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View Poll Results: Can you drive stick?
Yes 638 91.40%
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:44 PM   #15
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I learned on a 1987 Porsche 944 - that was tough, lol... stalled out a bunch of times on a saturday morning. 4 hours later, I basically "had it". Still takes time to get used to though.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:46 PM   #16
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First time driving stick was when I was about 10 in a Citroen 2CV (google it) haha was awesome.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:52 PM   #17
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I tought myself to drive a stick by taking a 1986 VW Jetta diesel out on a test drive, I was 16 years old. I only killed it a few times and after driving it for a few miles, had it down without issues.

I've owned 16 cars - 8 were a MTX.

I have a DSG as I wanted to try the technology - couldn't be happeir with it. However, my perfect world would include two cars, ATX for my DD and a MTX for weekend runs.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:55 PM   #18
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My first car was a stick (an '85 nissan 300zx), and I taught myself how to drive and to drive a stick at the same time. It's an important skill to have.
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:06 PM   #19
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Yep, learned on my first car out of high school, 2002 Toyota Echo. Despite it's lack of power (105hp), car was fun to drive because it was so light. Also got 40+ mpg on average .

Was about to go stick shift with the GTI, but was so impressed with DSG that I decided go that route. My left foot still itches though
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:43 PM   #20
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Had to learn before I was allowed to have my license. My parents never wanted a guy to say he couldn't take me home and I don't know how to drive his car.

This is MY first stick though and I leared how to really drive it in a couple weeks after I bought it. So much more gratifying than automatic. : )
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:52 PM   #21
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First car was a 1997 golf 5 speed when I was a senior in high school (2007), drove about 80,000 miles on it, then got my new shiny 6 speed gti . Just turned 22 yesterday, but I still believe that it's a lost art that many people think that they can do but little possess the finesse.
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:53 PM   #22
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Learned it in Montenegro on a Zastava at the age of twelve. My first car 1993 Taurus SHO was a manual.
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:15 PM   #23
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I would have included the option, " I kinda learned once or twice - but stalled out like crazy/FAILED, then decided auto or DSG, etc, was easier/better for me", lol...

as well as maybe a, "long time stick driver, not an issue doing it, but have crazy traffic or a medical condition that prevents me from driving stick" - but I fear many would choose this as a way out! HAHA...
I have a crazy medical condition that makes it very difficult to drive stick sometimes, still won't stop me...and won't do so until it degenerates to the point where I physically cannot do so any longer.
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:27 PM   #24
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So far so good, keep'm coming. Still, 100%... Something tells me the people who can't won't vote.. I've met a lot of younger people who simply don't know how. Who knows though.. Maybe those people don't drive a GTI?

I agree with Daniel though.. If I had two cars, I wouldn't mind one with DSG or a good automatic like the BMW steptronic, so I'd truly have the best of both worlds - one MT car and one automatic.
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:39 PM   #25
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learnt on a mk2 gti... that thing was fun
its amazing how much has it changed
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #26
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Really, 100% of the voters can drive stick? I don't believe it...

Anyway, I'm 25; I can and do drive a manual transmission. Learned on a 5-speed 2000 VW Jetta VR6 after I bought it, but couldn't yet drive it. It really didn't take that long. A little awkward getting into first gear at first, but sorted most of that out within a few hours.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:04 PM   #27
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Can I? Yes.

Is it fun in traffic? Hell no.

That's why I bought DSG.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:05 PM   #28
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I can drive stick and I bought a DSG powered car. The tech is just simply superior with the exception of a few lower MPGs.
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