FOR FUN - automatic or manual?

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So, I was reading the cars thread and thought this might be interesting...

How many of you preffer and automatic trandmission? Manual transmission? Why? How many of you KNOW how to drive a manual transmission?

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I learned on a '74 Volkswagen Beetle, which of course was a manual. The whole time I drove that car, I wanted an automatic, so I finally saved up and got one! Unfortunately, I didn't like it, so I only drove that for a year before buying a used Mazda Miata which was manual. When my son was born I had to have a care (b/c Miata's only have 2 seats) and my husband insisted we get an automatic in case I needed to reach back for something with the baby...whatever. I HATED that car--it was a Saturn SC. We now have a Nissan Rouge which can switch between manual and automatic depending on what I'm in the mood for. VERY convenient, and I love this car!

Julie - posted on 07/27/2010

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For country and open highway driving, I prefer manual. For stop-and-go city, gotta go with automatic (bumper-riders, being lazy, etc ...)

I currently drive a 5-speed, but my second car was a four-speed. My first new car was a 4 speed. When you have just a little 4-cylinder engine, you get more power with a manual vs. an automatic!

Jess - posted on 07/07/2010

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I prefer my manual, I guess because its just what I am use to. When I jump in John's Prius I feel weird not changing gears or engaging the clutch, my poor left foot doesn't know what to do with itself !

But I gotta admit I love that the Prius isn't actually an Auto or Manual because it never changes gears... it doesn't have gears. It spins my head a little thinking about that.

Lady - posted on 07/07/2010

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Charlene I was the same, reaching for the stick and trying to push the clutch in when I was slowing down - then of course when I started driving a manual again the first time I got to a junction I forgot to push the clutch in and stalled - thankfully it only happened the once - after that I was fine.
Swapping back to the other side of the road was probably harder - especially coming out of car parks and trying to remember which side to be on was quite confusing. I got there in the end though - thankfully without any accidents lol!!!

Andrea - posted on 07/07/2010

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I like driving a manual so much better. My first car was a stick and I learned how to drive it all by self and shown all my brother how to drive one and some high school friend. Think all the cars I have owned up to a couple years ago were sticks. None of are current vehicles we have are a manual. you just made miss having a manual time to trade in the Impala LOL

Nikki - posted on 07/06/2010

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I learned how to drive stick first, but I prefer automatic, I do alot of long drives and like to relax and not have to worry about the clutch and gears, I guess that makes me lazy but I dont care

Charlene - posted on 07/06/2010

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I have owned two cars and they have both been standard, as was my mom's KIA before I had my own car.
I love driving a standard and anytime I drive my sister's car, I am always reaching for the stick!!

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I have never driven an automatic most of the cars here are manual and so that is what I drive. I reckon it would be really odd not having a clutch or changing gears I 've been doing it for 7 years now :-)

Jodi it's the same in the UK if you take your test in an automatic you have to take another test to prove you can drive a manual. But if you take the test in a manual car it covers both types.

Lyndsay - posted on 07/06/2010

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I only know how to drive automatic. Thats what my car is, so its fine by me.

Rosie - posted on 07/06/2010

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gillian, i hate to break it to ya, but it's YOU guys who drive on the wrong side of the road, LOL!!!

ME - posted on 07/06/2010

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I bought my first manual when I was 26, a few years before having children...Now it's my hubbies car, and I drive a mom car (4 door pontiac, automatic). I LOVED my Acura tho, and some day, I will drive a manual again...I felt much more in-tune with driving, and feel like it made me a better driver then I ever would have been otherwise...

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I'm also surprised by the number of people that still drive manual transmission vehicles....I guess I figured because I switched to an automatic that everyone should!? ;)

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Ha ha Gillian! You must have never driven in California if you think Americans have better road ettiquet! :P They're crazy out here! The rest of the country even makes fun of it... fortunately, I learned to drive in Nevada and I have kept my safe driving techniques since moving to CA. :)

Jodi - that's so crazy - and totally understandable - about the seperate licenses! Sometimes I wish that was the case over here! LOL

Carol - I SOOO agree with you! Our car now is an automatic and I STILL (after more than a year) try to shift once in a while (my left foot hits air where the clutch should be and my hand automatically drifts to where the shifter should be). I always say it's a good thing our car's gear shift is by the stearing wheel and not in the console! LOL

This is so interesting ladies! I seriously thought there would be a lot more people saying automatic, but I guess I was wrong! GO MANUAL TRANSMISSION!!! hee hee hee... :D

Lady - posted on 07/06/2010

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I much prefer driving a manual - I just feel so much more in control. Although when we lived in America we had automatic cars and for that I was very grateful - it was bad enough learning to drive on the wrong side of the road and the wrong side of the car I don't think I could have handled tryng to change gears with the wrong hand too!!!
I did love driving in America though - the road ettiquet was so much better - most of the time!

Sarah - posted on 07/06/2010

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I'm learning to drive at the moment. I'm learning on a manual, because most cars here are manual. Plus, my husbands car (soon to mine Mwahahahaha!) is a manual.

Never driven an automatic, so I guess I prefer manuals! Though I think an automatic MUST be easier!

Becky - posted on 07/05/2010

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My first car was a stick. It was older and the clutch tended to stick and it would stall a lot. I thought all manuals were like that! Imagine my surprise when I drove a manual that actually had a decent clutch! However, I prefer an automatic transmission, particularly for city driving. I just find there are too many steps when you're driving a manual during rush hour and it's stop and go traffic. I'm simple like that. :)

Ez - posted on 07/05/2010

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I've always had manuals, but the peak hour traffic in my city has become so ridiculous over the last couple of years that I will be getting an auto next. Changing up and down gears in bumper-to-bumper traffic is no fun!

