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View Poll Results: Do you know how to drive manual transmission
Yes 134 72.83%
No 50 27.17%
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default Do you know how to drive stick?

Just figured I'd throw a survey on here. I'm writing a paper about how few people know how to drive stick these days in America. I figured Blowout would be a solid place to place to poll, as most car enthusiast forums are populated by people who worship the manual transmission.

If you vote yes, please tell me how long you've driven stick for, and if you still drive a stick shift car.

If you vote no, please tell me if there's a particular reason why you haven't.

No participation is required, but your feedback, votes, and comments are greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:21 PM   #2
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Yes. Since I was 13. I'd rather drive an automatic though
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:26 PM   #3
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Learned to drive on my grandmas 6 speed BMW. Love driving a stick, so much less braking with the ability to downshift.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:26 PM   #4
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Yes.

I learned when I was over in Germany in 89' (really no choice since the ratios over there of auto v manual were flipped).

Drove a stick until my daughter came around and then needed automatic cars since the wife only drives automatic. Sure miss it though...
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:26 PM   #5
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I've know how for probably 3 years. Don't drive one much and I'm still a little uncomfortable with it, especially when there is a car behind me on a hill.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:27 PM   #6
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I've known how to drive a stick since 18. I prefer an automatic transmission.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:31 PM   #7
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I learned how to drive manual when I had my learners permit at age 15. My first vehicle was manual, and I would always choose a manual over an automatic.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:36 PM   #8
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Learned when I was 15. Very first vehicle was a Nissan pickup and rode that bad boy around everywhere.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:05 AM   #9
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Yes. Yes, I do. Drove trucks for my summer job after junior year in HS. Learned on heavy equipment. Never really bothered having a manual in a car - wasn't as much fun.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:05 AM   #10
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No. Unfortunately my only real experience driving a stick was 25 years ago and resulted in an accident. The accident was not my fault though but it has sworn me off of stick shifts.

My wife knows how to drive a manual stick-shift, she grew up in Hungary and lived there for 20 years, so it was almost a requirement to know how to drive them as there are very few automatic vehicles on Eastern European highways.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:07 AM   #11
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My dad made me learn before I could get my license. My main car is an automatic now, but we have a truck that's manual transmission.

It would be interesting to see this with age groups.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:15 AM   #12
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Learned how to drive stick about a year ago, bought my first stick car back in May, don't ever want to go back to automatic.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:18 AM   #13
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Yup and in most cases I would rather have a manual. More fun, more control. Keep in mind though, no big cities around me. If I lived in a city, I'd definitely prefer an auto.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:26 AM   #14
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Been driving stick since '94... my current vehicle is automatic (bought 2012), but the one before was manual.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:35 AM   #15
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Learned when I was around 17 but had a jeep Cherokee automatic as my first car 16-18. Had a 350z six speed from 18 to 22. I now have an automatic truck that I've driven for over 10 years. Can't believe I've had it that long but I absolutely love it and only have 46k miles on it so I'll probably have it another 10 years.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:35 AM   #16
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Every car I've owned has been a stick shift, won't buy anything else.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:49 AM   #17
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Same as post above
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:21 AM   #18
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Drove a manual from 1996 up until 2010. Switched to auto because there was a good deal on the Mazda i wanted to buy.
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:14 AM   #19
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My parents taught me twice when I was 14, but I haven't had to since then. I doubt I would be able to anymore.
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:46 AM   #20
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Learned in 1991 Volkswagen Fox.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:31 AM   #21
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I learned on a 1996 ford aspire. My parents bought the cheapest car they could find. She didn't even have a tachometer. Had to shift based on feel and sound. Loved her. Taught my brother how to drive stick with the same car. She was actually pretty good in the snow.

I have my brothers ford focus while he is in the military. It is stick.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:08 AM   #22
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I know how to but strongly dislike it.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:09 AM   #23
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Yes. Since June, 1986. Only drive occasionally...

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Old 02-10-2018, 09:08 AM   #24
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:41 AM   #25
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Learned on a 1978 Corolla when I was 15 and most of my cars since have been stick. Currently drive a stick (F150), but it's not convenient in DC traffic.

I enjoy driving a manual since it gives me something to do. Driving an automatic gets boring for me.
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