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

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  • Post # 79
    1274 posts
    Bumble bee

    We have 2 automatics. Fiance can sort of drive manual (very jerkily, shhh lol).  I can drive manual too. My first car was a stick and my dad taught me how to drive it by leaving me on a (non-busy) hill and making me control the car and be able to get up the hill on my own, when I was 17. MEAN! But it helped and everything after that was not as hard.

    I think manual is more fun to drive for some of the OP’s reasons, being able to feel more in control of the car. I live in the city now so it makes no sense for me to drive manual…stop….and….go…rinse….repeat. But the next car I buy will probably be manual. 🙂 

    But also – PP has mentioned, it’s good to know in an emergency and you have to drive someone else’s car to a hospital or whatever!

    Post # 80
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    @almostmrsj:  I was nodding & laughing while reading that! I used to have an automatic Elantra as well. Funny.

    Post # 81
    2870 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Automatic, but I can drive a manual.  If I didn’t live in a city known for its stop and go traffic I would have a manual in a heartbeat.

    I think they are so much more fun to drive.

    Post # 82
    3075 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Every car I’ve owned up until the one I bought this September have been manual.  I miss it!!  I think everyone should at least learn how to drive a manual.

    Post # 83
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Currently we both have automatics but we can both drive stick. I learned to drive stick in college when I had to DD for a friend who had a stick shift. We stalled around 20 times to go 10 blocks to his place.

    Post # 84
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    My current car is an automatic and DH has a manual but we can both drive both.

    My dad taught me to drive in his huge manual 4 wheel drive, he said if I can parallel park in it and learn to drive in it then I will be able to drive any car no problem and its true!

    Post # 85
    4609 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Currently I don’t drive because like you used to I now live in a country where there is absolutely no point in owning a car even if you can afford it (about US$150k+ to purchase – not joking!).  When I was in the UK I drove a manual car, never even been in an automatic.

    Post # 86
    9830 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I am still learning at 22, been really lazy about learning to drive, I have been learning to drive a manual, I hate it but I feel I should learn on a manual just in case I need to drive one at some point.

    Post # 87
    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Automatic.  My father would be embarrassed that I still haven’t learned to drive a manual. 

    Post # 88
    1984 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I drive both. I learned to drive on a manual and the first car I bought was manual. I now have an automatic (Crossover)

    SO has two cars, one manual and one automatic. It’s nice the we both know how to drive manual, because if there’s every an issue we can could drive each other’s cars (back when I still had a manual)

    I actually didn’t mind the manual at all. You get used to it, but I do suggest that if you are going to buy a manual car for yourself once you learn to drive one, drive a few differnt cars to see which you feel most comfortable in. Every clutch/transmission is different and you might be surprised at what you like and what you don’t. For example, I test drove a Scion TC, a car I thought I LOVED, and a Hyundai Tiburon, and wound up with the Tiburon because I preferred the clutch and transmission.

    Post # 89
    7768 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I LOVE driving manual.  I think it makes you more in tune with the car, how fast you are going, makes you pay attention, more in touch with braking- everything. 

    Post # 90
    5540 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Stick. I learned to drive on one, then had two different autos and my car now is stick again. I think everyone should at least have a basic knowledge how to drive both. Even if your stick driving is rough. 

    Post # 91
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Manual.  I’ve had 4 cars, never owned an automatic.  When I drive them I forget to put them in Park a lot. oops!

    Post # 92
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I drive a manual shift Accord and Fiance has a manual for his daily driver and a automatic truck for  weekends/yard stuff.  Every time I drive an automatic I try to shift it! 

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