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2013-01-29 03:14:45 PM

antidumbass: Stick shifts are better for all the other drivers on the road because you can't use a cell phone or eat a taco whilst driving.
/2 cents


I have done both.
2003 Saturn Ion 5 spd. Most recently I ate an angry whopper and a gingerbread milkshake while driving. Burger in Left Hand, Shake in right. Left Pinky on the wheel, Right Index and Thumb holding the shake at the bottom. I lost an onion down the front of me, that was about it.
 
2013-01-29 03:14:52 PM

Contents Under Pressure: My new car is a stick for these reasons:


...This, that, and the other thing. All three.

/137 of my model on the lot in '04
//1 in a stickshift hatchback, for 25% under dealer invoice?
///SOLD
 
2013-01-29 03:15:01 PM
MR. BEAN! got carjacked
 
2013-01-29 03:15:50 PM

shanrick: It's hard to hold your beer and work a stick shift.


If I can text while driving a stick you should be able to hold a beer.
 
2013-01-29 03:15:56 PM
Never understood why people are so fixated on manual and feeling "connected" to their car, as if this somehow creates a symbiotic relationship. I drive my car to get from point A to point B and feel in control of it the whole time. It's a tool, not a toy, but I suppose that this is where the difference lies. I don't use a car to feel like I'm in the land of race car ya-yas; the land where you can't change lanes; the land where large fuzzy dice hang proudly, like testicles, from rear-view mirrors.
 
2013-01-29 03:16:03 PM
of the vehicles i've personally owned, only 1 has had an automatic transmission. I hate it 95% of the time... but when i'm in bumper-to-bumper traffic, it's nice not having my left leg or hand cramping up on me from working the clutch pedal/lever.
 
2013-01-29 03:16:03 PM

dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.


My '54 Plymouth Savoy has a 3-speed column shifter.

images.classiccars.com

/not the actual pic
//mine is brown
 
2013-01-29 03:16:18 PM
i totalled my car when i was 16 and only had a permit. it was a stick. i wasnt hurt but the body dmg was more than the value of the car ($2k car with 60% cost to repair = 'totaled' designation according to my insurance in 1988). my mom freaked out and got an automatic. it was her car and we shared it til my senior year when i got my own (another automatic). that's fine. 10 years later I had my brother re-teach me the manual shift and bought one because it was ridiculously low-priced ($12k car for $8.5k--not a flood car or rental). i've never looked back since. i now own a manual truck and LOVE it. i will 99% probably never own an automatic again. i actually prefer my right hand staying occupied because I dont drive distracted--rarely eat in the car, dont take phone calls, etc. it's a lot of fun to drive, imo, and i pay way more attention on the road.
 
2013-01-29 03:16:42 PM

Cheron: dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.

Three on the tree, four on the floor. buy something nice and let me know where you are parking it


www.pirate4x4.com
 
2013-01-29 03:17:53 PM
6 speed manual transmission, biatches.
 
2013-01-29 03:17:59 PM
antidumbass

Stick shifts are better for all the other drivers on the road because you can't use a cell phone or eat a taco whilst driving.
/2 cents


You sir are incorrect , first car was a stick and I love tacos.
 
2013-01-29 03:18:29 PM
I insisted on teaching both my daughters how to drive a manual transmission. Now the oldest hates driving anything else, and the youngest never wants to touch another one again.

/don't know what went wrong with the youngest.
//I blame her mother.
///I guess they can carjack whomever they want now.
 
2013-01-29 03:19:07 PM

antidumbass: Stick shifts are better for all the other drivers on the road because you can't use a cell phone or eat a taco whilst driving.
/2 cents


God gave you knees so you could steer while holding a cell phone in your left hand and shifting with your right.
 
2013-01-29 03:21:13 PM
I love my stick shift but they're going to be for hobbyists only in 20 years. A good modern dual clutch automatic can shift so fast you barely noticed that it happened so all the old problems about shifting at the wrong times, being in the wrong gear, lousy mileage from power loss through the slushbox, etc. will be gone. The manual is still lighter, cheaper, and mechanically simpler but that's it. A good automatic will out accelerate the same car with a manual now, they just shift so much faster than a driver is capable of.
 
