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View Poll Results: Is your Ranger a stick?
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  #76  
Old 06-18-2010
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Mine's a stick; I learned to drive with a baseball bat. My dad took me out and taught me on his work truck: a '71 Chevy Custom 20, with a tool body and "Granny" first gear (which meant we started in 2nd). The shifter was about as long as a Louisville Slugger.

I made damn sure I taught both my sons how to drive sticks, though they definitely had easier times learning on a '99 Saab 93.
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I was 12 when my Dad taught me on a '72 Volkswagon Squareback. Man those were the days! He would also let me shift it for him when we were out cruising around. Man did I think I was cool!
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Old 09-07-2010
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Definitely stick wouldn't have it any other way. I feel more in control.
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Old 09-07-2010
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Icon2 I didn't vote>>>

Mine originally was a 4 banger 5 speed.............

I've had both over the course of 36+yrs & 90+ vehicles.........but I'm to the age that a stick in a DD would bout kill me...........only way I'll have a stick again is in a TRUE MUSCLE CAR (66 SS396 Chevelle/Nova, 69 Camaro, or etc.)

For me, a stick in a vehicle was no different that the tractors I grew up usin around my Grandpa's farm or Mom & Dad's 4 acres of grass ta cut.
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Old 09-07-2010
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actuallly shes a 4 banger twin stick

RARE!!!! :P
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4cyl arent any fun without one
Exactly. My truck would be worthless if it was auto. Just another fleet reject auto parts place truck.

Not to mention that when I drive conservatively I get almost 30mpg. Which is what my friends auto Camry and my other friends auto Civic get.

Win. For. Ford.
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Old 09-12-2010
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yeah, mine's a manual. So is my Focus.

My grandma taught to drive a stick in her '78 civic, when I was 7 or 8 years old. She wanted me to be able to drive any car to seek help in case of an emergency. I could barely see above the steering wheel :)
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So I guess the Manual/Auto Argument/Discussion is a control thing ?
My wife always liked manual shift AND she always wants to be in control… LoL.
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My truck is a auto now but i had a nissan hardbody and a f150 that where both stick. my dad taught me when i was about 13 in a old farm truck that used vice grips to shift. I then was taught how to drive a 18 wheeler wich is diffrent in some ways.
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I learned to drive stick from my first employer in a red chevy truck with a diesel Lincoln arc welder on it and a full service box. In a field after welding some gates up, he put me behind the wheel and was instructing me to let the clutch out slowly. Be had his door open and I accidentally popped the clutch. He flew out, I spelled the brake and killed it, we both laughed our Asses off...
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I learned how to drive standard when I bought my brand new 2010 ranger, had to get my bf to drive it off the lot...took me about a week to totally master it driving around in circles on my street, I knew what you were supposed to do so it was just putting it all together so i guess i pretty much taught myself...gave the clutch a good burn, gears a good grind and the tired a good skid in the process though...
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my friend finally killed my 125k clutch during one day of failed attempts to teach him. i had done a number on it to though when i learned so it was time.
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Old 09-21-2010
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now all you people get a hurst.
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Old 09-22-2010
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The manual trans is the reason I bought the truck.
My dad taught me in a 2002 Accent.

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now all you people get a hurst.
Meh, costs too much for something that's going to be sloppy anyways.
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Meh, costs too much for something that's going to be sloppy anyways.
Sloppy? This thing has solid gear selection, and no play whatsoever. Plus I got mine cheaper.
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Old 09-22-2010
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I drive an auto now. I've just started to learn how to drive stuck this summer in my dads mustang. Somewhat comfartable with it, but def. need more practice. Learning in a stang is very fun though ha.
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Sloppy? This thing has solid gear selection, and no play whatsoever. Plus I got mine cheaper.
I'm not talking about the Hurst, I'm talking about the M5OD. Sloppy sloppy sloopy, noisy, sloppy. It doesn't motivate me to drop more money into it to improve it.
And that's compared to a 26 year old T5 and a 2002 Accent trans.
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yes and next trucks about to be a stick too ... toyota t100
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I'm not talking about the Hurst, I'm talking about the M5OD. Sloppy sloppy sloopy, noisy, sloppy. It doesn't motivate me to drop more money into it to improve it.
And that's compared to a 26 year old T5 and a 2002 Accent trans.
mine has sooo much play in 4th.
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I first drove standard when I got my learners permit. I wanted to drive to work. Mom had a 81 corolla wagon. She said "if you can make it, take it". Died out once a block away from work because someone ran the light when I was taking off.

I'm 23 now and on vehicle 42 and only 3 have been auto. -two lightnings and a neon
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Stick on all my vehicles I've ever owned except my 74 Cougar. I learned how to drive stick in the 94 Ranger my dad took me to the abandoned K-Mart parking lot and he made me stop and go for an hour. After that never a problem and I really don't ever plan on having an auto as a DD too boring.
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Mine is stick too, I learned from watching my grandpa driving a grain truck with a 13 speed, then when I old enough to unload it on the farm I had to drive it and did what he did when I would watch him and I learned the rest myself by driving it. That was 5 years before I even had this truck but I always knew after that I wanted a standard so I pretty much knew what I was doing when I got it.
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It must be broken.

I remember my Dad driving his Studebaker which was a standard trans console shift. I couldn't understand at the time why he had to "play" with the **** next to the steering wheel. He didn't have to do it on any other of our cars. We would go for a little bit then suddenly the engine would go quiet and I'd feel like the car was slowing down then all of a sudden he would play with that **** again and we'd go faster for a bit until he did it again. I thought something was broken.

I learned to drive a stick on my own though much later. I was replacing brakes on a friends pinto and he when I called him and told him it was finished he asked me to bring it over and he'd give me a lift home. I was too embarrassed to admit I didn't know how to drive a stick so I tried it. I didn't find it that difficult. I stalled a couple of times but after a few minutes I got the hang of it.
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