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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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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 4 Responses Jan 10, 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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    Used To And Miss It Some Times

    yes i can drive manuals and i loved it and still do but my body won't let me for long so i had to stop and go to automatics i miss driving my manuals around i'm much more confedent and much better at using my gas as eiffently as possple while having fun the automatic not so much...
    steve207 steve207 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 13, 2012

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    The Coop

    Mini Cooper, actually not a coop. But it is a super fun little car and is a stick. I've named him "Manuel" (like the captain says it on Wall-E)
    disastercupcake disastercupcake 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2012

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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 4 Responses Apr 3

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    Yes I Can.

    But it's not all that special. I'm from the UK, everyone can. I've never driven an automatic.
    recklessrecidivist recklessrecidivist 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 10, 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 Dec 6, 2011

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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 18-21, M Feb 12

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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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    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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    Control !

    I like to have full control over what my little truck is doing , whether it's speeding up , going downhill , slowing down etc . With standard , I have control over exactly what my drain train does . It also makes me feel a closer bond to my truck , I have to work it a bit and I...
    WisestFool WisestFool 41-45, M Aug 28, 2012

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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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    Four On the Floor

    The first car I ever drove was a Morris Minor on my uncles farm. It wasn't much a farm vehicle but with the boot lid and back seat removed it was great for running hay out to the lambs. The first car I drove on a public road was another stick shift, and to be honest I was a...
    WiseOldOwl WiseOldOwl 56-60, M 3 Responses Sep 11, 2008

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    iamtherealthing iamtherealthing 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 18

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    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Bond drives a stick. So do I. Enough said.
    GenesiusRedux GenesiusRedux 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 23, 2013

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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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    It's The Automatics I Can't Drive!

    Haha...no but seriously I always try to shift automatics.
    Asadgirl1 Asadgirl1 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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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 Jan 11

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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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    Zoom Zoom

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

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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 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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    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 14 Responses Oct 14, 2008

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    So Happy And Proud!

    Originally I lernt to drive an automatic, so after a few years when a mate offered to teach me manual(stick) in a ute I was pretty keen. After a few practices and getting the clutch point right, I haven't looked back!
    aussie003 aussie003 18-21, F Mar 15, 2013

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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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    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 46-50, M 6 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    Changing Gears---

    I've had quite a dew vehicles through the years and they have all been manual transmissions. Austin Healey, Datsun truck, Ranger truck, Honda Coupe, 350 Z, & now my 370 Z. I would never go back to an automatic. I have always liked cars, race tracks, and shifting gears when I...
    AquariusBlueOceanic AquariusBlueOceanic 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 21, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Taught Myself

    I bought a lil Chevy s 10 when I was 19. It was a stick shift never drove one before. My dad rode with me and got because I stalled it twice. I dropped him off and taught myself how to drive it. I had so much fun with that truck drove all over Michigan. Me and my friend and some...
    holehearted79 holehearted79 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 23, 2013

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    If You Cant Find It Grind It!

    I learned to drive when I was 9 years of age. That's right, that young. My dad had taught my brother and my brothers taught my sister and me. I learned how to drive in a manual, and I by far prefer driving it to an automatic. I hate automatics! I hate knowing I could be saving...
    poppyjoy poppyjoy 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16, 2013

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    salix75 salix75 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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    I'm In The Uk

    We call them "manual" and I would never buy an automatic car. I've had one on loan from the garage and borrowed one. Yuk! They are rubbish. I like to be in control of my car. Not many people the UK drive automatics really and I would say that most of us passed our tests in...
    living4now living4now 41-45, F Jan 5, 2013

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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 26 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    You Need An Extra Hand.

    Despite nnot having the use of my legs, I learned to drive, and passed my test in a car with a stick shift. This is how it works. Two levers protrude from the steering column behind the wheel, level with the steering wheel, each lever has a finger grip attached, The top lever is...
    AlmostAristotle AlmostAristotle 61-65, M 8 Responses Feb 9, 2012

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    I'm 16 and a girl who can drive stick.

    I didn't realize this was so amazing until every male in my school had a freak out session when they found out. It's not that hard. Lol
    LivviyLove LivviyLove 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    3 On The Tree

    The car mom and dad had was an automatic The first car i had was 3 on the tree...I bought it my self at 17,,,It had 9 miles on it when I got it...It was a new car Ready for this it cost $ 1,695.00 THIS IS TRUE WES
    Ticklor Ticklor 61-65, M 2 Responses Nov 24, 2012

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    My Ability.

    I can go all day long with a stick shift... just for the love of God do NOT make me stop on a hill. if I see a stop sign at the top of a hill, I'll become my OWN gps and discover a new way to get to where I'm going. I started out young at ten or eleven driving the old...
    kiesterdee6 kiesterdee6 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 22, 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 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 11

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    Easy

    Well in UK we actually have to learn in a manual car that's stick shift to Americans. There is more to take on board as you learn in a manual car but I feel it gives you more control than just putting your foot down. Anyone can drive a gocart
    Caspian785 Caspian785 22-25, M Oct 7, 2013

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    It's Fun, I Don't Know Why It's So Unpopular

    After I got my learner's permit, I was taught to drive a manual transmission. Because I lived in a very hilly area, it was not easy to learn, but that experience gave me the confidence to drive anywhere in any condition. After a few months, it became absolutely second nature. I...
    CobaltToad CobaltToad 41-45, M 4 Responses Oct 30, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    I Prefer It

    I'll admit auto's have their place, much better for towing and loading. But one thing I can't stand is an auto in a "sports" car. I feel the car looses it's luster with an auto. Why buy all that power and not want to control it? If it's because you can't, then don't buy one...
    orderedchaos orderedchaos 22-25, M Aug 23, 2013

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    I Basicly Taught Myself.

    My mom and my brother took a road trip for two weeks with the van that I learned to drive on.  My brother left me his car to drive and gave me a 15 min lesson on driving.  His lesson consisted of him driving for 15 minutes and telling me what he was doing. ...
    ShadowKlink ShadowKlink 22-25 2 Responses Oct 16, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    Pop had a couple of 1960's pickups with 3 speed on the column. So often the gears would hang up between 1st and 2nd. You would have to get out, open the hood and reach in to unjam...
    1490wayb 1490wayb 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 23

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    I find it really, really hard to learn to drive and it's becoming a huge issue, emotionally and financially. I have been learning to drive since January 2013 and I have had to...
    ladysatine ladysatine 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I can shift into anything I want to be. You name it and I tell you if I can shift into that. But I can't shift into a computer virus. I like shifting into a werewolf cats dogs and...
    kaycandy kaycandy 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    I work the night shift on weekends, and I hate it. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have a job but its still difficult trying to stay awake all night and then try to sleep during...
    Antony7 Antony7 46-50, M 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    I work night shift. 12 hour nights. 7pm to 7am. Its nice to work at my own pace and to be on when its quieter but i hate that ive been forced into this schedule by illness. I have...
    Wi5huponastar Wi5huponastar 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 1

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