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.
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 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
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. 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.