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New from Maryland

Postby adicecream » Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:17 pm

Hi and thanks for being here. I'm a 63-year old women, have driven standard shifts since the 1970s, and currently drive a 1997 Camry. I'm not a car enthusiast, but am a manual transmission enthusiast. Since I have nearly 40 years experience I haven't had trouble shifting in a really long time, though I can admit to a bit of panic in a parking garage with ridiculously steep ramps maybe 10 to 15 years ago.

I came across your site while doing research on what my next car should be. That's still a big question for me.

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Re: New from Maryland

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:09 pm

Your next car should be..........Amish, of course!

Unfortunately, that limits your choices more and more each year now in the USA.
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby potownrob » Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:48 pm

Welcome to the club!! Curious what cars you've owned and/or driven over the years. What did you have in mind for your next car (what kind of car etc.)??
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby Fit4Fun » Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:28 am

Hi adicecream! I am a 62-yo female and just bought my first MT, a Honda Fit.

Welcome to the forum! :D
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby AHTOXA » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:21 am

Welcome, welcome!!
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby tankinbeans » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:45 pm

Welcome!!!
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby Shadow » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:37 pm

Fit4Fun wrote:Hi adicecream! I am a 62-yo female and just bought my first MT, a Honda Fit.

Welcome to the forum! :D


Hmm....deja vu all over again!
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby Shadow » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:39 pm

adicecream wrote:Hi and thanks for being here. I'm a 63-year old women, have driven standard shifts since the 1970s, and currently drive a 1997 Camry. I'm not a car enthusiast, but am a manual transmission enthusiast. Since I have nearly 40 years experience I haven't had trouble shifting in a really long time, though I can admit to a bit of panic in a parking garage with ridiculously steep ramps maybe 10 to 15 years ago.

I came across your site while doing research on what my next car should be. That's still a big question for me.


Hi and welcome. So your '97 Camry is a manual? If so, it's a rare bird indeed!
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby adicecream » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:10 pm

Hi and welcome. So your '97 Camry is a manual? If so, it's a rare bird indeed![/quote]

It is a rare bird and I had to fight with dealers who thought I was crazy for wanting it. But it has been a great car and still runs beautifully. I'm thinking about a new one only because of the rust and the rattles.

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Re: New from Maryland

Postby adicecream » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:16 pm

potownrob wrote:Welcome to the club!! Curious what cars you've owned and/or driven over the years. What did you have in mind for your next car (what kind of car etc.)??


I drove a 71 Datsun, and owned a 76 Honda Civic, 84 Corolla and my current 97 Camry. I tend to keep cars till they die a natural death.

I don't know what I am getting next. Was looking at VWs and Nissans. Some cars are "manual mode" which seems like fake manual to me. My perfect car would have some luxury and technology without being huge or BMW-priced. If anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them.

And thanks for the welcomes.

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Re: New from Maryland

Postby theholycow » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:42 pm

Yeah, it can be tough getting taken seriously when you say you want manual. They don't want to sell manuals, they don't want to touch them, they don't want anything to do with them, and they can't believe that anyone would want one. They just want to sell what's on the lot.

I too keep vehicles until their natural death, and possibly beyond. :)

Manual mode is not a manual transmission, it's just a slightly more obedient automatic with a slightly different interface for letting you select your gear than "PRND321". Selecting your gear isn't all there is to manual, and I'm not sure it's even the most important thing about it. A newfangled sequential/dual-clutch doesn't do it either. No clutch pedal, no mechanical connection between my hand and the gear...no sale.
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Re: New from Maryland

Postby Rope-Pusher » Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:27 am

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Re: New from Maryland

Postby Fit4Fun » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:40 pm

adicecream wrote:I don't know what I am getting next. Was looking at VWs and Nissans. Some cars are "manual mode" which seems like fake manual to me. My perfect car would have some luxury and technology without being huge or BMW-priced. If anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them.
Have you looked at the Nissan Juke? It is a step up from an econobox, supposed to be fun to drive. Personally I am a Honda Fit fan...supposed to be as close as you can get to the Civic of yesteryear. But the Fit's not big on luxury.

http://www.nissanusa.com/juke/

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Re: New from Maryland

Postby yen09 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:00 am

Wow. Great looking car.


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