2013-01-29 03:21:18 PM
I drive automatic, because Canadian winters in a hilly city SUCK with manual.
 
2013-01-29 03:21:25 PM
This compensator is not to be confused with the one driving the Vette.

www.metraflex.com
 
2013-01-29 03:21:54 PM

tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?


Miatas are great little cars. I'm on my second one. I convinced a friend that a Miata is the best possible choice for his teenage daughter (with the addition of a roll-bar). It's not actually a fast car, though it is nimble. It only seats two! The intelligence of teenagers is inversly proportional to the quantity of teenagers, so when in a car you want to keep their number to a minimum. Used Miatas in good shape are readily available and reasonably priced. Finally, despite the limitations, getting her a Miata makes you "the coolest dad EVAH!" At least for the next hour or so. Teens are fickle and have a short memory.
 
2013-01-29 03:22:23 PM

TyrannyOfThe3Squares: shanrick: It's hard to hold your beer and work a stick shift.

Was trying to decide on "Smart" or "Funny", but really, with a little practice, you won't spill a drop!


I was gonna go with "beer can helmet."
 
2013-01-29 03:22:50 PM
I'm pretty sure that's the only reason my car wasn't stolen when I lived in a sketchy place one summer for one of my college internships. My neighbors went through two cars in one summer, and they weren't nice cars, either.

If anyone has time for a 'Cool Story, Sis' about stupid car mods, you can keep reading. If not, just scroll down to the next comment.

The smash-and-grab problem was so bad that I went to the junkyard and pulled the front off an old tape deck to shove in the console, then soldered some longer wires to the harness, ran them under the plastic cowling and actually managed to get the real head unit installed vertically in the center glovebox. You'd open the top, put in your CD or connect your MP3 player, and carry on, though I did have to cut some subtle vent holes and wire in a computer fan to keep the unit at a safe temperature in the summer and I actually used some metal straps and screws to really secure it in there so it couldn't just be yanked. Had to disassemble almost the entire middle of the interior to do it, but my time was worth nothing then and the radio had been a present from my Dad, so I really did not want it stolen.

I also used a Dremel to cut a cassette tape in half and glued it into the tape-deck-front so it looked like I was actually using it. Eventually I put the tape-deck-front onto hinges and used some Sugru and Krazy Glue to securely wedge a plastic box into the original radio's spot (it once contained frozen eclairs, but a good cleaning and some Krylon for Plastic made it work,) and so my car's wonderful radio security system consisted of the radio and the center glovebox being in opposite places. I also wired a little hidden switch into the ignition so even with the key, the car would only start if one knew exactly what switch to flip. Again, my time was worth nothing at this point, and the car wasn't worth much more, but I'd lose my job if I lost it and I had very little choice but to innovate.

After that was done, I'd just leave the car unlocked, since with an unlocked car, the chavs would search for items and then close it back up, whereas a locked car would get its' windows smashed. It was the guy I was dating at the time who came up with the best idea. Every week I would get a few dollars in ones as change, harvest some poison ivy with my gloves on and store the bills in a Ziploc bag of the oily leaves, then place them, again in gloves, into the dashboard glovebox by themselves.

For three weeks, the itchy-fied bills were, without fail, stolen, and I considered it a kind of $3-4 per week 'parking fee,' especially since the problem with the slumlord who owned the building leaving passive-aggressive notes about not having a lot permit stopped around that time. This guy was a real piece of work. Wouldn't sell me a parking permit because we only had a summer sublet and "those tags are expensive and your kind never return 'em!" (what kind, I always wondered, given that I was as white as he was,) wouldn't stop biatching about my not having one, and the one time he tried to have my car towed, I made a fake permit with Photoshop and the tow guy charged the slumlord for a false alarm. One day, though, my then-boyfriend put the bait bills in for me, not realizing that I typically removed the bills from the Ziploc of poison-ivy leaves before placing them in the car. He just threw in the whole bag, complete with three dollars and about three fistfuls of nicely shredded poison ivy leaves.

