That thread about cars

Branching off from another discussion, I'm making this thread as a place for general purpose discussion about automobiles.

To start you off:
People who can't drive stick shift don't really know how to drive.
Only luddites use manual transmissions now that automatics outperform them.
Whatever continent your car is from, it's the wrong one.
Internal combustion engines are killing the planet.
EVs and ethanol are engineering dead ends.
No car will ever be superior to the one I love from my childhood, the full sized Ford LTD Crown Vic station wagon with wood finish.
 

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Ryujin

Legend
Branching off from another discussion, I'm making this thread as a place for general purpose discussion about automobiles.

To start you off:
People who can't drive stick shift don't really know how to drive.
Only luddites use manual transmissions now that automatics outperform them.
Whatever continent your car is from, it's the wrong one.
Internal combustion engines are killing the planet.
EVs and ethanol are engineering dead ends.
No car will ever be superior to the one I love from my childhood, the full sized Ford LTD Crown Vic station wagon with wood finish.
... motorcycles...
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
No car will ever be superior to the one I love from my childhood, the full sized Ford LTD Crown Vic station wagon with wood finish.

How about a modified 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon?

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Not just wood paneling. AVOCADO GREEN, BABY!
 




Wolfram stout

Adventurer
I learned in an automatic but in my 20s bought (and therefore had to learn) to drive a manual (stick). People told me "Once you get comfortable driving it, you will never go back to an automatic".

They were wrong. Yes, it was very fun to drive on the open interstate or highways, but 90% of my driving was in the city and during rush hours. That was never fun.

My next car was an automatic and I have never looked back......(well figuratively I of course use my rearview mirrors--no matter how close things seem to appear).
 


Mad_Jack

Hero
No car will ever be superior to the one I love from my childhood, the full sized Ford LTD Crown Vic station wagon with wood finish.

Back in the '70's-early '80's, my parents had this massive aqua blue truck-station-wagon-thing with a white hard top - I think it was a Ford or Chevy, and it had like five rows of seats and a rear gate. A family of four could live in that thing. For the life of me, though, I can't recall what it was called. It looked something like this, but more like a truck version of it - It was definitely the kind of thing a kid climbed into...
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
I learned on automatics. I TRIED to get someone to teach me a stick, but nobody ever stepped up.
When my wife bought her first car (a Saturn), the dealer went with us on the test drive and gave her some instruction on driving with the manual transmission that was really valuable. I was able to drive a manual, but I didn't have half the sophistication in being able to teach it as he did.
 

FitzTheRuke

Legend
Not only can I drive a stick, but I've done it both in NA and in the UK, so I can do it with either hand! (I now drive an automatic at home, and I am happy to do it).
 



Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Some car thoughts ....

1. I drive stick. Why? Because I don't share. Does wonders to keep people from borrowing your ride.

2. Gotta love a hot hatch.

3. One day I'm going to buy an Audi RS6 and get some wood paneling. It's good to have goals.
 

jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
I learned how to drive on a manual. My first vehicle was a 3-speed, 1976 Jeep cj7. My favorite car that I ever owned, though, was a 1979 Dodge Magnum XE (the engine was a 400 from a 1976 Chrysler Cordoba bored out to a 440 with custom cam, heads, and aftermarket pistons). It was an absolute beast.
 



billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
Not only can I drive a stick, but I've done it both in NA and in the UK, so I can do it with either hand! (I now drive an automatic at home, and I am happy to do it).
Driving stick in Ireland wasn't hard, per se. It was the narrow lanes with tour buses coming the other way that were harrowing!
The poor passenger side mirror. It felt the brush of more than one hedge.
 

FitzTheRuke

Legend
Driving stick in Ireland wasn't hard, per se. It was the narrow lanes with tour buses coming the other way that were harrowing!
The poor passenger side mirror. It felt the brush of more than one hedge.
I feel you. I knocked a passenger side mirror off on a brick wall in Portsmouth trying to pull over to avoid a guy coming at me at full speed on a street that was only wide enough for one car. I felt really stupid about it until I was walking around town on foot and saw several cars missing side-mirrors.
 

Ryujin

Legend
One down and five up? Seriously, who designs a clutch that way? :p
Most of my bikes were 1 down, 5 up but my second bike was 1 down, 4 up. So was my '95 GPz1100. When I picked that bike up and rode it home I was wondering why everyone on the highway was going so slowly. Then I looked at the tachometer. It read 5,500 rpm (think redline was 10,000) and the manual said to keep it below 5K for the first 1,000 Kms. Then I looked at the speedo; 160 Kmh. Once loaned it to a friend and he proclaimed that anything over second gear was merely a suggestion.

After 25 years of riding, a friend offered to teach me to drive stick. Took me 10 minutes to nail it and I never did it again. Cars are transportation. Bikes are for fun.

EDIT - For those who don't know, "race pattern" shifting is flipped. So 1 up, 5 down. It's a lot easier to stomp on a gear pedal, when leaned over, than to try and slip your foot under it ;)
 

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