stick shift vs automatic

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  1. hinckles koma profile image61
    hinckles komaposted 8 years ago

    ok im probably one of a few girls that like stick shift better. I got a new car recentley and its automatic. To me it just takes the fun out of driving if it is a sports car that is.

    who is for stick who is for auto?

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    1. dutchman1951 profile image61
      dutchman1951posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      stick shift for me!

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        B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        It does not matter to me, I can drive anything you give me to drive..
        when I buy a car I go for what I want, transmission  by means of standard or automatic is one of the last items I consider

    2. profile image0
      mtsi1098posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I learned on a stick shift and will not part from it...If the stick shift only had lights so you can see what gear you are in smile

    3. subaru555 profile image53
      subaru555posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      A manual transmission definitely gives you more feeling for the car and allows you to perform more desired maneuvers in certain situations especially in the snow.

    4. Carmen Borthwick profile image76
      Carmen Borthwickposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      definitely stick

    5. Pollyannalana profile image85
      Pollyannalanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Automatic for sure! Cell phones, popping in dvds, screamimg at the kids, watching for school zones and the cops,why ask for something more!

    6. Himitsu Shugisha profile image74
      Himitsu Shugishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Without question, you're not really driving unless you're rocking the stick shift.

    7. Lady_E profile image67
      Lady_Eposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm for Auto.

      If there's traffic on a hill - I can guarantee I won't roll back into you. smile

    8. profile image0
      reeltaulkposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      stick definitely!!!!!!!!

      1. lamonsters profile image51
        lamonstersposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        stick

      2. Cagsil profile image81
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'll agree. I prefer stick over automatic. smile

    9. Michael Willis profile image78
      Michael Willisposted 8 years ago

      Definately Stick shift!

    10. emievil profile image75
      emievilposted 8 years ago

      Automatic for me! Me + Stick shift = clutch driver smile

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        mtsi1098posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        very good...I like this one...Hope you do not mind if I use it from time to time...

        1. emievil profile image75
          emievilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Hey mtsi, I hope you mean use not 'sue' smile

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            mtsi1098posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            thanks...now corrected as "use"

            1. emievil profile image75
              emievilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              smile you're welcome. course I don't mind, use it all you want smile.

    11. steffer profile image59
      stefferposted 8 years ago

      automatic for me.

      Here in europe you'll learn to drive stick shift, when taking driving lessons. But all i can say is to me that 3th pedal and the stick is just standing in my way.

      Gearing up, gearing down, constantly using that stupid clutch,
      nope nothing for me.

      So, i decided to do my exam with an automatic and now have a drivers license "automatic" so i am not allowed to drive a stick shift.

      to me its more fun to drive auto, just cruising around, without the hassle of that stick smile

    12. profile image0
      Sarra Garrettposted 8 years ago

      Stick shift.  You are more in control of your vehicle. smile

    13. europewalker profile image76
      europewalkerposted 8 years ago

      Only automatic for me

    14. pddm67 profile image61
      pddm67posted 8 years ago

      I have never driven a stick shift but I would love to. Looks cooler and sexier for a woman to drive a stick shift (in my opinion). Lord knows I've tried to learn, multiple times much to my husband's dismay, but just can't get the hang of it. Finally accepted that there are two things in this world I am uncoordinated to do - drive a stick shift and aerobics (I never move in the same direction as the rest of the class). I am only coordinated for an automatic - so sad :-(

    15. Misha profile image70
      Mishaposted 8 years ago

      Stick shift of course. smile

    16. lorlie6 profile image83
      lorlie6posted 8 years ago

      Standard transmission gives you control of the car, automatic makes driving seem, well, too automated!  yikes)

    17. Flightkeeper profile image71
      Flightkeeperposted 8 years ago

      Guys love women who drive stick shift, guys love that manual dexterity!

