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Can you drive with a manual shifter
Posted 5/11/12
Well, here in America, the automatic transmissions still pretty much rule. And yet, they are more expensive than ever.
I avoid owning a car with it. In 1982, when I learned to drive, I also wanted to learn with a manual trans. I passed the road test with it. My first used car had a 4 spd. Then, I had a new car with a 5 spd (which I still have today). Now, I have a truck with a 6 spd.

I'm the only one in the family of relatives who soley drives a manual shifter. So, do also drive with a shifter?
Posted 5/11/12
My elan has a 5 speed. There's something unnatural about a sports car with an auto.
Posted 5/11/12
I'd be too bored without the gears. Never tried automatic, but I'm guessing it wouldn't let you change into lower gears for a nice boost of speed and fuel consumption?
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Posted 5/11/12
Over here in Britain I dont know very many people at all who have automatic cars, its seen to be a luxury. So driving manual transmision is normal.
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Posted 5/11/12
Having driven the big rigs part of my life I always preferred shifting for myself (no pun intended) rather than relying on Detroit ingenuity. However, a few years ago Mother Nature and aging suggested I abandon the sovereignty of clutching for the more laid back form of automatic shifting. At age 58 (then) my knee joints started aching beyond the point of mild distraction. Driving with a clutch on a 44-seat bus started to become a suicide mission as the pain and inflammation increased over time with each trip. I had to quit for my and everyone else's sake.

As a trucker I like shifting with a 9-speed better than the 13-speed Road Ranger I opted for back in owner-operator days. The real drag in trucking is city driving. All that shifting in stop and go accelerates loss of acuity, even when using float techniques.

A stick is nice but I don't mind automatics. Knock on wood...my Ford Explorer still has its factory install tranny after 253K miles. Every clutch vehicle I ever owned could never last that long.
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Posted 5/12/12
Automatics are just lazy, they exist, for the most part, so people too stupid to figure something as simple as shifting gears manually can still drive and so those same people can have cars that park themselves..

Personally I will only ever drive a manual.
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Posted 5/18/12
yes of course.. i used to drove a manual cars before.. just recently shift to an auto car because i have to get through all those traffic jams every morning and it hurts my feet to always press the clutch.. i don't mind driving an auto or manual because to me as long as i reached my destinations safely.. it doesn't matter really ♥
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26 / M / Phoenix, AZ
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Posted 5/21/12
You can't rev match(heel toe) with an automatic car so it kinda sucks taking/coming out of turns fast and the response isnt instant. I do however prefer it for road trips since my cruise control is disabled
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Posted 6/8/12
I daily a civic ek 5 speed, but I love automatics for just daily driving and on beastly car builds it just makes sense.
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Posted 6/8/12
I kinda disagree automatics in certain sports cars make sense
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22 / M / UK
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Posted 6/8/12
Being in the UK I've only ever driven manual and honestly can't imagine what driving a car without a clutch would be like.
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Posted 6/9/12
My FRS is manual. It's a blast -- but It's still very new and is my first manual experience, so I still occasionally stall...
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Posted 6/11/12
I can barely drive automatic anymore. A few weeks ago I drove my aunt's car and about 4 times I stepped on the brake with my left foot thinking it was the clutch.
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Posted 6/11/12 , edited 6/11/12
I learned 4 years ago and I love it.
I actually dont like driving automatics now.
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Posted 6/29/12
I learn to drive on a stich shift and that is my only preference since then.
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