In Mexico and most of the third world there are far less automatics. Even transit and shuttle buses. When is the last time you got on a public bus and saw a stick shift?
Here there are still sports cars, work trucks, and some entry level cars with sticks. But even dump trucks and 18 wheel tractors are moving towards automatic or automated manuals. In part this is because of a shortage of qualified drivers. Autos can keep older drivers in the truck a few more years and some companies have actively recruited women school bus drivers.
I've never owned an automatic, but my wife prefers them. (shes like the standard transmission in the snow) Theres pros and cons to both. I love my car but it sucks in heavy stop and go traffic.
I will be teaching my daughter though, because I think it's a good real world skill to know. You never know when you're going to have to use whats available instead of what you're used to.
That is really a scary story. I wonder why they wanted them in the trunk?
I question him abandoning her like that but I guess I see his logic. I am glad it worked out.
If you have a choice of manual trans cars to teach your daughter, subaru manuals have a hill-holder clutch. (no, I'm not recommending a WRX for a new driver...)
Last edited by durango46; 04-23-2012 at 03:31 PM.
I'd wager that a good many here on SunSpot got their MT chops, in their younger days,
on a used air-cooled VW Beetle.
Love driving a stick. Had a Toyota Tacoma with a 5-speed for 14 years. Great truck, minimum problems over the years. However, I now have a new truck with an automatic because my wife has a bad right shoulder and can no longer manage a stick.
I've got ten forward gears and a sweet Georgia overdrive
My first car was a 69 bug......I prefer a stick to be involved in the true and total driving experience
The new computer-controlled six, seven and now eight speed automatic transmissions are a blast to drive when using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. I have an automatic as a daily driver and a 6-speed toy for weekend fun - way too much traffic conjestion to use a manual as a daily driver these days....not to mention wear and tear on the clutch.
I guess we'll start to see the trade school commercials on how to drive a stick shift for future employment.
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