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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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    In (Continental) Europe ...

    ... most of the cars have a stick-shift. I've never seen a automatic in a driving-school.
    Chrisian68 Chrisian68 41-45, M Sep 22, 2013

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    I learned to drive a manual at 20 with the old

    beat-up well loved s10 that saw my whole family drive lol, I loved it, it was an immediate love affair being that in tune with a truck! I really look forward to having one again!
    RogueBarroness RogueBarroness 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 2

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    Learned when I was 15 in my Dad's 1986 Porsche

    944. Killed it a few times (it was a violent experience stalling this car) but love taking it out when I get the chance. I now have a 1997 BMW 528i with the elusive 5speed.
    pclark1 pclark1 18-21, M 1 Response May 25

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    I Taught Myself

    I learned to drive on a stick shift.  I have a brother a few years older than me and he had a small Honda that was a stick.  He wasn't a great teacher. He was pretty much jerky as older brothers tend to be in their teens. I got tired of him yelling at me so i told him...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 8, 2008

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    My Cars......

    I love cars, seriously love them. I don't know whether it is the adrenaline rush of driving fast that does it, or the freedom to go where I choose, but as soon as I get in the car and start the engine, that familiar purr always makes me smile. I have never owned an autoumatic...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Oct 14, 2012

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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 56-60, F 28 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    No Biggie

    I learned how to drive a stick shift late in life, as my dream vehicle that i purchased at the time was thousands of dollars less in price if I ordered it manual transmission. It was embarrassing having the car salesman having to drive it home for me. After that I practiced and...
    TM2000 TM2000 36-40, M 10 Responses Sep 22, 2013

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    I don't exactly recall how I learned how to

    drive stick, though I can honestly say that it was a good thing in the long run. Manual transmissions offer a wider range of control, power, and fuel economy (if that's what you're looking for) than an automatic transmission. And, frankly... If you buy a sports car with an...
    DerFeuerDrache DerFeuerDrache 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 30, 2013

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    I'm really good at driving stick shift .

    My dad taught me how to drive it because he said once you drive stick shift you can drive anything and I believed him because my dad and mom used to only drive stick shift in the UK . It was hard at first it took me a couple of months to get it down but I'm really good now...
    Loving1234 Loving1234 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 3

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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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    Oh Yes I Can

    Love it too. Except in rush hour traffic.  Then give me an automatic any day of the week.  Learned to drive stick in a VERY picky jeep CJ7.  So many wonderfully embarrassing moments there.  Like having the jeep die at the top of a very steep hill, at the stoplight with a row...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 8, 2013

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    My dad taught me to drive in his manual pick-up

    and I thank him for it. I love stick shifts, but not in town. After a while, it gets a little tiring, and its tough to do while on the phone or trying to eat...lol. But when you want to feel power and speed, and peel out.....drive a stick!
    AlbuquerqueJay AlbuquerqueJay 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 5

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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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    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 3 Responses Mar 29, 2010

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    Of course I can - I'm European.

    .. ;-) Automatics are relatively unusual/rare in UK/Europe we nearly all drive manuals and that is how you are taught - only if you have a real issue or some reason you can't use a manual you can in the UK take an Automatic only test but I've never heard of anyone doing that...
    nunos nunos 51-55, M 2 Responses Jun 2

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    Almost There...

    I have a 1958 Bugeye Sprite, and I am learning to do the stick shift from my dad, who learned how to drive in a stick shift car! :D
    NostalgiaVictim NostalgiaVictim 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2013

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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

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    Here in the UK, most people drive like this,

    although my current car happens to be an automatic. I have to say, I quite like it as an automatic.
    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 22

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    Normal Here

    Most of the population learn to drive stick shift. You aren't limited to driving one kind of car if you do your test in a normal stick shift
    Tdirish Tdirish 36-40, M Oct 7, 2013

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    God I Hate Automatics, I Feel Like A Disabled Driver When I Drive Them

    geez, i cant beleive how much i cant drive an automatic lol. i have driven more manuals than automatics and i realised that i can operate a manual more smoothly than a frickin auto. i been in the driver's seat of a few of my friend's cars and i have had more fund driving a manual...
    jonnyronny jonnyronny 18-21, M 5 Responses Jul 25, 2010

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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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    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

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    There's Nothing Better than A Six Speed

    There's no better way to drive than with a six speed manual transmission. You have total control, and with your careful handling and sensitive touch you can demand unequivical acceptance and absolute responsiveness. The soft purr of the engine, as you paddle between clutch and...
    ProfMan ProfMan 56-60, M 5 Responses May 8, 2011

