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2012-05-01 09:24:00 PM
i had to order mine and have it shipped. there wasn't a single manual in the country.
 
2012-05-01 09:38:30 PM
I've bought both my cars used, and both have had manual transmissions:

2000 Mustang (5-speed)

2006 Subaru Impreza (5-speed)

Both cars have been great fun to drive.
 
2012-05-01 09:39:15 PM
If you can't drive a manual transmission, you don't know how to drive, IMO.
 
2012-05-01 09:41:38 PM
fark right off with that sexist shiat, subby. I learned to drive a manual while pregnant.

/that sounds like quite the euphemism
 
2012-05-01 09:47:59 PM
I thought subby could have been referring to something in the vernacular are called ladies license in some European countries and only allows the driver to operate cars with an automatic transmission.
 
2012-05-01 10:15:51 PM
My first manual was a 67 Beetle, (bought for a couple of hundred in 1976) and learned early on that they start on hills without a good battery. Bought 3 more Beetles and a Scirocco that were all manual. Protip: Live on a hill.

/trading in manual 96 Civic for a new manual
//haven't decided what I deserve yet
 
2012-05-01 10:18:01 PM
my wife drives a manual acura rsx, and she loves it, btw.
 
2012-05-01 10:24:03 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: fark right off with that sexist shiat, subby. I learned to drive a manual while pregnant.

/that sounds like quite the euphemism


If you knew how to drive a manuel you wouldn't be pregnant, amirite?

STFU trollmitter, I've driven both. I live in Seattle and we got us some major hills. Automatic is easier.
 
m3h
2012-05-01 10:58:16 PM

AbbeySomeone: I live in Seattle and we got us some major hills. Automatic is easier.


You lost me. The car works the same way. Put it in gear, engage clutch slowly while applying gas. Hell, if you're going downhill, you don't even need the gas to get it going. The car really doesn't care if you're on a hill or in a hole. You can either drive stick, or you cannot.

/sounds like you cannot
 
2012-05-01 11:31:40 PM
my new (manual) car has a hill-assist brake, which i find extremely useful. but i also feel like i'm cheating. anyone else experience this?
 
2012-05-01 11:36:50 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: If you can't drive a manual transmission, you don't know how to drive, IMO.


QFT

/and might I add, who the f*ck would buy a Jeep Wrangler with an auto?
//Jeep herder, manual trans
 
2012-05-02 12:07:23 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: who the f*ck would buy a Jeep Wrangler with an auto?


...a woman?
 
2012-05-02 12:13:20 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /and might I add, who the f*ck would buy a Jeep Wrangler with an auto?


99% of the suburbanites at my train station feel the need every night to get out of the parking lot first.
/really quite humorous to watch them race to their 'possessions'
 
2012-05-02 12:24:04 AM
I never fell out of love with manual...every car I have ever owned was a stick. And I'm a girl
 
2012-05-02 12:27:48 AM

m3h: AbbeySomeone: I live in Seattle and we got us some major hills. Automatic is easier.

You lost me. The car works the same way. Put it in gear, engage clutch slowly while applying gas. Hell, if you're going downhill, you don't even need the gas to get it going. The car really doesn't care if you're on a hill or in a hole. You can either drive stick, or you cannot.

/sounds like you cannot


My dad tried to teach me in a flat parking lot. I couldn't get the hang of it.

Granted, he left it to the day before the lease on the car ended, but still, it seemed pretty hard to me.
 
2012-05-02 12:52:52 AM
FTFA: The best we can hope for is to teach those willing to learn and hope to keep the manual tranny around as long as possible.

Hey, if the Emanuel the tranny wants to move, let em go! Don't be selfish!

/wished I learned, but Dad said they weren't going to be around much longer... They outlasted him
 
2012-05-02 12:59:43 AM
I have never owned a car with an automatic transmission. It doesn't feel like I'm in control of the car with those things.
 
2012-05-02 01:10:39 AM
I prefer stick but the wife can't drive one, so I got an auto-stick. not the same, but you do what you can.
 
