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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, 10:02 AM
 
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It isn't just kids....lots of folks can't drive sticks. We have 1600 school buses, and just got rid of the last stick shift one....couldn't find enough people to drive them. (plus we're changing over to pushers...stick not available)

It's probably because sticks are getting so rare. When I was a kid in the 60's, most cars were sticks, so about everybody HAD to learn to drive them....or walk. Nowadays, it pretty much has to be a sports car or a truck to have a stick.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: 'Murica
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I learned to drive a stickshift on my brother's RX-7 when I was 18, but to be honest, I really don't care. I doubt that having a stickshift in a Camry would make the car any more enjoyable, although I do prefer most sports cars with stickshifts.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Unless you have a high proformance vehicle or just really enjoy driving, most people don't want to be bothered switching gears. Myself, I'm not really into driving so switching gears to me would be a real hassle and add massive anger onto my already annoying commute.

I'd get a second car with stick but no way my everyday vehicle. Since I don't have a second car, I've been going auto ever since.

As of now, I don't know how to drive stick. I tried on my buddys 3000GT but his pedal was messed up. Haven't bothered since I really don't have a need too. Use to be a bigger deal when I was younger but now no one really cares especially with higher end cars having automatic with the option to go stick...I forgot what that is called by my buddys BMW had it.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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My truck is stick shift. I'd hate to imagine how much more gutless it's be with a slushbox.

My weekend car is stick shift. It's turbocharged and RWD already, so being able to row your own is only fair.

And if I could figure it out, my whale wagon would be stick shift too. Alas, 6 on the tree ... yeah, I don't think it's been done before.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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My dad made my learn to drive on a stick. He required that my first car be stick. I then proceeded to teach most of my friends to drive stick. It has always amazed me that some people didn't know how.

For those that say that it is a dying breed, go to Europe. Most of the cars their are still manuals.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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My truck is stick shift. I'd hate to imagine how much more gutless it's be with a slushbox.
My Ford Escort is a 5 speed. I drove the same car with a 3 speed automatic. It was horrible.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Stick was the first thing I learned when I was getting my DL, it would suck to be stuck somewhere and not have that option.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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My dad can't drive a stick, and every time they travel to Europe, my mother has to do the driving most of the time.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Earth
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2005 C6 Convertible
Wow lucky kid. That's a pretty powerful machine in the hands of a kid.

At first I was envisioning you owned a 1980-1986 Corvette.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: SWUS
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As of now, I don't know how to drive stick. I tried on my buddys 3000GT but his pedal was messed up.
that was my excuse, before I finally figured out how to drive stick :P

did you make sure you checked the seat-to-steering-wheel interface before you started?
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