Stick vs. Automatic, Revisited

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    I learned on an automatic, but my first car was manual...I had no idea how to drive a stick when I bought it. I remember my car hopping down the road a couple times as I was learning. lol
    Automatic is more convenient, I miss driving a stick though.
     
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    I "visited" a dealer in Erie yesterday that had two Subaru's SVX's for sale. You may recall that this was a short-lived sporty 4-seater whose main attraction was the "window-within-a-window" design that was necessitated by the need to address toll booths. The SVX was generally sold as AWD, and exclusively with an automatic transmission.

    Both SVX's were in pristine condition, but one of them had been retrofitted with a 5-speed stick. The salesman (not a technical guy) said that the parts had been lifted from a wrecked WRX. This one also had a turbo kit installed, rendering a claimed 400hp. For a Subaru enthusiast...what a car! upload_2017-6-8_7-3-33.png
     
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    Stick cars are like a dinosaur today. The vast majority of people don't know how to drive one; and most new car models don't offer the manual option. Even the latest top of the line Audi sports car only comes in automatic. ..... :cool:
     
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    The problem with automatic transmissions is they ultimately fail. Where as a manual, will run forever. I owned an Audi A8 that was an awesome car. The auto trans puked at 225,000 miles, yet the car still looked pristine. Had to sell it for salvage rather than pay thousands for a rebuilt tranny. Made me sick.
     
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    My son has a WRX. The car is explosively fast. Faster than an Audi S4 and provides very good fuel mileage, unlike the Audi.
     
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    The bride's cars are always automatic but I've never owned one for my use. I'm stick all the way which will include a Mazda MX5 I'm getting soon. Can't wait to work it out on our local road race course...zoooooom!
     
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    You bitch about 225,000 miles on a transmission? SERIOUSLY?!
     
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    You misunderstand.
     
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    No, I understand completely. You operate unconstrained by any facts whatsoever, therefore make ridiculous statements.
     
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    Just picked up my first 6-speed stick Friday. The pattern's a bit tight so it's taking some getting used to.
     

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