      1. manlypoetryman profile image76
        manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lol

        1. lorlie6 profile image83
          lorlie6posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          What on earth can I say to that?  yikes)

    18. KCC Big Country profile image85
      KCC Big Countryposted 8 years ago

      <~~female who only wants a stick shift!

      1. manlypoetryman profile image76
        manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I can't say anything...I'm a nice person! lol lol

    19. Jane@CM profile image59
      Jane@CMposted 8 years ago

      I learned how to drive in a Firebird with 4 on the floor. LOVED IT!  Now I just a regular old automatic.

    20. Crackerssouth profile image52
      Crackerssouthposted 8 years ago

      Stick shift for sure... got a place to hang your empty coffee cup... and who steals a standard ?

    21. Mike Lickteig profile image87
      Mike Lickteigposted 8 years ago

      I took driver's education in the mid-1970's, and even by then it was considered unnecessary to teach us how to drive a stick-shift.  And so I never learned.  I wouldn't mind knowing how, but I've come this far and hopefully can escape the need to drive a stick unless I want to learn how.  In the age of folks with a cigarette in one hand, a cup of coffee in another, and a cell phone next to their ear also, I'm for having my hands free as much as possible--in case I need to pull the wheel quickly to dodge someone who hadn't noticed me.

      So, I guess it's an automatic for this old guy here....

    22. profile image0
      B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 8 years ago

      I dont have a preference, as long as the vehicle runs, I can drive it

    23. wesleycox profile image83
      wesleycoxposted 8 years ago

      My truck is an automatic and I like it like that cause I drive to work in city traffic. 

      When I build my '70 Chevelle you can be assured that it will have a stick.  Nothing like powering through a corner by dropping into a lower gear to slow the engine down, plus you get faster acceleration out of the corner doing this.  You can't do that in an automatic.

      1. aperturering profile image84
        apertureringposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I know what you mean. I love my standard, but I always borrow my wife's car, which is an automatic, if I have to drive into the city. The last time I took my car to Manhattan I got stuck in bridge traffic and my left leg was in so much pain from the stop and go traffic.

    24. Misha profile image70
      Mishaposted 8 years ago

      Dropping into lower gear to slow the engine down?

      Wesley, you might want to get your facts straight. wink

      1. wesleycox profile image83
        wesleycoxposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You know what I mean dang it. I could rationalize this by stating the transmission slows the engine down when you down shift if that makes you happy.

        1. Misha profile image70
          Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Wesley, sorry, but when you shift down, the transmission does exact the opposite to the engine - it revs it up LOL.

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            ralwusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Misha, from an old veteran over the road truck driver, you would not make it unless you were in an automatic drive. Believe me when I say Wes is correct on downshifting to slow a vehicles progress forward. One can use an automatic the same way. I prefer an auotmatic in icy or snow covered roads, front wheel drive or 4x4 preferably. Both of my vehicles are automatics now.

            1. Misha profile image70
              Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              LOL Charlie, sorry I did not see this one before. If I understood him correctly, he was not talking about slowing vehicle down, he was talking about slowing down the engine. smile

    25. rmcrayne profile image96
      rmcrayneposted 8 years ago

      I've been driving a stick since 1979.  Unfortunately the knees are saying next car has to be automatic sad

    26. profile image0
      bloodnlatexposted 8 years ago

      I learned to drive stick in a vintage Ferrari.  There is just nothing better.  Driving with a stick is what makes driving fun.  Automatics put me to sleep.

    27. sannyasinman profile image60
      sannyasinmanposted 8 years ago

      Definitely automatic.
      If you have TV with a remote control, why would you want to get up and change channels yourself?

    28. aka-dj profile image78
      aka-djposted 8 years ago

      With ever increasing traffic on the roads, auto is looking much more attractive.
      I'm seriously planning to buy one next time around.
      That will be car no 33, is it. No, 34. Oh heck, I'll have to count them again. cool

    29. Song-Bird profile image79
      Song-Birdposted 8 years ago

      I used to love driving a stick shift back when I drove a sporty car.  When I moved to a mini van than an SUV it just didn't have the same appeal.  I think I need to go back to the sports car!