Funny thing, though; it was actually the teenage son of the slum lord who tried to smoke the leaves and wound up in the hospital. Apparently he had been tasked by his parent with going around to check for permit compliance, and along the way, this entitled little chav was the one robbing all the cars. So my $3-5 dollar investment and the 'shopped permit was apparently enough to keep a fifteen-year-old boy from ratting my poor little hoopty out to his loser dad. The kid went into the hospital the first week in August, and by the time they released him, we'd packed our stuff and fled into the night, never to darken the doors or drip oil on the parking lot again.

I always wonder how the kid explained himself, though. Considering the landlord refused to buy health insurance because it was a Commie scam and believed in paying cash for everything, two weeks in the hospital and a stint in intensive care probably had at least some disciplinary effect on that rotten kid.

And the moral of the story is, 'don't try to smoke baggies of leaves you find in 1987 Hondas that do not belong to you.'
 
2013-01-29 03:23:12 PM

OgreMagi: 6 speed manual transmission, biatches.


That is what I have on my Civic Si. Absolutely love it.
 
2013-01-29 03:23:17 PM

vudukungfu: dahmers love zombie: I wonder if I could get a car outfitted with a 3-speed column shifter.  I could leave the keys in it all the time with zero worry.

I've had those.
It's great. Because no one can drive them anymore.
I loved it.


Now, if you could get yourself an old Volvo 240 with manual AND a manual choke, most garage mechanics couldn't start it.
 
2013-01-29 03:23:22 PM
In the future, if the car someone is trying to steal has no driver-interface app for the current must-have-human-interface-widget, it won't be stolen.
 
2013-01-29 03:23:24 PM

pute kisses like a man: The Flexecutioner: maxximillian: does this story stink to anyone else? I think I'm going to call BS. Why did the owner try lifting prints on his own?

a little, but then i read this final line of the article:

"Randolph says he has more information to give to police, but officers haven't yet returned his calls."

that is kind of infuriating, imo. but yeah, his efforts sound douchy at the very least.

even if he gets the prints, i'm pretty sure he's a breach in the chain of evidence. that shiat will never get in court. but, could be good enough to get someone to confess, granted you have the classic ingredients, unsophisticated criminal + unscrupulous cop.


i thought the same except for certain pragmatics, like he'll never get his Creedence tapes back. I'm sure they have the lab working on it in shifts, haha.

i think successful car thefts are really low conviction ratings anyway, let alone a failed one.

and surprisingly cuz it hasnt been posted yet ...

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-29 03:23:53 PM

tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?


Miata isn't really an option. Rather him not have a two seater. But I can't tell you the last time I ran across a GTI.
 
2013-01-29 03:24:20 PM
Learned to drive in a '72 Maverick when I was 12. Loved my '91 CRX with the manual. Hard to drive stick anymore due to back injury, but don't think for a second I can't chirp the tires going from 1st to 2nd gear in the automatic transmission that lives in my 1973 Challenger. Automatic be damned, that car is fun to drive......in a straight line
 
2013-01-29 03:25:05 PM
Manual transmission is superior to automatic
Typewriters are superior to computers
A pair of sticks is superior to a lighter
A compass and map are superior to GPS
Leaches and swamproot are superior to medicine.
 
2013-01-29 03:25:10 PM

tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?


No,no.no those will encourage spirited driving by someone who has more testosterone than common sense. For new drives I'm fond of the boxy Volvos, wagon if you can find it. Build like a bunker, zero to sixty you can clock with a calendar and so ugly their friends won't be in it to distract them.
 
2013-01-29 03:25:18 PM

shanrick: It's hard to hold your beer and work a stick shift.


No it's not.
 
