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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by drewsdeville View Post
    Exactly. The attitude is my point - she doesn't want to put effort into an unnecessary extracurricular that she obviously doesn't feel she'll benefit from. Sounds reasonable to me. Not sure how we can determine she has a poor work ethic based on this.
    Read the OP's whole post again and see if you still think that way. It doesn't mention "unnecessary extracurricular", he says "I think I should add that my girlfriend isn't the type who likes to learn new things. She doesn't like to learn about things that she doesn't have to do frequently.". That's a big difference. He may be misrepresenting her, I hope he is.

    As we say around here; "I could agree with you but then we'd both be wrong"

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Less outgoing and more reserved people are often very productive in the workplace... perhaps they are very selective in what they expose themselves to outside of that, but that doesn't mean they'll easily sacrifice their employers needs for the sake of their comfort. Do you think a reserved plumber or sewer worker does his job because he lays around in his own s*** at home and doesn't want to try anything else?
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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Over the years I taught 2 sisters, 3 daughters and 2 stepdaughters - people ranging in mechanical abilities from almost gearhead to complete airhead - how to drive stick everything from Jaguars to Corvairs to Chevelles to Volvos to Ford Mustang 302 GT. No problems - and NONE of them ride the clutch today.

    Gear changes - A mechanical system of keeping engine power output within a mechanically safe usable band in order to accelerate a heavy car from a stop to some desired cruising speed.

    or - "Give me a lever long enough and strong enough and a place to stand on and I will move the earth."

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by drewsdeville View Post
    Exactly. The attitude is my point - she doesn't want to put effort into an unnecessary extracurricular that she obviously doesn't feel she'll benefit from. Sounds reasonable to me. Not sure how we can determine she has a poor work ethic based on this.
    Quote Originally Posted by MattHatlee View Post
    She needs to know how to drive my car because she doesn't have one of her own. Her mom won't let her get one :/
    ....sounds like quite a benefit to me.....

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Ask her to grind you a pound ...............

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    People can have a good relationship and still have some interactions that are like a tyro on a clutch. If the OP teaches by rote and his partner has to understand every detail, a professional instructor may make sense. Very few people are compatible in every way.

    No sense messing up a good relationship. Be happy.

    PS: My wife's first car was a stick. We met a dozen years later.

    PPS: Mine was, too.

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    ....sounds like quite a benefit to me.....
    to you, but obviously not to her, else we wouldn't be having this discussion! What could suddenly be motivating her to value this car she's supposed to learn to drive? She's been getting around just fine for XX years without it - why should she suddenly care one way or another now?! --- If she doesn't need it, then she doesn't want it, hence she doesn't care to learn it. No rocket science here. That's the ticket, OP. If you have to get her to learn, you have to convince her that she needs it. You'll never succeed until you've done that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTSCHICK View Post
    Doesn't sound like she a car chick then and you can't force that on to a chick.
    Dunno why it is a priority for her to have to know how to drive your car when she can always get her own car with an automatic.
    Do you know how many poor schmucks in the V forum have to buy automatics because their wives may have to drive them on only rare occasions?

    My father married my mother because she could drive a manual. And motorcycles, for that matter. And well, too...

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    If I had a manual shift car I'd be more inclined to marry a woman who COULDN'T drive one.

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    It's more fun once learned.
    Depending on the car, it can improve fuel economy.
    It prevents theft.
    It prevents theft.
    It prevents theft.
    It prevents theft.
    It prevents theft.


    If she's practical, sell her on the latter.

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Do you know how many poor schmucks in the V forum have to buy automatics because their wives may have to drive them on only rare occasions?
    lol Pu$$y whipped

    That would never happen with my b.f. he would say if I can't drive his cars and drive them properly that is my problem and I wouldn't be able to drive them.
    Me personally I have had to if I wanted to drive a cool car

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    Re: How to explain gear changes to my girlfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Do you know how many poor schmucks in the V forum have to buy automatics because their wives may have to drive them on only rare occasions?

    My father married my mother because she could drive a manual. And motorcycles, for that matter. And well, too...
    ^^^ So I guess all the chest beating and macho posturing we see and hear in the CTS-V forum is just so much compensation for an inability to stand up to the wifey?

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