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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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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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    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 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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    O, this is about cars.

    ! Lol . My mind is in the gutter again. Sorry folks!
    NG725324 NG725324 41-45, M Jan 23

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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 Jan 22

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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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    Floo64 Floo64 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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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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    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...
    MollyToni MollyToni 41-45 Jan 22

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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 6 Responses a week ago

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    bilnic bilnic 70+, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    RainyDay48 RainyDay48 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 4

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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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    A stick shift.. That names racth.

    It's a manual.. Well here it is.
    XXimdeadinsideXX XXimdeadinsideXX 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 25

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

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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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    luvps luvps 31-35, M Jan 4

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

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    biwhisper biwhisper 41-45, F 4 Responses 1 day 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 5 Responses Jan 29

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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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    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 2 Responses Jan 29

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    spun222499 spun222499 26-30, M Feb 4

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    Reynolt Reynolt 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    Anonymousanonymous319 Anonymousanonymous319 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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 3 Responses Jan 29

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    trentoy trentoy 18-21, M Jan 4

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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 Jan 23

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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 Jan 23

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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 1 Response Jan 23

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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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    spaten74 spaten74 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 7

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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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    Brian1953 Brian1953 61-65, M 5 Responses 4 days 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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Jan 23

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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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    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 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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    "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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    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 31 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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

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