My daughter protested a while when she first saw her graduation vehicle. At first her eyes lit up seeing the newly painted, used motor pool, Ford Ranger…till she got inside !
“Dad…:(( it’s a stick ! I don’t know stick .”
“But you’ll learn, it’s easy.” I said matter of factly with a quick shrug of the shoulders. Which is in fact exactly what I thought when choosing to buy it. I thought nothing of it being manual because…she’d simply learn then.
My dad took her under his wing and she was soon tooling all over town without a second thought. And , yes, she couldn’t let her buddies borrow her truck ( side benefit ) because they didn’t know stick !
The irony here ?
Later on she rolled it on black ice comming home from college in Silver City and couldn’t quickly afford a replacement . So I picked up a quick 500 dollar Taurus to get her through.
– looking inside she was one again dejected.
Because it WASN’T a standard !
Turns out she loved the stick. When she married, her husband had a manual Miata. He thought she’d never drive it leaving it to be his alone…HA !! To his surprize, he couldn’t get her OUT of it.
When they started a famlily they had both a manual Civic hybrid and Jeep CJ7.
Only now that they replaced the Jeep did she finally end up with another automatic.
I’ve laughingly read news pieces where a potential car thief is completely flumoxed that the car they want to steal is a manual trans…so they abandon the attempt ! ;))