Manual car vs truck

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ad356, Jan 12, 2022.

  1. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2017
    they are reliable, great on gas and AWD. im not impressed with ford or GM offerings anymore. they are making junk and most of it not made here. also available with a manual. i dont want one of these new fangled high tech transmissions (very expensive to repair).... so that more or less leaves the few remaining manuals on the market
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Double-clutch is when you press the clutch to pull the gear lever out of gear, then release the clutch. Then press the clutch down to put the gear lever in the next gear and release the clutch. That is the manner most trucks that require the driver to shift are expecting you to use the clutch.
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  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Everybody in my CDL class, including me, that had experience shifting gear in cars and pickups had more trouble shifting the trucks in the yard. It's called interference learning. You are having to overcome a well-practiced habit while learning a new habit. For example, people that have never driven can learn to drive "on the wrong side of the road" easier than people that have 10 years of driving "on the right side of the road" and then try to learn to drive "on the wrong side of the road" on a vacation. Under stress, the experienced driver is more likely to drive into oncoming traffic than the novice because of past experience.
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  5. JSanborn103

    JSanborn103 Light Load Member

    Jan 20, 2021
    I had a ford taurus with a CVT and it ran over 160,000 miles before the transmission went. It would’ve gone much longer but I took it off road and thats when it broke. It started smoking when it got stuck in deep mud.
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  6. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    In 2017 I had to fly to Charlotte and uber to Spartanburg to buy my manual Accord sport.
    Bought it primarily because of the 6 speed but partly cause it didn't have all the electronics and safety systems on it.
    All my cars and pickup trucks have been manuals since 87.
    Hard to find a manual any more.
    Never had a clutch issue with any of them.
    May not have a choice in the big trucks I run but my own I do. Not opposed to an auto I just like the interaction.
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  7. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    I remember the first Manual lesson I got from my dad.

    1979 Chevy Luv with a Manual.

    “Son, if your at a stop on a hill and this truck rolls back before you start moving, even a cm, you have failed.”
  8. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Never had any issues going from a manual car to a manual tractor. First lap around the pad with the instructor I nailed every shift. Was a little harder once we were out in the city with the added distractions of dragging a trailer and other traffic though.
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  9. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    Last two silverado's [4 speed auto 4x4] needed transmissions, 2005 at 206000 and the 2011 at 159000...both with limited 4x4 use...Know a guy with exactly the same 2011, his went at 168,000

    Back in the day we ran a used 82 GL wagon into the ground. At the time most japaneese built cars the door locks felt crude, the 'roo key slid in like a porn star!

    The current silverado is my last GM product, Her 2016 Equinox engine crapped the bed 1087 miles past the warranty and GM simply said 'Sorry'.

    Her 2019 Forester is a nice car, we will see how well we do with the CVT voodoo, her gay friends tease her about her

    My oldest went from one grand with an Outback to two with an Accent while son in law drives a legacy. and no head gasket or trans issues.
  10. Plantfoam

    Plantfoam Medium Load Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    The first time I drove in a left hand side country, I concentrated really hard and did a mental exercise before getting in the rental car. I then immediately turned into the wrong lane as soon as I pulled into the street lol. At least it was a quiet side road, and I didn't do it again. Left turns really wrecked my brain for the first day.
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