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  • mrpon 9 Jan 2012 17:43:18 28,487 posts
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    I hope it's not a job that requires multi-tasking.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • PhoenixFlames 9 Jan 2012 17:43:33 8,899 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
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    I don't understand people's reaction really. Why not just have it easier? I have no intention of ever revisiting manual controls.
    good cos it will never happen

    both me and my sister learnt to drive automatics and have never bothered to retake in a manual.

    i am shocked that you find the reaction on here shocking though. i've had nothing but stick for 14 years, and thats including stick from the same arseholes i used to drive around at school because i was the only fucker with a bloody car!
    Fair enough, this is the internet after all. I'm not bothered by the stick though, I'm just happy I can drive. I decided 3 years ago that if I ever tried again it would be automatic. I've no need to compete in a pissing contest about it. My dick is big enough.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • Youthist 9 Jan 2012 17:48:33 10,010 posts
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    Is a pissing contest about dick size?

    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realise half of them are stupider than that

  • Fatiguez 9 Jan 2012 17:50:45 8,707 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Manuals much more fun.


    And less gay.
    Driving isn't fun, it's a chore, so I chose to make it as simple as possible. Hence going for automatic, because I'm a big gay
  • mrpon 9 Jan 2012 17:52:39 28,487 posts
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    Fatty gay, lets have it right.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Madder-Max 9 Jan 2012 17:55:22 11,622 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    Just had my first lesson after a big gap! Automatic is life changing! I just might be able to do this :-)
    haha! Yeah its life changing...especially on the wallet. Autos guzzle fuel. i have a 2.2 auto omega and i get the same mileage as my boss's manual BMW M3.

    Plus there is the Transmission oil that needs changing on a more regular basis and the transmission itself needs more servicing.

    Use a manual vectra for work though. Does that make me bi?

    Edited by Madder-Max at 17:59:02 09-01-2012

    99 problems and being ginger is one

  • heyyo 9 Jan 2012 17:55:33 14,374 posts
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    I'm so glad I stuck it out and passing in a manual, spent 2 months last summer in a country where automatic cars are like rocking horse shit.
  • Khanivor 9 Jan 2012 18:13:11 40,402 posts
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    I can drive a manual but my car is an automatic. Seeing as 90% of its use is for commuting a few minutes to and from work or the shops having a manual would be a pain in the arse. I can see the point if you take your car out for fun from time to time but otherwise I'm of the opinion that people who insist on manuals for simple transport are, well ,wankers.
  • Trowel 9 Jan 2012 18:13:14 17,461 posts
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    I passed in a manual, drove manual for the first 10 years, but after driving a fortnight in the States a few year back switched to automatic.

    If cheaper maintenance and fuel efficiency is the be all and end all of your travelling then perhaps manual is more suitable, but for my needs automatic is just common sense TBH.
  • Trowel 9 Jan 2012 18:14:22 17,461 posts
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    Yes Khani - reprasent the auto massive.
  • Khanivor 9 Jan 2012 18:16:32 40,402 posts
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    Aye, driving a manual in town or traffic is fairly masochistic.
  • Fake_Blood 9 Jan 2012 18:44:55 4,082 posts
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    My grandmother learned to drive with manual gears when she was 60.
  • Deleted user 9 January 2012 19:01:18
    Deckard1 wrote:
    Manuals much more fun.


    And less gay.
    I like pretending I'm Steve McQueen with my gear changes.
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    Only not dead.
  • Rusty_M 9 Jan 2012 19:54:43 4,589 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Aye, driving a manual in town or traffic is fairly masochistic.
    Hardly! (apart from the fact that clutch control aggravates a knee injury!)

    The world is going mad. Me? I'm doing fine.

  • Lukey__b 9 Jan 2012 20:00:13 3,725 posts
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    Can't say I've ever thought 'wish I didn't have these gears'. Far more irritating things on the road. Like other drivers.

    'Sup, what's guanine?

  • RedSparrows 10 Jan 2012 10:15:31 22,071 posts
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    Yeah, the main issue I have with driving is not the gears, but other cars - not necessarily bad behaviour, but their simple existence.

    Not that I'm an angry driver.
  • Tuffty 10 Jan 2012 10:58:50 1,507 posts
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    I booked my practical test in 2 weeks time. I feel like I can do it ok, just certain manoeuvres like reversing into a parking bay aren't exactly nailed down when I want them to be. The independent driving was easier than I expected it to be as well. Really, it's a case of getting over my own apprehension if I want to pass it.
  • Dougs 10 Jan 2012 11:10:39 66,722 posts
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    Lukey__b wrote:
    Can't say I've ever thought 'wish I didn't have these gears'. Far more irritating things on the road. Like other drivers.
    Manual gives much greater control too.
  • dogbot 10 Jan 2012 11:27:10 2,272 posts
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    Are you driving a rally?

    Auto FTW.
  • Deckard1 10 Jan 2012 11:28:21 27,256 posts
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    Does that stand for For The Weiner?
  • dogbot 10 Jan 2012 11:30:04 2,272 posts
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    Tbh, if you had my car and you chose a manual, people would laugh at you.

    Well, more than they do now, anyway. ;)
  • PhoenixFlames 10 Jan 2012 14:00:55 8,899 posts
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    Tuffty wrote:
    I booked my practical test in 2 weeks time. I feel like I can do it ok, just certain manoeuvres like reversing into a parking bay aren't exactly nailed down when I want them to be. The independent driving was easier than I expected it to be as well. Really, it's a case of getting over my own apprehension if I want to pass it.
    Same with me, the instructor says I'm fine but my nerves/lack of confidence get the better of me.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • Phattso Moderator 10 Jan 2012 14:04:56 13,209 posts
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    Day of my first driving test, middle of winter with snow and ice everywhere, half an hour before my test the instructor took me to a car park and had me do handbrake turns and all sorts of crazy shit to help me get the nerves out of my system.

    It worked, I was totally and completely relaxed when it came to the actual test.

    Still fucking failed though.

    /second time FTW
  • PhoenixFlames 10 Jan 2012 14:07:40 8,899 posts
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    Phattso wrote:
    Day of my first driving test, middle of winter with snow and ice everywhere, half an hour before my test the instructor took me to a car park and had me do handbrake turns and all sorts of crazy shit to help me get the nerves out of my system.

    It worked, I was totally and completely relaxed when it came to the actual test.

    Still fucking failed though.

    /second time FTW
    o_O Was this an "official" driving instructor in the UK?

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • Khanivor 10 Jan 2012 14:08:36 40,402 posts
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    Rusty_M wrote:
    Khanivor wrote:
    Aye, driving a manual in town or traffic is fairly masochistic.
    Hardly! (apart from the fact that clutch control aggravates a knee injury!)
    Do you use speed dial on your phone or do you dial every single person you call by manually punching in the numbers?
  • Lukus 10 Jan 2012 14:22:45 19,004 posts
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    Terrible comparison.

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  • PhoenixFlames 10 Jan 2012 14:24:00 8,899 posts
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    As far as I'm concerned manual doesn't make any sense at all. Why make something more complicated? Automatic is like evolution for cars.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • Lukus 10 Jan 2012 14:24:54 19,004 posts
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    You have more control over a manual car, for starters.

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  • Lukus 10 Jan 2012 14:25:55 19,004 posts
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    Manual = PC. Automatic = Macs. Good for differing reasons. Fanboys annoying for differing reasons. But generally the automatic fanboys are worse.

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