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Windows 7: Why I want a manual transmission car....

06 Apr 2010   #11
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

My current car was an automatic but I converted it to manual about 5 years ago.

I was licensed in Europe and where I lived you were required at least 10 hours of professional instruction in a manual car.
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06 Apr 2010   #12
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

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Try driving one of those in the NY Metro area with the traffic.
No big deal. I started on a 1952 VW with manual transmission without synchronization. You learn to shift without using the clutch. I still drive manual today. NYC is a piece of cake. I drove in Paris for 9 years - that's a lot worse.
Without the clutch? That's beyond my abilities. I'm guessing I would be grinding a lot of gears too!
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06 Apr 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Try driving one of those in the NY Metro area with the traffic.
No big deal. I started on a 1952 VW with manual transmission without synchronization. You learn to shift without using the clutch. I still drive manual today. NYC is a piece of cake. I drove in Paris for 9 years - that's a lot worse.
Without the clutch? That's beyond my abilities. I'm guessing I would be grinding a lot of gears too!
You just jank the gear out and adjust the RPM (either by accelerating when you want to shift down or by letting it roll for a minute when you want shift up).Then the next gear will slide right in. From 3d to 2nd was always the biggest problem on this old VW. With a little practice it works.
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06 Apr 2010   #14
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I routinely shift my bikes without the clutch and did the same with my four wheel vehicles.
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07 Apr 2010   #15
zezasu

Windows Seven x64
 
 

I am glad there is still some people with love for the manual. For those who want to shift without a clutch you can get the gears cut, haha my dad did it but man, its noisy and sounds like it will crap out on you any second. It was for a mustang he had.

Btw I hope they catch the criminals. I like UK's rule requiring you to have separate licenses for manual and automatic transmission.
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07 Apr 2010   #16
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You people must be awesome drivers... I've never tried a manual, all of our vehicles are automatic.
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07 Apr 2010   #17
KremmenUK

MSDN Home Premium
 
 

I drove a manual for years until I got the keys to a colleagues auto, since then I've been hooked (since about 1977 I think) and I would never go back to a manual - horrible things

I occasionally get a company pool car to use for client visits and invariably they are manuals - and I hate them.
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07 Apr 2010   #18
Valor D

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I learned to drive stick (manual) on a 1965 Ford Falcon. It had a "three in the tree", as they called it (3 speed manual, but the shifter was on the steering column, like an automatic). I was only 18, and had never in my Life driven stick. Wow, that was a learning experience! I've since owned several other manuals and automatics, and I must say that I definitely prefer manual! Not only do they use less gas than an automatic, but they're lots more fun!
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07 Apr 2010   #19
MattRainier

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon
 
 

I don't think I could stand NOT having a manual. You have a lot more control over what the car is doing (not to mention that you get better gas mileage out of it). It also helps when the car's a little underpowered...if you need a bit more acceleration, drop it down a gear. Automatics have trouble with that.
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07 Apr 2010   #20
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Have driven both and both have their place.

For a performance car or serious offroad Manual is great.

For city driving it's just a PITA. And for hauling, auto is the only way to go. In fact a lot of trailor rigs won't even certify their hauling claims for manual tranny's. Today's electronicly controled auto transmissions are pretty incredable and allow all kinds of features and modes that can change as your driving needs demand so can be more versatile. Even my low end truck as both city/economy and power driving/hauling modes.
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