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(WCVB Boston)   Protip: Before carrying out your criminal master plan, learn to drive a stick   (wcvb.com) divider line 19
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2639 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Jan 2014 at 10:41 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-16 10:46:57 AM  
5 votes:
They should start making all cars with manual transmission again. At least for young/first time drivers.

Hard to text and shift at the same time.
2014-01-16 10:45:03 AM  
3 votes:
Ultimate Factory installed anti-theft device
2014-01-16 10:43:21 AM  
3 votes:
If you cannot drive a stick, you have no worth as a human being and should be shot.

/just gettin' that outta the way
//now to pop up some popcorn
2014-01-16 11:38:00 AM  
2 votes:

TV's Vinnie: Or better still fark those sticks and drive an auto-transmission.

Seriously. Why do they still make cars with sticks in the 21st century? May as well have a hand crank sticking from the front bumper to start the car while you're at it.


Because some of us like the fun and control that comes from driving a manual, plus have the mental and physical ability to handle it.

Due to a recent accident, I'm currently driving a rental car. A decently selling American sedan. Of all the things I hate about the car, the transmission is at the top of the list. Limited to no ability to make it downshift, so I have to ride the brakes while going downhill. Seemingly random shifts when going around corners, which unexpectedly changes the weight balance and acceleration, making it trickier to handle because the line changes. Plus, in slippery conditions, there are times when shifting will result in a lack of traction, while carrying along at low RPM will get you through things just fine.

I suppose if you don't really like driving, and being lazy is a priority, automatics are for you.
2014-01-16 11:00:58 AM  
2 votes:
I had a stick about 10 ago and I sold it.  After 8 years of driving an automatic, I finally got back in a stick last year.  I like it so much more than driving automatic.  I can see why people hate it because it's something else they have to do while driving, but that's exactly why I prefer it.  It is something to do while driving.
2014-01-16 10:50:43 AM  
2 votes:

Tom_Slick: Ultimate Factory installed anti-theft device


Three on the tree.
2014-01-16 03:53:21 PM  
1 votes:

CtrlAltDestroy: LeroyBourne: If it's not a manual transmission, it's a deal breaker.  I love telling car salesmen that when they repeatedly try to sell me automatics.

I went to test drive a FR-S and ran into that. The guy I unfortunately got stuck with was the sales manager. He works the floor at that dealership. He couldn't understand why I insisted on a manual. Maybe it was because they only had an automatic on hand but he did look genuinely confused at the concept. I told him that I preferred a manual and that I was looking around for a new sports car. I just got done looking at a couple others and I know what I want. He tells me to hold on for a moment and disappears for 10 minutes.

I was sitting at a table staring out of the front windows and see him pull up out front in a tC. He comes in and tries to get me to take a test drive. "What part of 'I'm looking for a sports car' didn't you understand?" "It's kind of sporty." "... No." and then I left.

So, he was treating me as a walking dollar sign and was trying to get me to leave with something, anything and he couldn't understand why I wanted a stick shift. I've done to this dealer for something else in the past and I got him before. He's just a douche.

The people at Subaru were actually pleasant to deal with and talk to. Fark you, Scion guy.


Yep.  I know exactly how you feel.  I think the 'helpful' ones are the ones that mainly drive sticks themselves.  They just know.  And it's super sexy when a girl can and does drive a manual too.  I don't know why, but when a cute girl tells me or I just find out she gains mega points in my book.
2014-01-16 03:24:17 PM  
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: Or better still fark those sticks and drive an auto-transmission.

Seriously. Why do they still make cars with sticks in the 21st century? May as well have a hand crank sticking from the front bumper to start the car while you're at it.


See, that's one of the cool things about manual transmission, you don't need a crank on the front. You can pop-start that car with a dead battery and be on your way, instead of waiting for roadside assistance.

I could push my old civic and get it started all by myself, guess after 20-30 times it got old, but a new battery would of seriously limited the beer money I had at the time.
2014-01-16 11:46:23 AM  
1 votes:

pute kisses like a man: Pants full of macaroni!!: If you cannot drive a stick, you have no worth as a human being and should be shot.

/just gettin' that outta the way
//now to pop up some popcorn

i used to not know how to drive a stick.  then my car went underwater and I had to learn how to drive my wife's car (a manual transmission).  it was hell.  but, I learned.

/ i still do not see the attraction.  after several years of exclusively driving a stick, it still sucks.  i guess the manual option was cheaper and it gets better gas mileage.  so, there is that.  otherwise, driving sucks, and the more you have to do when driving, the more it sucks.


If you don't understand how driving a stick forces you to be more aware and attentive while driving, you are a bad driver.
2014-01-16 11:34:31 AM  
1 votes:
DNRTA...  But I will comment anyway...

