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Stick or Auto

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 06:47 PM
So, what do you drive?

I am a thiscloseto 33-year-old female who loooooves my stick shift!!!!!!

wdawson
January 23rd, 2007, 07:00 PM
both car is a 5 speed.....van is auto......

breeze
January 23rd, 2007, 07:04 PM
one car and it's automatic, can't figure out how to multi task in the car lol

heidiho
January 23rd, 2007, 07:11 PM
automatic all the way,to much stop and go traffic here....

technodoll
January 23rd, 2007, 07:12 PM
automatic most of my driving life, had to drive manual for about 2 years and hated it. Automatic ROCKS! :thumbs up

signed,

citygirl :)

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 07:15 PM
both car is a 5 speed.....van is auto......

HAHA you didn't put your testosterone :2cents: in the actual poll.

mummummum
January 23rd, 2007, 07:20 PM
I'm not driving right now but if I were buying , without question, a manual all the way! I would never consider an automatic again (I learned on auto and drove on auto for the first ten years) ~ you are literally not really driving, you aren't working an engine unless you are shifting gears. *Sigh* I miss driving.

AliSam
January 23rd, 2007, 07:44 PM
Both my cars our automatic. Everybody assumes my Honda is a manual though. I have no clue how to drive a manual and I don't really have any desire to learn.

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 07:51 PM
I'm not driving right now but if I were buying , without question, a manual all the way! I would never consider an automatic again (I learned on auto and drove on auto for the first ten years) ~ you are literally not really driving, you aren't working an engine unless you are shifting gears. *Sigh* I miss driving.


GO MUM!!!! I concur with that statement 1000%

wdawson
January 23rd, 2007, 07:58 PM
my testosterone :2cents: ....auto is for girls gru gru gru.......my van is auto only cause it was way too many $$$ and that would have meant no big screen tv and the new chain saw......:D

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 08:02 PM
auto is for girls gru gru gru

Are you calling me a boy??? :p

technodoll
January 23rd, 2007, 08:06 PM
to me, the point of driving is to get from point A to point B, as safely as possible and with minimal fuss... i want both hands free and why use two feet if one will do? today's automatics have alot of power, not like the clunks of yesteryear... if you get a good engine, that's what counts :thumbs up

i'll save my energy for holding my hot latte while driving through city traffic and not spilling a drop, LOL! :p

wdawson
January 23rd, 2007, 08:09 PM
ahh ahh ahh mmm no way, auto is for MOST girls.......:D

technodoll
January 23rd, 2007, 08:10 PM
LOL! but i AM a girl, a very girlie-girl who loooves her "automatic"!! :laughing:

wdawson
January 23rd, 2007, 08:11 PM
and for makeup application?

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 08:14 PM
Ah, see for me driving is not about point A to point B, it's about having fun!!! Both hands on the wheel and using only one foot.... so boring. :p

A lot of people think it's a lot of work to drive stick, but once you know your car, it's second nature and actually easier than auto.

technodoll
January 23rd, 2007, 08:24 PM
Both hands on the wheel and using only one foot.... so boring

ah, non non! ONE hand on the wheel, the other busy with cellphone, coffee, stereo buttons, heating buttons, windows, throwing cookies to the dogs, eating a burger, he he he :evil:

brandynva
January 23rd, 2007, 08:26 PM
I LOVE a stick shift, but my dream car (my Saturn) was an automatic. I took what I could get. :D I learned on a stick shift though and can drive one if I need to. My last car was a stick shift. I prefer it. I like the get up and go they usually have and I get bored easily, so shifting gears gives me something to do. lol

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 08:31 PM
Yes Brandy, I hear ya loud and clear!!!!

Frenchy
January 23rd, 2007, 08:37 PM
Auto, up until I moved in the middle of nowhere, I was living in Montreal, and working at least 30-40 kms from there , always in traffic, I didn't have the patience for a stick. Still don't . Too busy switching radio stations, cd, radio, cd....

