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Old 04-29-2015, 12:08 PM   #41
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PS - My daughter is going thru driver's ed, and I'm requiring her to at least learn how to drive my Mazda3, although I seriously doubt she will ever want a stick by choice. I just want her to have the ability if a situation arises.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:22 PM   #42
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Concrete mixer trucks have had automatics for years. An automatic is just as robust as a manual though it does have more parts to go wrong. No one wants a manual anymore. How do you expect them to text, eat and drive at the same time if they have to stop and shift gears
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:26 PM   #43
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I'd love to teach my 21 yr. old son to drive a stick. But no one I know has a manual tranny.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:34 PM   #44
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Concrete mixer trucks have had automatics for years. An automatic is just as robust as a manual though it does have more parts to go wrong. No one wants a manual anymore. How do you expect them to text, eat and drive at the same time if they have to stop and shift gears
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:39 PM   #45
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Wow. Great replies everyone. I never thought I would get 5 pages of responses so fast.

I did not know that both Chevy and Ford no longer offer a manual transmission at all in their trucks. I wonder how long Dodge will continue? It sounds like the writing is on the wall.

You guys are awesome.

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Old 04-29-2015, 12:47 PM   #46
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.... I actually enjoy manual transmissions but my wife can't drive one so auto was the way I had to go.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:52 PM   #47
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Ive got a 2012 Ram 2500 and it is a stick, at first the wife didnt want it but we got a smoking deal because it was a stick and no one else wanted it. After driving it a few times, she does some of the towing now. I love sticks, all of my vehicles are sticks, the Ram the Jetta and my Jeep Rock Crawler!

Between me and my wife we have only owned 1 automatic and that was a Titan.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:06 PM   #48
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PS - My daughter is going thru driver's ed, and I'm requiring her to at least learn how to drive my Mazda3, although I seriously doubt she will ever want a stick by choice. I just want her to have the ability if a situation arises.
I taught our oldest daughter to drive in my 1979 F150 with a "granny" tranny......the 1 with the extra low gear that you seldom use. Plus, it didn't have power steering. When she started driver's ed behind the wheel training, the instructor asked her if she had ever driven before, and her answer was "yes, but never with an automatic or with power steering". She did just fine.

She and her husband now own that old truck, and use it regular, even though they also have a 2004 F350.

Our youngest daughter's 1st car had a manual transmission.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:10 PM   #49
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Sticks are more fun to drive for a sports car. But if you ever sit in traffic using a stick, they suck. People are using there other hand to hold phone etc so they don't have a hand to shift.

Lets face it, the newer automatics do a better job finding the sweet spot than we can do anyway, IMHO
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:13 PM   #50
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what I have not seen anyone say her yet is that the automatic trans of today is not remotely like the automatic trans of the prior to compute control of the vehicle days. Old automatic trans were very complex machines. New auto trans are almost manual trans with computer control of the shifting. The new auto trans is really very simple inside much like a manual trans. That being said the new auto trans is almost like having a robot shifting for you.
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