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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 7 Responses Jan 29

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    Here in the UK stick shift is more common

    than an auto. We have 2 vehicles. An auto and (what we call) a manual. Both have their advantages.
    michaellaxcd michaellaxcd 56-60, M Jul 20

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

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    No clutch, no fun. I'm currently stuck

    driving an automatic. :(
    IfYoure555Im666 IfYoure555Im666 18-21, M 6 Responses May 10

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

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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 3 Responses Jun 18

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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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    AND FAST!!!!!! and faster

    and faster and faster!!!!
    elisef elisef 51-55, F 5 Responses Jul 12

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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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    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 2 Responses Jun 18

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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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    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 started learning with a column shifter.

    An old Toyota Crown Deluxe sedan of my cousin brother. He taught me how to shift it. Later, I tried a Toyota Corolla saloon to learn stick shift
    spidy88 spidy88 31-35, M Jul 2

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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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    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'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 6 Responses Jun 18

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    My grandpa taught me how to drive his automatic

    jeep Comanche pickup truck the same year he taught me how to drive his tractor and ride a horse all on his ranch. I think I was 8. Later, when I was 12, my dad taught me how to drive his 4speed manual ford F250 4x4 short bed pickup truck. (3years earlier, he had taught me to...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 12

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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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    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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    biwhisper biwhisper 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 1

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    Some years back i bought a manual transmission

    ford escort for $400. The owner had to teach me how to drive it. I thought the car was a bargain, which it was.
    Swillbucket Swillbucket 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 12

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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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Apr 29

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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 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 3 Responses Jun 5

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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 18-21, F 11 Responses Jun 3, 2014

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    I grew up in a small town.

    I got to drive when I was 7or 8 stick shift first. I drove a wheat truck for my dad at 14. Driving anything make me feel powerful.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 2

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    For people of my age,

    this is unremarkable.
    DrWhom DrWhom 51-55 4 Responses Jul 11

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    Blazie69 Blazie69 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 5

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    I drove one for years :) My mom taught me to

    drive her small stick shift car and she still drives one daily. I finally traded my last one off. It took me a while to get used to not shifting LOL
    PoodleLady PoodleLady 31-35, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Yes, yes I can! Lol. And to be quite honest,

    I learned because I was put in a "sink or swim" situation, so to speak. When I was a teenager and looking to buy my first used car, my father took me to the garage of a mechanic not far from our home. This mechanic had a small, used compact car for sale. My father went into the...
    Heartofgold4one Heartofgold4one 46-50, F 6 Responses Jul 11

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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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    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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