Jenny - posted on 07/05/2010

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Hell ya Jodi! I had a couple of scary experiences getting the hang of my 4runner. I had 24 hours with a fractured finger, in a partial cast, on my shifter hand to learn to drive it though. But I haven't stalled once in a week now. I was just scared at first and not relaxing. If I can get over it at 30 years old and learn to drive stick, anyone can.

Kylie - posted on 07/05/2010

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I learned to drive manual so my first car was manual and then i drove a bunky 82 Nissan patrol manual for years where i had to double pump the clutch to change gears. Been driving an auto for about 6 years and now I'm scared to drive a manual... it's been too long. I like automatics better:)

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I used to LOVE manual transmissions....all my cars were manual when I was younger......lots of different Hondas....Accord, Prelude, Civics.....I also had a manual Mazda RX7!

Now, I love my automatic transmission.....but I also drive a full size SUV so I can't imagine it being manual! Now it's a luxury for me to have an automatic.....maybe I'm just lazy in my old age!?

C. - posted on 07/05/2010

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I always wanted to drive a stick (manual) b/c my dream car is originally a stick-shift, but b/c of my arm I HAVE to drive automatic :(

Jodi - posted on 07/05/2010

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It is the same licence test, it's just that if you pass it in an auto, you can't drive a manual, but if you pass it in a manual, you get to have a licence covering both. The reasoning behind it is that it is dangerous for someone who has only ever driven an auto to go out on the roads in a manual when they have never been taught to drive one.

Amie - posted on 07/05/2010

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Jodi,
Really? There's a different license course/test you have to take for standards? =O Crazy the things you learn when talking about the mundane. LOL

Johnny - posted on 07/05/2010

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I prefer driving a manual, it gives me the feeling of greater control and I need to use my brakes less. And definitely for winter driving. My Sentra was a manual, but our new car is an automatic. I feel like I have nothing to do when I'm driving now.

Amie - posted on 07/05/2010

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I was taught how to drive on a standard (manual). It's come in handy. I prefer standards but alas, minivans don't come in standard. Ah well, I take our truck out for a rip once in awhile and that's good enough for now. LOL

Jodi - posted on 07/05/2010

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In most states in Australia, if you don't do your licence in a manual, your licence only covers you to drive an automatic, so it limits you. Whereas if you can get a manual licence, you can pretty much drive anything. Just think, you could REALLY limit yourself by getting an automatic licence only, and you may, in the future, be forced to test for your licence again if you want to be able to drive a manual. So when my step-daughter was learning to get her licence, we strongly encouraged her to learn to drive a manual because it gives her the option.

Tara - posted on 07/05/2010

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I would prefer a standard (manual). My first car was an 1980 VW Rabbit, it was a four speed standard and I learned to drive a standard the day I bought the car!!!
I have had many standards (and VWs) since but alas my current vehicle is a GMC Safari and it's automatic. I like a standard for winter driving over an automatic, as well I prefer a standard in city driving,,, heck I just prefer a standard, I think because secretly I wish I was a race car driver.... and so driving a standard makes me feel cooler... lololol
:)Tara

Caitlin - posted on 07/05/2010

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I prefer manual.. I learned on an automatic and drove an automatic for the longest time, but I needed a junker, and found a great one (1992 honda accord) but it wasn't automatic, so I had to learn manual really fast - or not be able to go to work.. I loved it, but sadly when we had our kids, we had a huge dog so decided a mini van was the way to go and they don't make them in manual, so i'm stuck with an automatic. I can't wait until the kids are a bit older so I can downsize the vehicle and get one that's a manual again. It's so much more intereesting to drive and I love having control over what gear i'm in, it's great for winter driving where I can downshift to decelerate and use engine compression as opposed to braking power and that reduces skidding, I also like the fact I can downshift to give me a nice power boost for when i'm trying to switch lanes quickly or pass without annoying someone else in the passing lane by making them slow down.

Krista - posted on 07/05/2010

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I also learned on a manual, and am damn glad that I did, because once you really know how, you never forget. I prefer an automatic (I visit my sister often and she lives in a hilly city), but it's nice to know that I CAN drive a stick if I need to.

Jodi - posted on 07/05/2010

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I learned in a manual, and I had a manual transmission until I had kids. I actually find an automatic transmission easier with the kids, because it's one less thing I have to think about when I am travelling with a screaming or fighting kid, LOL.

But my husband's car is manual, and I still drive that sometimes.

Rosie - posted on 07/05/2010

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AUTOMATIC!! i kindof know how to drive a mannual, but i usually kill it at least 5 times trying to move the damn thing. 1rst gear is the hardest and then i can get used to it! i will never buy one, i've got to much crap to do while driving instead of shifting. like eating, and changing channels, flipping people off and yelling at my kids to calm down, (yes i'm joking-a little)!

Lindsay - posted on 07/05/2010

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I have never driven a stick so I would have to say automatic. It's easy and gets me where I need to be without any hassel!;-P

Jenny - posted on 07/05/2010

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I just got my first standard a month ago. It was a bit of a learning curve but now I love it. No going back for me now. I've always wanted to have the abilty to drive absolutely anything. Next step: motorbike.

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I learned to drive on a manual. But I prefer automatic, which is what I have now. It's good to know how to drive a stick though, so I'm glad that's what I learned on.

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I preffer a manual transmission. I learned on a stick shift and my very first car (my favorite car EVER! A 1998 Ford Escort sport edition) had a manual transmission. I miss my little car and I miss my stick shift!

I think it's because I'm a bit of a control freak and I like knowing what gear my car is in and being able to control when the gears change. :)

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