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      09-27-2014, 11:39 PM   #1
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Manual Transmission Drivers: Younger or Older?

Me and a friend of mine have been having this discussion about who prefers a manual transmission. I think mostly younger drivers do, and my friend thinks that mostly older drivers do.

Or is it a mix of both?

I personally would prefer a manual transmission, but because of an injury to my left foot and ankle, I can't work a clutch anymore. I am young… at heart.

What do you think?
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      09-28-2014, 12:19 AM   #2
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      09-28-2014, 12:26 AM   #3
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I'm in my 40s and my 135i DCT is my first auto in a long time. The last auto car I had was my first car back when I was 16. While I don't mind the DCT, I still sort of wish at times I had a manual.

With my sport bikes (or any sport bike for that matter), all manuals...no choice.
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      09-28-2014, 12:28 AM   #4
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I only have one friend that drives a manual. To add to that, two other friends (as far as I know) CAN drive a manual, the rest just cant.
We're all in our late 20's.

Now, I think, all of my elders have learned how to drive stick, though none of them has a manual car anymore. None of them are car enthusiasts though.

I do have a friend in his early 50's that drives manual. Car enthusiast.
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      09-28-2014, 12:43 AM   #5
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      09-28-2014, 12:45 AM   #6
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      09-28-2014, 03:08 AM   #8
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I'm 66 and I have been driving a manual since 16.
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      09-28-2014, 05:28 AM   #9
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      09-28-2014, 05:56 AM   #10
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36 [female] - MT from the day i learned to drive; my lower spine was fused awhile back and the one thing they told me was that i wouldn't be able to operate a clutch - but i STILL can!! i also do most of the work on her myself and my other car is an E36 328is..

my grandfather drove a stick until he was about 87 and then had to stop for the last 5 years b/c his knees just woudn't do it..

my mom can also drive a stick but not daily

my partner [36 - male] drives a MT

my little brother [33] drives a MT when he has a car

my father used to drive a stick- RIP

I have one friend who drives stick - male, 25

I think part of it is access/ability to learn - I mean who wants to teach someone on YOUR clutch?? - plus in the US it is made out to be scarry..

anyway everyone else sucks and will never get seat time in my car!

I would be interested to see the male/female split as I bet almost 90% are male, but hey prove me wrong--!

I read somewhere that only 6% of vehicles in the US are MT
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      09-28-2014, 06:19 AM   #11
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      09-28-2014, 06:42 AM   #12
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I have an L5/S1 fusion and was told it wouldn't happen but, in large part due to BMW sport seats, I figured out how to make it work and even though I cannot feel huge hunks of the foot/ankle as a whole, I can control its movement.. For now...
Not sure how long it will last so gonna enjoy it while I can because some things are just out of our control... but driving is one of the few, last things that I truly enjoy, am so free while doing, and was not taken away from me in the accident..
[4x4 jeep pulled out/making a left right in front of me - i was doing 40 in a 45 on a 4 lane divided roadway - was like hitting a wall - no skid marks b/c not even time to hit the brakes - my 6 mo old 330ci was crushed to the firewall and took 3 mo to fix - that was the day the EMTs told me the BMW saved my life and the day brand loyalty started to mean something to me]

Sorry about your ankle getting so messed up - though a mustang is a shitty car and def. the toughest clutch I have ever had the >>> of dealing with!
I did loose all feeling and fuxn of my left leg for 2 weeks awhile back [due to lasting nerve damage] and so i sat on my couch w/ my leg on the table pretending to push the clutch - after two weeks and a little extra support I was able to do it again - so don't give up hope..
I think if that [clutch] was taken away from me as well then I might have just totally lost it - the last bit of "control" gone - i loathe the day i really have to give it up
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      09-28-2014, 06:43 AM   #13
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36 [female] - MT from the day i learned to drive; my lower spine was fused awhile back and the one thing they told me was that i wouldn't be able to operate a clutch - but i STILL can!!
I wish I could as well but my left ankle/foot hurt too damn much. I broke my ankle in 2008 and it healed badly. I have a hard enough time walking on it, it hurts so much. I've recently had a cortisone injection in my ankle, so at the moment, It's not feeling too bad, but that won't last. Plus, I've lost some control and movement so it's just impossible for me.

My car at the time of my hiking accident was a 2006 Supercharged 475 hp Mustang GT 5-speed manual.
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      09-28-2014, 07:13 AM   #14
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I can drive stick but purposefully chose an auto. Wife would never be able to learn although she never drives it. If I take the big car I don't want her stranded.

I don't need to heal toe shit, I live in the city and have a lot of bland driving. If I lived where there was some nice driving, my tune would probably change.

I think the only car I would buy in a stick would be a classic muscle car.
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      09-28-2014, 07:49 AM   #16
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38 - mt. I think it's mostly older people who had more manuals when we were learning to drive. Young people that drive manuals are mostly car enthusiast IMO - which this forum has a lot of but its probably not representative of the overall population.

The country of origin also plays a part too I bet.
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      09-28-2014, 08:35 AM   #17
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      09-28-2014, 09:50 AM   #19
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      09-28-2014, 10:50 AM   #20
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tried the dual clutch thing for 2 years and was bored out of my mind. Never again as long as I have a choice in the matter.
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      09-28-2014, 11:11 AM   #21
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      09-28-2014, 11:34 AM   #22
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1st and "only" car was MT (learned to drive in a MT and LOVED)
Primary\"only" Cars 2, 3, and 4 were AT's (wasn't doing the buying, so I took what was given...happily)
Car 5 was MT (I swore off AT's FOREVER after cars 2, 3, and 4)
Primary Car 6 was AT (I swore off AT's "FOVERVER" until I met DSG and fell in love)
Primary and "only" Car 7, the 135i, is DCT

I say with absolutely no shame I prefer dual clutch Auto's to MT's. That said, with the way conventional AT's are going these days, there are some I would take over a MT.

NOTE: Both secondary daily's I had for a couple years were AT's (I got rid of my last dail car two years ago due to lack of necessity for one)
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