Manual car vs truck

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  1. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    My car is a ratty old rot box. I'm buying myself a brand new car, the used car market is illogical. I've got a 3 or 4 month wait for a Subaru crosstrek specifically I'm getting a 6 speed. I've driven very few manual cars, frankly there arent many offered anymore. I'm not interested in one of these CVT or technologically complex automatics on the market, and I think a manual car would be more fun anyways. I love driving manual trucks. So I ordered a 6 speed manual crosstrek while the option is still available.

    What can you guys tell me about shifting a car? Just shift it like is was a truck? Well for one it has a synchronized transmission where a truck is non-syncronized. Do I clutch every shift or float like a truck.

    This is really a loosely related trucking question. Some who who has several years experience driving manual truck taking their ability to car
     
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  3. Chinatown

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    It's cheaper to fix the 'rat box' car you have now. Have a manual transmission installed. A good mechanic can install a 6-speed floor shift for you.
     
  4. Chieftains

    Chieftains Medium Load Member

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    1 thing to think about is resale value.
    People don't want manual trannys
     
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    ZVar Road Train Member

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    You missed the fact he's in New York. Can't fix rust (cheaply anyway), and most vehicles up here are ratty because they are simply rusted out.
     
  6. Chinatown

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    In know he's in New York and pulls a milk tanker also. My suggestion is only that; a suggestion.
     
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  7. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    I'm not going to resale the vehicle. I'll run it for 250k if I can. I dont want a perpetual car payment indefinitely. Pay it off in full and run it.

    Fixing undercharge rust isnt very practical. The new car will get copious coats of fluid film to prevent the rust before it starts on the new car.

    If a CVT fails, your looking at 6 grand out of warranty. Such is also the story with automatic with 7 8 9 gears.... ect ect

    If long term ownership is the goal, the manual transmission might need a clutch.... that's about it. I also said MIGHT, clutch may also last the life of the vehicle. Manual transmissions are much more economical to keep on the road, a CVT replacement can total a vehicle from a repair standpoint
     
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  8. Six9GS

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    Most of my vehicles have been manual. Since I have no experience in manual truck, I can't speak tomthe differences.
    That said, 1. You basically use the clutch pedal every shift. You don't float gears in a car. 2. You push the clutch in, remove it from the gear you're in, or neutral, shift it into the gear you want, or neutral, and then let the clutch out. No double clutching needed. However, you can double clutch but it doesn't have any benefit and is extra work, so doesn't really make any sense to double clutch in a car.
     
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  9. slim shady

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    1+ for manual is, You less likely to be carjacked.
     
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    You might just get shot for the inconvenience.
     
  11. Chinatown

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    Several carjackings have been unsuccessful due to stick shifts.
     
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