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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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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 6 Responses Oct 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 16-17, F 12 Responses Jun 3

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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

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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 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 22

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    I learned as a married teenager how to drive a

    three speed in the column then 4 in the floor. But the funny thing was teaching the kids. I had a rule. You can't get your license unless you can drive a stick shift. I never wanted them stuck out and not able to get back home bc they need to drive a stick shift. One of the kids...
    sml4 sml4 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 27

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    My first car I ever owned was an automatic -

    but my second was a manual and I've never looked back. I refuse to own automatic stick shift is SO much more fun to drive!
    DrunkGiraffe DrunkGiraffe 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 4

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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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    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 17

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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 1 Response Mar 29, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    3Dogmatic 3Dogmatic 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 29

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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 46-50 2 Responses Aug 4

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    You should have to to get your license it

    teaches you better control of your vehicle.
    brilikesjellybeans brilikesjellybeans 13-15, F 17 hrs ago

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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 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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    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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    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 Aug 25

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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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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    Zoom Zoom

    Nothing less than a 6-speed, thank you :)
    BebeKitten BebeKitten 26-30, F 6 Responses Nov 1, 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 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 3

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    my first car was a raised Chevy truck.

    ..stick shift of course lol i miss that truck! now with 3 kids i drive a black suburban....automatic :( it just isn't as much fun.
    mamaberry27 mamaberry27 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 6

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    My first car was a stick shift.

    It was a grey 1987 HONDA ACCORD LX sedan with a five speed transmission. I owned the car for 2 years, from 2004 to 2006. It was a fun car to drive, and I never had any problems with it. It was the car I learned to drive a stick shift on, and the only stick shift I have ever...
    s4019t s4019t 26-30, M Sep 10

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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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    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

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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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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    Well who in the hell can't in the uk.

    Most cars vans and lorries are "stick shift"
    Thesoutherner Thesoutherner 66-70, M Oct 3

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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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    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

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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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    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

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    Been driving for several months now

    and I'm in good control.
    kiddishguy kiddishguy 26-30, M Sep 10

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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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    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 8 Responses Nov 6

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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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    salix75 salix75 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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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 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 29 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Oct 3

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    Ever since I got an automatic,

    driving is so boring.
    MoragaroM MoragaroM 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 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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    I keep psyching myself up, and down. I can't stick to anything, I either give it my all and see no progress, or I give it my all and I see progress but no way of testing my ability...
    PokeCotard PokeCotard 13-15, M 5 days ago

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    Something so simple, so insignificant, can drive me insane. Am I being over ruled? Should I back off, should I move in? Should I go for the kill? Will I succeed? No, no I wouldn't...
    PokeCotard PokeCotard 13-15, M Dec 7

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