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Is there anyone ubering with stick shift?

Discussion in 'Vehicles' started by Leonard818, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Kembolicous

    Kembolicous Active Member

    Location:
    COLUMBUS OHIO
    Driving:
    UberX
    God. I used to drive stick and even 3 on the tree transmissions. Can't imagine having to rack thru the gears at every stop sign and traffic light again. Plus, it would seem that clutches would not last long, in Lyft/Uber use and I hate changing clutches! I would rather change fluid and filters every 30K. The last car I drove with stick was Honda Civic. What cramped junk. Give me a Town Car.
     
  2. PCH5150

    PCH5150 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Knoxville
    Manuals are great except for heavy traffic. My Uber car is automatic, but I've owned a 99 Honda Accord stick shift for a decade and it is actually better for snow, etc.
     
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  3. NorthernBelle

    NorthernBelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Same here. 2011 Jetta manual.
     
  4. Bean

    Bean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberX
    Thanks to all the driving I now do my shifting has become so smooth people think they're in an automatic. Even watching me shift, one guy refused to believe my car had a clutch. Glad I'll have improved at least one skill when I come out of this hehe
     
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  5. lesh11

    lesh11 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberX
    I have had several riders seem amazed. "Are you driving a stick!"
     
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  6. SandysSpot

    SandysSpot New Member

    Location:
    Florida
    2014 Toyota Corolla S - it's just as normal to drive as an automatic is for anyone else. If I drive an automatic, I'm always mashing down on the non-existent clutch LOL!
     
  7. elelegido

    elelegido Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Varies
    Driving a manual and a Yaris and Uber. Must be a masochist.
     
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  8. rumbl

    rumbl New Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    2006 Subaru Legacy, manual here. Been doing it since I started driving so it's not a hassle. I feel funny when I drive an automatic, my right hand reaches for the non-existant shift knob lol
     
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  9. Sub Guy

    Sub Guy Active Member

    Location:
    Virginia Beach
    During swimsuit season people always wonder why my left leg has so much more muscle than my right leg........
     
  10. stevedmc

    stevedmc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Driving:
    UberX
    I refuse to own anything unless it is a manual. Its a nice conversation piece with many passengers as well.

    If you know how to drive, its no big deal no matter where you are. If you don't know how to drive, you need an automatic.

    Some of these uber drivers scare me silly and shouldn't be on the road. I went out today and saw several drivers stopping in the middle of the road to drop off passengers instead of pulling over on the shoulder to do drop offs. Those are the types of people that can't survive without an automatic transmission and Starbucks.

    Incidentally, you are less likely to be car jacked if you own a manual transmission car. One of my passengers told me a story where the car jacker walked off when he realized the car wasn't an automatic.
     
  11. Macthedog

    Macthedog New Member

    Location:
    Alabama
    Yes, I get lots of comments on it. An auto would be better but I look at this as a temporary part-time job.
     
  12. Herself

    Herself Active Member

    Location:
    Chicago
    I drive manual and its super cool how i get complements from men usually, today though i freaked out i thought i burned clutch i was going up hill from very bottom of lower waker and it was stand still traffic car inch behind me nothing i could do :((and pool 4 people in a car i thought i will shoot myself in brain,that scary smell of burned plastic:(((
    Still love driving stick shift
    Kisses
     
  13. Macthedog

    Macthedog New Member

    Location:
    Alabama
    Herself,
    I have used my low range gearbox on the steep hills around here. Some people insist on being picked up at their doorstep despite a very steep drive way.
     
  14. lesh11

    lesh11 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Driving:
    UberX
    That's a steep hill!
     
  15. Happyhead

    Happyhead Active Member

    Location:
    Boston
    Driving:
    UberX
    Been driving a manual since I was 16 so it's like 2nd nature to me. . I don't even think about it.. well of course unless I am on a steep hill in traffic.. 14 subaru WRX
     
  16. Tnasty

    Tnasty Active Member

    Location:
    Boston
    Just bought a Chevy Cruze 6 speed,sure hope I can get as many miles as my kia.
     
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  17. avega2792

    avega2792 Member

    Location:
    Elgin, Illinois
    Driving:
    UberX
    I just signed up with uber and I drive 2016 Jetta with a 5 speed. I'm looking forward to the gasps of astonishment from people that have never seen a stick shift!
     
  18. Rooster06

    Rooster06 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wyoming
    Driving:
    UberX
    It's fun. Especially when you've been on a ride for a while, then they're like "Is this a stick?" To which I reply by downshifting and zooming... why yes, yes it is. I've received bigger tips (or tips at all) strictly because I drive a stick, and know hite to use out 5.
     
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  19. avega2792

    avega2792 Member

    Location:
    Elgin, Illinois
    Driving:
    UberX
    Hell yeah, I figured that wow factor would work to my advantage!
     
  20. Bean

    Bean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberX
    It's funny when you get a foreigner they think nothing of it. But when an American gets in the car they think you're some kind of space wizard. Especially the college kids.
    It's certainly a good conversation starter. Much better than the usual, "So how long you been driving for Uber?".
     
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