Prin
January 23rd, 2007, 08:49 PM
I don't like automatic..:o I find it so dull. All you do is steer. Oo lala. :rolleyes: :D

Standard all the way, baby! If you have a standard, there's almost nothing you can get stuck in. :thumbs up Snowbank schmobank! :D

My great aunt who turned 80 this year had to special order her toyota echo because she wanted it standard. She always says an automatic isn't a real car.:D

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 08:51 PM
Prin where were you? I was waiting for you to come and stick up for me! :p Get it, stick. *lame* :goodvibes:

Hunter's_owner
January 23rd, 2007, 08:53 PM
Both my car and the bf's suv are automatic. The bf's camaro is a stick shift though, but I have never driven it:o

Prin
January 23rd, 2007, 09:22 PM
My man's not allowed an auto either.:D

If you can't hold your coffee, burger and cellphone while driving a standard, then you shouldn't be drinking coffee, eating a burger or talking on the phone while driving.;)

TeriM
January 23rd, 2007, 09:30 PM
If you can't hold your coffee, burger and cellphone while driving a standard, then you shouldn't be drinking coffee, eating a burger or talking on the phone while driving.;)

But it's a latte not just a coffee :D . I grew up with the stick shift and switched to automatic about 5 years ago. Much easier to drive in city traffic especially in hilly North Van :thumbs up . With regards to being stuck in snow vs a manual you can also use the lower gears of the automatic with the same result. Hubby gave me "the look" when I bought the first automatic but after driving my car he bought an automatic last year.

Stacer
January 23rd, 2007, 09:31 PM
I'm auto, but wish I were manual. I can drive stick anything except a car. I can drive tractors etc... but whenever I try to drive a car I always screw it up. Practice makes perfect. I should rent a manual car and practice on it, that way I don't have to ruin the car of someone I know while practicing:D

technodoll
January 23rd, 2007, 09:38 PM
hmm looks like the stick people are in the minority... "more for you guys" :D :laughing:

LynLyn
January 23rd, 2007, 09:54 PM
I'm 23 and I drive a manual little Toyota Celica. I loved it when I lived in Vancouver, but now in Montreal traffic I'm lucky to get beyond first gear!! But I DO love my manual baby and wouldn't change her in any way! (Well maybe new rims and cold air exhaust....)

Prin
January 23rd, 2007, 09:56 PM
Woo!! LynLyn is on the winning team! Cool car too! :highfive:

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 10:03 PM
:highfive:

I have an aftermarket air intake with K&N cone filter, and an anti-sway bar. Only thing is, my summer rims are a piece of doo doo and when I got a screw in my tire last summer the low profile tire shredded, they said that they wouldn't bother replacing it if they were me 'cause the rims are pretty bad (I got them for $350 with the brand new tires). So, now I'm stuck with winter tires on the regular rims. I can't find 'summer rims' cheap enough, so I may have to get all seasons, hopefully I can get something for the winters.

brandynva
January 23rd, 2007, 10:07 PM
My man's not allowed an auto either.:D

If you can't hold your coffee, burger and cellphone while driving a standard, then you shouldn't be drinking coffee, eating a burger or talking on the phone while driving.;)

hehe I was the queen of doing all that while driving a manual. I miss it. <sigh>

technodoll
January 23rd, 2007, 10:09 PM
Woo!! LynLyn is on the winning team!

no, non! us automatics are the winning team! look at the stats! :highfive: nyaaah nyaaah nyaaaaaah! :D

Prin
January 23rd, 2007, 10:09 PM
Yeah, I don't have anything but good tires, lol. Last summer I got the BF Goodrich G-Force tires...:cloud9: Speedy-curvey goodness. ;)

Prin
January 23rd, 2007, 10:11 PM
no, non! us automatics are the winning team! look at the stats! :highfive: nyaaah nyaaah nyaaaaaah! :D

LOL just because you're the majority doesn't mean you're cool.:D Au contraire! :D

technodoll
January 23rd, 2007, 10:23 PM
what? minivans are not as cool as souped-up camaros and honda civics? :eek: :D :laughing:

Prin
January 23rd, 2007, 10:24 PM
Who said camaros were cool?
LOL- just buggin' Erykah... well, almost... I don't like camaros anyway...

