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CrazyGirl
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First of all... YAY! I have a car of my own! (Well, technically, it's both my sister's and mine, but still )

My parents also recently bought a new car (absolutely gorgeous! 2001 Suzuki Esteem, jet black with charcoal interior)... but it's a 5 speed! Anyway, I've always felt I wanted an automatic for myself, but I also wanted to know how to drive a standard and be comfortable enough in one just in case someday I have to drive a standard in an emergency or something. So I'm learning right now. Not doing too bad actually, just not so great at backing up.

Anyway, just wondering... which do you prefer? Automatic? Or Standard? And those of you that prefer standard... tell me it gets to be second nature soon okay!!

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My first 5 cars were standard, my last 2, automatic. With standard, it's like having an automatic transmission built into your head. You soon cease to think about it and shift to engine sound without looking at the speedometer or tachometer.

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SlowCookie
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I have an automatic but I'd really like to drive a stickshift just because I think it's sexy when people drive stick. I don't know why but there's something appealing about that. I also want a stick shift car when I'm in an aggressive driving mood but that doesn't come very often. But that would be fun.

I can shift gears smoothly and all that but I just can't brake. When my friend was teaching me, we were cruising around the empty parking lot then he told me to brake and park. I slowed down, turn the wheel into the space but I couldn't brake. Nothing bad happened, we just went over the parking hurdle. I never tried again. Maybe this summer...


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Lin
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For my learning purposes, I have to use a stick shift which I quite enjoy. Now that I have got the hang of it. Pick up seems faster and is just generally more fun.

But most cars brought into Singapore are automatics. Oh well. Have a lesson today. Fun, fun.


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alaska
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Standard.
Hands down.

Just better. It just is part of driving as I know it, and I enjoy the Autobahn...which is more fun with a standard. Standard is more common over here anyway. And yup, it get's completely *automatic* in your head after a while, just liks Bobo said.

I'D never buy an automatic, really (but then I don't have a car, and don't need one right now or want one for that matter and don't have the money either). The only car I would make an exception for would be a Porsche Boxster, which comes with TipTronic (i.e. you can switch between automatic and standard and can change gears just by pushing the gear stick forwards and backwards, very cool). And that's like the Formula One cars.....Hm......See you in Monte Carlo this weekend1

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oh, i so agree with alaska. i would never buy an automatic car, ever! i learned to drive on an automatic car, but the car my parents got me is stick so i had to learn to drive it at the same time. It was a pain in the butt at first but now i look down on people who only drive automatic. i don't think they're as good at driving; that might sound mean, but i definitely think that driving standard makes you more in touch with the car and what exactly it's doing, plus you have to pay more attention while you're driving cuz you don't have any free hands (ie. no talking on cell phones while driving)

plus, i just feel cool.

i know a kid who had the chance to drive a lamborghini to his senior prom, but he couldn't because he didn't know how to drive stick. hehehe

em

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I have owned 3 vehicles since I turned 16, and also used my parents' car until I turned 17 and could afford my own...and all 4 vehicles were automatic.

In fact, I didn't know how to drive stickshift until I met my most recent girlfriend...who drove a blue 1974 VW Squareback. (A uniquely SoCal car, that's for sure) It was sexy when she drove it, and I remember annoying the heck out of her when she tried to teach me how to drive it. Learning to drive a stickshift car was very difficult for this boy...I mean hey, it took me 9 years to learn how to tie my own shoeleaces for crying out loud!

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Lin
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I'm changing my mind. I went out on the road yesterday and my car stalled. Twice!

I was waiting for some driver to knock me unconscious with a bat or something. I suck at driving. Argh.


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From the point of view of a carsickness prone passenger, automatic all the way. Ugh, standards are so jerky.
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i can't drive stick *hangs head in shame*

and i don't have a car. if i did, it would be an automatic. and it would be sexy. very sexy.

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The car I'm going to take my Driver's test in is a standard... I love driving a standard!!! Driving an automatic is just boring I guess, lol.

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Haven't got my license yet, but when I can finally get my own car, I'm gettin' me a manual!

I feel naked without engine braking. Like Bobolink said, you can usually just shift gears by the sound - you can hear if the engine is revving too high or low. I haven't driven in a while, but I had it down fairly well. Besides, it saves on brakes.

I like the new paddle style shifters - there's cars coming out lately with buttons on the wheel to shift up or down a gear.