I learned how to drive stick when I was 16.  I had my NJ permit.  I was out in Cinncinatti, OH visiting my father.  He basically said, "I still have a NJ license, so you can drive with me.  We're taking the truck."  The truck was a late 70's F150.  The clutch was so hard to press down, I had to put nearly all of my weight on it.  To make matters worse, Cincinnatti is full of hills.  Hills with traffic lights.
Anyone who's ever driven manual, knows that one big trick is to hold the vehicle without rolling back.  This takes some practice on something easy to drive.  At one light, I had to sit through 3 light changes before I could do it without stalling.  My father just sat there and said, "I don't care how pissed off the people behind you are.  You have to do this."

By then, I was pretty good with manual transmissions...
2014-01-16 11:30:17 AM  
1 votes:
I have to jump in on this topic once again.  I enjoy some driving.   A weekend drive on moderately hilly curvy roads in decent weather is nice.   I can see liking a manual transmission for this so you can choose when to downshift coming out of curves and going up hills.  This would make driving the average small to mid-sized sedan or coupe moderately entertaining as it would improve handling (yes if you are driving on the edge of your traction knowing when a shift will occur exactly instead of depending on some cheap slush box is nice.) and responsiveness.  For most of the country on long trips it is kinda pointless.  The ability to shift at whim on the great flat emptiness is only useful for passing and since its all good sight lines and long straight loads anyway....  It can be handy for slowing/stopping on icy roads but not that big of a deal.  It is annoying as hell in stop and go traffic, drive-throughs, and the 25 pointless stoplights between work and home.

It is also a giant pain in my ass on a few small sports coupes, rephrase that pain in my knee.  I'm taller and with the factory clutch my knee when the foot is on the dummy pedal is between the steering wheel and the door panel, rubbing on both, I get to catch on both when I move my leg up slightly and over to shift.  The cutest part is I can avoid the getting my knee caught on the steering wheel if I just ride the clutch slightly, Its almost like they designed the car so that anyone over about 6'2" is going to be replacing the clutch every 15,000 miles or so.
2014-01-16 11:22:15 AM  
1 votes:

Tom_Slick: new_york_monty: Tom_Slick: Sin_City_Superhero: Tom_Slick: Ultimate Factory installed anti-theft device

Three on the tree.

I think potential thieves who can not drive stick would destroy a three on the tree trying to put it into "Drive." They would be easy to catch though.

Three on the tree is a manual transmission. No "drive," just first, second, third, and reverse. Haven't seen one in ages.

Yes I know, but you see thieves who can't drive stick wouldn't know such a thing so they would grind the gears trying to find "Drive" and destroy the transmission.


Fair enough. These days, it just wouldn't surprise me if half the people who can drive a stick don't know what a "three on the tree" was.
2014-01-16 11:19:51 AM  
1 votes:
Manual transmission - The best anti-theft device you can buy.

2 out of 3 of my current cars are stick shift. 5 out of 6 of all the cars I've owned have been stick. I also have 3 motorcycles at the moment which are all manual (no Hondamatic or scooters). It's simply more fun. And I have better control in bad weather with a stick.

This winter I've been using a short wheelbase 4x4 with aggressive tires and a 5 speed. It's been fun and I don't get stuck.

Godscrack: Hard to text and shift at the same time.


No it's not. It's not difficult to eat/text/whatever when driving a manual transmission.
2014-01-16 11:13:26 AM  
1 votes:

pute kisses like a man: / i still do not see the attraction. after several years of exclusively driving a stick, it still sucks. i guess the manual option was cheaper and it gets better gas mileage. so, there is that. otherwise, driving sucks, and the more you have to do when driving, the more it sucks.


You prefer to just lay there don't you?

My apologies to the wife.
2014-01-16 10:59:33 AM  
1 votes:
The same advice applies to people appearing on The Amazing Race.
2014-01-16 10:58:37 AM  
1 votes:

pute kisses like a man: / i still do not see the attraction. after several years of exclusively driving a stick, it still sucks. i guess the manual option was cheaper and it gets better gas mileage. so, there is that. otherwise, driving sucks, and the more you have to do when driving, the more it sucks.


The newer vehicles with the dual-clutch 6-speed auto (note-no torque converter) is narrowing the fuel consumtion gap - they actually have slightly better mileage that an identical unit with the 5-speed manual.
2014-01-16 10:56:48 AM  
1 votes:

Sin_City_Superhero: Tom_Slick: Ultimate Factory installed anti-theft device

Three on the tree.


I think potential thieves who can not drive stick would destroy a three on the tree trying to put it into "Drive." They would be easy to catch though.
2014-01-16 10:47:31 AM  
1 votes:

Pants full of macaroni!!: If you cannot drive a stick, you have no worth as a human being and should be shot.

/just gettin' that outta the way
//now to pop up some popcorn


i used to not know how to drive a stick.  then my car went underwater and I had to learn how to drive my wife's car (a manual transmission).  it was hell.  but, I learned.

/ i still do not see the attraction.  after several years of exclusively driving a stick, it still sucks.  i guess the manual option was cheaper and it gets better gas mileage.  so, there is that.  otherwise, driving sucks, and the more you have to do when driving, the more it sucks.
2014-01-16 10:47:30 AM  
1 votes:
Just make sure you're double clutchin' and not granny shifting otherwise you never had your car.
 
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