Byrd
January 23rd, 2007, 10:41 PM
HAHA I have a souped up SATURN! :rolleyes: Yeah, that's me, the coolest. :p Hey, at least it's a coupe.

Catzig
January 23rd, 2007, 11:15 PM
Woo hoooo LynLyn ... I had a 6 speed Celica (which hubby modified - guy thing I guess) - until I got a German Shepherd last spring. Now I have a 6 speed Matrix which fits a big dog so much better. I just have to teach the dog to move with the shift shock ... just like the kid learned to do :laughing: Hubby has a 6 speed also, so poor dog has no choice.

Prin
January 23rd, 2007, 11:17 PM
Oooo 6 speed Matrix!!! Is it 4wd too? :cloud9: I'm also loving the civic Si hatchback from a couple years ago... That one is awesome. :o But if I can get a Honda Fit, I'll be a happy girly. :cloud9:

Mocha's mum
January 23rd, 2007, 11:27 PM
You forgot
Manual, but damn it sucks in a traffic jam :laughing:

Has anyone ever been tempted to get out and talk to the guy stuck in traffic behind you and ask him to push you through traffic??!! After a while, my clutch leg gets a little sore!! :D

x.l.r.8
January 23rd, 2007, 11:53 PM
Hmm, lets start from the top, the Porsche is an auto, but it's my tow car for the race car, it's Right hand drive because it came with me from the UK, the engine is a modified LS4 chevy with only 450 hp at the wheels, I took it down the strip for a laugh and it squeezes 11 seconds in it's everyday form, the race car (anothe Porsche) is stick, but that also has a different engine and that is to voilent on the street (an easy 9 second car), so I kinda wish I went with a glide (type of auto) but I love popping the front wheels in the air in second gear. The vans are auto because they are just used to get about in, and anyone can get in and use, they are both 4X4 and full size so they are useful to pick stuff up. The Asuna sunfire is 5 speed auto (4speed with OD) and has manual gear selection (you can pull away in 4 if you want) but it is great on gas in the economy mode so I just leave it in that. Whats next, oh the Sierra Cosworth RS500, that's stick but only because I converted it to 4WD and the MT75 trans is realy strong. The Merkur XR4ti is auto, it's pushed along by a mustang 5.0 and it's just something I was playing with. My other nice XR4ti has a manual and I'm not sure whats going to happen to that, since the arrival of the dog all work has stopped in the garage. So I voted stick and auto, a manual but I wish it was a stick (the 5.0) a stick but I want an auto (as long as it's a glide for the race car). I need a box that says I should try and sell the cars once I've finished them rather than keep them.:o :shrug: but then i did sell the other auto porsche to buy a stick shift tractor!:laughing: I'm getting off the car subject incase I start boring everyone, I've been building race car chassis and engines for as long as I can remember, from 1953 Anglias to F1.

Peepmouse
January 24th, 2007, 01:08 AM
Hmm, lets start from the top, the Porsche is an auto, but it's my tow car for the race car, it's Right hand drive because it came with me from the UK, the engine is a modified LS4 chevy with only 450 hp at the wheels, I took it down the strip for a laugh and it squeezes 11 seconds in it's everyday form, the race car (anothe Porsche) is stick, but that also has a different engine and that is to voilent on the street (an easy 9 second car), so I kinda wish I went with a glide (type of auto) but I love popping the front wheels in the air in second gear. The vans are auto because they are just used to get about in, and anyone can get in and use, they are both 4X4 and full size so they are useful to pick stuff up. The Asuna sunfire is 5 speed auto (4speed with OD) and has manual gear selection (you can pull away in 4 if you want) but it is great on gas in the economy mode so I just leave it in that. Whats next, oh the Sierra Cosworth RS500, that's stick but only because I converted it to 4WD and the MT75 trans is realy strong. The Merkur XR4ti is auto, it's pushed along by a mustang 5.0 and it's just something I was playing with. My other nice XR4ti has a manual and I'm not sure whats going to happen to that, since the arrival of the dog all work has stopped in the garage. So I voted stick and auto, a manual but I wish it was a stick (the 5.0) a stick but I want an auto (as long as it's a glide for the race car). I need a box that says I should try and sell the cars once I've finished them rather than keep them.:o :shrug: but then i did sell the other auto porsche to buy a stick shift tractor!:laughing: I'm getting off the car subject incase I start boring everyone, I've been building race car chassis and engines for as long as I can remember, from 1953 Anglias to F1.


