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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23895 on: October 17, 2013, 09:12:48 PM »
The last two cars I've owned - a Mini Cooper and a Jeep Wrangler - were both quite easy to find in a low-mileage used with a stick shift. There seem to be some vehicles that are easier to find in a stick shift than others.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23896 on: October 18, 2013, 07:19:01 AM »
O/T but I have to ask. In the USA do you have to sit a separate test for automatics and manual cars?

In the Uk a passing a test in a "stick" means you can drive both, but if you pass in an automatic you have a different license and are not legally allowed to drive a stick.

Not as far as I am aware, although laws to vary by state. Many people these days never learn to drive a stick at all.

In my state, I learned to drive using an automatic not a stick in my driver's training class years ago.   I tried to learn to drive a stick shift one time with my sister's then boyfriend trying to teach me, my sister was in the backseat laughing at me either stalling the car or grinding the gears!  I will NOT drive a stick nor will learn how.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23897 on: October 18, 2013, 08:22:20 AM »
I don't even have a driver's license but I can drive stick.  When my 4 cousins and me turned 16 within a few months of each other, my uncle bought his kids (triplets who all got their license at the same time) a cheap used beater that was manual.  So my uncle, brave soul that he is, taught all 5 of us to drive stick in that car, presuming that Dave and I, who were a few months younger, would be soon to get our licenses as well.  (Dave did, I never did.)

We practised in a then-empty parking lot and my cousin Danielle laid a patch hard enough in that parking lot that now, 16 years later, it's still there.  I laugh to myself every time I go to that parking lot, where a Home Depot is now, and I see the skidmark.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23898 on: October 18, 2013, 08:32:44 AM »
My father taught me how to drive a stick when I was a teen, and I will always be grateful.  After not having driven one in 20 years, I was once able to drive one again with no problem.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23899 on: October 18, 2013, 08:57:46 AM »
RE: Stick shifts

The reason I still drive a 1999 Civic is because I've had a  horrible time finding a car in a manual that I can afford.  You can still get them new, but finding one that's a few years old (which is what I could maybe afford) is difficult.  I think that most people who drive sticks around here are like me.  They drive them because they love them and don't want to give them up.

I drive a 2011 Mazda Tribute that's a stick shift, but you're right, I got it new.  I also got it really cheap because it's a stick shift and nobody else wanted it.  Yay for me!

Years ago when I was looking for a new car (in 2000), I could have had a very high-end year-old Volvo (the kind with the little wipers on the headlights) because it was custom-made as a stick shift, and then sold after only a year.   I could have gotten it for a very small price, BUT I was commuting 60 miles one way at the time and Volvos aren't known for good gas mileage.  It was a great-feeling car, though.  Nice and solid. 

I love my stick shift.  Please never take it away.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23900 on: October 18, 2013, 09:14:00 AM »
It's definitely a bonus having a manual transmission truck when SS people tell you they're *going* to borrow it to move or pick up large stuff.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23901 on: October 18, 2013, 09:21:19 AM »
It's definitely a bonus having a manual transmission truck when SS people tell you they're *going* to borrow it to move or pick up large stuff.

How true!  It is a PITA when roadtripping, though, if no one else knows how to drive stick.

We have a great program here in my city where you call this service if you've had too much to drink.  They come to you, in pairs, and one of them drives you home in your own vehicle and the other person follows in their car.  It is as cheap or cheaper than a taxi AND you don't have to go pick up your car the next day.  I haven't used them yet but a friend was at my place and called them.  They said they have lots of drivers who can drive stick but to be sure to specify if I'm calling them.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23902 on: October 18, 2013, 09:36:20 AM »
I bought an 04 Hyundai new, and it had a stick.  I love driving stick, but it's not really practical for us since DH doesn't know how, so we'd never be able to switch vehicles.

