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Offline dhorst

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Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« on: June 02, 2013, 08:17:32 PM »
Just out of curiosity, do you drive stick or automatic?  All three of our cars are stick, and my sister believes that it's a reflection of my control freak issues in the kitchen.  I drive fast and love to push red line, and she thinks that's also why I would like a WFO, so I can cook the way I drive.  She was busting my chops during our Memorial Day cookout, but it did have me wondering as I thought about it more.  We have a 10 year old Honda Civic SI that's been modified, a 5 year old Mazda MX5 also modified, and a new Mazda Speed 3 (turbo), in case you're wondering what I'm driving.  That turbo is going to get me into trouble.  >:D


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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 08:47:58 PM »
I am a control freak as well but haven't driven stick since college, which is about 20 years ago.   8)

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 08:55:59 PM »
I am a control freak as well but haven't driven stick since college, which is about 20 years ago.   8)
Well, my oldest son is in the process of learning to drive.  The stick shift has been intimidating to him.  Not sure that I want him learning on the turbo, unless I can my foot on the brake!  I have learned that sometimes I just have to get the hell out of the kitchen when the kids or my husband are trying to make something.  I am notorious for messing with my husband's omelets.  He likes them brown, while I like them blonde.  Funny the reverse is true for us with pizza, he likes blonde crusts where I prefer them charred.   :-D

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 09:31:30 PM »
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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 09:33:50 PM »
5 speed stick Toyota 4 Runner, 1986

Nice!  North Country girl here, and that was very popular where I grew up!
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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 09:52:25 PM »
Have you ever tried holding down the clutch on a 1-ton pick-up? I drove one for a couple years in heavy traffic. My left leg is still stronger than my right.  Automatic now.  ;D
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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2013, 10:37:27 PM »
Right now I have a small Honda Civic 5 speed  ;D and I love it. My wife has a fit 5 speeds. Unless they don't make the car with a stick, I only buy stick cars.
I am about to buy a 5 speed pick-up truck, for the business,... so yes I love sticks.
It is a matter of control indeed because I like to keep control of the car. I lived in Utah for a while and saw what the automatic transmission did on the snow. The drivers just simply couldn't control their car, including the SUVs.
Then I had a WV Jetta TDI, stick of course and it performed better than many 4x4. And the turbo on it was the best  ^^^

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2013, 10:43:47 PM »
All three of our cars are stick, and my sister believes that it's a reflection of my control freak issues in the kitchen.  I drive fast and love to push red line, and she thinks that's also why I would like a WFO, so I can cook the way I drive.  >:D

If you ever make it to Houston, and want to drive or ride fast; I'm in.  Tell sister no, that's not why you are a bossy kitchen person; kinda like life in the fast lane. Lol.
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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2013, 10:52:41 PM »
Have you ever tried holding down the clutch on a 1-ton pick-up? I drove one for a couple years in heavy traffic. My left leg is still stronger than my right.  Automatic now.  ;D

I used to be a UPS driver in a busy urban area and I think that finally, after 20 years, the strength of my legs has equalized. My left leg used to be visually larger than the right. Some of the older trucks that didn't have a hydraulic clutch were a real pain!

I love driving sticks but I don't currently own one. When we first got married I tried to teach my wife how to drive my S-10 pickup with a 5-speed. :-D I think I'm still suffering from the effects of the whiplash! :-\
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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2013, 11:18:33 PM »
Have you ever tried holding down the clutch on a 1-ton pick-up? I drove one for a couple years in heavy traffic. My left leg is still stronger than my right.  Automatic now.  ;D
Heavy traffic and sticks can be a PIA, and also on mountain roads!  No 1 ton pick ups for me, but I have driven some friends home in theirs in the past, when they were buzzed.  They were impressed that I drove stick.

Right now I have a small Honda Civic 5 speed  ;D and I love it. My wife has a fit 5 speeds. Unless they don't make the car with a stick, I only buy stick cars.
I am about to buy a 5 speed pick-up truck, for the business,... so yes I love sticks.
It is a matter of control indeed because I like to keep control of the car. I lived in Utah for a while and saw what the automatic transmission did on the snow. The drivers just simply couldn't control their car, including the SUVs.
Then I had a WV Jetta TDI, stick of course and it performed better than many 4x4. And the turbo on it was the best  ^^^

Antoine

Well, here in CNY snow belt, although it was lame this year, I do understand about stick in the snow.  If you know what you're doing, you won't spin out--unless you feel the urge to do doughnuts in the parking lots.  Yeah, I'm really mature.  Sounds like you've had some nice rides!  My husband loves Jettas.

If you ever make it to Houston, and want to drive or ride fast; I'm in.  Tell sister no, that's not why you are a bossy kitchen person; kinda like life in the fast lane. Lol.
I just may make it to Houston.  If I do, I would be happy to drive or ride fast. 130mph on the back of a Suzuki RF900, 142mph myself driving in the MX5 (with the top down!), not sure what kind of trouble I'm going to get into with the new Speed 3.  That turbo is sooo smooth, and hit handles so well, that I'm at 125mph in no time with lots of room to go.  I think it may have to be a 6 am sprint on a straight away on a Sunday morning.  Nothing like an adrenaline rush first thing in the morning to get ya going!