2012-05-02 01:34:53 AM
I love going to UK. Every rental I've got there was a manual -- I love shifting with the left hand. Gotta love it! (thankfully the clutch is still the left foot)

farm6.staticflickr.com

My last rental. Good fun. Diesel too!
 
2012-05-02 01:54:01 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: fark right off with that sexist shiat, subby. I learned to drive a manual while pregnant.

/that sounds like quite the euphemism


I'd be driving a manual right now but for two things:

1) I lost my license for a year because I'm a drunk (that no longer drinks)
2) My wife can't drive a stick

Then again, she can't drive an automatic, either. This has been the longest year of my life because my wife drives like Helen Keller with a blindfold in the dark. I honestly think that I'm going to die every time I get in the car with her, and there is a pretty good chance that I actually drove better being absolutely shiat-faced. My wife is proof that anybody can get a driver's license in this country. Her eyes are everywhere but forward and she rides people like rented mules, then gets angry at me when I ask her to back off so that she doesn't have to depend entirely on her brakes being in peak condition to stop more than a foot short of the guy in front of her.

Oh, well. I have nobody to blame but myself. Oh, and women can't drive.
 
2012-05-02 02:09:14 AM

drew46n2: MaudlinMutantMollusk: who the f*ck would buy a Jeep Wrangler with an auto?

...a woman?


My wife would like a word with you.
 
2012-05-02 02:15:59 AM

m3h: AbbeySomeone: I live in Seattle and we got us some major hills. Automatic is easier.

You lost me. The car works the same way. Put it in gear, engage clutch slowly while applying gas. Hell, if you're going downhill, you don't even need the gas to get it going. The car really doesn't care if you're on a hill or in a hole. You can either drive stick, or you cannot.

/sounds like you cannot



Depends on how quickly you want to burn out the clutch - if you spend a lot of time driving and parking on hills, an automatic is a huge blessing. I do a lot of such driving splitting time in nearly identical vehicles that have different transmissions - an '89 GMC Cheyenne 3500 with a stick (granny through Third), and a 90 Silverado 2500 automatic - and the Silverado can handle hill-driving a lot better. Not to mention the much better mileage of a 350 in a 3/4 over a 454 in a 1+ ton ...
 
2012-05-02 02:20:47 AM
They're a good car jacking deterrent.

I laugh my ass off every time (about 2x per month) I hear about some scumbag car jacker who has to leave the car there, because they can't figure out how to get the damn thing to move.
 
2012-05-02 02:22:42 AM
IMHO, Wranglers should only be manufactured with manual transmissions.
 
2012-05-02 02:23:33 AM

The_Sponge: IMHO, Wranglers should only be manufactured with manual transmissions.


And never sold to college girls, who try to drive them like sports cars.
 
2012-05-02 02:25:12 AM

kmmontandon: The_Sponge: IMHO, Wranglers should only be manufactured with manual transmissions.

And never sold to college girls, who try to drive them like sports cars.



And anyone who puts those ultra flashy rims on them will be shot on sight.
 
2012-05-02 02:29:07 AM

TommyymmoT: They're a good car jacking deterrent.

I laugh my ass off every time (about 2x per month) I hear about some scumbag car jacker who has to leave the car there, because they can't figure out how to get the damn thing to move.


My last car had a stick and only the old guy at the dealership could drive it. The kid in the service department didn't know how. My current car has an automatic transmission (the model doesn't have the manual option) and sometimes it feels like I'm cheating.
 
2012-05-02 02:36:50 AM

The_Sponge: kmmontandon: The_Sponge: IMHO, Wranglers should only be manufactured with manual transmissions.

And never sold to college girls, who try to drive them like sports cars.


And anyone who puts those ultra flashy rims on them will be shot on sight.


And bring back the straight six.
 
2012-05-02 02:39:42 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: If you can't drive a manual transmission, you don't know how to drive, IMO.


Your opinion is silly. I drive about 20,000km a year and have done so for well over 20 years. You're telling me i can't drive because i've only bothered buying automatics? Pfft.