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    New Camaro

    jus bought a new rally YELLOW camaro 2013 6 speed over 320 horses in a 6 cyclinder 6 speed manual VAROOOOM :ppppppppp
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I sold cars and sticks are going to be a thing

    of the past in the next decade. Only 10% of Americans can do it, so there's another reason to feel special...
    Addison15 Addison15 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 11

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    Most of the cars I've owned have been stick

    shift. I never knew this ability was considered to be sexy by some men. I prefer driving a stick as long as it's not on the freeway when you're stuck in traffic.
    Dutchess68 Dutchess68 41-45 2 Responses Aug 4

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    Sorry guys, but it is

    so funny to read stories about your experiences with manual transmission cars. In my country automatic transmissions are not so common, so you have to learn how to handle stick shift. Of course it's more complicated to drive a car with manual transmission, but it is more fun, it...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses a week ago

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    salix75 salix75 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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    Here in the UK, most people drive like this,

    although my current car happens to be an automatic. I have to say, I quite like it as an automatic.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 11

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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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    If you can't drive manual (stick shift) you

    can't drive plane and simple auto is not driving
    cubillusion cubillusion 22-25, M Feb 12

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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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    A Wonderful Disappointment

    When my daughter started her senior year of HS, I thought I was going to give her a wonderful gift of a Ford Mustang. I got a fire engine red, stick shift, for her. Why was she so disappointed with a red Mustang ? " Because I don't know how to drive a stick shift, dad. I learned...
    zbignue zbignue 70+, M 4 Responses May 25, 2012

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    I learned on a Good Humor ice cream truck

    for a college summer job in the 70s. I drove stick exclusively from college until I was 50 in sporty cars and small trucks, but I had to get a full size pickup and none of the stick models had anything but bare-bones in terms of options. So to get power windows, back window...
    ericmeist ericmeist 56-60, M Feb 7

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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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    Stick Shift

    It's how I was taught - it comes natural to me. The last time I drove an automatic, I was still in 'stick shift mode' - I came to a junction, put my left foot on the 'clutch' which turned out to be the brake and I nearly put my front seat passenger through the windscreen !! As...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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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 5 Responses Jan 10, 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 15 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    If You Want Wip Lash Come On I...

    if you want wip lash come on in and take a wild ride
    shala shala 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 31, 2007

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    I Ain't No Punk!

    I needed to buy a new car, so I went to the dealership & found one that met my needs and price range.  One thing - it was a stick shift and I didn't know how to drive a stick shift.  I figured "if other people can learn, it's apparently a learnable skill, so...
    HeavnsGirl HeavnsGirl 36-40 5 Responses May 12, 2008

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    Want Nothing Else

    All these CVT's, Automatics, Dual Clutches...blah. Its just a heavy expensive component that's computer controlled that will eventually fail. With a manual, you just change the transmission fluid regularly and don't slam the gears racing and you have a fuss-free gearbox for the...
    nudieguy nudieguy 22-25, M Oct 15, 2013

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    Why I Learned To Drive Stick

    My son got me hooked on Mazda RX-7s a couple of years ago. All he did was take me for a ride in his. Whipping around the corners was so much fun! When a friend of his brought home a 1990 RX-7 shell I bought it from him. It became my son's project to get it up and running. He and...
    Classicality7 Classicality7 56-60, F 1 Response Dec 6, 2011

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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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    I recently learned how to drive a stick shift.

    I surprisingly got the hang of it quickly. Though I prefer automatic, I have to admit I can see why its such a thrill to drive a stick.
    djag2007 djag2007 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 3

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    I'm Shifting Again!!

    My other story in this group was about my little red Renault that I had for 17 years.Go read it if you haven't already, I think it's pretty good!... Anyway....I retired that little car in 2000 and have missed it ever since. Been driving a couple of sedate Buicks since then, very...
    datura datura 56-60, F 34 Responses Sep 10, 2008

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    My Town Was On a Hill.

    I didn't start driving stick until I met my ex girlfriend who taught me in her talon, on a hill.  I was 43 and had to drive on this big hill with stop lights and cars honking, people laughing.  So all I could do was swear.  But I did it and am proud of it!
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 20, 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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    I feel like every guy should be able to drive a

    manual car. I learned to drive on a stick shift car. Although my first car was a stick shift and yes i knew how to drive stick shift but i have never drove on the road with other around. It was nothing, after the initial jitters were gone it was a piece of cake. When i drive...
    ryderone830 ryderone830 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 20

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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 Jul 4, 2008

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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

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