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View Poll Results: What do you drive and choose your reason?
Manual 40 63.49%
Automatic - Can't drive standard 2 3.17%
Automatic - Don't like standard 6 9.52%
Automatic - Wanted a manual but significant other can't drive one 11 17.46%
SMG 4 6.35%
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Old 07-17-2002, 10:58 AM
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Manual vs. Automatic - Various Choices

I know this poll has been conducted back in February, but since that poll didn't break down the reasoning for going with an automatic, I thought I would make a poll with a bunch of choices.

My feeling is that most of the people that drive auto's do so b/c their significant other can't drive a manual, but given the choice, they would go with a manual.

I drive a manual.
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Old 07-17-2002, 11:09 AM
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I'd specualte that most auto/SMG drivers never learned stick and are too intimidated to try to learn. They then blame their spouses or traffic for their owning an auto.
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Old 07-17-2002, 11:16 AM
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I'd specualte that most auto/SMG drivers never learned stick and are too intimidated to try to learn. They then blame their spouses or traffic for their owning an auto.
If you're speculating about members of this forum of BMW drivers, possibly. However, I was driving sticks before you were born and most of the time you were getting ready to drive and now prefer an auto at this point of my life, all things considered. Sticks are fun when you want them and a chore when you don't. The SMG sounds like the ideal compromise, if it is at all.
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I'd specualte that most auto/SMG drivers never learned stick and are too intimidated to try to learn. They then blame their spouses or traffic for their owning an auto.
My Mother blames me. She says that I was too much of a pain in the ass all those years. Way back in 1983, she bought an automatic 300TD and has been a lost cause ever since. Now she drives an S55 AMG and loves it. (The S500's suspension was too soft and floaty for her... It made her car sick.)
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I know it's not an option, but I would select an 'Other' category.
I grew up driving sticks and I taught my frau how to drive a stick on her '91 318is. But while she can drive them just fine it's not really her transmission of choice.

There was a time not long ago I would have beefed about it, but she's a good lass and I want her to be happy, too!

Besides, in the greater scheme of things to me it's really not a big deal.
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I know it's not an option, but I would select an 'Other' category.
I grew up driving sticks and I taught my frau how to drive a stick on her '91 318is. But while she can drive them just fine it's not really her transmission of choice.

My wife's first car was a stick, don't ask what it was, which she drove quite well when I met her. Has preferred an auto ever since then and in fact has pretty much driven Detroit iron only. But, she is about to be enlightened and spoiled while still happily in an auto.
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My wife's first car was a stick, don't ask what it was, which she drove quite well when I met her. Has preferred an auto ever since then and in fact has pretty much driven Detroit iron only. But, she is about to be enlightened and spoiled while still happily in an auto.
Yeah. My wife is extremely easy to please when it comes to transportation. Just like I'm extremely easy to please when it comes to preparing meals. Just put it in front of me and I'll make hay with it, even sans utensils.

I kinda wish she had a zeal to drive sticks, but she is the way she is.

So I buy her cars with automatics to please her, and to please me she prepares meals and now gives me a knife and a fork.

P.s. Shouldn't there also be a category of "Manual - cause I'm a cheap a$$!"
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Learned .............in an empty parking lot
That's probably how most of us learned. Mine was Macy's parking lot. It was usually quarter full when I started, but it didn't take long before it was empty. Funny how the word spreads like wildfire:

Macy's PA System: "Don't forget the sale on Avon cosmetics in aisle 5, and this just in; there's been a sighting of a non-driver in south parking lot #7. Please remember our vehicle damage and theft disclaimer!"
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No stick, no sale. Out of the dozen or so cars I've had, only one was an automatic, and it was the worst year of my driving life.

Despite my strong pro-stick bias, I was prepared to cave and get an automatic in the second car, but fortunately my gracious bride agreed to learn how to drive a stick, so now we have two. She's getting good, and smoke has only been visible from the clutch region once.
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I drive a manual, but would love to have a SMGII. I heard that the SMG that is being sold in Europe for non-M3 E46s are much inferior to the M3's SMGII system. Too bad.

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If you're speculating about members of this forum of BMW drivers, possibly. However, I was driving sticks before you were born and most of the time you were getting ready to drive and now prefer an auto at this point of my life, all things considered. Sticks are fun when you want them and a chore when you don't. The SMG sounds like the ideal compromise, if it is at all.
Just realized I learned to drive a stick about 30 years ago My car is a step--but for none of the reasons above and my other vehicle is a pickup with a stick. To generalize about why people have steps is reckless.
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Just realized I learned to drive a stick about 30 years ago My car is a step--but for none of the reasons above and my other vehicle is a pickup with a stick. To generalize about why people have steps is reckless.
Hmmm what's your third car Yea I know PDC is for weenies

My choice was Step or no deal, hence I voted spouse choice.
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Hmmm what's your third car Yea I know PDC is for weenies

That's her vehicle--but she likes to drive the pickup too and is very proficient on a stick.
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That's her vehicle--but she likes to drive the pickup too and is very proficient on a stick.
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I even took my driving test with a stick. Drove around a Rover in my military days with a stick too. Reason why I bought a step? Cos someday I wanted to shift like a Switchtronic. And I did.

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I'd specualte that most auto/SMG drivers never learned stick and are too intimidated to try to learn. They then blame their spouses or traffic for their owning an auto.
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I even took my driving test with a stick. Drove around a Rover in my military days with a stick too. Reason why I bought a step? Cos someday I wanted to shift like a Switchtronic. And I did.

There's always an "Other" response isn't there

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My other half took her driving test in stick too.


Doh, what's with the "next" project thing? You're the second person who asked me. Did someone leak a fart somewhere? Alrightie, I am working on a new project, with new parts, but not far off from the retrofit. Hush-hush...

Speaking of which, I think Ausgang really wants me to fly over to NY one of these days to work on the paddle-shift retro... I heard Alee and you will be treating me to Morton's Steak house. Right? In that case, why not!


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My other half took her driving test in stick too.


Doh, what's with the "next" project thing? You're the second person who asked me. Did someone leak a fart somewhere? Alrightie, I am working on a new project, with new parts, but not far off from the retrofit. Hush-hush...

Speaking of which, I think Ausgang really wants me to fly over to NY one of these days to work on the paddle-shift retro... I heard Alee and you will be treating me to Morton's Steak house. Right? In that case, why not!


I just took a guess on the "project"

If you come east you can count on 2 things, me coming to dinner and Alee picking up the tab Thanks Al

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Damn! Alee is that generous huh?

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I just took a guess on the "project"

If you come east you can count on 2 things, me coming to dinner and Alee picking up the tab Thanks Al

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