Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby Lone Ranger » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:16 pm

I like the driving experience of a manual transmission, actually working the machine. Plus, it's just fun rowing through the gears. If I'm gonna experience traffic or a long haul I'll take my auto Dakota.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby WhitsEnd » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:14 pm

Interesting timing for this. I just purchased a new C6 for the 1970 I'm building for my daughter and will be pitching the 3 on the tree. She actually wants to learn how to drive a standard because she thinks my 66 Cyclone is so cool. I love rowing that Toploader too, but I'll never have another standard as a DD. In a toy, it's great.
There are too many distractions for young people today and she'll be maneuvering a tight parking lot at school with it. On top of that, I may use it to tow my Cyclone to events as well. C6 is much preferred for that, imo.

For a non-daily driver, the stick is fun.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby dcrawford » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:00 pm

Manual for me. I prefer to drive my vehicles rather than have them drive me. But agreed, in heavy stop and go traffic, an auto is a blessing.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby Twisted_Steel » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:55 am

In my 69 SB I like my auto. In my 2014 Mustang GT I like my 6 speed manual.

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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby hfdco4 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:01 pm

Manual for me, traffic or not.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby Jacksdad » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:22 pm

Auto in something as big as the F350 - I'd be shifting all the time in this whale.

That, and I've always shifted hard and tend to break stuff with manuals :eek:
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby TexasVine » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:47 pm

I have a stick and wish it was auto.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby Lone Ranger » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:20 am

Sometimes I wish I had an auto when I'm drinking a cup of coffee. Maybe a c6 swap or a cup holder swap hmmm
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby HIO Silver » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:35 pm

Depends on usage. My preferences...

Tow rig... auto
Any 4 cylinder.. stick
6 cylinder.... stick or auto. Depends on HP/TQ
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby jzjames » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:55 pm

300 inline six - C4 auto :D

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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby briansbronco » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:57 pm

Four speed for me. I won't buy a bump with an auto in it. Lots of reasons but mainly the first gear in the truck. I can shift into first gear and the truck will climb my two mile ascending driveway with just me steering. I do a good amount of trail riding and backcountry scouting for big game. Same idea, first gear and easy off the clutch and she will crawl all day.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby Lone Ranger » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:26 pm

briansbronco wrote:Four speed for me. I won't buy a bump with an auto in it. Lots of reasons but mainly the first gear in the truck. I can shift into first gear and the truck will climb my two mile ascending driveway with just me steering. I do a good amount of trail riding and backcountry scouting for big game. Same idea, first gear and easy off the clutch and she will crawl all day.


Pretty sure these trucks will climb a tree in granny gear.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby Old Greener » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:54 pm

Automatic for cruising and commuting, otherwise standard.... driving in snow and ice, standard is definitely preferred.
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Re: Informal poll-Stick or Auto?

Postby ButtaBean » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:23 am

I like an automatic for cruising and and showing off.

I also like a stick cause my Mrs refuses to learn how to drive one and therefore cant borrow my vehicle to abuse and return with no gas, new scratches and smelling like girly stuff. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the girly smells. Just not in my MANLY truck.

Lets not even talk about the change that somehow gets thrown in the metal ashtray and rattles around.


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