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View Poll Results: Do you prefer (or have) a stick shift or automatic?
Stick shift (manual) 5 55.56%
Automatic 7 77.78%
Other (hybrid, semi-automatic, tiptronic, etc.) 1 11.11%
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Old 08-12-2018, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Watcha got? When I was younger, I was all about having a stick shift. When raising kids, automatic was the way to go. Now the kids our out of the house and I want a toy vehicle to tinker with, I'm thinking of going back to a manual but the practical side of me is get a spare car that's automatic so my wife, and kids when they're in town, can drive it instead of renting a car.

So take the poll and feel free to comment as to why you prefer one over the other, whether for you Suzuki or other vehicle (and feel free to add what car you have since this is in the general discussion).
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I set this poll so you can choose more than one. My XL7 is automatic but my Soul is semi-automatic, but driven in automatic mode most of the time. I have no stick shift right now but would like to get one maybe.
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I'm with you, in school, it had to be a stick.
Now it depends on the vehicle, I love getting on the freeway in the Trans Am.
Once I've entered the onramp if I'm not careful I'll be going way too fast when it's time to merge. The auto gets out of first somewhere around 40, if I'm really in the pedal. (quiet, she doesn't know)

Not me driving, but you get the idea.



Then the trucks fun to drive with a 454 and overdrive.
Same with the 94 Tracker, it's a fun automatic and just seems like it's going fast.
I do like the 99 Tracker with a 16 valve, five-speed with a rear air locker, it's the fun one.

Then there is the 2002 Grand Vitara, it's such a dog with an auto, although I'm not sure a stick would help.
I guess it depends on the HP.

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I find it hard to believe the TA will do that with 4.10's.

Oh and auto for me. Years of riding a 3500# clutch in traffic back before they invented hydraulic clutches convinced me. And after busting my left foot up, clutch is pretty much out of the question without paddle shifters.
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Yeah, probably a fake video.




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Poll only allows one answer.

ok, i'm gonna confuse you now, Stick in the 2013, auto in the 2015 and the HG, direct drive in the race car, and 2 sticks in the truck (Mack 5 +4 for those that want to learn how to drive one)

oh, only use the clutch to get moving in the truck, and not very often in the 2013 hehe
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I have both, stick in the 98 GV, four speed auto in the 05.

I learned to drive on a stick, back when automatics were rare in this neck of the woods, all my kids learned on a stick, and I'd say that's our preference as a family.

Having said that, back when an automatic was a two or three speed "slush box", they were lousy - today's electronically shifted autos are much nicer, and also much more efficient, and I quite enjoy driving them, especially in heavy traffic.
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Get to what is favorite for you. But as age is catching up hope 🙏 your legs are strong for the stick shifting.
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Quote:
I set this poll so you can choose more than one.
The first sentence in the second post by ngrome.



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1994 Geo Tracker 1.6L 8V TBI, 3-spd auto 4WD 152K timing belt/wp power windows Camo seat covers carpet Dashcam & backup cam
1999 Chevy Tracker removable hardtop 1.6L 16 valve 5-speed 4WD 104K timing belt/wp aluminum radiator electric fan Bartact seat covers Vixen airhorn onboard compressor Dashcam rear locker winch
2002 Grand Vitara 2.5L 4WD 123K Valves lifters rings/bearings timing chain gears tensioners WP coils ECU
1991 GMC K2500 4WD 454 Xcab
1997 Trans Am LT1 auto

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The first sentence in the second post by ngrome.



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i can select manual and auto, but not more than one of each, and "none" is not an option either
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