Can you drive a stick shift car?

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  1. earllogjam

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    Are those of us that can, a dying breed?
     
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    Ya know, I think we are. I just got a new car and specifically got the 6spd manual. Had a slushomatic before, and the only thing that made that tolerable was the V8 attached to it :)
     
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    I was taught on a stick shift! I've driven more standards than automatics. Love them !
     
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    I can but I wouldn't. I prefer an automatic or like my Passat, an automatic than can also be driven like a manual. I still think it is hilarious that automatic transmission is still considered an "option" at car dealerships, when 90% of cars sold in the us utilize an automatic transmission.
     
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    That is such a turn on for me, a woman that can drive stick.

    That being said, I could probably count the people I know that cant on my two hands. Almost everyone I know drives stick. I've never owned a car that wasn't. I was actually under the impression the trend was reversing. Im in my late 20's and it seems like almost everyone has a stick car now.

    Maybe I'm way off and the exception, but it seems like especially younger people it is considered uncool not to know how to drive stick. My friend's younger brother is in HS and he said the general consensus is even if you have to get a cheap car, if you get stick it will at least be fun to drive, so he is learning. He said his friends feel the same way.
     
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    lol..in slovenia theyre sum automatics...but usually we drive shift..kinda curious about the automatic thou never tried it..
     
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    Yes. I own a Honda Acurra TSX. It has automatic or stick shift. I prefer the stick shift.
     
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    I certainly can. Don't see a reason to own a Trans Am if it's not going to be a stick. ;)

    But of course, that's not my commuter car. Only an absolute nutter would drive something that gets below 40MPG to commute these days. :p
     
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    I can! And darn good too if I might add! :tongue: But in all seriousness, my first car was an automatic and I promised myself I would never settle again, no matter what.

    I'm rocking a 2004 Mustang Cobra BTW. 6spd FTW!
     
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    I drive manual transmission ("stick"/with clutch)... and really well. ;]

    I LOVE driving.


    lolz at AT manual mode
     
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    I think the OP was asking if people could drive fully manual cars (with a clutch).

    Robinson1991, I think automatics are less fun to drive, that is unless you are stuck in traffic. Which I am sure there are enough badass Alpine roads with no traffic that really make driving stick a blast in Slovenia.

    I took a hatchback BMW 1 series through some of the German and Austrian Alps, and let me tell you stick made it a blast. That is except their obsession with speed cameras on the larger roads.
     
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    If it doesnt have a clutch, I dont consider it a manual. The automatic/manual hybrid in most cars these days, it is not a real manual.

    And yes, I can drive a stick... but I prefer my automatic. I am not racing in my car, I just drive places.
     
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    Here in the UK if you take your driving test in an automatic you don't get a license to drive a stick shift, so the vast majority of us learn to drive stick shift. My first car (a 1973 Fiat 500) was not only stick shift, but it had a crash gearbox (which necessitates double-declutching if you want to change without grating gears). That car really taught me to drive. I went on to drive busses witch also had crash boxes so the little Fiat had done me a favour there. Today I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's auto, of course. And my other car is an AC Cobra replica which has a manual 5 speed Tremec gearbox - lovely!
     
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    I prefer it but rarely get the chance.
     
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    we probably are a dying kind but i think i wouldnt know what to do with auto transmission, and with my left leg, no thanks ill stick to the stick! :)
     
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    I have only ever driven manual (UK here) and I only know a couple of people with an auto...
     
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    Yep. Never driven an auto.
     
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    Probably not. I think that e.g. most of Europe drives stick shift.
    What I find incredible is how you can use your left hand - if you are not left-handed - for switching gears in countries where you drive on the left.
     
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    I still drive a manual car. I can handle an auto car without any problems, but I took a bit of getting used to in the beginning.
     
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    It's really a no brainer. I switch vehicles a fair bit, regularly driving in three different countries (2 right, 1 left) and switching between automatic and manual transmission and between LH drive and RH drive.

    The gear stick being on my left or right is not a problem. And I don't see what being left or right handed has to do with it - it isn't exactly intricate work. Drive with your hand on it - otherwise the worse thing that'll happen is you'll find your hand on the door knob by accident. Lock the doors if it worries you.

    No, a far more likely problem is, when going from manual to auto, that your left foot will stab for the clutch as you slow and hit the break pedal by accident - I've done that more than once. Very jarring.
     
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