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Cars - Automatic or Manual Transmissions?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by unixfish, Feb 29, 2020.

Can You Drive A Car With A Manual Transmission

  1. Yes - Give me a manual, or give me death!

    49 vote(s)
    24.0%
  2. Yes - I prefer a manual but would buy an automatic

    82 vote(s)
    40.2%
  3. Yes - I prefer an automatic, but I can drive a manual

    70 vote(s)
    34.3%
  4. No - I only drive automatics

    3 vote(s)
    1.5%
  1. maggieo

    maggieo Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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  2. Hey_you

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    My 1st was a 3-on-the-tree rambler.Next was 4-on-the-floor with 4H/4L too.No prob driving a manual tranny.Current is automatic.Ease and convienience round town and traffic.But when it comes to a 4x4 got to be manual for me. btw, I didn't vote.Didn't see the better choice for me. Either or. No big deal for me.
     
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  3. basher

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    My Fiat 500 is auto so Mrs. Basher can drive it too, but I still grin ear to ear every time I get behind the wheel. I can imagine how much fun an Abarth would be.
     
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    The Abarth might just be one of the most fun cars I've ever driven. And that exhaust note!! I have people asking about Enzo all the time; it's practically a rare supercar! ;^)
     
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    My CJ-7 has three sticks. Two for the transfercase. Driving on ice with an automatic is suicide IMO. I can't imagine life with an automatic, but my wife has one in her Wrangler.:oops:

    I did build my 1934 Chevy pro street rod with a 4000 RPM stall speed converter Turbo Hydromatic, but kind of a single purpose car for quick 1/4 mile times.:cool:
     
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    When I first started driving, in the UK an automatic was something of a rarity. The perception was ‘there’s more to go wrong’. Also, most cars failed to start at one time or another and push starting was essential!
    Nowadays, it seems to be drifting in the direction of autos. Even small town runabouts are likely to be automatics, all be it CVTs. It’s still the case here that if you pass your test in an auto you can’t drive a manual. Not so long ago hardly anyone did so, simply because it restricted you to the relatively few, usually big automatic cars available. These were either new expensive models or old, once expensive models, very cheap because running costs and spares prices were prohibitive. I’ve no figures but I would suggest that the number of newly qualified auto only drivers is on the increase. With electric cars being forced upon us, I think it’ll be a continuing trend.
    Me? I passed in a manual car which means I can drive either. My last five cars and my current car were autos. After thirty years of fierce resistance, which I never really understood, my wife is now an auto driver.
     
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    I prefer manual, but have to go with automatic due to all the nerve damage from my back and bad knees. Hard enough just to walk sometimes, but I do miss shifting through the gears.
     
  8. Wrighty

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    Driving’s not fun anymore in the UK, manual or auto.
     
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    Hard to find standard cars or trucks now.
     
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    Yup. I learned on a manual, but you can't find a new car with one these days.

    Even the new Corvettes are all automatic transmissions.
     
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    I like to sling the gears in my unassuming white four door sedan .
     
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    My first car had 3 foward and 1 reverse gears, manual change and no synchromesh, now that was a driving experience especially as the screen wiper was also manually operated. Since then I have driven manuals and automatics; paddle shift; a Renault with press button gear shift; vehicles with hand throttles, manual gears and no clutch; bikes with foot change on the right and others with it on the left; bikes with auto CV gears, etc etc. I still like to change the gears myself, except when in grid locked Brisbane, then I let the wife drive.
     
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    Oh, I don't know - Cheddar Gorge in Somerset would be a lively trip with a manual change. I've only done it on a motorcycle but I had to work the gearbox pretty hard to get engine braking through those tight corners and then accelerate out cleanly. Plenty of grins afterwards.
    Dunno if it would be the same hoot in an automatic car though
     
  14. trev333

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    I think manuals connect you with the machine more... it's not just a point and shoot experience...

    though, they are becoming a thing of the past with most vehicles even big trucks all having auto transmissions..

    electric cars will soon be everywhere in cities....
     
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    I learned with a clutch. My first car was a clutch.
    i have always preferred a clutch and have built hot rods and race cars, usually for a preference for a clutch.

    My left knee burns. Hurts some days so much I can hardly walk. The right knee hurts from favoring the left. Daily driver clutch days are over. Weekend/occasional clutch days are questionable. Especially the heavy competition clutches.

    FWIW, no clutch pedal is not a manual... IMO.
    but the technology Tremec is bringing to the table for example in the new GT 500 Mustang, and others looks very interesting. Though pricey.

    And the VW (et al) automated clutch thing is an abomination. Clunky damned mess to drive to be honest. Much less repair..

    Maybe starting in 2020, cant say with certainty. But this particular 19' Z06 in my driveway begs to differ.....

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    Depends where you live ;) :

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    All three of my daughters can drive and have owned cars with manual transmissions. My mother used to love driving my brother's '50 Mercury with the 3 on the tree and overdrive.
    My first wife drove my 88 F-350 diesel 5 speed.
    Point is guys. . . . .
    If you can't drive a manual, turn in your man card.
     
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    I like the auto that I have because you can also put it in tiptronic and row through the gears with the stick that way. It is also pretty ergonomic for it and somewhat similar to a manual with the stalk and position of the +/-. If I had a full on sports car for fun driving I would prefer a manual though.
     
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    So your daughters and wife are men? Personally I think that if you drive you ought to be able to drive a stick. It could be a matter of life or death.
     
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    I haven't driven a manual in 26 years. I haven't needed to drive a manual in 26 years. I honestly don't know whether I could still do it or not. Don't much care either.
     
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