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Bobolink
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Manual shift by buttons? I still remember having to double clutch my Morris Minor to get it to shift from 2nd to 3rd gear.

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Heather
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Unfortunately, my first experience of stick shift driving was when my boss at the sprout market in '89 told me it was just as easy as automatic and tossed me unto Lake Shore Drive (in Chicago, BIG highway, crazy traffic) totally unprepared.

I almost had a heart attack, and while I have tried and tried to learn standards since then, I simply can't do it. Even on the highway without shifting gears, they give me an utter anxiety attack. In college, I was able to drive a roommates stick, but as she put it, that was by some strange miracle which allowed me to totally bypass the clutch, thus frying it twice in less than six months.

And you know, I have two feet. There are three pedals in a stick shift. If I had three feet, it'd maybe make more sense to me, but I don't. Two feet, two pedals. Sounds like good logic to me.

And I give up with the stick shift. Really, I do. I have a perfect dirving record in automatics which spans well over a decade plus, I sold my car anyway so I could live on my own two feet and bike as much as possible, and if my life ever depends on driving a stick shift, that is just too bad.

And if anyone is ever sure I should be able to drive a stick, I ascertain you will find you don't feel so strongly about that when you're sitting behind me laying on the horn because I miss three lights, unbable to get out of neutral.

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I'm still learning but I'm pretty good at driving. Automatic of course, because I'm not able to deal with the clutch, a bit like Miz Scarlet (2 feet - 3 pedals)... although I have to practice my parking between 2 cars 'cause I litteraly suck at that.

anyway, I drive my dad's car and everything's fine with me, why would I want a car at the moment if I'd barely use it.

But to get back at manual shifting, IRL I'm unable to think about all that but in some simuation games it's easy for me, just because of the engine sound... and because I just press one button.

David

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A word about feet and pedals. Driver training teaches that your left foot should be for the clutch only. Brake and accelerator pedals should be operated by the right foot only. It has been found that, in an emergency situation, people who usually brake with the left foot are prone to freeze with both the brake and accelerator pedal pushed to the floor. If it becomes habit to remove your right foot from the accelerator to the brake, this is less likely to occur.

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Oh Bobo. I remember my first few driving lessons. I tried to press the brake with my left foot and the accelerator with my right all at the same time.

My instructor nearly had a heart attack and actually tried to hit my leg but stopped short. Think he was afraid I would scream molest or something.

*sigh* That's the last thing I would have done. He's a cutie.

But after that experience, my left foot is firmly on the floorboard. Only my right foot does the moving.

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I've been driving for over 4 years and don't really have a preference. If I bought a vehicle though, I'd probably look more for a standard. And, yeah, it definitely becomes second nature after awhile. I used to be AWFUL when driving a standard.
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I've been driving for just over a year now and i've had 4 cars myself but i've driven a few others too, most of them were manual transmission, but my brothers car is a Auto and i love it but i don't think that's anything to do with it being automatic but more with the fact that it's a sports car.

The cars I've owned which were
A Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Citroen ZX
Ford Escort
Citroen AX
they were all manual so I Like manual better but the car I have now only needs 4 gears so when i'm on the motorway it may as well be a automatic

I took my test in a standard because her in the UK anyone who passes their test in a standard is also licenced to drive a auto but if you pass ya test in a auto you can only drive a auto.

Just one thing that gets me is that over in other countrys like Austrlia, USA Japan, most people drive cars that have 3 litre engines, where as here in UK most peole drive small cars with 1 litre engines, the car i've got now which it a Citroen AX less than a litre and it does 70mph ok which is the MAX speed limit over here.

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Automatic all the way! My mom drives a manual which is why I can't drive her car. I can't drive legally anyway because I just never got my liscence. I need to go and do that b4 school starts back.
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I'm doing surprisingly well... despite the fact that I killed it six times trying to make a left turn the other day. Actually I'm not doing too bad. I hadn't driven in in-town traffic yet, and only had the one problem. Still haven't tried backing up again though. Was going to drive again last night, but I was too tired. So perhaps I'll try again today. (In other words, WATCH OUT )

Oh! on a side note... I get to go to the Journey concert Tuesday! TM had a bunch of extra tickets, so they gave 'em to outlet employees. Free music, discounts & free concert tickets... I'm getting spoiled. I'm taking my Dad as a father's day gift. He loves Journey!

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