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Who here knows how to drive a stick shift?

Can you drive a stick shift?

  • Yes

    Votes: 251 94.4%
  • No

    Votes: 15 5.6%

  • Total voters
    266

celly

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if you learn to drive on an automatic in England, you can ONLY drive an automatic. If you learn to drive a stick shift, then you can drive both

Si

I lived in Bermuda for almost 4 years and it was same thing down there (the place is oh so British). I had to take my driver's test on a manual in order to drive the manual equipped car I had just purchased. Otherwise they weren't going to allow my car to be registered/insured.

In Canada a Class 5 is a Class 5. Transmission type is not distinguished. I actually learned to drive standard on a motorcycle and applied the concepts to my ex-girlfriend's "Mercury Lynx" way back when.

I've owned several manual equipped cars including my 1st Explorer ('93 Sport). I resorted to auto in my '97 Sport because I wanted the SOHC V6. I was also tired of the manuals being so stripped down by Ford that I unwillingly went auto. I miss driving a standard actually. Last time I had one was on my '00 Contour SVT before I got back into the Explorer game. ('00 Sport followed by a '99 EB, both auto). Given that I plan to hold onto the EB for a while and my budget doesn't allow for an extra car, I'll be doing the auto thing for a while. :rolleyes:
 
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JDT

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Sadly the art of driving a stick is being lost. You cant even get a manual trans in an explorer any more.
 
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Cozmik

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5 speed, 10 speed, 13 speed, 18 speed......From a Ford Tempo to a full load Peterbilt I cna drive them all.
 
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bigone65

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Cozmik you drive rigs what company I have been driving them for 25 years small world so are you going with BD LIFT it would look awsome.

P.S. you should all try a mack with 5 x 4.
 
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SoBeLover

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Never learned and don't have the patience I did when I was younger to learn now. My youngest daughter's friend had a 5 speed Focus and taught my daughter to drive, and she knows both and she don't even have her license yet. Here in CT if you are under 18 your have to take an approved drivers course to get your license, since I don't have that kind of money, I told her she would have to wait until she was 18 to get her license
 
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rhauf

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Sadly the art of driving a stick is being lost. You cant even get a manual trans in an explorer any more.


Correction, you cant even buy an explorer with a manual transmission in it from the factory...

you CAN get a manual transmission in an explorer if you're determined enough though :)
 
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My Bronco II and Ranger are both 5 speeds! :D
 
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That was half the fun shifting this stick shift Double Nickle Chevy.
It had a Muncie 4 speed with every other gear ground off on the synchronizers and did not even have to push the clutch. Just had to shift mighty fast. I built the car in the late sixties with the above pic taken early 70s.
I'm racing a fuel bike in the next lane.
Ah...those were the days.
 
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joemash

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Every vehicle I've owned since I started driving was a stick shift (ok, except for a short stint with a 97 escort haha) All of my girlfriends cars have been a stick shift too! Her first was a 97 2 door sport X (Sexy!!). That was my doings though. I told her I wasn't going to replace automatic transmissions every year. I got a 1996 4 door 5 speed explorer. Anybody know how many of those they made? I kinda figure they would have to be rare.
 
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bats

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Do tractors count? I drove my neighbors old tractor when I was 13. Then my friend had me learn on his old F150 so I could be his designated driver when he went overboard. There's something awesome about driving stick. The feel, that satisfying thing when you shift. (Newer cars are probably smoother and more quiet when they shift, I wouldn't know.) That was like 6 years ago and I miss it enough to seriously consider swapping out the tranny on the Ex.
 
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crf76

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No I don't know how to drive a stick shift.

My boyfriend recently got his old truck back, it's a 94 Ford Ranger stick shift.. and I have no car, and so I need to learn how to drive it. But I'm scared to because something is wrong with the clutch, and the motor is not in good shape because the truck has 232,218 miles on it. Can anyone please tell me how to drive that damn thing?
 
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crf76

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Stick shifts suck.

I think automatic is much better anyway, whats the point of driving a stick shift. It's too much work.. I like to relax when I'm driving not moving everytime I have to shift. I think there should be NO stick shifts at all.
 
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MadCow

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I think automatic is much better anyway, whats the point of driving a stick shift. It's too much work.. I like to relax when I'm driving not moving everytime I have to shift. I think there should be NO stick shifts at all.

