I'd love to learn how to drive a stick, but no one I know has one to learn with. Everyone has automatics.
[FONT="]A stick shift [/FONT][FONT="]vehicle[/FONT][FONT="] is still the best [/FONT][FONT="]anti[/FONT][FONT="]-[/FONT][FONT="]theft device[/FONT][FONT=helvetica neue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif] you can have. Most Millennials don't know how to drive them. [/FONT]Most kids these days have no interest in cars . . . . why would they want to shift gears?
My first vehicle was a Puch moped, because mopeds were legal for 14 year olds. The day I turned 16 I bought a Yamaha 250 cc Enduro (what the kids call dual sport these days). That thing was a blast, and I somehow managed not to kill myself on it.Also makes learning to ride a motorcycle so much easier.
I concur. I once owned a pickup with over 120K miles and the clutch and transmission were going strong when it was sold. I currently have a VW car with over 150K miles and even though nearly ever other part is/has gone wrong with it, the clutch and manual transmission are strong and are the reason the car is still in the driveway.A good manual transmission should be about bullet proof if you have a smooth clutch release (cars at least, not sure about pulling heavy loads)....
Short of running it without oil, you'd be hard pressed to kill the old Ford 300 straight sixes.It is a crying shame that full sized pickups aren't available with manual transmissions. Those old F-150s from the 80s with a 300 cubic inch six cylinder, coupled with a bulldog transmission, were some of the best trucks made.