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Do you prefer to drive manual or automatic?


By Luckydogg420

8 months ago



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    “What do you prefer to drive”

    • Manual 76 votes
      72%
    • Automatic 30 votes
      28%

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    #1 8 months ago

    Pinball machines take a little extra effort to keep running compared to video games. Could our love of pinballs correlate to our joy of putting in that little bit more effort in life. Most pinball owners seem to be “a little extra effort makes it worthwhile” kind of people. So I wonder if pinball fans also prefer to drive a manual car?

    We have 2 vehicles a work van that is auto and a Mazda 3 that’s manual. I prefer driving manual.

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    #2 8 months ago

    I just bought this last week after 12 years of automatics. It's good to feel the drive again.

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    #3 8 months ago

    I've never owned an automatic. Manuals were all my parents had growing up, even when it took forever to find one at the dealer.

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    #4 8 months ago

    Sports car manual, all others automatic.

    #5 8 months ago

    Since my work vehicle is an automatic and my weekend toy is a stick, I prefer driving the stick.
    That's probably just by circumstance though.
    If my work truck was a stick, I would probably get tired of it and want an automatic for everyday use.

    #6 8 months ago

    I live in the traffic mecca of the world so automatic is the way to go. I do love a manual though.

    #7 8 months ago

    Love banging gears, but i'm in a newer 1/2 ton truck since I need to pull jet skis and haul pins..... I thought about getting another sports car, but then it would be in my garage all winter where I conduct my pin hobby so no sports car. Got to get your priorities straight!

    #8 8 months ago

    Other than a small stint in the mid 90's, I have driven a manual since 1979.

    1979 Dodge Omni
    1985 Ford EXP
    1986 Mercury Topaz GS
    1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ
    2006 Mazda Speed6
    2014 Audi S4 (current)
    1945 Willys CJ2A (current - 3 on the tree)

    #9 8 months ago

    Went to a car wash and manager had to come out to move car. All the workers in their 20s did not know how to drive a stick. Love manual trans on back roads but gets old with traffic jams.

    #10 8 months ago
    Quoted from MJW:

    Went to a car wash and manager had to come out to move car. All the workers in their 20s did not know how to drive a stick. Love manual trans on back roads but gets old with traffic jams.

    This is why I switched. Drove manual from high school until last year. It was fun and I guess I "prefer" it, but practically, I've had my fill of the stop and go. What I really need is a driver...

    #11 8 months ago

    I need some short throw 6 speed in my life

    I haven’t driven a manual in 15 years or so..

    #12 8 months ago

    Manual for pleasure and cruising, automatic for the daily grind. We don’t currently own any manual cars since my wife doesn’t know how to drive them. She drives a mustang GT and I told her if she wanted a nicer one it’s got to be stick.

    #13 8 months ago
    Quoted from MJW:

    Went to a car wash and manager had to come out to move car. All the workers in their 20s did not know how to drive a stick. Love manual trans on back roads but gets old with traffic jams.

    That’s why manual is referred to as a millennial anti theft device.

    Quoted from Buzz:

    I live in the traffic mecca of the world so automatic is the way to go. I do love a manual though.

    Hwy 401 is the most busy hwy in North America. I don’t know of this traffic Mecca you speak of. Try rush hour here.

    #14 8 months ago

    I installed a TCI Streetfighter ratchet shifter in my wife's '07 Mustang GT convertible automatic. Makes it really fun to drive, plus I used a tuner to customize the shift points.

    https://www.americanmuscle.com/tci-ratchet-shifter-0509gt.html

    #15 8 months ago

    In my decades of driving, I have never driven or learned how to drive manual.

    #16 8 months ago
    Quoted from chad:

    In my decades of driving, I have never driven or learned how to drive manual.

    You need to learn, it is one of the greatest feelings driving a sports car with a manual.

    Other mentionable must do feelings...Scuba diving, skiing or snowboarding in waist deep powder, seeing a jam band live, taking a crotch rocket up a steep canyon, and skydiving. All euphoric feelings and must do's.

