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#327711 - 04/08/10 04:11 AM Re: Love Driving Stick [Re: Trucker51]
atari_kid86 Offline

Registered: 02/23/10
Posts: 135
Loc: Michigan
The engine took a dump on my sisters pinto on a busy Indianapolis freeway when she was in college. She didn't lose any sleep over it.

Up north I don't see too many old cars (I think they've all rusted to dust). But when I lived farther south I used to occasionally see a Pinto or Pacer roaming the streets.

#327735 - 04/08/10 04:21 PM Re: Love Driving Stick [Re: atari_kid86]
Charlie24 Offline

Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 562
Definitely, the salt on the roads rusts cars so fast. Since moving to AZ I've noticed more older cars, pretty cool to see. If you take care of a care it will take care of you.

#471514 - 10/21/14 10:47 PM Re: Love Driving Stick [Re: Charlie24]
Suwanee Offline
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Registered: 10/30/12
Posts: 1075
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This thread popped up as "being viewed." I like manual transmissions, so I had to click on it.

It's getting harder and harder to find cars with manual transmissions. In some cases, all the literature indicates a model comes in such and such trim with a manual, but good luck finding one. The dealers just don't stock them. I learned to drive a manual transmission and still have one today. My wife's Subaru is an automatic, and I just about put my foot through the floorboard looking for the clutch at stoplights when I drive it.

My first car was a 1976 BMW 2002. I saved up and bought it from a neighbor after my dad helped me out. I want to say it was about $3,500 in 1988. Yes, it was a BMW, but it wasn't a luxurious ride. The car had a 4-speed manual transmission. It was white with blue interior. Let's see…it also had a manual crank sunroof, crank windows, a non-working A/C and a small dent in one door. It wasn't a speed demon, but it handled like it was on rails so it was fun to drive. I sold it and bought a Toyota 4-Runner four or five years later. I loved the Toyota, but man, I miss that little BMW. I wish I still had it.

SInce then:
---Red 1991 Toyota Four Runner SR5 (manual trans). Bought it used with only 18K miles on it in 1993. It was a great find.
---Silver 2000 Nissan X-Terra 4x4 w/manual. Bought new and drove it until it had over 165K miles and was in need of major transmission work.
---Silver 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 w/manual. I still have it; the recent drop in gas prices is welcome!

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. ---FDR


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#471814 - 10/28/14 02:02 PM Re: Love Driving Stick [Re: Castle]
NoSimpleMachine Offline

Registered: 06/05/14
Posts: 223
Loc: SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: Castle
I love driving my standard. 04 VW GTI, with some performance upgrades

Me too! Down to year, make, and model even smile

It's funny, well before I uncovered my abuse, a couple people would poke fun at me for not being straight or gay but being an "autosexual". And I laughed. And while I've never been sexual toward my car, I've owned it 10+ years since new and ya know what? It's honestly one of the best relationships I've had in my life. And that's OK smile
If I know only one thing it's that everything that I see
Of the world outside is so inconceivable often I barely can speak
Yeah I'm tongue-tied and dizzy and I can't keep it to myself
What good is it to sing Helplessness Blues, why should I wait for anyone else?

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