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is buying the stick GT worth the hard shifing or should I just get an automatic? I learned how to drive in cars with sticks but my 01 stang is auto w/ overdrive. If I get another I don't wanna be stuck in a parkin lot learning. I'm looking for an 03-05 but if the shifting is as bad as you say maybe I should cop out? But will I miss much power in a GT w/ auto and overdrive?


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If you want the stick, get it. I had only known how to drive stick about a week and a half before buying mine, and I did fine. Never missed a gear or ground one, and no other problems either. Just take your time, slow down on ths shifting while you get the hang of it, and no trouble. same goes for the original poster, too.

Slow down, get the hang of it, it'll come. I found that because the stick springs to centered, if I push it forward out of 2nd and lightly reduce my hand pressure, it'll get right under 3rd to where I can just push forward without having to search for it. And I get into 3rd pretty quickly now.

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If you want the stick, get it. I had only known how to drive stick about a week and a half before buying mine, and I did fine. Never missed a gear or ground one, and no other problems either. Just take your time, slow down on ths shifting while you get the hang of it, and no trouble. same goes for the original poster, too.

Slow down, get the hang of it, it'll come. I found that because the stick springs to centered, if I push it forward out of 2nd and lightly reduce my hand pressure, it'll get right under 3rd to where I can just push forward without having to search for it. And I get into 3rd pretty quickly now.
Exactly if you don't search for third and let the springs center the shifter for you, you will be right under third. It took me a while to realize that though.

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is buying the stick GT worth the hard shifing or should I just get an automatic? I learned how to drive in cars with sticks but my 01 stang is auto w/ overdrive. If I get another I don't wanna be stuck in a parkin lot learning. I'm looking for an 03-05 but if the shifting is as bad as you say maybe I should cop out? But will I miss much power in a GT w/ auto and overdrive?
It all boils down to, do you want to pick the shift points or let the computer pick the shift points.
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is buying the stick GT worth the hard shifing or should I just get an automatic? I learned how to drive in cars with sticks but my 01 stang is auto w/ overdrive. If I get another I don't wanna be stuck in a parkin lot learning. I'm looking for an 03-05 but if the shifting is as bad as you say maybe I should cop out? But will I miss much power in a GT w/ auto and overdrive?
Oh, definitely go with the manual shift. It's not like you'll have to re-learn how to shift or anything. In my opinion, the shifter is just sloppy, not impossible to use. Going from 2nd to 3rd was never the problem for me, I just don't like the spongy feeling and would like to firm it up. If I get a new shifter, I'll probably get one with a shorter throw, just because most come that way. I drove a truck with a stick for years. You practically had to get out of the seat to shift into 3rd. There's no difference in power, but as Dea R&E said, it's just a matter of who picks the shift points. It's still a lot of fun to drive.

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I had always driven a stick and was determined to get a stick GT.. well since I wanted a black one and the dealer I dealt with only had black in an auto..they were like.." just drive it and see.. you will be impressed" and honestly I was. Since it is a 5 speed auto it has that much more room to go. And it shifts really fast and smooth.
But I ended up sticking to the stick because I just couldnt see having a GT in an auto. But it depends on your personal preference. I was really impressed with the auto.
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IMHO, when driving a stick, you are driving..whereas with an auto, the car is driving, you are just along for the ride. A stick makes me feel like it is a race car, I know it is not, but it feels like it. Plus I am not overly fond of Ford's automatic trannys. I have a Ford Fusion with a six speed auto, and it drives me crazy.
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Thanks everyone, I'll let you know which one I pick..after I test drive both. The salesman will probably be scared when I test the stick but who cares! LOL

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ha, ha, ha....okay, my typing skills need work...and apparently I am having as much of a problem spelling shifter or shifting as I did have installing the SHIFTER adapter.
Well it's ok...I know i get excited when i type shiffter..i mean shitfer...shfterr...nevermind.

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Thanks everyone, I'll let you know which one I pick..after I test drive both. The salesman will probably be scared when I test the stick but who cares! LOL
Before I bought my '07 GT, I drove both the auto and the stick (both cars were similarly equipped). I tried to give both an equal chance, but the auto just couldn't compare to the "snap" of the stick.
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