Sounds like you're an avid car enthusiast!:thumbs up My hubby & I restored a 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster from the ground up, and I must admit the stick shift is much nicer than an automatic. My first car was a 1980 VW Rabbit with manual everything, and I LOVED IT!!!:lovestruck: The only problem I had was that it finally rusted out on me..:sad: I'm now driving and automatic Dodge Neon, which is okay, but I really miss my Rabbit! We ended up selling the Porsche to a doctor to the stars in Beverly Hills when it came to the point where we were too scared to take it out on the highway because you're always having to worry about the guy behind the other wheel! That's what financed out purchase of the family cottage, which we treasure much more now!:)

Skryker
January 24th, 2007, 06:56 AM
:o I'm so embarrassed to say that I've never had any luck learning to drive manual. :o So, every car has been automatic, but I wish I could learn manual. For some reason, I can't manage to co-ordinate clutch and shift. 2 foot driving is fine-no problems with the feets, lol, it's the feets and the hand that I can't get. Maybe someday....:fingerscr

Right now, it's a 98 Ford Escort and I LOVE my little car! It may be a 4 door, but it's the sports edition (:D sounds so grand for a little 4 door zoomer) and it handles beautifully.

SARAH
January 24th, 2007, 08:18 AM
V6 Mustang and MANUAL !

And very impatient with the "female drivers" who seem to never be able to decide whether to stop or go, always looking for a lipstick or something while driving, talking to the kids and turning around looking back more than front ... or those sitting with their noses almost glues to the steering wheel, no control at all! :yuck: "Old fogeys" and "Sunday drivers" are no better. If I see an older woman on a Sunday (driving that is), I take another route! No offence intended, just ranting a bit. :sorry:

Tru though, in traffic or with sciatica, an automatic is better, but standard is just SO much more fun!

:goodvibes:

PS, yes I do wear make up, but I put it on before getting into the car!

Catzig
January 24th, 2007, 08:33 AM
:o I'm so embarrassed to say that I've never had any luck learning to drive manual... 2 foot driving is fine-no problems with the feets, lol,

Oh, if you could have seen my first attempts, you'd not be embarrassed anymore ;) . My first beau tried to teach me so that I could get us out of Fetterly's Quarry (about 30 miles west of Cornwall just off #2) in an emergency ... he used to dive off the high rocks - :pray: - dangerous indeed! Needless to say, my best gear was reverse :yell: At that time I didn't even have my 365 (doesn't that show my age???) and had no clue how to drive anything with more wheels than my bicycle :laughing:

Skryker
January 24th, 2007, 09:04 AM
The last person to try and teach me was my dad...it was not a good scene.:D I love my Dad dearly, but he has no patience as a driving instructor and I revert to about 3 years old when my Dad speaks sharply to me (yes, I'm a Daddy's girl through and through!:evil: ) So, no luck there.

Catzig, I've only been in Cornwall for about 7 years now...:o I have no idea where Fetterly's Quarry is...sounds like it might be close to Upper Canada Village? Nice that your beau was planning for emergencies.:eek: I might have been able to get the car into first gear, and then driven slowly away! Not the best emergency retreat. ;)

trippincherri
January 24th, 2007, 11:42 AM
I see I am not alone here ha ha thats good!

I have not had a lot of experience with a stick shift, but I would definitley love to learn.

Frenchy
January 24th, 2007, 11:55 AM
I can drive stick anything except a car.

:confused: this is a family forum Stacer :D

Byrd
January 24th, 2007, 05:28 PM
An old boyfriend taught me about 10 years ago, but after stalling on a hill and not being able to go again and getting honked at, I gave up, completely.

My ex then taught me again three years ago, (he was very patient and a very good teacher - I don't roll back or anything), on a Miata which is short shift. Then I bought this car which felt like I was driving a truck 'cause it's normal shift, and I basically learned on it. I took myself to the back roads and did stop and goes on hills and the like. Now I'm okay at it, not great, but good.

