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Old 06-08-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
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Did you go with Manual or Auto? Age?

Curious to see what if any influence age has when deciding to go with either the Manual or Auto. Post your age, your choice, and your reason !



I will start off with mine.

27 Years old, v8 Manual.

I've driven Auto for 11 years, but am learning stick now before my Maro's delivered. Personally, I went with manual because I just think auto's more of a luxury, and I view the Camaro as a muscle car more than a luxury vehicle. I also like the idea of being more involved in the driving & feel of the car. I find driving auto to get to be a bit numbing and am hoping the Manual will live'n things up a bit. The more "feel" I have for the car & control, the more safe & stimulated I feel.

People will probably cringe hearing that the Camaro will be my first manual but whatever. I am forking up for lessons first before I take delivery that way I am not going to be practicing raw on the Camaro and the precious new clutch.

Am really hoping that all the positives & hype around manual hold true to my own experience when I finally start driving it & that they outweight the negative arguments I've heard against Manual. I don't wanna find myself full of regret, wishing I had ordered an auto. When I placed my order, my gut was tellin me the Camaro deserved to be stick and was worth learning to drive stick for. :P
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:41 AM   #2
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:43 AM   #3
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25 M, and my camaro is my first real stick too. I was driving an old manual escort for a couple of months to get the feel first though.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:45 AM   #4
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Wanted the manual but bad knee
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:48 AM   #5
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2SS/RS SIM with hood hockey stripe - 6 speed manual on order...

sampling of 5 previous cars, not all, just a sample:

2007 C6 coupe black/black - 6 speed manual (trading for Camaro)
2004 RX~8 black/black - 6 speed manual
2000 C5 coupe yellow/black - 6 speed manual
1998 Eclipse GST Spyder black/tan, tan top - 5 speed manual
1991 Miata silver/black, black top - 5 speed manual

Actually considered the A6 but I am glad I ordered M6... not sure what I was thinking, maybe getting old and lazy but I came to my senses...
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:56 AM   #6
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48 years old
Wanted the manual but bad knee
made me go with the auto.
Yep, same here. I'm 50 with a little arthritis in the knees. Drove manual for years, but will get auto when I get my Camaro. I plan on keeping the Camaro for many years.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:13 AM   #7
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:13 AM   #8
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36 manual, first 5 cars were all manual and then went to auto due to no other option..
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:15 AM   #9
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2SS Rs-- Manual--41 Its a sports car isn't it???? You have to shift gears
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:17 AM   #10
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18, went with Automatic. Don't know how to drive manual, and this will be my daily driver, so I'd rather get Auto anyway.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:20 AM   #11
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I Wasn't too sure, but when I look back 50 years from now, I will be glad I had the balls to get in the car with the Manual!
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:31 AM   #12
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V8 Manual 44 here.
Why get anything else?

If I wanted a V6 or less with an automatic, I would have bought a mini-van or station wagon.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:37 AM   #13
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Manual / Age 40 .. I have never owned an automatic (that was my car).

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:38 AM   #14
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this is my daily driver and manuals get old quick

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:44 AM   #15
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46 Auto bad knee and wife does not know how to drive a stick. Thinking about it she wanted to drive my car bad yesterday and I let her. Now I think I shouldof got a stick
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:54 AM   #16
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:56 AM   #17
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:56 AM   #18
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:01 AM   #19
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2SS MANUAL, 30 yr old male

In my humble opinion, manual sports cars are the only way to go and this is my daily driver. Infact, if my car came in with an auto tranny, it would be a deal breaker for me.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:01 AM   #20
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42 - manual...been at least 25 years since I owned an automatic.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:10 AM   #21
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62 Years young, LS3 Manual, A true muscle car deserves nothing less!
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:11 AM   #22
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2SS (V8), Manual, 49.

Over the many years, I have owned an almost equal split between manual and automatic transmissions. But as one ages, and the more commuting that is done, the more a necessity an automatic transmission becomes.

As an example, I bought a new 2005 Civic SI manual transmission but traded it in a year later on a 2006 Civic EX automatic. I have a 35 mile commute though a BIG city, and all it took was one roll-over that caused my normal 45 minute commute to go to 3 hours. This 3 hour commute was nothing short of a stop/start clutching hell.

All this said, my 2010 Camaro will be strictly a pleasure car and won't be used for commuting. So a manual transmission is a must for a pony car like the Camaro.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:12 AM   #23
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23/m auto cause 12hr shifts arnt kind on the feet
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:13 AM   #24
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27 - Manual. Started driving a stick when I was 13 (pays to live out in the country)...my last couple vehicles have been auto (Yukon/Silverado) and I miss the hell outta rippin' through gears manually.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:13 AM   #25
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45 manual, No clutch no class! lol
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