2013-01-29 03:25:30 PM

OgreMagi: Miatas are great little cars. I'm on my second one. I convinced a friend that a Miata is the best possible choice for his teenage daughter (with the addition of a roll-bar). It's not actually a fast car, though it is nimble. It only seats two! The intelligence of teenagers is inversly proportional to the quantity of teenagers, so when in a car you want to keep their number to a minimum. Used Miatas in good shape are readily available and reasonably priced. Finally, despite the limitations, getting her a Miata makes you "the coolest dad EVAH!" At least for the next hour or so. Teens are fickle and have a short memory.


Miatas are so low they're easy to lose in blind spots, though. I see right over the top of them driving an RSX.
 
2013-01-29 03:25:48 PM

Jument: Even more stupid than this is the people who go on The Amazing Race and don't know how to drive stick.

/I know, I know, followed by people who watch The Amazing Race
//the wife likes it
///usually there is a token hottie or two
////plus the arguments are entertaining


No reason to be ashamed about watching The Amazing Race. As far as reality show competitions go, it actually does have some socially redeeming value in showing Americans the world outside the US and teaching a little bit about geography and other cultures. Plus Phil is actually a pretty cool guy. I watched a documentary about him biking across America and he came across as a genuinely awesome person. Hell, he even stopped for red lights as he was riding his bike in urban areas.
 
2013-01-29 03:25:51 PM

NASAM: tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?

Miata isn't really an option. Rather him not have a two seater. But I can't tell you the last time I ran across a GTI.


GTI or Civic would be ideal.
 
2013-01-29 03:25:57 PM

Wellon Dowd: Manual is better owing to the superior porn possibilities.


Finally, a compelling argument for the stick shift!

I really have no comeback for that. I guess you could grind against the emergency brake lever, if it's in the center, but... nah, stick is clearly pornier.

/well, that finally settles that
 
2013-01-29 03:27:07 PM

Holocaust Agnostic: Manual transmission is superior to automatic
Typewriters are superior to computers
A pair of sticks is superior to a lighter
A compass and map are superior to GPS
Leaches and swamproot are superior to medicine.
Stupidity is superior to accurate analogy.


FTFY
 
2013-01-29 03:27:08 PM

NASAM: tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?

Miata isn't really an option. Rather him not have a two seater. But I can't tell you the last time I ran across a GTI.


No back seat is a good thing. Do you know what a teenage boy will want to do with a backseat?
 
2013-01-29 03:28:27 PM

OgreMagi: NASAM: tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?

Miata isn't really an option. Rather him not have a two seater. But I can't tell you the last time I ran across a GTI.

No back seat is a good thing. Do you know what a teenage boy will want to do with a backseat?


But where are you gonna put yer guitar?
 
2013-01-29 03:28:52 PM
Fun Fact:

In the UK if you take your driving test in an automatic you get a special (emphasis on special) licence that allows you only to drive an automatic.
 
2013-01-29 03:29:01 PM

tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?


The "cash for clunkers" debacle all but killed the market for not-beat-to-shiat older, cheap, somewhat reliable cars. The only cars I find in my area that might fit his qualifications all have some sort of serious mechanical defect that would require work before the car was legal to drive or title, or are deathtrappy enough that he probably doesn't want one for his kid.

Wellon Dowd: MindStalker: In before Manual/Automatic argument!

There is no argument. Unless you're both a spastic and an idiot, manual is better.


I'm guessing you've never driven a:

Heavy duty truck, light-duty truck with no tach, minivan, late-model Mercedes, Bentley, or RV with a manual, then? If you want to confine your qualifications to "passenger car" (and even then, you're not always right), you'd be less incorrect.

Big-ass trucks SUCK with manuals. Little trucks are similarly awful. I can't fathom why you'd want a stick in an Astro or Caravan. Late model and high-performance Mercs are "auto only" because their motors make so much torque that their sticks keep breaking, and putting a two speed drag tranny in a road car is...yeah. Bentley's autos play a huge role in the "power delivery" feel of the car; you'd certainly screw it up with a stick. (Haven't driven a recent Rolls, so I don't know but imagine it's the same deal.) Lulz@RV/Bus with a stick. Have fun with that.

