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View Poll Results: Automatic or stick?
Automatic 17 30.91%
Stick 38 69.09%
Voters: 55. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-29-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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I'd prefer a transmission that works, period. I've been that lucky.

Ever since that hurricane Rita evac and crawling along three feet at a time along HWY 90A hammering down on that 3rd pedal, I'd been itching to get something with an automatic as a daily driver.

I'm looking for a 2nd vehicle since the F150 has two payments left, but who knows what that'll be. A v6 stickshifter Mustang maybe?
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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We are being given a stick. If we want to keep it, my wife and I have to learn to drive it. We practiced a couple of days last weekend and I think I was pretty close to getting it down enough to drive it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Tgbwc, don't you know .. it's always better to practice on someone else's vehicle, lol.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I am definately a multi-tasker and as for miles I put on my car, it is approximately 35,000 a year. I do a lot of driving.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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4 cars over almost 20 years, that's what, 5 years per car? How many miles do you put on them? My guess would be less than 20k/year, so you're looking at a basis of <100,000 miles on the clutch.

Just saying, that's not exactly a great comparison. You'd need to drive a car longer than the useful life of the tranny to find out the actual costs of ownership.
No, of course not. I related a purely personal experience, not a scientific study. One of the cars I owned 13 years, but I drove it less than 100k miles. Another I owned 3 years, and put 61k miles on it. I'm just saying that "OMG! Clutches go out and cost $$$", that while true, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll necessarily need to replace one.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Tgbwc, don't you know .. it's always better to practice on someone else's vehicle, lol.
True. If we keep it, it will be used occasionally for commuting (1.5 miles each way) and pleasure trips. Our other 2 cars are automatics. We might get rid of the one (an '06 Matrix), so we would have one automatic and one stick.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Well.. I have a 5-speed stick in my SUV, and an automatic in my truck, there should have been another item in the poll for "Both"..
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: WI
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5. Coolness factor. Girls who drive stick are cooler.
Ain't that the truth. Most of my wife's cars over the years have been manual ( we try to keep one vehicle in family with AT at same time ). Her latest car is a TC with a stick ( and supercharger, plus several other mods ). So i'm lucky enough to have a wife who understands cars and enjoys driving them.
Our daughter was taught how to drive a stick when she had her learners permit, and each of her cars has been a stick. Including her own TC, which she has plans for adding a turbo in near future. So our daughter is a tuner gal.

Speaking for myself, being surrounded by car gals is pretty cool.....
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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Definitely stick. I have never owned a car that was not stick. The main reason I buy manual is enjoyability, I feel that I am just turning the steering wheel when I drive an auto.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I prefer to drive a stick but in heavy traffic, if that's most of your driving (what a crap driving experience!) I would probably go for an auto, just so I'm not constantly cussing as I burn up my clutch.

Some cars, particularly VW cars, have pretty low first gears, and the engine will tolerate low RPM well - for example my old Scirocco is like this. I don't mind driving it in traffic because I don't have to slip the clutch much.

Depending, if you get a car where changing the clutch is relatively easy, I would go for a stick regardless of traffic in this case.

A lot of it is driver technique. If you use the handbrake to hold the car on hills when starting out, avoid that stupid "hill holding with the clutch" nonsense that I see the "backwards billcap brigade" using, and in general get the clutch engaged quickly and at low RPM (but without bogging or lugging) you can still get a lot of life out of a stickshift in stop-and-go traffic.
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