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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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    My first car I ever owned was an automatic -

    but my second was a manual and I've never looked back. I refuse to own automatic stick shift is SO much more fun to drive!
    DrunkGiraffe DrunkGiraffe 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 4, 2014

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    I would like to state at this time

    that I do not now, nor have I ever owned an automatic. I also love manual SLR film cameras, sail boats and wood stoves because they make me engage actively in the process and I derive a great deal of satisfaction from doing it skilfully.
    crossproduct crossproduct 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    My boyfriend at the time was a big horse

    trainer. So we went to check on a horse that was coming in the barn. Any way they just hayed so he bought 50 bails . But the only problem is they was in the field. And his truck was a stick. So I couldn't drive it so I had to load the truck. On the 25 bail I decided that I was...
    jeankachew jeankachew 51-55, F a week ago

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    Manual Transmission A.k.a. Stick Shift

    For those who wish to feel in charge of the driving experience... For those who wanna experience real driving.... For those who can handle it.... I've never driven a car with automatic transmission; I've always been in complete control of the car.  My wishes are its...
    mysteryman mysteryman 26-30, M 13 Responses Oct 14, 2008

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    Sports Car Girl With An Suv Life

    I love little sports cars, two seaters, convertable would be nice too, and of course, they are not half as fun to drive with out a manual transmittion. One day, I will have a little sports car again, but I am glad I had the opportunity to own a couple when I was...
    HeavenBesideYou HeavenBesideYou 41-45, F 6 Responses May 17, 2008

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    trentoy trentoy 18-21, M Jan 4

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    You should have to to get your license it

    teaches you better control of your vehicle.
    brilikesjellybeans brilikesjellybeans 13-15, F Dec 17, 2014

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    A stick shift.. That names racth.

    It's a manual.. Well here it is.
    XXimdeadinsideXX XXimdeadinsideXX 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    But I hate it! I'm a nervous driver

    and I actually prefer automatics :p
    Fierrrrce Fierrrrce 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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    What I learned to drive on,

    what my sister learned to drive on, what our mother taught us to drive on. Driving a stick shift should be required to get your DL.
    Scott1954 Scott1954 56-60, M 4 Responses Jan 21

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    The Only Way To Drive A Car

    Stick shift is far superior and you get to feel like a freakin' race car driver.  I learned how to drive in a manual car because my dad felt that everyone should have the ability to drive a stick. My oldest brother actually ended up teaching me. Which caused the first car I...
    KiraEliseStClair KiraEliseStClair 26-30, F 4 Responses May 22, 2012

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    My first car was a 1983 Toyota Tercel.

    It took me a bit, but I finally learned how to drive that thing! But then it broke down last year, so we sold it to a car recycling place for $150.
    html92 html92 22-25, M a week ago

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    I like the idea of having more control over my

    driving. Besides, that means less people would be willing to steal my car, right?
    PuckDrop PuckDrop 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 4

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    Hallelujah!! Thought I'd ruin the transmission

    before I learned to read and hear the RPM to put it into the right gear.
    MSCris MSCris 22-25, F Jan 4

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    3EB333 3EB333 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 4

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    When I was 22 years old,

    my boyfriend who is now my husband, taught me how to drive stick shift. You would think he would have taken me to an empty parking lot to start. No, that would have required patience and insight, attributes he has very little of, even now. If you can believe it, he switched...
    Artvg Artvg 41-45, F 5 Responses Oct 5, 2014

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    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 17, 2014

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    Njord85 Njord85 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 3

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    Cause automatic cars are

    for those who possess a vagina. jk no sexismn here, but if you like driving, this is the way to go
    daddyinasuit2 daddyinasuit2 22-25, M a week ago

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    luvps luvps 31-35, M Jan 4

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    I Can Drive A Stick Shift

    I can drive a manual car. must admit manual cars and autos both have their advantages and disadvantages. some moments i wish i had an automatic but majority of the time i love my manual car, so much more fun to drive but really is a pain when crawling in rush hour traffic
    littlebuns littlebuns 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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    Real Muscle Cars Don'T Have Slushboxes

    I have two cars. A 2008 Shelby Cobra and a 1970 Olds 442 Ram Air convert able. Both have manual transmissions. Because that's how God wanted it LOL.
    TexasTerri TexasTerri 46-50, F 13 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    Floo64 Floo64 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    When I first started driving my Dad taught me

    in his truck which is a stick shift. My car now is a stick. Honestly, its way better. Automatic is boring!
    laurenstone97 laurenstone97 18-21, F 6 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    Yep! My car is stick.

