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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (1/53)
 3/18/07 4:22pm
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Gresham, OR - USA

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Hubby thinks I need to learn how to drive a manual transmission.  His Mustang is manual.  Occasionally I've wanted to move it when he's not home but can't.  That's about the only time it's been an inconvenience.  He also thinks the kids need to learn to drive a manual transmission first.  I think they should start on an automatic. 

Of course, if he ever does buy a boy Vette, I WILL learn to drive it!  Can't have a Vette in the garage that I can't drive!  That just wouldn't do!!!

Karen

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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (2/53)
 3/18/07 4:29pm
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here in the uk there are 2 licences,auto= can only drive autos.
manual licences= can drive manuals+autos.
we do have alot more manual cars here though.
so its a bit silly to just tie yourself to just auto.


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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (3/53)
 3/18/07 10:07pm
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North Charleston, SC - USA

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1975 L48 AT AC T-top


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I think that once you learn to do it you will love it. It really allows you to get everything out of the car's performance. I love my 75 but hate that it has an auto. My next one will definitely be manual tranny. Give it a try...let us know how it goes.
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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (4/53)
 3/18/07 10:21pm
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.


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OMG, Karen!! ShockedShocked You don't know how to drive a manual?? Shocked Man, you are really missin' out on a lot of FUN! Big%20smile  Once you drive a 4 speed and get used to it you will wonder why you EVER drove an AUTOMATICTRUST ME on this.........seriously!  Wink  Once you learn, you will want a manual Vette.  Then, you can ask your husband to buy you another Vette, but it must be a manual. Evil%20Smile   1 + 1 = 2............get the picture?? Wink Heee......heee.....heee! LOLLOLLOL Every lady should at least have 2 Vettes!! Thumbs%20UpThumbs%20Up Oh Yeah! Star
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (5/53)
 3/18/07 10:25pm
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North Charleston, SC - USA

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1975 L48 AT AC T-top


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Micki,
Is poop-on a 4speed?
Scott
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (6/53)
 3/18/07 10:30pm
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
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"BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/225hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops


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DEFINITELY...!!!  I feel more connected to a vehicle with a manual transmission.  I get bored driving an automatic.  It isn't hard to learn, just takes a little practice and you'll be HOOKED...!!!
 
Even if you don't drive a manual every day just having the knowledge may save the day for you sometime.  And having the kids learn on a manual forces them to focus on driving and everything else going on in the car becomes secondary.


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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (7/53)
 3/18/07 10:34pm
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.


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I wouldn't have it any other way!  Of course she's a 4 speed. Approve  The C5 is a 6 speed (mine too).  I prefer the 4 speed. Big%20smile But the best part is I bought them and both are in my name. Big%20smileWink
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (8/53)
 3/18/07 10:37pm
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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (9/53)
 3/19/07 8:32am
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!


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Yes - you should know how to drive a manual.  Besides, what a better opportunity to learn than on  a car that doesn't matter, like a Rustang!
 
It took a long time to find, but one requirement that I was not going to give on was that my Vette had to be a four speed.  I agree with everyone else, once you do it, you will be glad you did.  In heavy traffic is about the only place I ever regret it.
 
Plus, what happens when you find that new Vette purchase opportunity and it's a manual and you can't drive it??! 
 
It's a lot less difficult than some people make it out to be.


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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (10/53)
 3/19/07 8:41am
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Everybody should know how to drive a stick,I drive a 10 speed every day,ats why the Baby's an automatic,I would like to change her over thoughLOL

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