LynLyn
January 24th, 2007, 07:34 PM
WHOOHOO!! I drive stick and am therefore I am COOL!!!!

I had an exboyfriend try to teach me how to drive clutch when I was 16 but that didn't work out very well cause he basically said, when your clutch foot comes up your gas foot goes down. I stalled and rolled alot!!

Then current bf/hubby taught me about the clutch point, and I learned how to drive like a pro in 10 minutes!!!

btw...for all of you that have a fear of rolling backwards down a hill, at a stop, let up on the clutch a little bit (verrry slowly) without gassing, right before the car stalls keep your left foot still and take your foot off the brake. If you have the clutch perfectly at the spot right before the stall, you will not roll backwards with your foot off the brake, in fact you'll start rolling forward a bit, yes!! up hill!!! without stepping on the gas!!!! (how I learned not to be scared of the hill :thumbs up ) I'm sure someone else here has a better way of explaining it though!!

GO STICK SHIFT!!

Catzig: I almost bought 6 speed GTS, but had to settle on the 5 speed cause I'm poor :sad: (really wanted those seat warmers too!) I have to say though, the bucket seats are soo much more comfy :p so that's my consolation!

GO STICK SHIFT!!

Prin
January 24th, 2007, 07:42 PM
Yeah, I don't do that...:o I just hold the parking brake up and release it when I go, if I'm worried... Which isn't often anymore unless I start thinking about it... I just think holding the clutch at the friction point will wear it out...:o Then again, I've never had a clutch ever get used to the point of changing it.. so.....

Byrd
January 24th, 2007, 07:59 PM
Then current bf/hubby taught me about the clutch point, and I learned how to drive like a pro in 10 minutes!!!

btw...for all of you that have a fear of rolling backwards down a hill, at a stop, let up on the clutch a little bit (verrry slowly) without gassing, right before the car stalls keep your left foot still and take your foot off the brake. If you have the clutch perfectly at the spot right before the stall, you will not roll backwards with your foot off the brake, in fact you'll start rolling forward a bit, yes!! up hill!!! without stepping on the gas!!!! (how I learned not to be scared of the hill :thumbs up ) I'm sure someone else here has a better way of explaining it though!!


Ah, yes, the "sweet spot" that's what my ex taught me too. Basically, you will feel the car start to shake when you hit it. Once you know your car you will find it no problem. :thumbs up

Catzig
January 24th, 2007, 11:23 PM
Well Prin, I thought I'd use the emerg brake too for roll backs ... except my first (long term) standard was a Ford Explorer with the parking brake on the floor to the left of the clutch pedal :yell: . DH drove behind me for the first few days with his old beat up van til I learned how to work the roll back. My sister, on the other hand, bought herself a nifty little Subaru with anti-rollback ... what a great idea. Once you figure out that "spot" it's like riding a bike ... for those who are old enough think of the movie Karate Kid ... Wax On, Wax Off ... (clutch in, gas off)

At this point in my life I'm crusty enough to think that if I roll back into someone - they were just too close and deserved it :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

Skryker, just another few miles west of Upper Canada Village near Iroquois. People came from miles around to swim there. It was the abosolute best place to swim. (I grew up in Cardinal which is 35 miles west of Cornwall.)

Prin
January 24th, 2007, 11:28 PM
At this point in my life I'm crusty enough to think that if I roll back into someone - they were just too close and deserved it :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
LOL me too! :D "If he gets hit, it's his fault, the moron." :rolleyes: :D

Byrd
January 25th, 2007, 05:02 PM
LOL me too! :D "If he gets hit, it's his fault, the moron." :rolleyes: :D


It is, if you are at a stoplight and someone rolls back into you or you roll back into someone it's considered the same as a rearender, but person behind is at fault for being too close.

Prin
January 25th, 2007, 05:04 PM
Yeah, I know. :evil: Except if you're in a little car and it's an SUV, you're going to pay a fortune fixing all your lights. :rolleyes: And in Qc, it's "no fault", so you pay anyway, your fault or not.