    I wouldn't have it any other way. Every now and then I hear a comment from one of my friends getting in my car about how that is so sexy. I don't see what they are seeing.
    sgarc215 sgarc215 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 11, 2014

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    Three On The Tree

    My first vehicle was a 1966 Ford F250 pickup truck with a three-on-the-tree transmission. It was a lot of fun learning to drive stick on a truck like that. In those days they didn't have "automesh", so to downshift you had to get your RPMs at just the right rate or else there...
    zincthink zincthink 31-35, M 6 Responses Jan 10, 2013

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    I believe that the mastery of the manual

    transmission is beginning to be a lost art. It should be a requirement in driver's education. More than 75% of the world relies on a stick shift. If you intend on traveling internationally - it's a must. There's something to be said for shifting through the gears for yourself...
    Unreasonable1 Unreasonable1 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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    I learned how to drive stick with my first

    vehicle; a 1966 Ford pickup truck. It was a real beater and had a lot of problems, but it was mine, all mine. It had a "3 on the tree" transmission that often hung up- usually at the worst times, like in the middle of traffic. It would get stuck in 3rd gear and wouldn't move...
    Doviov Doviov 41-45 a week ago

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    I don't know why people have problems driving

    stick shift vehicles. My Parents taught me on an old truck how to shift gears, double clutch, standard 3,4, 5 speeds and 2 speed rear ends. I find greater control is possible with a stick.
    LanaLarson66 LanaLarson66 46-50, F 7 Responses Nov 6, 2014

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    I can drive a stick shift I like to go fast .

    I like to back it up and ride or I ride right up the middle . I sometimes just park it for awhile in my tight garage .....
    deeptreasure deeptreasure 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 11, 2014

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    My Renault

    In 1984, I had a 82 Chevy Impala that my new boyfriend made fun of because it was a big car and he drove an audi.Caring too much about what he thought, I decided to go smaller. I found the cutest, bright red, Renault Alliance and fell in love. It was parked inside the show room...
    datura datura 56-60, F 5 Responses Feb 26, 2008

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    The thing is I like to drive different type of

    cars ... I did try a chevy silverado , fj cruiser , ford mustang 2003 , suzuki , some small cars ... I love driving when theres a challenge instead of when everything is auto ... Wanna drive a motorbike thou 😍
    noora17sage noora17sage 22-25, F 18 Responses 5 days ago

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    I first learned to drive a stick shift out of

    necessity while driving my ex-girlfriend's car in the mountains of Japan almost 15 years ago. I drove an automatic when I came back to the U.S. not knowing what I was missing. I bought my first car with a manual transmission a little over a year ago. 35,000 miles later and to...
    DefierOfFate DefierOfFate 31-35, M 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    My father believed that

    if you can not drive a stick shift, you can not drive. So, one day he drove home with a shiny black 1965 Mustang for all of us to learn to drive. Classic H pattern on the floor. But, every time we were suppose to practice my father had the car. We all laugh about it today and...
    SweetMae SweetMae 61-65, F 28 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    Learned to drive and took the test in a stick

    shift. All the cars I've owned have been stick. Looking to buy a new one now, and it'll be stick. I hate driving automatics, it feels so awkward and my left foot gets confused. How some people never learn I just don't understand.
    LaurelTree68 LaurelTree68 41-45, F 7 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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    I refuse to own an automatic now.