    #17 8 months ago

    driving for fun. manual

    driving while eating french fries or in traffic. automatic

    my current car is automatic and I miss the manual transmission at times. My first car was a Fierro. VRROOOM VROOM

    #18 8 months ago
    Quoted from barakandl:

    driving for fun. manual
    driving while eating french fries or in traffic. automatic
    my current car is automatic and I miss the manual transmission at times. My first car was a Fierro. VRROOOM VROOM

    Fierro? Did you pack a fire extinguisher????

    #19 8 months ago

    With the modern day drive by wire systems, I enjoy my VW tiptronic automatic trans with the ability to drive it in manual mode via shifter or paddles. I was actually thinking about this topic just yesterday being in stop and go traffic and how I don't miss my manual 5 speed. I often use the manual mode to upshift to the next gear to sip less fuel that the computer would actually have me use if I was say going 35 and it would have me in 5th, I'll speed up to 40, shift to 6th and then set the cruise back down to 35, all the while it will stay in 6th.
    All that still doesn't do much cause I typically redline at the next green.
    I don't typically exceed the speed limit by more than 10% but I sure get to that speed fast!

    #20 8 months ago

    I prefer a semi-automatic transmission with paddle shifters, but a manual transmission in older cars can be fun.

    Automatic otherwise.

    #21 8 months ago

    I can't stand paddle shifters, either give me an automatic or stick.

    #22 8 months ago

    I have a 3 on the tree, 4 on the floor, and 2 automatics. When it comes to Street Rod,
    a sticks a must for me..

    #23 8 months ago
    Quoted from tamoore:

    I just bought this last week after 12 years of automatics. It's good to feel the drive again. [quoted image]

    Nice, I have the same car (2016)

    Fun car to drive manual with!

    #24 8 months ago

    I've "inherited" a few automatics but only buy cars for myself with manual transmissions. I do need to teach my wife how to drive them though, she has a tiptronic and never uses it.

    #25 8 months ago

    My Grand Cherokee Overland has paddle shifters and great sport mode. Like using those when I get outside of DC traffic. Otherwise, automatic for me.

    In high school, I had a 62 Spitfire Triumph that was fun to drive. The shifter was different from what most are probably use to as the top left shift point was Reverse, and then you had the traditional H to the right of it. It was finicky so you always had to make sure you were in the correct gear.

    #26 8 months ago

    I prefer manual in the fun cars - my ‘69 Torino is a 4-speed - but daily commute station wagon is auto.

    #27 8 months ago

    I vote manual.
    It gives my left leg something to do.

    It might also deter some bad habits -- like texting, eating, shaving, reading, etc. while driving.

    Stop and go traffic can get old -- especially in my pickup with the lower gearing. People stick to my bumper on takeoff and I can usually see the scowl on their faces in the rearview. I still like the hands on experience though and feel better connected with the vehicle and road using a manual transmission.

    #28 8 months ago

    Can do both. Had my 94 Nissan pickup for 20 years as a 5 speed. Got a 2015 Fit this year to replace it - 6 speed manual.

    I am converting the DeLorean from auto to 5 speed. Turbo'd VR6 engine nuked the 3 speed auto from 1978, so an upgrade was in order. Looking for 350 WHP when done.

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    #29 8 months ago
    Quoted from myork82:

    Fierro? Did you pack a fire extinguisher????

    I had an 86 fierro. I think that one didnt burst into flames like the earlier ones... or never did for me!. I had to stop driving it around 150k miles because the frame was rusting through and my dad said it wasn't safe. Engine was getting rough at that point anyways. Sold it for like $300 in 2003 or so.

    #30 8 months ago

    Except for a chevelle I owned for a year almost 30 years ago, I have only owned manuals. That will change with my next car. Automatics are pretty good now, so I no longer feel the need to have control over that.

    #31 8 months ago

    Always manual. Here's my daily driver.

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    #32 8 months ago

    I only drove manual transmissions until my last 20s. Then all the cars I liked were automatic only. So now I drive autos. Even the 3500 Denali I'm looking at only comes automatic.

