Stick shift or auto?

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by woodstock, Dec 28, 2009.

?

Stick Shift or Auto?

  1. I drive a stick (for this poll, if even one of your cars is a stick, you drive a stick)

    68.3%
  2. I drive an automatic under protest

    12.5%
  3. I drive an automatic and I'm happy to do so

    19.2%
  1. jesse

    jesse Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2005
    Messages:
    15,776
    Location:
    Lincoln, NE
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Jesse
    The only automatic motorcycle I've ever road was a CB750A (HondaMatic). If I remember correctly, you still had to manually select one of two gears, LOW or HIGH. There was no clutch though. I don't think it really shifted at all. Not the most powerful setup but was functional and kind of fun around town.
     
  2. oldShar

    oldShar Cleared for Takeoff

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    1,033
    Location:
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Gwen
    You can't have mine, either!

    The only automatics I drive is when I have to rent.
    My kids also drive sticks -- or manuals (I used to have a Corona with 3-on-the-column -- close enough)

    And I learned of the Miata's aversion to ice and snow during last year's blizzard in Denver -- just 1/4 mile from the hotel, and ....
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2010
  3. Unbeliever

    Unbeliever Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    390
    Location:
    Altadena, CA
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Unbeliever
    Honda was able to put a DCT on this year's VFR 1200 (motorcycle). They have both automatic and manual shifting modes.

    Video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4LmL_QzpSU

    I've done manual transmission cars for quite some time now (and motorcycles too). My current is a Honda S2000, a 2 seat convertible roadster. A proper roadster should be manual.

    I've never had problems with manual transmissions in LA Stop-And-Go traffic. But then all my cars have had light clutches and torque appropriate to the weight of the vehicle. I also know how to slip the clutch without killing it. I've yet to have to replace a clutch.

    I can see how it would be a problem with heavy clutches, or wimpy motors, though.

    --Carlos V.
     
  4. TMetzinger

    TMetzinger Final Approach

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Messages:
    9,885
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Tim
    Hmm, I put Blizzaks on my Miata and it was fine on the snow. Now it sucks when there's deep unpacked snow because there's so little clearance, but on a packed snow/ice road it did as well as any other RWD car I've ever had.
     
  5. Shipoke

    Shipoke Cleared for Takeoff

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,171
    Location:
    Harrisburg Pa
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    shipoke
    I personnally think EVERONE should know how to drive Stick. I am going to teach all the kids how to drive a stick .
    When asked why they need to learn i always tell them " what if you are with a friend and they become ill and need to go to the hospital and their car is stick, You need to know how to drive it."
     
  6. DawnW

    DawnW Pre-Flight

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Messages:
    96
    Location:
    Wichita, KS
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Dawn
    I used to drive a stick Miata too. Most fun car I ever owned. I lived in Alabama in those days and ice really wasn't an issue.

     
  7. flyersfan31

    flyersfan31 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    14,290
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Freiburgfan31
    We have:

    A full automatic (Sienna 5sp auto)
    A faux manual (BMW530i 5sp steptronic)
    A manual (Jeep Wrangler 6 (!)sp manual)

    We cover all the options (well, except a CVT I suppose)

    My car in high school was a VW Super Beetle semi-automatic. 3 speed manual shifter but no clutch. Just lift off the accelerator and shift. It must have made sense to the Germans ("Ja, ve hear dat Amerikans enchoy der aowtomatic transimissions. Ve shud make someting like dat, but as ve all know, ze only vay to shift is to do so mit der hand, so ve should get rid of das clutch but keep ze shifter. Zat is guaranteet to appeal to Amerikan drivers.)
     
  8. bbchien

    bbchien Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2005
    Messages:
    11,271
    Location:
    Bolingbrook, IL
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Bruce C
    I agree. I had a 2003 6 speed. Just not practical in ice covered Illinois. Sigh.
     
  9. TMetzinger

    TMetzinger Final Approach

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Messages:
    9,885
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Tim
    Well, Dawn and/or Bruce, if you're ever in DC I'll let you drive my '91. Preferably on a warm day with the top down and the UHP's on it. We can go on US 211 through the Shenandoahs for some fun.
     
  10. gismo

    gismo Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Messages:
    12,672
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    iGismo
    What's ice got to do with having a manual transmission? Or was that in reference to a Miata?
     
  11. TMetzinger

    TMetzinger Final Approach

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Messages:
    9,885
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Tim
    That was a Miata reference. Later Miatas with more horses could be squirelly on ice.

    I do have to say tires make a HUGE difference. I towed my subaru with M&S tires up nearby icy hill in neutral.... with my Miata with Blizzak studless snow tires on it.
     
  12. jesse

    jesse Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2005
    Messages:
    15,776
    Location:
    Lincoln, NE
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Jesse
    I do like manuals but I have found them to be incredibly unsafe while reading poa on an iPhone during rush hour.

    Sent from my iPhone while driving at 76 mph somewhere in Kansas.
     
  13. jsstevens

    jsstevens Final Approach PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,940
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    jsstevens
    We have one stick (my '98 Maxima) and one automatic (my wife's 06 Oddessey) however, my wife would prefer a stick and would have one if you could get a modern minivan with one.

    John
     
  14. flyersfan31

    flyersfan31 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    14,290
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Freiburgfan31
    You are the reason insurance costs are so high.
     
  15. jesse

    jesse Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2005
    Messages:
    15,776
    Location:
    Lincoln, NE
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Jesse
    No accidents and I've never made an insurance claim.

    Sent from my iPhone while flying the ILS somewhere in Kansas.
     
  16. gismo

    gismo Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2005
    Messages:
    12,672
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    iGismo
    Sheesh. Driving and websurfing wasn't enough, now you're flying IFR and texting so much you can't figure out which ILS you're on!:D:D:D