    I just bought my first car about 5 mo. ago. when I was looking for a car, it being a stick shift was a standard for me(pun intended). I've wanted to learn how to drive stick shift since I was a teenager. I used to watch a bunch of tutorials on YouTube so I was able to pick...
    TGDOGG TGDOGG 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 19, 2014

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    "Real drivers drive with three pedals.

    " Or at the very least know how to! There is no better way to be in sync with a car and let's be honest as long as you're not in traffic manual is way more fun then automatic!
    LivviyLove LivviyLove 16-17, F 12 Responses Jun 3, 2014

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    I hate when I'm up a hill

    and the vehicle behind decides to get up on my ***. D:< if your going to ride my *** at least pull my hair!!
    UniversalSigh UniversalSigh 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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    We're Born With The Ability...

    I mean, I'm from Belgium, Europe -one of those countries where even American Import cars have a stick shift, so, yes, I can drive it.Even the unsynchronized gearboxes -like Ferrari or Maserati has them- are not a problem. An unsynchronized gearbox means you have to go to neutral...
    jimmyrudyjump jimmyrudyjump 51-55, M 6 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    salix75 salix75 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 15, 2014

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    I learned to drive in a car with a stick shift.

    Since then, I've always had at least one muscle car in my garage, not only in the past, but currently. So, not only can I still drive one, I can still crack off a mean power-shift or two, so I haven't slowed down that much, there.
    CowGirlFan CowGirlFan 56-60, M 5 Responses Jan 3

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    So I should start this with "I'm English,

    so...". The whole automatic gearbox thing hasn't really caught on over this side of the pond; I much prefer telling my car what to do, than having it suggest things for me to comply with! I know it's probably less efficient, but there's a certain element of control that I enjoy...
    jahosijhs jahosijhs 26-30, M 5 Responses Nov 14, 2014

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    Learned how to drive a stick from three sources

    of information: My former supervisor, my best friend, and Need For Speed Underground 2. It was interesting to learn that, but it got to be VERY fun. I learned how on a '98 Chevy Cavalier--2 door coupe. Little thing had some speed in her. I miss driving it.
    GenesisX20A GenesisX20A 26-30, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    O, this is about cars.

    ! Lol . My mind is in the gutter again. Sorry folks!
    NG725324 NG725324 41-45, M a week ago

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    The first time I learned how to drive stick was

    when I was 10 and my dad picked me up from in the old Jeep I miss those times
    DeeDeS DeeDeS 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Now I'm a bit of a show of sometimes.

    .and this was one of the cases when I made myself look like a complete idiot lol, Back when I was learning to drive I had been stopped on a hill waiting for traffic so I could pull out and just as I was about to, I saw two girls and one of them looked at me so I was like right...
    nathans872 nathans872 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 3

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    When ever i drive at sea side .

    . I miss you :( ... The thing is my house and my office both are on sea side .. Now you see how much i miss you :'(
    Jibran789 Jibran789 22-25, M a week ago

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    Zoom Zoom

    Nothing less than a 6-speed, thank you :)
    BebeKitten BebeKitten 26-30, F 6 Responses Nov 1, 2013

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    It's Like Breathing

    I learned to drive on a 5-speed manual transmission. It's like second nature....I don't even have to think about it. Now driving an automatic, that is where I have to use my brain to keep reminding myself that there is no clutch and no need to shift! Except when I'm stuck in...
    LG76 LG76 36-40, F 5 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    I Call Them Male Cars

    I should hope why I call them male cars is completely obvious (if it's not obvious, it's because of the stick.. :P ) and automatics are female cars (because they have no stick) I prefer to drive a car with a manual transmission. I like the clutch, it gives my left foot...
    wack1985 wack1985 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 29, 2010

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    RainyDay48 RainyDay48 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 4

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    Manual Gearbox

    It's easy to drive a stick shift - if you learnt to drive on one. Now here's something funny - I can't drive an automatic! Last time I tried I kept trying to use the brake pedal as a clutch...dangerous if there was anyone behind me! lol
    fadiva fadiva 22-25, F 6 Responses