I get so bored in an automatic, I drove 8 hours to find my mustang with a manual because I didnt want an automatic. I would always have a manual if they were available.

As for how to drive one asked by the girl. Basic principle, ease off the clutch as you apply more gas. As one foot goes up, the other goes down. When to shift, the motor should tell you by how loud it is and you will get use to it. If you shift too early the truck will feel all bogged down and slow to get up to speed. The truck will also start to do that if you are driving too slow for a certain gear and you should down shift. And always remember to put the clutch in when you are stopping
 
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Millertime1987

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A manual vehicle is fun and makes getting unstuck a whole lot easier. That said i had to switch to an automatic truck since those clutches are much tighter and after knee surgery that doesn't feel too good after a while.
 
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Tavery1

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Give me a few tries to get the feel of the clutch and I can get 'er going. I've only really driven once on the road and that was with a '99 Jetta when it was my brothers winter car and it was like pushing down on jello.
 
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johnvosh

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I taught myself when I bought my first car, took me less than a week to get it. But I have learned more in the last 5 years such as don't leave foot on clutch while at a stop light. I learned how to drive on an Aerostar XLT which was automatic and then my very first vehicle was a '72 Chevy pickup which was an automatic. Ever since I went to school and the school buses were manual I wanted a manual vehicle.

I have found though that of the manual vehicles I have driven they all have very loose clutches, having to release pedal a fiar bit out before it engages (Explorer, Cavalier's). When I was working as a lube tech I moved a Sunfire that had a different clutch in it that engaged right away. I almost stalled it, then spun the tires trying to get it moved.

I would like to learn how to drive a semi truck though. I am sure it would take me less than a week to get it. I do believe though that for the city an automatic is way nicer instead of having to ride the clutch, and clutch in/out/in/out....
 
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hlg99

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Learned to drive a stick on a Schraam(sp?) tractor we used on the flight line when I was in the Marines, Also drove around Okinawa in those little rice-beaters Right side driver everything is opposite. Out of practice now, that was about 25 years back.
 
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Baddecision93

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First car was an 82 AMC Eagle SX4. 258 Straight 6 w/a 5 spd :)
(Yes, a 4x4 car...What can I say, I know what I like!)
I had driven tractors on the farm I worked at but a tractor (IMO) is a lot easier to drive than a car to get going.
My dad is a great driver (drives truck for a living and is damn good at it) but is probably one of the worst teachers I've ever had...Not patient and a perfectionist. I'd get crap for slipping the clutch a little bit starting out and 1/2 mile from our house is a big hill with a stop sign...and it's the only way to really get anywhere from our house....
Needless to say starting out was rough. But I gotta hand it to my dad I can actually PROPERLY drive stick now.
Went to a 5 spd F-150 and then a few autos from there.
Finally back to a 5 spd. Got my 92 'sploder about a month ago :)
 
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Alan in AZ

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OK so who has driven both LHD & RHD manual cars - takes a little adaptation - (e.g. slams hand into door when attempting gear change...?).

My daily driver has a Getrag dogleg 1-2 manual box. Reverse is where 1st would usually be... Its not too hard to avoid moving off backwards - but takes a while to get fully proficent at finding all the right gears without thinking too much.

Strangely I find swapping to driving a regular 5 manual pattern & back a quite easy change...

I will say though that driving a powerful manual car with the (inevitable) heavy clutch in stop & go traffic is a royal PITA. I would never chosee to do that daily...

New (and even some old) auto transmissions survive high horsepower applications rather better than manual clutches do...

The new seqential dual gear select pedal-less dual clutch automated transmissions are really the best possible solution - no torque converter power loss - virtually no decoupled power loss on gearchanges, lighning fast changes and automated RPM matching. But more expensive due to the extra hardware required.

"Manual" will soon be all about when - but not how - the clutch pedal is basically already "on its last leg" ... ;)

Alan
 
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Yes I do know how to drive a stick shift. Drove a 85 GMC stepside for 10 years 305 cu in & a 4 spd, & then a 96 Ranger 4X4 4.0L 5spd for 6 years until it was wrecked. I hurt my left knee in the accident so I have been driving auto's since.:(
 
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