    #33 8 months ago

    My 85 4runner is a manual. I drive it more than my 2012 4runner...
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    #34 8 months ago

    I just sold an afm and bought a fun car. I agree with what was mentioned above, manual for fun car, automatic for everything else

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    #35 8 months ago
    Quoted from tamoore:

    I just bought this last week after 12 years of automatics. It's good to feel the drive again. [quoted image]

    Shit man I was standing right next to it and didn't know it was yours. Welcome to the team... Now buy some gold rims!

    #36 8 months ago

    I learned how to drive a manual when I was 12. All my dad's vehicles were manuals up until maybe 10 years ago. But I've always had an automatic.

    Currently have a 2017 Mustang GT. I looked at getting a manual, but decided against it for one reason. I've had a history of back problems ever since I was 16. And After testing out the 2017 Manual Mustang, I knew that if I ever had an issue and had to drive myself home or the hospital, I'd never be able to stick my leg out far enough to push in the clutch.

    Which, at this current moment, I've thrown it out again.

    #37 8 months ago

    My daily driver and my not so daily driver. 6-speed manual vs. 3 on the tree.

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    #38 8 months ago

    4 spd. Top Loader big spline

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    #39 8 months ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    My daily driver and my not so daily driver. 6-speed manual vs. 3 on the tree.

    Interesting as my flat fender Willys Jeep had a floor shifter as I thought they all did. My '67 Bronco had three on the tree and it liked to drop out of gear when going over a hard bump.

    Manual for off roading, automatic for So Cal street and freeway driving for me. Too much stop and go there.

    #40 8 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Interesting as my flat fender Willys Jeep had a floor shifter as I thought they all did.

    1945 and early 1946 up to serial number 38221 had column shift. Mine's a 1945 CJ2A.
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    #41 8 months ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    1945 and early 1946 up to serial number 38221 had column shift.

    Ah, mine was a '48 CJ2A. I tend to like the floor shift better on off road vehicles for the reason I mentioned about the Bronco above.

    #42 8 months ago

    Manual.
    Auto is fine if you don't drive as fast as possible everywhere you go...but I haven't quite aged enough for that

    #43 8 months ago

    My F150-automatic.
    My Mustang Convertible-manual.

    #44 8 months ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Shit man I was standing right next to it and didn't know it was yours. Welcome to the team... Now buy some gold rims!

    Gold rims? That's for the kids!!

    #45 8 months ago

    Last year I traded in what will probably be my last car with a stick. It’s possible I might own a Sunday drive car with a stick, but as a daily driver, I’m done. I love sticks, but my commute can be up to 2 hours of stop and go traffic. A stick gets real old in that.

    #46 8 months ago
    Quoted from DaveH:

    ..but my commute can be up to 2 hours of stop and go traffic...

    Uff, understandable

    #47 8 months ago
    Quoted from DaveH:

    Last year I traded in what will probably be my last car with a stick. It’s possible I might own a Sunday drive car with a stick, but as a daily driver, I’m done. I love sticks, but my commute can be up to 2 hours of stop and go traffic. A stick gets real old in that.

    Nah, you love long commutes. I traded mine for a 12-minute commute and kept the stick.

    Teasing, but I don't miss my days of long commutes...

    #48 8 months ago

    I prefer manual transmission cars. I’m not driving a lot in heavy traffic.

    I owned 8 MT cars, my first car was a 4 speed MT 1988 VW Fox, I’ve owned MT Maxima and Accord plus S2000 and Z3.

    I owned a S2000 for 6-7 years and sold it to get a fancy DCT automatic MT in the BMW M3 which was a great car and the transmission was really fun even though it was not a MT. But 99% I would just leave it in the automatic setting.

    I currently own a 2008 Legacy Wagon 5MT that’s for winter and poor weather and the fun car 2018 BRZ tS.

    When looking at the BRZ, I also considered a Cayman, but most Porsche cars nowadays are sold with PDK and that really is a great transmission, but I still prefer the MT even if it gives away performance.

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    #49 8 months ago

    What is the most effective anti-theft device installed in vehicles today?

    A manual transmission.

    #50 8 months ago
    Quoted from songofsixpence:

    What is the most effective anti-theft device installed in vehicles today?
    A manual transmission.

    Only in north america

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