My exH taught me to drive a stick.  It was essential, because we were down to one car and it was a manual.  He was a major jerk in many, many ways but he did a great job of teaching this.  His best piece of advice?  If you're panicking, don't know what gear you're supposed to be in, put in the clutch.  That will disengage the gears and you can't do any damage, and gives you a second to think about what you're doing next.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23903 on: October 18, 2013, 02:13:06 PM »
When the kids were old enough to learn to drive, we paid a supplement for them to learn manual.  Worth every penny, we could swap cars without any problems and they can drive anything. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23904 on: October 18, 2013, 02:56:28 PM »
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23905 on: October 18, 2013, 02:59:07 PM »
It's definitely a bonus having a manual transmission truck when SS people tell you they're *going* to borrow it to move or pick up large stuff.

You don't even have to have a truck for this to be an advantage.  I've had several SS's insist on borrowing my car because their needs were obviously more important than mine.  Their SS plans fell apart when I mentioned my car was a stick. :D

Also, the fact that it's a stick saved it from being stolen.  I'd come out of a store and saw my car lurching forward.  I said to the random guy next to me "Hey!  That's my car!" The would-be thief got it a few hundred feet then bailed.  The random guy next to me ran and tackled the guy while I called the cops.  When the cops asked the would-be thief why he bailed, he admitted that he couldn't drive a stick.  I just wished he'd figured that out *before* he smashed out my driver's side window.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23906 on: October 18, 2013, 07:40:00 PM »
My spouse taught me to drive and as we have never owned a car that wasn't manual transmission, that's what I learned to drive.  :)  And you should have heard the kids complain and complain and complain about having to pass their drivers license behind the wheel exam driving a car with a manual transmission.

Their father told them that these were the only cars we had and if they were going to drive, they needed to learn how to drive cars with  manual transmissions.  In fact, Toyota stopped making 4 door Corollas with manual transmissions and so we are now waiting for the 2014 Honda Civics to start production, as that will be our next car.

The current Corolla (a 2003) has 245,000 miles on it and so it is time for it to be retired to an around town car until if finally dies.  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23907 on: October 18, 2013, 08:18:40 PM »
Many, many years ago my DH and I were at a party with my work colleagues.  One of them became extremely inebriated.  Since she lived relatively close to us, we volunteered to drive her home, but she insisted that she had to drive her car home.  We said one of us would drive her until we discovered it was a stickshift, which neither of us knew how to drive.  So we followed her home (should have insisted on taking her home and picking up the car later, but we were young and she was a supervisor...). 

She was doing pretty well driving herself until we reached the place where the two lane country highway became a four-lane divided highway.  You guessed it, she immediately drove onto the wrong side of the road.  It was extremely fortunate that it was about 2 am and traffic was very light.  We drove alongside her in the correct lane, honking and flashing our lights for all we were worth until, at the next opportunity, she moved over into the right lane.  It scared years off our lives, and we weren't that old to begin with!

We decided right then that we'd learn to drive a stickshift as soon as possible.  It was a year or so later, when we were in the market for a second car, that we decided to buy one with a manual transmission.  Learning to drive it was very interesting.  The salesman taught DH just enough to enable him to drive the car home.  He then left it with me, with a quick explanation of how to change gears, and told me to practice while he went to work for a little while.  I drove the car around the neighborhood for almost half an hour before I remembered that I needed to depress the clutch when I changed gears.   When I told DH what I'd done, I thought he was going to faint.

When that car was ready for the junkyard, we bought a car with an automatic transmission to replace it.  However, not long before our sons reached driving age, we bought another stickshift so that they could learn how to drive one.  They loved the car and one son still owns a stickshift himself.  It's been a number of years since I've driven one, but I think could pick it up again pretty easily.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23908 on: October 18, 2013, 08:40:25 PM »
One of my very close friends drives a manual transmission truck.  He specifically taught me and another friend to drive it just in case he was too inebriated to drive himself home. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23909 on: October 18, 2013, 08:54:15 PM »
My father taught me how to drive a stick when I was a teen, and I will always be grateful.  After not having driven one in 20 years, I was once able to drive one again with no problem.

Not to all contestants in The Amazing Race: there is a high probability that at some point they will make you drive a stick, so learn before you go.

But it's so funny when they try...
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