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Old 12-20-2020, 08:03 PM   #57
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So anybody's wife that won't drive manual doesn't love them?
My wife can't physically drive manual should I kick her to the curb?
You're kind of old now.. so you'd have to balance the odds of getting another wife against kicking her to the curb for such a reason.

I would have instead suggested just not getting married in the first place. It is, afterall, the leading cause of divorce in the world.
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Old 02-27-2021, 08:30 PM   #58
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Iíve never understood the argument of buying an AT because the wife canít drive MT. Teach them! My mom prefers manuals, both of my sisters prefer manuals. I taught my ex-wife to drive manual and itís now her preference. My current wife already knew how to drive manual but she isnít really into cars so she doesnít have a real preference. Iíve taught both of my daughters to drive manuals and both have fun with it. Donít let the wife stop you from buying a manual. She can learn and may end up loving it. Take her to an autox. She may end up loving that too!
I tried. She did it one time. Was actually pretty good for a first try. About 15-20 minutes in an empty parking lot. Didn't stall once. Then she stopped the car. turned off the ignition, handed me the keys, and said "Nope, not happening". That was 1995. Now I'm looking at a second car, something fun to drive, and she said "Fine, but with one condition: it has to be an automatic".
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I tried. She did it one time. Was actually pretty good for a first try. About 15-20 minutes in an empty parking lot. Didn't stall once. Then she stopped the car. turned off the ignition, handed me the keys, and said "Nope, not happening". That was 1995. Now I'm looking at a second car, something fun to drive, and she said "Fine, but with one condition: it has to be an automatic".
What a depressing first post.


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I tried. She did it one time. Was actually pretty good for a first try. About 15-20 minutes in an empty parking lot. Didn't stall once. Then she stopped the car. turned off the ignition, handed me the keys, and said "Nope, not happening". That was 1995. Now I'm looking at a second car, something fun to drive, and she said "Fine, but with one condition: it has to be an automatic".
Well, like they say in the old country - "A happy wife is a happy _______"

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I tried. She did it one time. Was actually pretty good for a first try. About 15-20 minutes in an empty parking lot. Didn't stall once. Then she stopped the car. turned off the ignition, handed me the keys, and said "Nope, not happening". That was 1995. Now I'm looking at a second car, something fun to drive, and she said "Fine, but with one condition: it has to be an automatic".
That sucks if your second car has the transmission restriction.

We have 2 cars, and our X1 is obviously an Auto, and its the wifey's car. she doesnt have much desire to drive stick.

But our second car (right now its a scion IM) is mine, and it gets to be MT.

Wife will have to learn stick if she wants to drive my car lol. Right now she doesnt car, but when we get the 86 she thinks she might end up enjoying driving it and its MT goodness.
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..... but...but..... how would I live -
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To me, driving a stick is more fun.
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To me, driving a stick is more fun.
Thatís what she said.
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What a depressing first post.


LOL, it's all good. I think the auto on the 86 GT is fine, especially in manual mode with the paddle shifters the only thing not getting in on the action is my left foot.

Plus, if I've learned anything in 28.5 years of being married to her, a successful marriage requires three things: honest communication, occasionally compromising, and an appreciation of our differences. Love alone just don't hold up. She's not a car person. She never will be. Pretty gracious actually that she's willing to let me get the car since it will be a 'second' car, just for fun/pleasure driving. I could tell when I test drove the one last weekend she wasn't thrilled about how loud the exhaust sound was but she knew that since I'd conceded on the transmission, she'd live with it.
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Unless you have a medical reason that requires you to have an automatic transmission; given the choice, you should get the manual. If for no other reason; every year sees a decrease in cars available with a manual transmission. You owe it to yourself, your children, and the car community as a whole to +1 the number of manual transmissions sold.
But, unless you special ordered the car, you aren't +1 the number sold. If it's a spec car, it would have sold anyway. It's not like there is a secret lot where all the unsold MT transmission cars go to die or something.

Now if you are special ordering the car, then yes, you MAY be contributing to the overall volume, but even then, it's likely not. The Manufacturer already has planned how many MT cars the plan to build in a given model year, and now just configure one of them to your specific requirements.
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LOL, it's all good. I think the auto on the 86 GT is fine, especially in manual mode with the paddle shifters the only thing not getting in on the action is my left foot.

Plus, if I've learned anything in 28.5 years of being married to her, a successful marriage requires three things: honest communication, occasionally compromising, and an appreciation of our differences. Love alone just don't hold up. She's not a car person. She never will be. Pretty gracious actually that she's willing to let me get the car since it will be a 'second' car, just for fun/pleasure driving. I could tell when I test drove the one last weekend she wasn't thrilled about how loud the exhaust sound was but she knew that since I'd conceded on the transmission, she'd live with it.
Amen! Welcome to the group. They're great automatics, demonstrably tougher than the manuals so you really have that going for you.
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demonstrably tougher than the manuals.
Can also learn to not dump the clutch. That's free!
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I kind of wish I taught my girlfriend to drive stick. She has sunken into some bad shift habits I can't seem to break.

She recently drove my car for the first time in over 2 years we've been together onand had to call me at the store because she couldn't find reverse. :Lol:
She also didn't like it because of the throttle and shorter clutch.

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