My motorbike is manual. Does that count?
 
2012-05-02 02:43:00 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /and might I add, who the f*ck would buy a Jeep Wrangler with an auto?


You must not do rock crawling, this is the one time the manual is not as good as you get less slippage with one, you do however sacrifice engine braking but it is not an issue here
 
2012-05-02 02:57:37 AM
I've never driven a manual.
 
2012-05-02 03:14:39 AM
Fark you subby!

I'm a redheaded farkette with large breasts that can drive a stick shift in circles around your dumb sexist ass!
 
2012-05-02 03:42:43 AM

FlashHarry: i had to order mine and have it shipped. there wasn't a single manual in the country.


I've had the same experience three times with two different makes. One existed in an awful color 1000 miles away, but I'd rather wait.
 
2012-05-02 03:43:17 AM
Thought about buying a manual Wrangler, but the dealership didn't have any in stock.

Never driven one, but familiar with how it works. Is there an easy way to learn without wrecking someone's transmission?
 
2012-05-02 03:44:11 AM
FLAPPY PADDLE DOES NOT COUNT!
 
2012-05-02 03:51:12 AM

FlashHarry: my new (manual) car has a hill-assist brake, which i find extremely useful. but i also feel like i'm cheating. anyone else experience this?


My Subaru has this, pretty good to use but I often don't use it, just clutch up the hill anyway. Only works if I press the brake hard so I can drive without using it.

Not into automatics at all, and yes I'm female. If I wanted to steer a car I'd play with Go-Carts!

What really pisses me off are cars that are automatics sitting at a speed between gears, so when you're behind them its a constant shuffle between 3rd and 4th or 2nd and 3rd...argh!
 
2012-05-02 03:53:43 AM
Currently own two manuals (both 98's), but looking to buy a farking automatic because the wife needs to learn how to drive.

/public transport only takes one so far
 
2012-05-02 03:55:12 AM
I understand the "cool-ness" of being able to... and driving a stick. Ride a motorcycle... couldn't imagine it being an automatic... ewwww....

But... the question I have is... for a daily driver (especially if you're unlucky enough to commute on a crowded highway) why the FARK would you WANT/PREFER a stick?
 
2012-05-02 03:58:43 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: fark right off with that sexist shiat, subby. I learned to drive a manual while pregnant.

/that sounds like quite the euphemism


Hey, I saw that episode of Sixteen and Pregnant!
 
2012-05-02 04:01:39 AM
But how the hell are you supposed to drink coffee while on the phone, put on mascara and steer AND SHIFT at the same time?
 
2012-05-02 04:03:54 AM
The novelty will wear off, it always does. The dwindling hardcore will continue to be hardcore, the posers and rice rocket racers will get sick of it and opt for convenience the minute they get an office job or a kid. It's only spiked now because so many people have been taking anything they can get on the used market for so long, that now that the economy's back they're ready to listen to the guys who crow about fuel economy and ultimate control. Most of them regret it and maybe 5% ever see any fuel savings.

Face it, stick shifters, you guys are the hipsters of the auto world.
 
2012-05-02 04:05:08 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: My first manual was a 67 Beetle, (bought for a couple of hundred in 1976) and learned early on that they start on hills without a good battery. Bought 3 more Beetles and a Scirocco that were all manual. Protip: Live on a hill.

/trading in manual 96 Civic for a new manual
//haven't decided what I deserve yet


Once drove all over Cozumel in a chopped beetle convertible with a dead battery. Taught my wife (ex) how to pop start a clutch. Then push started that car about a dozen times going from beach bar to beach bar. Made it to the airport on time.

But my used '72 Ford Capri. I could reliably pop start that beauty rolling backward down the last 3 feet of a driveway before it hits the street.
 
2012-05-02 04:05:23 AM

m3h: AbbeySomeone: I live in Seattle and we got us some major hills. Automatic is easier.

