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Nightwish
06-30-2006, 11:25 PM
Do you prefer a stickshift, or an automatic?

I own one of each. I find that when I'm driving around steep, hilly areas, I really prefer the stickshift (plus they tend to last longer with less maintenance). But when I get stuck in those endless traffic jams, I really prefer the automatic. My clutch foot gets pretty sore and worn out after a good, long bumper-to-bumper traffic jam. And the automatic makes it lots easier to use my cellphone. But the stick is just plain more fun.

What do you prefer?

Moooo
06-30-2006, 11:25 PM
Do you prefer a stickshift, or an automatic?

I own one of each. I find that when I'm driving around steep, hilly areas, I really prefer the stickshift (plus they tend to last longer with less maintenance). But when I get stuck in those endless traffic jams, I really prefer the automatic. My clutch foot gets pretty sore and worn out after a good, long bumper-to-bumper traffic jam. And the automatic makes it lots easier to use my cellphone. But the stick is just plain more fun.

What do you prefer?

I like standards... They are more efficient.

Moooo

chefsos
06-30-2006, 11:53 PM
The last time I regularly drove an automatic, Joe Montana and Steve Young were still trading dirty looks in the 49er locker room.

And even then, that was really my wife's car, after we'd passed down my (manual, of course) Bronco to our daughter. So, I haven't actually bought an automatic since... jeez, I guess '79.

I get really bored driving an automatic.

NJ Chief Fan
07-01-2006, 12:29 AM
i prefer stick, but i have no idea how to do it no one wants to teach me farkers

chefsos
07-01-2006, 12:39 AM
i prefer stick, but i have no idea how to do it no one wants to teach me farkers
Just do what I did at 18:

1) Get a night job at a garage
2) Take the boss's tow truck for a few joyrides in the nearby parking lot after he goes home for the day
3) While you learn, ruin his clutch instead of your own

Moooo
07-01-2006, 12:41 AM
Just do what I did at 18:

1) Get a night job at a garage
2) Take the boss's tow truck for a few joyrides in the nearby parking lot after he goes home for the day
3) While you learn, ruin his clutch instead of your own

If you can drive a towtruck... you can drive any standard with only 4 wheels.

Moooo

NJ Chief Fan
07-01-2006, 12:42 AM
Just do what I did at 18:

1) Get a night job at a garage
2) Take the boss's tow truck for a few joyrides in the nearby parking lot after he goes home for the day
3) While you learn, ruin his clutch instead of your own
ROFL

i might try that

greg63
07-01-2006, 01:27 AM
I voted Gaz, but I'm an automatic all the way; just too lazy. :D

Spicy McHaggis
07-01-2006, 01:31 AM
Stick, unless you commute in ungodly traffic every day. I like being in control of when the engine shifts.

jAZ
07-01-2006, 01:34 AM
I used to prefer sticks... but since I got my Maxima with an automatic... I'm ok with either.

stevieray
07-01-2006, 02:35 AM
3 on the tree

Rausch
07-01-2006, 02:41 AM
Stick of course...

el borracho
07-01-2006, 02:44 AM
3 on the tree
Oh, man, I had a root beer brown '73 Chevy 1/2 ton conversion van with three on the tree and a 350 that would actually chirp second! I wish I still had that van :deevee:

sedated
07-01-2006, 02:59 AM
stick. more entertaining

Moooo
07-01-2006, 03:01 AM
Oh, man, I had a root beer brown '73 Chevy 1/2 ton conversion van with three on the tree and a 350 that would actually chirp second! I wish I still had that van :deevee:

I had a 66 Fairlane that was a 3 on the tree. It was run down and just a 4-door and 289, but aaah memories.

Moooo

stevieray
07-01-2006, 03:05 AM
Oh, man, I had a root beer brown '73 Chevy 1/2 ton conversion van with three on the tree and a 350 that would actually chirp second! I wish I still had that van :deevee:

Boogie Van...

Psyko Tek
07-01-2006, 04:33 AM
3 on the tree

I learned to drive on a marron '78 GMC, 350

that truck would wrapp the speedomter around to 20 again

and run near 95 in a 1/4
dad parked on the wrong side of a bbridge on night

wrong side you say?

yeah the outside

TinyEvel
07-01-2006, 11:00 AM
Do you prefer a stickshift, or an automatic?

I own one of each. I find that when I'm driving around steep, hilly areas, I really prefer the stickshift (plus they tend to last longer with less maintenance). But when I get stuck in those endless traffic jams, I really prefer the automatic. My clutch foot gets pretty sore and worn out after a good, long bumper-to-bumper traffic jam. And the automatic makes it lots easier to use my cellphone. But the stick is just plain more fun.

What do you prefer?


I'm all for NFTthreads, but this one is as insightful as the Rand "If we let LJ carry the ball too many times, he will have an increased chance of getting hurt" article.

BTW: I, too, like the interactivity/control of a stick for canyons and the ease of an automatic for traffic.

Hydrae
07-01-2006, 11:05 AM
Like most here, I prefer a stick most times but when in a lot of traffic it is a pain in the left leg. My Suzuki has a stick which is part of why I get nearly 30 MPG. My wife's minivan on the other hand has an automatic and air conditioning that conspire to drop the mileage below 20.

The one thing I have gotten to love over the years is cruise control. I use it to keep from speeding on city streets (I work odd hours and am out a lot when there is little traffic concerns) and it is a life saver on long trips.

ImAWalkingCorpse
07-01-2006, 11:27 AM
Stick depending on the car. Old muscle car=stick. Every day driver in Kansas City= Automatic.

StcChief
07-01-2006, 11:28 AM
The shift gate automagic or triptronic give the best of both worlds.