I used to be a UPS driver in a busy urban area and I think that finally, after 20 years, the strength of my legs has equalized. My left leg used to be visually larger than the right. Some of the older trucks that didn't have a hydraulic clutch were a real pain!

I love driving sticks but I don't currently own one. When we first go married I tried to teach my wife how to drive my S-10 pickup with a 5-speed. :-D I think I'm still suffering from the effects of the whiplash! :-\

Heh.  My mom hates driving stick, well maybe more so taking my dad's truck, so she forever has pretended that she can't drive stick.  Well, duh, dad, she can.  She grew up on a farm driving a tractor. 

My dad wasn't a very good teacher on stick.  I ended up learning from a boy friend who had a Honda Civic--this was 1983, all, but had a sweet trannie, which I think was one of the harder things on older cars. They tended to be more finicky.


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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2013, 07:13:45 AM »
automatic but only the last 3 vehicles.....   I'd love to drive a stick again       

I get the snow thing,  I used to have a ford escort wagon (don't laugh) with a stick and that thing could go anywhere (I lived in New Hampshire back then)

the joke with some of my friends who I kayak with - they constantly tell me not to worry that the ocean will still be there no matter what speed I drive....   um, yeah probably but.....

and I'm sure I'm not a control freak in the kitchen,  I do let people bring wine to thanksgiving dinner  ;D

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2013, 10:21:12 AM »
3 pedals for me.  old Italian car hobby + control freak issues.  4 cars and a 3/4 ton pu, all stick.  I bought the last manual pick up in the world in 2010.  they don't make them anymore. 
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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2013, 12:35:43 PM »
Manual for me as well. Current ride is a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Before that I had a 2006 Volvo S40 AWD manual and a 1995 VW Jetta manual before that. Haven't owned an automatic since 1994. Just remember...you don't drive automatics, you only aim them! ;)

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2013, 12:53:29 PM »
The first time I ever got behind the wheel was in an automatic and I instinctly breaked with my left foot! Guess i'll forever be an automatic man.

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2013, 01:08:07 PM »
I always liked the feeling of greater control with a stick but city traffic got so bad that constant clutching made me feel like a one-legged clog dancer. So, automatics in both cars now. The motorcycle's manual, though. :)

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2013, 01:19:08 AM »
I'm with Craig, clutching a truck, especially when you have to stop at stop signs on hills with a boat in tow, gets to be a pain. Then someone is always right on your tail at that same stop sign and try like hell not to get that little roll back and hitting them....MIND YOU, not worried about them, it's my prop on my 150 hp Yamaha outboard, I'd have to go after them for getting to close and wrecking my prop. An automatic guy nowadays. :-D

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2013, 01:29:57 AM »
I've been driving since the 1970's and I have always driven a stick.  I had a series of BMWs, then three Saabs, and now a Honda Element. The Honda clutch is light as a feather. But I will say that even the Honda clutch gets to be a bit of a pain when the traffic is backed up on the 405 freeway.  But for the most part driving a manual transmission is a joy. I love running through the gears and coasting downhill. 

They say in a few years there won't be any more manual transmissions in new cars. That would be a shame, but I guess that's where we are going.

Yours in five speeds,

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2013, 04:31:21 AM »
I've been driving since the 1970's and I have always driven a stick.  I had a series of BMWs, then three Saabs, and now a Honda Element. The Honda clutch is light as a feather. But I will say that even the Honda clutch gets to be a bit of a pain when the traffic is backed up on the 405 freeway.  But for the most part driving a manual transmission is a joy. I love running through the gears and coasting downhill. 

They say in a few years there won't be any more manual transmissions in new cars. That would be a shame, but I guess that's where we are going.

Yours in five speeds,

TinRoof

My husband and have wondered about manual trannies staying in the U.S.  They're not popular here, 10 years ago they seemed the norm in Europe.  Has Europe gone down this unfortuanate road also?  Sorry, I love shifting.

I'm with Craig, clutching a truck, especially when you have to stop at stop signs on hills with a boat in tow, gets to be a pain. Then someone is always right on your tail at that same stop sign and try like hell not to get that little roll back and hitting them....MIND YOU, not worried about them, it's my prop on my 150 hp Yamaha outboard, I'd have to go after them for getting to close and wrecking my prop. An automatic guy nowadays. :-D

jon

Okay, I can see that, I drive small cars that are more well, designed to haul ass, not haul boats, etc. ;)  Clutch issues--The Syracuse area has some big hilly areas and it's not always pretty in the winter when you're trying to start up from a hill at a red light,  So, I can totally understand that--when are you going to let me take out that boat on Lake Ontario, or on the St.Lawrence with Dave ? 

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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2013, 08:51:56 AM »
Now that would be fun
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Re: Okay, weird question, but do you drive stick or automatic?
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2013, 09:10:24 AM »
Drive a 95 Jeep wrangler stick (the only way they should be sold lol), 2010 mustang, and a harley.  Still this doesn't make me a control freak but........wait a minute, my wife is touching my stuff in the kitchen, ill be right back!!!    :-D

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