Great Land Rover! Great dog!
And it will only become more lost considering how many auto manufacturers of "American" cars are offering vehicles with automatic transmissions only. Sometimes I miss shifting, other times I remember how much of a pain in the posterior it often was.ROTFLMAO!!! Real men drive a stick!!! It's sad that driving a stick has become something of a lost art here in the States.
Most of my working life has been spent in freight, haulage and logistics. That's the collection, movement and delivery of goods. You can be sure that most drivers, that's those who earn a living from driving, would be loathe to return to manual gear change via the clutch pedal.Sometimes I miss shifting, other times I remember how much of a pain in the posterior it often was.
I don't know how it works in other countries, but here in the U.S. you need a special license and "endorsements" (documented specialized training) in order to drive certain vehicles. "Class B" encompasses human transportation vehicles and single vehicles designed to carry loads heavier than 13 tons that will be driven on public highways, while "Class A" is required to drive any "combination" vehicle (i.e., a tractor/trailer vehicle) on public highways. I have some experience with both and have spoken with a number of drivers about their careers and experiences; almost every one of the less experienced drivers was/is in favor of automatic transmissions while the more experienced drivers prefer the higher level of control offered by manual transmissions. I'm in the latter group myself and, if my back problems aren't acting up, if I'm given a choice I'll take a manual transmission almost every time....You can be sure that most drivers, that's those who earn a living from driving, would be loathe to return to manual gear change via the clutch pedal...
if I'm given a choice I'll take a manual transmission almost every time.
Yeah, driving a stick shift in heavy traffic can grow tiresome quickly, but in bad weather, off road, and particularly mountain roads with steep inclines/declines I would definitely want the added control that a manual transmission provides....But for traffic, off road, or any place where you might have too much going on and don't want to have added trouble of a stick I'll take an auto...
I was a delivery driver for a few different companies for about 5-6 years of my working life and, until recently, had only driven short and long box trucks and 12-25 foot stake beds with manual transmissions. Long story, but the last company I worked for allowed me to drive their 25-foot-stake-bed-automatic-transmission truck a couple of times ("training", they said) and it wasn't bad, but I only drove it on bright, sunny days in traffic that moved freely. It was fine under those conditions, but I'm not so sure I'd like it on a mountain road during a heavy rain where you have only the gas and brake pedals for control....I'm not sure how I'd feel in a medium or heavy duty truck ... I've never driven one with a top of the line and up to date auto.
in bad weather, off road, and particularly mountain roads with steep inclines/declines I would definitely want the added control that a manual transmission provides.
I’m with you. Here’s my 1969 Series 2a 88 that was rebuilt by ECR. The elephant was photoshopped in. But I did hunt in South Africa in an 88 as well as a Land Cruiser pickup. Great trucks.
Elegant simplicityI'm currently working on my Jeep to get it up to snuff. 1943 Willy's MB. I'm going all original as best I can. Just a long process. Here's where I'm at now considering I bought it while it was in buckets.
My Land Rover was rebuilt by ECR in Maine in 1997 for the previous owner who beat it up some and then didn’t want it anymore. I bought it thru them in 2007.