Was never really an option in our family - all of our cars were stick shifts! I learned in a VW Squareback similar to the one pictured here (but not so fancy/shiny). We lived in a hilly area and I remember the smell of burning clutch as I struggled to learn to go from 1st to 2nd on a steep incline. Sure my parents loved that!
Learn to drive a stick shift
Status: Completed on October 20, 1980
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Shana on Nov 30, 2010
I sure miss driving a stick. I bought my first car, a Hyundai Excel when I was 17 with $1600 in cash I'd saved up. Still remember having my bro drive me all the way out to pick it up and then taking a crash course in driving it home because I didn't have a clue how to drive it! You should of seen my best friend's horror filled face as we lurched, stalled, restarted and eventually got to the freeway where I was overwhelmingly happy to throw that puppy into 5th and get us home! Thanks for the great memory!
Ali Draper on Jan 02, 2011
Conversley, I would like to try driving an automatic. (I'm English, don't y'know ;) )
Timothy Richey on Feb 23, 2012
After driving auto since a young age I discovered stick shift, so much more fun!
Jen Burrows on Mar 10, 2012
The first and last time I tried to learn to drive a stick shift was in my Dad's 65 Corvette.Totally blew out the clutch,he still hasn't forgiven me and I'm 40 now.Dare I try again???
bitbucket on Mar 30, 2012
I learned a manual transmission on my learner's permit at age 15.5 in California in my Mom's boat of a 64 Chevy Impala. Had many sticks since but old farts and commuter traffic converted me to automatics. Great memories of course.
Joan Skovshoved on Jun 09, 2013
Funny world we live in.. Some parts wish they had automatic, and other wish they had the stick :)
rissa f on Jun 13, 2013
Scot, this is a good one! I would put this on my list too!
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