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Do you know how to drive a stick shift?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
85% 1807
No
 
14% 299
Total 2106

Comments

Kirk Larson 3 years, 3 months ago

My last few trucks have been manual transmission. I worry that they are getting harder to find when I have to find a new (old) one.

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consumer1 3 years, 3 months ago

Does a bear leave evidence in the woods?

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scopi_guy 3 years, 3 months ago

I drove one for a few years about 20 years ago. I guess I could sort of do it now...if I really had to.

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Clark Coan 3 years, 3 months ago

Yep, my first car--a '64 Rambler--had a stick on the column. It was painted a drab olive green and didn't last very long. The transmission went out after a few months because I abused it.

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blue73harley 3 years, 3 months ago

I have a '57 Bel Air with a Muncie 4 speed. And I'm building a '57 Fairlane that will have a Borg Warner T10 behind a 292 Y-Block. Never cared for automatics in hot rods. But all our daily drivers have them. Too hard to use your cell phone and eat a taco with a manual tranny.

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verity 3 years, 3 months ago

International tractor, "M" or "H" model, I was six. Actually I drove it in first gear all the way home by myself, but did learn to shift it a few years later. Is that child abuse?

Later we got a newer tractor that you could slam into torque amplifier in 5th gear and get it up to 25 mph. Made a whole lot of noise.

I've had a number of five on the floor, but with 4-cylinders. Pretty wimpy.

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independant1 3 years, 3 months ago

ford tractor and 3 speed on floor '49 pick up

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Christine Anderson 3 years, 3 months ago

Yep. I do prefer automatics, but in case of emergency, I think it's good to be able to drive either.

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jrlii 3 years, 3 months ago

I learned on my dad's Ford Pinto, perfected my skills on a 1970 BMW 2002, and stayed with sticks 'till I bought a '93 Subaru and simply couldn't find one with a stick. I've even shifted gears with both hands, having put a thousand miles or so on a right hand drive in England.

For that matter it has gotten so a lot of cars can't be had with transmissions which will allow you to shift for yourself. It seems like you can only get a manual transmission if you special order the car except for the very cheapest models. . .

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overplayedhistory 3 years, 3 months ago

Never bought anything other than a manual, Except for a beater truck. I have always maintained that a standard without cruise control will produce a safer driver, especially on the highway.

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Ernest Barteldes 3 years, 3 months ago

Cars with stick shifts burn less gas. I learned to drive on a car with a stick - was living in South America at the time - And I miss it when I rent

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 3 months ago

All the vehicles in our family are sticks. It's what I learned on and what I've always felt most comfortable with. Yea, I'm getting old.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 3 months ago

No, because I use the trailer brake on steep steep hills.

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slowplay 3 years, 3 months ago

54 Chevy Bel Air. It was a monster. Belonged to my Grandfather who never drove a car with an automatic. Called them "sissy" cars. I was 12. I could barely see above the wheel and he C clamped blocks on the pedals so I could reach them. By age 13 he would let me drive him to the grocery store (about 2 miles).

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Rae Hudspeth 3 years, 3 months ago

I still do.

. and oh, look, another assumption that 99% of people who live here have never been anywhere else. yawn I guess I'm one of the 1 percent who can hold an 18 wheeler on a mountainside stop without using a parking brake.

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Julie Craig 3 years, 3 months ago

I also had to learn in Drivers Ed. My instructor made me drive to downtown Lawrence where there's a stoplight at every intersection. I killed it the first two then started getting it after that. Also had the parallel parking lesson downtown. He had nerves of steel.

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autie 3 years, 3 months ago

yup, back when I was 15, ole charliejohnson tooked me out in the 1961 Ford Galaxy with that three on the tree thing...that clutch got a work out that day. I probably got a new clutch two days later.
Advantage of a manual is not many people want to borrow the truck as much.

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Liberty275 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow, people that live in the middle of a cornfield can drive cars with manual transmissions. Try doing it in the Ozarks where the stop signs make you stop on 20 degree slopes. Add a car 5 feet behind you for grins. I'm thinking 99% of you would fail that test without resorting to lame tricks like using the parking brake.

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Kris_H 3 years, 3 months ago

After I learned on the 3-on-the-tree in driver's ed way back in the day, I didn't drive another manual transmission vehicle until I bought me a pretty little Toyota pickup brand new in 1983. Then I sort of had to learn it all over again. The stoplights on some of the hills in Topeka were a real challenge. My friend told me I should put a sign on the back of the truck that said, "Warning, I roll backwards." Not half wrong...:D

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pigballin 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh yeah,,, a 55 chevy raked on the front..taken to sock hops( rock and roll) on Fri.and Sat.

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rollcar 3 years, 3 months ago

I was only allowed to test for my first license on a manual. My dad later told me that he had planned ahead and bought one just for that reason. I can't thank him enough to this day, because once you learn you never forget. I believe it is a valuable skill that every driver should have, even if you never intend to own one yourself (which I have ever since).

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Chelsea Kapfer 3 years, 3 months ago

yes. learned to drive on my VW Bug.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 3 months ago

Aryton Senna knew how to drive a "stick shift". Watch his right hand, it's as quick as it gets. Can't take your eyes off the road though...

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pace 3 years, 3 months ago

1960 ford flat 6, H column white pickup with a camper. Seat recovered in the material from my drapes from my bedroom window. Its name was Jennie, I miss it. silly me, just remembering, Stupid to sell it at 210,000 miles. Nice question.

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DustyAcres 3 years, 3 months ago

My Dad taught me to drive his '54 Chevy pickup. I didn't drive an automatic until driver's ed. Still have a truck with 4 on the floor.

