl records soon (if they're not so already), only for the real aficionados.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I learned to drive in a 1952 Buick with a straight 8 engine and stick shift when I was 15 years old. No power steering or power brakes.
That was in 1962.
Personaly, I think all driver tests should be taken in a stick shift car to see if an applicant can actualy OPERATE a car instead of just aiming, starting, and stopping them.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I've personally known how to drive a stick I think before I got my license. But it was because I wanted to learn.

Drivers ed when I took it back in '95 only really touched base briefly on how to drive a stick but didn't have actual stick shifted cars. My first stick shifted vehicle was a few years later. I still do drive a stick to this day.

My wife on the other hand, who is 6 years older than me and has been driving since '90, doesn't really know how to drive a stick, nor does she care or have any interest. Even though she can almost barely pull my truck out of the drive enough to get her vehicle out. I at least taught her sort of how to ease up on the clutch to move the truck.

She's going to be in for it when and if i ever get orders to Europe somewhere.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:33 AM
 
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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I have a performance automatic in my Mustang now...after going through 2 T-56's that I shoulda built up because they couldn't handle the power of the car lol
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