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18 & under 19 5.07%
19 - 24 108 28.80%
25 - 29 80 21.33%
30 + up 168 44.80%
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post #321 of 327 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 04:20 PM
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Its encouraging to see the fogies on here. There's a lot to learn from the 'been there done that' crew. Its also good to know we have youngins' to try new ideas and techniques.

I can't drive (but am aged) 55.
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post #322 of 327 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 09:35 PM
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Almost 44, female, and I drive manual. It would be interesting to see the breakdown of age and transmission type. I'm guessing < 30 would swing a lot heavier toward automatics than >30. My son is nearly 16 and if he wants my '06 3 when we get a '17, then he has to learn stick. He's already intimidated by it, but I think it will make him a better driver, even if he never owns another manual (which is likely, unfortunately).
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post #323 of 327 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 11:37 PM
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Almost 44, female, and I drive manual. It would be interesting to see the breakdown of age and transmission type. I'm guessing < 30 would swing a lot heavier toward automatics than >30. My son is nearly 16 and if he wants my '06 3 when we get a '17, then he has to learn stick. He's already intimidated by it, but I think it will make him a better driver, even if he never owns another manual (which is likely, unfortunately).
I agree. A manual is much more fun to drive IF you enjoy the driving experience. Many people have cars as commuters and choose an automatic. When I was young, I'm 69 now, none of my friends who were car guys had an automatic. The first car I can remember my mother having when I was a child was a 52 Ford with a flat head V-8 and 3 on the tree. Most young people now a days would not know what 3 on the tree is. lol
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post #324 of 327 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 10:57 AM
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Yeah, if I lived in a city and had a daily commute I'd probably opt for automatic. I don't mind driving stick in stop-and-go Chicago traffic when we drive through to visit family, but it would probably get old on a daily basis. Here in BFE the only time manual has stunk is when I've sprained my left ankle or the LONG stretch when I had a busted right wrist. An automatic still would have sucked with the wrist, though.
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post #325 of 327 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 12:08 AM
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I got the auto as I wanted a quick buy without ordering anything in, and the dealer only had autos. I also figure its easier to to a deal on something in stock rather than ordering a vehicle in.

However if I get the urge to have some heel-toe fun I have my '81 Volvo 244, complete with 4spd-overdrive manual transmission.

I'm 33 and I learnt to drive on an auto. I basically learnt to drive a manual properly when I became a civil engineer initially aged 22, and a lot of the work vehicles were manuals. My first 3 cars were auto. Then I bought my first MZ3, a '08 Neo Sport Sedan.
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post #326 of 327 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 04:05 PM
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The big dirty 30 here lol
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post #327 of 327 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 04:23 PM
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I agree. A manual is much more fun to drive IF you enjoy the driving experience. Many people have cars as commuters and choose an automatic. When I was young, I'm 69 now, none of my friends who were car guys had an automatic. The first car I can remember my mother having when I was a child was a 52 Ford with a flat head V-8 and 3 on the tree. Most young people now a days would not know what 3 on the tree is. lol
My grandfather always had a three on the tree when I was growing up. in the mid 70's he got his first automatic. I took him out to show him how to drive it.
My father in law has a 41 Olds with three on the tree, it's fun to drive as long as you remember to be at a complete stop before going into 1st.
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