You lost me. The car works the same way. Put it in gear, engage clutch slowly while applying gas. Hell, if you're going downhill, you don't even need the gas to get it going. The car really doesn't care if you're on a hill or in a hole. You can either drive stick, or you cannot.

/sounds like you cannot


You're being obtuse.

I drove a '98 Mustang Cobra around San Francisco for about 2 years. Let me tell you, driving was an annoying and tiring experience because of the packed streets and the hilly terrain. Hence, why this person said that an automatic is easier.

Pray 4 Mojo: I understand the "cool-ness" of being able to... and driving a stick. Ride a motorcycle... couldn't imagine it being an automatic... ewwww....

But... the question I have is... for a daily driver (especially if you're unlucky enough to commute on a crowded highway) why the FARK would you WANT/PREFER a stick?


Beats me. Manual transmissions are fun when you have a straight away or like doing burnouts or want to take your consumer vehicle "to the track" (I have co workers that do this, it's beyond me why they bother racing their BMW's against each other in time trials). But with city traffic? Fark it. Fark it hard.

Mostly it's just typical posturing. Think of it as the hipster phenomena of the car crowd. While normal douchey hipsters are drinking their Pabst and smoking their american spirit cigarettes, these douchey guys are bragging about how awesome their manual transmissions are and how superior they are to automatics regardless of your driving conditions.
 
2012-05-02 04:05:35 AM
Given how good computer control and dual-clutch automatic gearboxes are, there's no reason for manual transmissions to be built anymore. The computer is better at shifting than you are. Really. And the dual-clutch boxes don't have the lossy torque converters, so gas mileage/power to wheels is actually better than a stick. You CAN'T shift as fast as the computer. You CAN'T shift as smoothly as the computer. And you are NOT more in control of the car. The limitations of the stick mean that the car is more in control of you.

/Yes, I can drive a stick just fine, thanks.
//And yes, a stick is in many ways better than a hydraulic slushbox.
 
2012-05-02 04:05:58 AM
My parents wouldn't let me out on the road until I could drive a stick. I plan to do the same with my kid in a few years.

I thought driving a five speed was fun until I got to drive bigger things.

www.iowa80.com
 
2012-05-02 04:06:52 AM
manual trans are great fun to drive while giving you a more 'in control' feel of the vehicle: better acceleration & greater control for fast stops. IMHO it is heavy stop and go commuter traffic killing manual tranny sales. becomes a PITA joyless task resulting in the next car being an automatic.

as for many Jeeps i think it doesn't matter anymore. they've become pussified cushiony comfort-laden vehicles for fat ass soccer moms. from what i've read some 98% of 4WD vehicles in America are never taken off road. if you live in an area where there is real winter weather you've seen plenty of Jeeps spun out, buried in snow drifts and smashed up because the owners don't have enough common sense to drive slowly and with care.
 
2012-05-02 04:07:22 AM
My favorite cars were/are manual - '73 Super Beetle and an '01 Audi S4.

The S4 is fun to drive and I don't like lending it to friends/housemates... manual transmission makes a great "can I borrow your car?" deterrent.
 
2012-05-02 04:08:47 AM
I think you should be required to take your road test in a manual, considering you're being licensed to drive one.

Worst case scenario?
There will be less drivers who can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
 
2012-05-02 04:09:32 AM
Got my first stick shift in 1967. Had nothing but for 30 years. Went to an automatic because after working in a hospital all night, driving a stick home in the morning was becoming a chore; my leg would shake when using the clutch in TRAFFIC.

But our 1999 roadster is a 5 speed and a joy to drive. I still love a stick shift, just not in TRAFFIC.
 
2012-05-02 04:12:01 AM

FlashHarry: i had to order mine and have it shipped. there wasn't a single manual in the country.


When I got my current car, it was a new model (in the US anyway) and most dealerships only had 2-4 on the lot at the time. I had to rent a car (so I could leave it when I got there) and drive to a dealership 100 miles away to get a stick. (The dealerships wouldn't ship it that far for me.)

/Totally worth it. I love my car.
//Just wish the milage was better.
 
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