Schwinn
January 25th, 2007, 05:05 PM
In 9 cars, this is my first automatic. (I still miss the RED RANGER *sniff*). It was the only thing that had a 6 cylinder and enough room for baby seats, and in our price range. Now a days, it's near impossible to buy anything under $40k that fits a family, has six cylinders and is standard.

I remember my step-father telling me I'd hate standard after a while...18 years later, nope, still love it. Mrs. Schwinn's car is a standard (Mazda5), so I still get my fix once in a while. But we wanted something I could use to get to the out-of-the way trails, carry Grace, AND tow a trailer, so I got the SUV. I like it, but I find myself driving down the road yelling at it a lot. "Shift...shift...SHIFT!! Okay, fine...wait, no WAIT! NOT NOW!! YOU STUPID &%$!! DON'T YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE?!?!" Though my clutch leg has finally stopped aching...

...and we won't even get into the "Why's the gear shift bent?" (As someone said, once you're in the habit of shifting, you don't even realize you're doing it)

Byrd
January 25th, 2007, 05:12 PM
As someone said, once you're in the habit of shifting, you don't even realize you're doing it

Yeah, I hear ya there, I drove my mom's car and was driving down the street and my brain said "time to shift" so I stomped on the brake! :eek: :o My poor mom, she almost had a heart attack.

Catzig
January 25th, 2007, 05:30 PM
OMG ... now this is embarassing :o ... before DH got his latest veee-hicle, he had an automatic. I had to call him from the mall one day as I was having trouble with his car. I could not get the key out of the ignition - no way, no how! I jiggled this and wiggled that - nothing worked. Thank goodness I had my cell phone. When I called him, I swear I could hear his eyes rolling ... "Did you put it in park?" he asked me. Um, no :frustrated: :frustrated:

Gazoo
January 25th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Luxury car - auto

Sports car - stick

LynLyn
January 25th, 2007, 10:48 PM
My friends always look at me strangly when I tell them I can't drive automatic. I understand that all I have to really do is gas and brake, I get that part. My only problem is that when I get to a red light my let foot automatically goes out to clutch, and the brakes in an automatic are SOOOO much wider, so I sometimes accidentally hit the brake and everyone in the car goes FLYING forward!! My sister is pretty used to screaming "NO CLUTCH LYN!! NO CLUTCH" at me when I do this:o

That and I always take an extra minute or two to start the engine as my left leg is feeling around to push the clutch down, while my right hand is trying to put the car into neutral, this is really hilarious to watch when I'm driving an automatic car when you change gears with that stick behind the steering wheel. I look like a total newbie, sometimes enough that some friends with automatic cars wont let me drive their cars.

Dracko
January 25th, 2007, 11:15 PM
I agree automatic is just too boring...................

I drive a stick and I remember the first standard I bought off a car lot. Didn't have a clue how to drive one. My bf at the time had to drive it to my place while I drove his. For about a week I drove his vehicle to work and then at night drove around practicing dirving the standard until I was comfortable enough.

I've driven a standard for about 10 years and 3 cars. My brand new X-Trail is a stick and couldn't imagine otherwise. :lovestruck:

erykah1310
January 25th, 2007, 11:19 PM
Now drive an automatic and I H8 IT!!!:frustrated: I have driven stick for 4 years straight up until now, and i swear there is little that is more embarassing than SLAMMING your breaks on in front of people because you are soooooo programmed to press a clutch:o

I miss my danger ranger for the stick, someday just maybe my Camaro will be up and running again so I can have my fix:pray:

LynLyn
January 26th, 2007, 10:15 AM
and i swear there is little that is more embarassing than SLAMMING your breaks on in front of people because you are soooooo programmed to press a clutch:o

I thought I was the only one who ever did this!!!! I'm so glad that I'm not the only person that has been laughed at for this!

meb999
January 26th, 2007, 04:48 PM
stick shift all the way baaaaby!!

i swear there is little that is more embarassing than SLAMMING your breaks on in front of people because you are soooooo programmed to press a clutch


I do that too...it's terrible :o

Byrd
January 26th, 2007, 05:02 PM
LOL Aren't we all programmed for that!?!?