I'm most certainly a purist, both my and the wife's car's are sticks, but the notion that MANUAL ALWAYZ BETTAR is just plain wrong. I can think of numerous other applications where I'd prefer an auto over a manual, despite having a general preference for manuals in all my vehicles. (I'm sure driving a Prius in stop-and-go to and from work with a stick would enhance the driving experience there too...)

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I have owned manual and automatic transmissions and the pleasures of driving one or the other depend solely on the vehicle in which contained.


Dingdingdingding.

I'd addendum "and the purposes for which the vehicle is intended" but other than that, spot on.
 
2013-01-29 03:30:30 PM
I have a 5-speed. But for only one reason. It was a car I could afford. Generally speaking the same model of any stickshift I've owned costs a lot more with an automatic trans. Plus, they tend to be faster and more responsive. You know, if that sort of thing is important to you.

I think I've owned 5 different cars that were stick. I think the only thing I don't like about manual is that it's difficult to play drums in traffic. And that is very important to me.
 
2013-01-29 03:30:40 PM
6-speed here.

/special ordered
//worth the wait
 
2013-01-29 03:32:03 PM

OgreMagi: No back seat is a good thing. Do you know what a teenage boy will want to do with a backseat?


I had a CRX when I was dating. Can't think of any thing I didn't do in that car that I've done since.
 
2013-01-29 03:32:24 PM

grinding_journalist: Late model and high-performance Mercs are "auto only" because their motors make so much torque that their sticks keep breaking


I find this a little hard to believe. I'd believe that the new autos are simply faster than manuals, but semis with 1200lbs+ of torque have manual transmissions.
 
2013-01-29 03:33:16 PM

MindStalker: In before Manual/Automatic argument!


I wanted to do this too.

I'm not even close.


/kicks dirt
//leaves thread
///it's a stupid argument anyway
 
2013-01-29 03:35:32 PM

grinding_journalist: The "cash for clunkers" debacle all but killed the market for not-beat-to-shiat older, cheap, somewhat reliable cars. The only cars I find in my area that might fit his qualifications all have some sort of serious mechanical defect that would require work before the car was legal to drive or title, or are deathtrappy enough that he probably doesn't want one for his kid.


Go used car shopping in Florida.  No road salt and below-average incomes create plenty of cheap used cars in good condition.
 
2013-01-29 03:36:52 PM
lolcat.com
 
2013-01-29 03:38:12 PM
LOL iPad generation
 
2013-01-29 03:38:21 PM
Guy I knew in high school (mid-1970's) begged and pleaded his folks to buy him a car. He got some lousy beater, worst thing was it had auto transmission. He used to drive to try to convince anyone nearby that he had a stick: accelerate, suddenly take foot off accelerator, jam it again, take it off again, jam it again, take it off again etc. Nobody wanted to ride in his car, for obvious reasons.

/hey Youn, you still out there?
 
2013-01-29 03:39:08 PM
Every time I rent a car in Britain they always ask "are you sure you can drive a manual (standard)? We do have automatics..."

Apparently Americans who can drive stick are quite the novelty.

/been driving my manual Jetta for 14 years now...
//sucks in traffic jams
///love my little Jenny
 
2013-01-29 03:40:21 PM
blog.wtfconcept.com
 
2013-01-29 03:40:52 PM

Wellon Dowd: Manual is better owing to the superior porn possibilities.


You truly are shiftless.
 
2013-01-29 03:40:57 PM

Cheron: I had a CRX when I was dating. Can't think of any thing I didn't do in that car that I've done since.


I, also, had a series of CRXes! First my college boyfriend and I had our first-gen '87, then an '89, then an '86 after the first two rusted out. And yes, those are excellent dating cars. The seats go so far back and recline so close to flat, provided you've kept up your yoga and are of relatively light build, you can do as you please in them.

In fact, said college boyfriend proposed in the '87. We've been happily married for some time and are only now thinking of handing down our engine-swapped Acura Integra coupe (which is the closest thing to a CRX we could get after Cash For Clunkers gutted the market,) in favor of something built in the past ten years.

Any suggestions?
 
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