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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (43/53)
 1/19/08 6:22pm
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You never know when the need will be there to drive a stick, and it could mean a lot to be able to do so. 

Besides it's just a lot of fun, once you learn.
 
My Vette is an automatic, and that's okay.  It's acutally better in heavy stop and go traffic, but that's not where you want drive anyway.
 
I really would prefer a stick.
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (44/53)
 1/19/08 11:32pm
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You just gotta learn to drive a stick!
I think it gives any driver an appreciation of how the car reacts to RPMs and therefore, makes them a better all around driver. I tend to pay a lot more attention to the RPMs when I'm driving in snow and even downshift an automatic when its necessary in the snow. I just think its good "know how."
I wish my Corvette was a standard, but the missus kind of hinted that an automatic would sway her towards granting me permission when it came time for me to buy mine. I can definitely cause it to shift sooner or later depending on how and where I'm driving. I don't think I'd understand that if I had never learned on a standard.
 
P.S. My kids are going to have to learn to drive a standard. Definitely! 
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (45/53)
 1/20/08 4:54pm
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I had my kids learn to drive on Automatics because it easier for them to focus on just learning to drive with out being intimidated buy using the clutch and not stalling. Once they they got their license and were at ease driving then I taught them to drive stick and it was very easy for them to learn. A couple of times out and you will do just fine. Go for it.
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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (46/53)
 1/20/08 6:09pm
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YES !!!!
 
manual tranny is the only way to drive
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (47/53)
 1/21/08 1:47am
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[QUOTE=DaveM]I had my kids learn to drive on Automatics because it easier for them to focus on just learning to drive with out being intimidated buy using the clutch and not stalling. Once they they got their license and were at ease driving then I taught them to drive stick and it was very easy for them to learn. A couple of times out and you will do just fine. Go for it.
Dave
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im teaching mine with sticks
 
they both are learning to drive in the pasture...
 
I figure if they can drive my truck with its granny 4 and deep clutch they should be able to drive anything...
 
they also can both drive the shuttle shift backhoe and the non-synchronized tractor 4 spd.
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (48/53)
 1/21/08 12:07pm
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Karen the smartest reason i know of to learn is for emergency reasons if you were out some where and you had to go for help get out quick etc etc and the only car had a stick you should know how to drive it that thinking is good for everyone, we taught Laceys brother to drive at around 10 or 11 in the van and in the mustang in the event he needed to get lacey into the fire station for medical help he at least had enough knowleadge to make it the 3 miles. just my thought. larry
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (49/53)
 1/21/08 1:50pm
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Thanks for all of the advise.  I've had one lesson.  I know enough to move the car if I have to.  I'll learn more, eventually...  Driving a manual every day isn't practical for me, though.  Constant stop & go traffic.  I think I'd go nuts (actually I may be already.... LOL)

My son has his permit now.  He's learning on my Toyota (automatic). 
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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (50/53)
 1/22/08 6:31am
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We had a '66 Chevelle, three on the tree, when we first were married, so the wife learned.
When the kids were 16, we had a Chevette, 4 on the floor, so all three learned to drive a standard.
None of them or me drive a manual now, but I am glad they all know the basics and could if they had to.


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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (51/53)
 1/22/08 8:25am
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My wife had never driven a stick. But when we we married I had a 68 Chevelle With a 4sp. She learned. A couple of weeks later, I found out she was doing a little Light to Light drag racing. AND whoopin them.
But that was a few years ago. Now she tells me how to drive. watch that car, theres a stopsign, etc. etc......
Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (52/53)
 1/22/08 9:04am
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Karen:

Stay with learning how to shift manually. Although automatics have come a long way since the days of the two speed "slush box", You will never realize the true performance potential of a Corvette with an automatic transmission. (My humble opinion). I would have a manual transmission in every car I own, if they were available, except for the vehicle used to a tow a trailer (Jeep Grand Cherokee). Backing a trailer up a hill around a curve with a manual transmission can be a real challenge
 
 
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Should I learn to drive a manual transmission??? (53/53)
 1/23/08 9:43am
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Come over to N.Y. Karen,I'll teach you how to drive a 10 speed LOLLOLLOL

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