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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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    I've owned 6 cars, all brand new,

    all stick shift. It's getting harder and harder to find a decent car that's not automatic. Not a huge fan of compromising. Went to buy a 2015 subaru wrx, and trade in my 2013 Impreza, and they only had automatics on the lot. Arrrgggg
    Liftofferik Liftofferik 26-30, M 5 Responses Jun 18

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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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    I am beginning to learn to drive a manual

    transmission. I'm going out on somewhat busy roads for the 2nd time today. Does anyone have any pointers?
    littlewallflower1 littlewallflower1 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 4

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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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    My sister bought one the first 65 Mustang

    convertibles. It had a 3 speed on the floor. After I got my license in 1967, I would visit her in Austin, TX which is very hilly in parts. I learned on it very quickly. Over the years I had a 67 VW bug, 70 Toyota Corolla, 1984 VW Scirraco and a 1988 Peugeot 508 - all with 4...
    TomInOC TomInOC 61-65, M 4 Responses Jun 6

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    BY exactly what method did you learn to drive a

    stick? I happened upon a method when I was teaching my kid that others have told me is the way its done but I didn't know it, having taught myself by trial and error long ago. The method I discovered is this: 1-Find a level lot or street or alley. 2-With the e-brake set and...
    icDavey icDavey 56-60, M 2 Responses Jun 18

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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 9 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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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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    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 30 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    A long time ago in a land far far away,

    EP used to have this section called "goals". And in this section you could add experiences that you aspired to achieve someday. Mine included "I give good brain" and "I can drive a stick shift" and "I rode on a motorcycle" and a bunch of other ones. Then one day the goals...
    Fallflower Fallflower 36-40, F 7 Responses Feb 23

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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 11 Responses Jun 3, 2014

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    I also thought driving a stick would distract

    me from drinking and driving, which it didn't.
    Swillbucket Swillbucket 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 12

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    I learned to drive in dad's 67 mustang on the

    back country roads. no power steering or power brakes, full-color sized blind spots- it was a '67 fastback 4 on the floor - and dad still has the beauty.
    lucky4lucy lucky4lucy 46-50, F 8 Responses Apr 19

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    In UK, if you pass your Driving Test on a

    manual, you can drive an Automatic but not vice versa. So all my family learnt on manual and all now drive automatic.
    Henry23569 Henry23569 70+, M May 15

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    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 17, 2014

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    very poorly…am making progress

    that I can drive without stalling.
    H20baby H20baby 31-35, F 7 Responses Mar 30

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    When I bought my first car I had to have

    someone else drive it home for me because it was a stick shift. It was way cheaper than an automatic. Spent the next two weeks learning to drive it. Stalled a few times in major traffic and had trouble getting it going but I tuned out the obnoxious honking and patiently got...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 18

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    No clutch, no fun. I'm currently stuck

    driving an automatic. :(
    jakeyxedge jakeyxedge 18-21, M 6 Responses May 10

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    My first stick (manual) I drive an inherited

    1997 BMW 328i M3 Clone. I love how fast it is and would like to upgrade the engine when I have the finances to do so. Learning to drive a stick was extremely intimidating at first. My older brother promises that I did very well and now he tells me that I drive as he expected I...
    fami1001 fami1001 26-30, F 7 Responses Jun 19

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    Before I went to take my driver's test I had to

    learn how to drive a manual. It was a rule in our family. Looking back I'm so glad my dad forced me into learning how to but at the time I despised him for it. For the longest time I thought I could only have the gas or clutch in. There was no in between. Not even in the midst...
    TheKristaJo TheKristaJo 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 11

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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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    I love driving stick,

    it makes me feel like a racecar driver and boys take a double look when they see me driving stick :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Mar 30

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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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    Bought my first brand new car with manual

    transmission back in August... didn't really know how to drive it at the time but I only stalled twice driving it off the dealership before I realized the ebrake was up!! ;)
    kushhqueen kushhqueen 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 29

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    I have driven stick shift transmissions in

    farm tractors, pickup trucks, trucks and semi trucks. I've been doing it all my life since I was 10 years old.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 5

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    Haven't owned one in years

    but my first truck was three on the tree!
    RocknRollCowboy71 RocknRollCowboy71 41-45, M Jun 6

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    I really miss my first truck.

    She was a 5 speed and so much fun to drive. And reliable. What a great truck. I miss her. She's lives somewhere in Mexico, now.
    SunshineEddy SunshineEddy 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 19

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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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    And double clutch too.

    Thanks trucking school.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M Apr 11

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    I learned on a 1929 Ford model A sedan.

    And my first vehicle with a manual gear box was a 1952 Willys Station Wagon. I still own a truck with a manual gear box but can't drive it anymore. Time to sell
    auggie1971 auggie1971 41-45, M Jun 19

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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 6 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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    I drive a VW classic Beetle

    and that is a lot of fun! I find automatic boring... Manual is the best!
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 12

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    i grew up on a farm so a stick shift was more

    common than an automatic. driving the country roads made the stick a better choice just because of being able to choose the right gear for the terrain but now i'm in a city, the automatic makes so much more sense.
    trailsonrails trailsonrails 51-55, M 1 Response May 10

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    salix75 salix75 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 15, 2014

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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 6 Responses Nov 6, 2014

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    I had to go rescue my lover

    after he ended up getting a tooth pulled and bone graft. Two Ativan and no driving so I took the bus over to him and drove his half ton back home up over hill and dale, shifting like mad and over revving occasionally. I got the job done! Go me.
    Dotbar Dotbar 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    First car I tried driving had three on the

    column. 'Driving' was more like '*******'!
    JustG2 JustG2 61-65, F 8 Responses Jun 1

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    I drive a stick by choice:

    when I bought my Mini I made sure it had a manual transmission. I love to drive through county roads!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 20

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    I love the fact that nowadays (in the US at

    least) having a stick shift is a theft prevention device.
    sonotmyrealusername sonotmyrealusername 31-35, M 4 Responses Mar 30

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    When I was learning to drive my sadistic father

    use to take me to this road that was about a 40 degree angle with a stop sign at the top. There was never much traffic but he made me stop and wait for at least a minute. I can't remember how many times I killed the engine or rolled too far backward. He wasn't really sadistic...
    Johngi77 Johngi77 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 17

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    I'd like to tell my story of how I learned to

    drive a stick shift. I was 16, and had just gotten my driver's license. I learned to drive in my dad's automatic Dodge. I worked part time in high school for a Garden Center and Landscaping Company in a rural area. They had an old 1965 Ford 3/4 ton pickup with a four on the...
    AwfullyLonely AwfullyLonely 51-55, M 1 Response Jun 18

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    I can drive but i'm not an expert.

    I drive stick like once every 2..3 months. I love how it feels though. I'm gonna save up to buy me a stick shift car by the 4th quarter of this year. Nothing feels better than operating a manual transmission. Gosh *melts*
    RastaGotSoul RastaGotSoul 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 5

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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 11 Responses Jan 25

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    biwhisper biwhisper 41-45, F 5 Responses Mar 1

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    Most of us British folk can.

    I've had a good half dozen manual gearbox cars up to and including a 3,500 kilo loadout Land Rover Defender. I've an auto now. It's like driving a dodgem car.
    vicjustvic vicjustvic 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 19

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    It's sort of a common thing living in England.

    I got the chance to drive an automatic over the weekend, and I really didn't like it. It's been a year today since I got my first car, and I'll admit that I was terrified to drive. I always thought that I would prefer automatic, since there's no risk of rolling back on hills or...
    The2ndLaw The2ndLaw 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 1

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