(Closed) What do you drive? – Manual or Automatic

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you drive?

    Manual

    Automatic

    I don't drive

  • Post # 17
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

    I drive a manual. I live in a city that is notorious for its horrible traffic, and an automatic isn’t really conducive to that.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I would have liked to learn to drive a manual, but there needs to be one to learn on!  My desire now isn’t as strong as when I was younger, but if the opportunity came up to learn on someone’s beater I would take it.

    Post # 19
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We both drive and own manuals. We have both owned automatics as well. I enjoy a manual car, it’s more fun. Thats why I have one. They both have there benefits & negatives. Not to mention all cars are different to drive regardless of the transmission so they all require an adjustment period, which could be a few minutes or days. After you master driving both, you won’t notice differences anymore. Although I still engage a non existant clutch in an automatic ALL the time.

    Post # 20
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    5473 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I learned on a manual, and that’s what I drive & prefer.  MrDane does not know how to drive one, so he has an automatic.  

    Post # 21
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    we both drive manuals, I’ve never driven an automatic! We live in the UK and manuals are more common here.

    Post # 22
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Long live stick shift!! It’s getting harder to find, but I will stay with it until I need a minivan 🙂

    I drove a friend of a friend home this weekend and he couldn’t believe my car was stick. He said “wow, you even downshift!.” Um, this is my car- of course I can drive it well!

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I drive an automatic but I can drive a manual if I have to.  FI’s car is a manual.  We actually traded in my Rav4 for a Mazdaspeed 3, (6 speed manual) in 2011 which was a big mistake.  I was all excited about learning to drive it but never go comfortable with it.  I dreaded having to go to off-site meetings because I would have to drive by myself, (DH and I work together).  We ended up trading it in after a year for a CRV and we couldn’t be happier.

    Post # 24
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We both have automatics, but I drove manual for years.  I like manual, but not in the city.  There is nothing more anoying than having to shift back and forth to first and second gear in a traffic jam, or have some butt whole glued to your bumper when you are stopped on a hill going downwords.  

    Post # 25
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    @Handful:  Thats my car! 6 spd with a European shift pattern. I see your in NY, come over I’ll teach! haha

    Post # 26
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    13901 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We both drive automatics.  I have no interest in learning to drive a manual…but it’s also a fight to get me to drive at all, since I hate it.

    Post # 27
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    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We both have automatics but would trade them in for manuals in an instant! Fiance and I both learned and previously owned manuals.  Our next car will definitely be manual!

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We both drive automatic, but we both know how to drive manual.

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We have one of each, and can both drive both. My husband’s primary car is a little automatic Scion TC, which gets good gas mileage and we use it for long trips and his everyday short commute. I’ve had my baby for just over a year now, it’s a 6-speed manual Jeep Wrangler and it’s my first ever manual car. I adore it. I don’t have a daily commute (I am within walking distance) so we mostly use mine for fun riding or weekend trips.

    Post # 30
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    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I drive an automatic. I have no idea how to drive stick. I tried to learn on FI’s old car, but I’m too impatient and get easily frustrated if I’m not good at something right away. FI drives a manual and he loves it. We really have to have one of each because Fiance doesn’t like driving long distances or in big cities with a stick, and at least with an auto, I can take over driving if I need to.

    Post # 31
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    872 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We have one of each.  His regular car is manual, mine is automatic.  He can drive both obviously, but so can I.

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