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Anyone here never used a manual transmission?

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The manual column shift thread made me think of this... I know a number of people my age (almost 40) and younger that have never driven a vehicle w/ a manual. I learned to drive w/ them, and drove Ford products w/ manuals most of the time for 14 years before getting my first automatic at age 30.

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pow    106

I've never had a primary car with a manual transmission... though on occasions, I have borrowed them from friends, dealers, and rental companies. In Europe, you really have no choice but to rent a manual car if you're under 25, as ironically they don't trust youngins with them fancy automatic cars. In the US, it's a rather different story.

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I had no choice but to learn how to drive a standard shift car because when I was 16 my dad had a Honda Civic with a 5 speed. The cool part is as my friends started to get their own cars, some of them were standard shift so I got to take them for a ride before they could! I've had to drive their cars to see if the transmission felt ok, the most fun being a 350Z with a standard shift.

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Z-06    493

My brother does not know how to drive manual transmission cars and neither do my wife's cousin and couple of her medical school friends.

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siegen    20

I had no choice but to learn how to drive a standard shift car because when I was 16 my dad had a Honda Civic with a 5 speed. The cool part is as my friends started to get their own cars, some of them were standard shift so I got to take them for a ride before they could! I've had to drive their cars to see if the transmission felt ok, the most fun being a 350Z with a standard shift.

I bought my 5-speed Civic before I even knew how to drive manual (then learned it over the weekend so I could drive to work in the morning). :]

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FAPTurbo    1,090

I did at a young age, where I drove an old Ford tractor on my uncle's farm during summers. It made me appreciate automatics ever so much more. :P

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ocnblu    772

I believe all driver's education cars should be manuals. It should be a basic driving skill to know how.

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mustang84    12

Ashamed to say that I never learned. I never had the opportunity since neither of my parents vehicles were manual and very few of my family members have them. Actually, I co-worker and I were talking about going in on a cheap 5-speed Saturn SL1, learning to drive stick on it for a month or so, cleaning it up, and then re-selling it on the private market. He now has access to a manual, so that idea fizzled out. My plan is when I get a house, I will buy a 5.0 Fox Mustang 5-spd and use that to learn on (as well as give me a project car).

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Drew Dowdell    5,159

Dad taught me when I was 12 in his F-250. We had to put phone books behind my back so that I was able to push the clutch all the way in.

He said, "If you can drive this, then you can drive anything."..... and it's been mostly true. The only exception has been Honda 4-cylinders. I just can't get used to driving something with .25 ft/lbs at 10,000 rpm.

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Nick    31

I will never not drive a manual (in a truck I'll make an exception) and I will ensure all my friends, including girlfriends, will know how to drive a manual. I have successfully taught several friends as well as my sister how to drive a manual. It has come in handy on quite a number of occasions not only for me, but for them as well.

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XP715    6

I've driven them before, but not much, and not in a long time. 90% of my training on a manual was years ago on my father's 1935 Ford ton and a half dump truck. Needless to say, it's time for a refresher course. Almost bought a 1980 C10 long bed with a three speed and granny low a few weeks ago, but really didn't have the space to keep it. Some day in the not too distant future, though, I need to pick up a cheap beater with a stick to relearn myself.

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Blake Noble    146

I started out driving a manual trans. ...

[...] and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I've driven the Camaro in the worst bumper to bumper traffic you could imagine. Who knew a pedal could be that much fun?

And while I would prefer to have a car with a manual, I wouldn't let it knock me out of owning something nice. (You can retrofit a six-speed row-your-own in an Impala SS or a Caprice. :AH-HA: )

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I have only had one chance to try it. That was about 1992. I never fully learned and never had the chance after that.

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bobo    91

I got my first Integra with a stick before I ever drove a stick. The first night with the new car, my dad showed me how to drive it, and it was a little bit of a struggle at first. Since then, half my vehicles have been sticks.

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Cory Wolfe    263

I made sure my first car was a stick-shift.

Aaaaaand then, sadly, I haven't owned one since. Not until I bought the Golf, that is. I really have no use for and have grown pleasantly annoyed with automatics. I'm no longer making exceptions for the right car. If I'm buying, there's no other choice. I've got to keep my left foot entertained. The poor thing is just so bored, sitting against a dead pedal. Sometimes it twitches from not having anything to do! Deep down, my left foot knows it has an assigned job and it doesn't know what to do with itself otherwise. It sure does love a good clutch pedal and boy am I ever glad! :P

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Ashamed to say that I never learned. I never had the opportunity since neither of my parents vehicles were manual and very few of my family members have them. Actually, I co-worker and I were talking about going in on a cheap 5-speed Saturn SL1, learning to drive stick on it for a month or so, cleaning it up, and then re-selling it on the private market. He now has access to a manual, so that idea fizzled out. My plan is when I get a house, I will buy a 5.0 Fox Mustang 5-spd and use that to learn on (as well as give me a project car).

Like the idea of a Fox project car....

Dad taught me when I was 12 in his F-250. We had to put phone books behind my back so that I was able to push the clutch all the way in.

He said, "If you can drive this, then you can drive anything."..... and it's been mostly true. The only exception has been Honda 4-cylinders. I just can't get used to driving something with .25 ft/lbs at 10,000 rpm.

I agree....

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Lamar    72

I've never driven a manual. Never had the chance. My dad traded in his 5-spd Subaru GL back in '91, which was seven years before I could even get a permit.

One day, I'm gonna buy an old beater and learn, just to say that I can. And to open up the door for performance heaven in the future. :D However, my wife refuses to learn how to drive stick properly, even though she has driven one before with someone when she was a teenager. And promptly burned the clutch.

Strangely though, in the past two years I've met two people who claim they don't know how to drive automatic. One of them was from Russia and the other has only ever driven stick.

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Driven hundreds of 4/5/6 on the floor.

Only driven a few "3-on-the-tree" vehicles.

I believe all driver's education cars should be manuals. It should be a basic driving skill to know how.

Yes. I agree100% That's how it is in Slovakia.

Parking / starting on steep hill is also mandatory.

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Camino LS6    866

I believe all driver's education cars should be manuals. It should be a basic driving skill to know how.

Absolutely!

Dad taught me when I was 12 in his F-250. We had to put phone books behind my back so that I was able to push the clutch all the way in.

He said, "If you can drive this, then you can drive anything."..... and it's been mostly true. The only exception has been Honda 4-cylinders. I just can't get used to driving something with .25 ft/lbs at 10,000 rpm.

Sounds like my experience. When I was about 12 or 13, I went to a hunting camp in the middle of nowhere in western PA with my dad. He and his buddy had me drive the buddy's F-150 4x4 with granny gear 4spd. all around the logging roads surrounding the camp. I had to get good at it in a hurry!

But the first manual I drove was our '65 Chevelle wagon.

I made sure my first car was a stick-shift.

Aaaaaand then, sadly, I haven't owned one since. Not until I bought the Golf, that is. I really have no use for and have grown pleasantly annoyed with automatics. I'm no longer making exceptions for the right car. If I'm buying, there's no other choice. I've got to keep my left foot entertained. The poor thing is just so bored, sitting against a dead pedal. Sometimes it twitches from not having anything to do! Deep down, my left foot knows it has an assigned job and it doesn't know what to do with itself otherwise. It sure does love a good clutch pedal and boy am I ever glad! :P

Boy, can I relate to this!

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