    30. profile image0
      Denno66posted 8 years ago

      Standard. I used to have a '94 Mustang, loved it. I liked that I controlled the car. Automatics, not so much.

      1. profile image0
        Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Hi, me from three weeks ago lol

    31. Lisa HW profile image66
      Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

      I used to be "neither here or nor there", although I leaned toward thinking I liked having more control (on things like ice-covered hills) in a standard.  Somewhere along the way I ended up with two automatics in a row, and I discovered that there are "subtle" little things you can to increase your control in a automatic.  These days I don't really care, but I lean toward not having to be bothered shifting.  smile

    32. hasen profile image55
      hasenposted 8 years ago

      Definitely manual gears for me. You have more control over the car with manual.  In England if you can only drive automatic then its considered that you don't know how to drive.

    33. h.a.borcich profile image58
      h.a.borcichposted 8 years ago

      Hi there,

        I love stick shift....85 Mustang GT, 96 Mustang GT, and especially "Gretchen" my pick up/stompin truck!
        In my old cheapy rust buckets I prefered a stick, too. Something about being able to push and pop the clutch rather than find a guy.... smile Holly

    34. K Partin profile image57
      K Partinposted 8 years ago

      I loved my stick shift in my 70 vette! Now I have an automatic in my Dodge Journey. smile

    35. NGRIA Bassett profile image60
      NGRIA Bassettposted 8 years ago

      Automatic anyday. I went to the UK and could not drive the stick shift at all. I will continue to choose automatic.

      1. Mike1000 profile image58
        Mike1000posted 8 years ago

        For the last ~10 years the automatics I've had here in the UK have all had the option of either paddles on the steering wheel or the ability to manually shift the auto box by moving the gear shift to the  left and then flicking it up or down. This usually switches the gearbox to "sports" mode.

        I've also seen semi-automatics which offer a manual shift but without the clutch pedal - VW apparently do a good one for the Golf.

        Surely the best option is to be able to do both, depending whether you're in city traffic/congestion or on an open road. In terms of "sportiness", real racing cars typically use paddles, and unless a racing driver is shifting, the car will react  and shift faster. Surely this isn't just a European feature?

      2. caravalhophoto profile image56
        caravalhophotoposted 8 years ago

        Love the stick...wink

      3. visitmaniac profile image60
        visitmaniacposted 8 years ago

        Automatic for me, I like things simple why complicate them lol

        1. flread45 profile image78
          flread45posted 8 years ago

          Stick shift for coming down hills with a load.
          Or going uphill in the mountains offroad.

        2. kmackey32 profile image67
          kmackey32posted 8 years ago

          I drive a stick. lol

        3. E. Nicolson profile image81
          E. Nicolsonposted 8 years ago

          After over thirty years of driving I still prefer the standard stick -- more control.

        4. profile image0
          mtsi1098posted 8 years ago

          I learned on a stick and stayed with it...

        5. AEvans profile image78
          AEvansposted 8 years ago

          I own a car that has both without the hassle of a clutch so I would say both. smile But stick shifts alone are quite a lot of fun , my first car when I was a teenager was a stick ! smile

          1. profile image0
            mtsi1098posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            That is a pretty good car...Can you toggle between automatic and stick shift while driving?

            1. AEvans profile image78
              AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Yes in fact when I want someone to get moving I toggle and go it is the ultimate driving machine. smile ssshhhhhh the car is a secret and I bet you know what it is. smile

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                mtsi1098posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Not a word from me smile

                1. AEvans profile image78
                  AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  I new you were my buddy and you could keep a secret! big_smile

                  1. profile image0
                    mtsi1098posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    what secret wink

                    1. AEvans profile image78
                      AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                      big_smile I won't tell and you know what it is! smile

        6. Rayalternately profile image60
          Rayalternatelyposted 8 years ago

          Changing gear yourself is way more fun than driving an automatic until you're stuck on the motorway in a 2 hour jam, when you change your opinion pretty quick.

