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View Poll Results: Can you drive stick?
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:33 PM   #323
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I voted no. I had a friend teach me 11 years back as a freshman in high school but I don't consider myself proficient at it. I'm not afraid to admit it.
I aint the best either, but after driving a friends 02 mustang V6 a few times after learning from a friend who use to work at ford (taught me on a 10 Mustang GT) and then test driving over 20+ different cars (Gti's, golf tdi, wrx, challenger rt, '12 stang V6, 08 si, 12 Gli/wrangler, ect.), I know enough that when I finally get my GTI, won't stall out at all and only gonna get better

I voted yes, only learned in the past two years but jonesin' to get stick (23 btw, had a pdk and it got old after learning stick)
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:37 PM   #324
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There used to be a law that anyone under 21 cannot get an automatic license. I learned on a manual, I was terrible at it, got better, but once I was allowed automatic I changed straight away. Automatic is way better where I live, especially with the terrible traffic. I actually asked the dealer here in the country and they don't have a GTI with manual transmission. Most cars here are automatic unless it's a performance car that comes only in manual.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:44 PM   #325
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I was always obsessed with manual cars from seeing my dad drive all of his old muscles cars since i was born. So when i got my permit at 15, i learned to drive stick on his 69 Chevelle SS with 600 hp. lol and then after i learned on that, i perfected it in his 67 Corvette. Heaviest clutch in the world on that car... i love it. So after that thing, every manual transmission feels totally effortless and natural. I'll never buy an automatic. To me, if you really love cars, you need to have the full experience and feel connected. Its just more fun!
no joke about those old vettes.. My buddy had one and that clutch was insanely heavy.


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Old 05-15-2012, 12:59 AM   #326
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no joke about those old vettes.. My buddy had one and that clutch was insanely heavy.


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Yeah man, it's like trying to roll over a fat man with your left foot. Haha, but the heavy springy-ness of it makes it easier to shift super quick.... Once you've built up your leg muscles. lol i'll never forget when we bought that vette at auction. I hopped in it to drive it around the parking lot, and my leg was shaking like crazy from trying to hold the clutch in.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:49 AM   #327
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Learned stick from day one of my learner's ed. Drove a stick for 5-6 years before getting a Ford automatic tip-tronic CVT that I drove for 3 years before going back to stick on my Golf. Guess that helped inclined me more towards the manual :P
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:16 AM   #328
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I learned Manual on a WRX. I had one lesson from a local driving school a week before I picked the car up. Drove the Subaru home from the dealership and taught myself the rest of the way in my local town, which I should add is full of hills and steep inclines.

Took a couple days to catch on and a week or two before I really felt confident and a few months before it was second nature.

I would say an AWD car with a clutch as heavy as the Subie is one of the toughest cars to learn manual in. Needed a new clutch at around 36k miles

I have a DSG now with my Daily Driver due to a bad left knee. The DSG is not a bad compromise at all.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:43 AM   #329
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I learned to drive manual on a Nissan 200SX, but I've never owned a manual car. 2 automatics and now a DSG. So I'd probably be a little rusty if I bought one today, but I know what I'm doing.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:51 AM   #330
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best friend taught me on the old church pick up truck
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #331
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When I was 16 my friend's father (who was a meat wholesaler) got sick and I was the only friend of his son with a drivers license so he asked me if I could do his deliveries for him that day.

He had a white panel truck. I had to drive to the slaughterhouse and pick up some carcasess and deliver them to various restaurants.

It was a rainy fall day, the passenger windshield wiper wasn't working (we drove with the passenger window open with him wiping the side of the window from time to time so I could see out that side) and I had never driven stick before.

By time we finished the deliveries I could drive stick.

I have never owned an automatic.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #332
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My second car was a "70 Mustang with a manual transmission, so it taught me drive a stick. The real challenge was my third car, a '72 MG Midget. It had a non-synchro first gear that taught me to "double clutch". I think that over my whole driving experience, it is about 50/50 manuals/autos. My GTI has a DSG, which is great, though once in a while I yearn for a manual. Have I staked out the middle ground yet???
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:29 PM   #333
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Learned to drive stick on a 2012 boss 302 and a 1999 svt cobra and became fluent with it after taking a trip to my uncles up in new york and driving his 01 m5 around next car will be a manual tranny haha
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:53 PM   #334
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Learned on a 2000 ford ranger back in 05 been driving,a,stick,ever since. They are just so much more fun, you can imo feel the car better, sync,if you will
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:12 AM   #335
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First drove stick at 12, now 24. The GTI is my 6th car, all but 1 have been manuals. I know DSG is technologically superior, but I enjoy the connection with the car. It's nice to feel what gear the car is in, hear the revs, and know how fast I'm going.

I'm going to regret getting a 6spd as I go through getting 2 torn rotator cuffs repaired next year. The only auto car I have access to is my mom's 3 door yaris. It is an aggressively horrible little shitbox, and going through the recovery time driving it is going to SUCK!
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #336
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Here in the UK if you don't pass your test with manual transmission then you aren't licensed to drive them. As most of our cars are manual, pretty much all of us can drive them.

The better questions to weed out the dedicated drivers over here would be things like "can you heel and toe?", "can you double declutch properly in a car with no synchromesh?" or "can you change gear smoothly without using the clutch?" (Hire cars are best used for practising the last of those, but it's a useful skill to have in the bag just in case)
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