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compmd 3 years, 3 months ago

Learned on an old 5 speed VW Beetle. Through high school and college drove a manual Audi 90cs, Camaro RS, and VW Jetta GLI (which belonged to friends) and then my last manual car was a Volvo 740 GLE with the M47 sport 5 speed gearbox. My favorite manual tranny was on a friend's early 60s Mercedes 280SL; the shift pattern was in the shape of an M.

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true_patriot 3 years, 3 months ago

I learned to drive a motorcycle in 6th grade, which taught me the concept of clutching and shifting.

By the time I was of legal driving age, I'd driven manual transmission cars already (making the jump to clutching and shifting in a car from doing so on a motorcycle was easy) and at any rate they only had automatics in Driver's Ed, so I was just going through the motions to get my permit ASAP.

I like both automatics and sticks - they each have their pros and cons. I kind of like the newer transmissions that you can switch back and forth between auto and "manual", but it's not really a manual transmission and doesn't drive like one, so it's a half-hearted like.

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thuja 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes, drive a stick shift according to the laws of the road.

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deec 3 years, 3 months ago

A friend tried to teach me once in the parking lot of the Walmart in Hays, Ks. It was not a success.

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Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 3 months ago

“The car practically drives itself.”

from the movie: 'Portrait in Black' (1960)

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Ralph Gage 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow! Used to drag race with mom's '52 Chevy. It's a wonder we didn't drop the tranny. Three speeds...

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ophiuchus 3 years, 3 months ago

Learned with four-on-the-floor. Later detested a girlfriend's three-on-the-tree (Malibu). Nothing compares to the stairs underfoot.

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trinity 3 years, 3 months ago

i learned how to drive in a '47 willys jeep with a floor starter button&of course manual tranny...my daddy had it around for kicks. i'm laughing at the implication that you have to be "old" to be able to drive a stick?? wtf? the very first brand spankin' new car i ever was able to buy completely on my own (lol late bloomer i was fully grown&so were my kids!) I specifically chose a stick shift-it was an '02 vehicle! all my daughters are skilled at driving a manual transmission vehicle too. and they aren't "old". sheesh.

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labmonkey 3 years, 3 months ago

Learned in an old '69 Chevy truck with a four speed, no power steering or brakes. Have had several smaller cars that had a 5-speed. I wished the car I have now offered a manual tranny.

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Marcy McGuffie 3 years, 3 months ago

When I was a young pup, I took driver's ed here is Lawrence, so I could get my learner's permit. One day was devoted to stick shift. I spent approximately 5 minutes behind the wheel of a stick shift car and my instructor told me that I should never drive stick. I guess I took it to heart. The hubby really wants to teach me...but I'm hesitant. I guess I need to get over it.

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countrygirl 3 years, 3 months ago

I learned in a '70 Chevy pick up with a 4 speed, and no power steering or brakes. Dad figured if we kids could learn to drive it we'd be Ok in most anything.

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MacHeath 3 years, 3 months ago

Buy your kid an old police car to drive. They are pretty safe, and it will teach him or her a lot learning to drive with rear wheel drive.

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MacHeath 3 years, 3 months ago

63 Ford Galaxie custom with a 6-banger and a three speed...which I put in the ditch. But the vehicle that really taught me to drive was a "42 Chevy 2-ton truck. You had to double clutch this baby. I actually used to drive this thing for transportation. Amazingly enough, it didn't use a lot of gas. Come harvest time, I had to drive it loaded with grain to town. Load that thing with grain, and forget about using the brake much... the brakes were ineffective with a load. That will put the fear of God in a 16 year old.

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Gene Wallace 3 years, 3 months ago

'71 International 4x longbed, '74 and '75 VW Vans/buses, '72 Capri and dozens of various vehicles at an auto auction one Summer long ago.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Learned to drive in a 52 Plymouth Cranbrook with a three on the tree. My last manual trans car was a 91 SHO Taurus. That was one of the ones with a Yamaha V-6 and a 5 speed manual. Happy happy joy joy on twisty roads.

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Charlie Bannister 3 years, 3 months ago

Learned on a three on the tree 63 Ford Falcon. Ya this question makes me feel old :)

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George_Braziller 3 years, 3 months ago

Every vehicle I've had in the last 30 years has been manual transmission. When I get in a vehicle with automatic transmission I keep hitting the break for the first ten minutes because I'm still unconsciously trying to push in the clutch to shift gears.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes and can double-clutch when driving a vehicle with a non-syncho gearbox.

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average 3 years, 3 months ago

Just of the wrong age. Kinda interested in learning some day (it's a secret shame that I can't). But, my folks only had automatics by the time I was learning to drive. The friends I've had with sticks always said, "um, I'd love to teach you, but I don't want to ruin my clutch". So, the opportunity simply hasn't been there.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 3 months ago

Learned on my dad's '71 GMC 4wd. My first three vehicles were older late 60's/early 70's Ford pick-ups with "3 on the tree"-----a 3-speed on the column. I always enjoyed driving those---my last one, a '70 model had a V8 and you could rap those dual exhaust out real nice in second gear up to about 45 mph. Let's not talk about my driving record back then. Wow!

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Boosh 3 years, 3 months ago

Of course doesn't everybody? Out of dozen or so vehicles I've owned only 2 have been automatic.

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Bill Lee 3 years, 3 months ago

I drive one every day. Driving an automatic isn't really driving...it's just aiming.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 3 months ago

3,4,5 and 6 speed manual in cars. 6,9,10,13,16 and 20 in trucks. 3,4,5 and 6 on farm equipment. Antique road grader. And a "Cross drive" tranny in a Sherman tank once, belonged to a friend.

"yes"

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M. Lindeman 3 years, 3 months ago

learned on a three on the tree, does that make me old?

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 3 months ago

I answered yes. Does this make me old?

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