          Manual (the English term for stick shift) is of course way more fun; until the roads fill up.

        7. profile image45
          gasspassed67posted 8 years ago

          Manual transmisions are fine,as long as you listen to the motor,it will tell you what to do,Automatics are great for the lazy side of us.

        8. Bovine Currency profile image56
          Bovine Currencyposted 8 years ago

          auto shift

        9. Black Lilly profile image61
          Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

          Only manual.
          I guess I wouldn't even know how to drive an automatic one...

        10. alexandriaruthk profile image74
          alexandriaruthkposted 8 years ago

          automatic is better

        11. Bovine Currency profile image56
          Bovine Currencyposted 8 years ago

          if I had any option I would get a bmw 7 speed auto shifter but the tax on euro imports is hell in Aus.

        12. dohn121 profile image80
          dohn121posted 8 years ago

          Stick shift...Unless I get stuck in mid-town traffic in the Big Apple sad

        13. Petra Vlah profile image61
          Petra Vlahposted 8 years ago

          Stick shift is more FAN and much safer than automatic.

          Stick shift all the way!

        14. profile image45
          fads58posted 8 years ago

          If you want a quicker car i would suggest a automatic,otherwise a manuel is a lot more fun

        15. profile image44
          newbloggerposted 8 years ago

          i have to go with the stick shift so much more fun...ya know whos in control and ya know your driving....automatic drivers can hardly be called drivers right?

          1. emievil profile image75
            emievilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            sad guess I'm not a driver then sad

            1. earnestshub profile image89
              earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              You can use most auto trans cars like a manual if you like and change very fast, but you will not beat a good driver in a new auto just using the throttle to create the changes at peak torque!

              1. emievil profile image75
                emievilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Hey Earnest, don't mind me smile. Driver or not, I'd still go for the automatic.

                1. earnestshub profile image89
                  earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  smile
                  I raced bikes and cars for many years and the manual is pretty good for delivering big horsepower, it is just that the auto has come so far lately that they even work well in small cars without loss of acceleration or fuel over the manual. The Honda Jazz 1.5 litre has a 7 speed auto with little paddles on the steering wheel, and the gear changes up or down are sensationally quick and smooth. smile

                  1. emievil profile image75
                    emievilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    7 speed! maybe by the time we can buy an auto car, it will be up to 9 or 10 speed lol

                    1. earnestshub profile image89
                      earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                      It is a bit of a trick actually, the transmission is infinitely variable with 7 lock up points as gears! Very slick, you can buy a used one here for around 12,000 AUD. smile

        16. Sean Leong profile image65
          Sean Leongposted 8 years ago

          Cars with automatic transmission are meant for lazy people, grandma and grandpa.lol

          In term of acceleration, top speed, fuel consumption and the fun or thrill of driving, manual beats auto hands down.cool

        17. profile image0
          sarah dawkinsposted 8 years ago

          I definitely prefer a manual gearbox here in the UK.  It gives me more control of the car.  My hubby prefers an automatic, for the laziness of it.  As mentioned before, most people here in the UK drive a manual as automatics are for people who can't use gears.

        18. earnestshub profile image89
          earnestshubposted 8 years ago

          The new automatic transmissions will out-drive a manual gearbox. The computer is much better at picking peak talk least fuel settings than the old transmissions without electronic management were, and a lot better than the average driver can with a manual box. smile

          1. ab420 profile image60
            ab420posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Very true, you cannot out-shift a computer, that's all there is to it!

        19. wychic profile image88
          wychicposted 8 years ago

          I'd have to say I'm another female who only does a stick shift...automatics tend to confuse me, I can't find the clutch!

         
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