Delurk, LA Drivers!

Everyone in LA complains about everyone else in LA’s driving skills. People talk on the phone, put on makeup, read, and even knit while driving. Just like everywhere else. (Except maybe the knitting thing. That’s just crazy.)

But what I want to know is what you drive, not how you drive.

Please answer for your primary vehicle, even if you drive more than one. If one of the following fits, please copy it (pretend this is a more formal poll). If none fit, please explain. (If you don’t live in LA, feel free to answer, but please note where you live.)

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  • I drive a stick shift, and I bought it in Los Angeles.
  • I drive a stick shift, and I drove it here from Elsewhere.
  • I drive an automatic, but I know how to drive stick.
  • I drive an automatic and I do not know how to drive stick.
  • I drive a two-wheeled vehicle (motorcycle, scooter, bicycle).

For the record, I drive a stick shift, and I bought it in Los Angeles.

43 Replies to “Delurk, LA Drivers!”

  1. I drive an automatic, but I know how to drive stick.

    I bought it in L.A.

    Sold my last stick shift car in ’96 (had moved it from Dallas to Chicago).

  2. I drive an automatic, but I know how to drive stick. I bought it from my boss here in LA, the third car I’ve bought from him.

  3. I drive automatic but know stick… I drive all over this damn city and there isn’t a 4 lane road or freeway in Southern CA I haven’t been on. I bought the auto in Anaheim. I park it and walk as often as I can.

  4. I drive an automatic and I do not know how to drive stick. I bought said automatic here – it was two years old and the LA driver had put 65,000 miles on it. I was impressed. Now I get it.

  5. I drive a manual transmission (stick-shift) Toyota Tacoma 4×4 that I bought in Marina Del Rey. I drove here from Florida in a stick-shift Isuzu Rodeo on 9/11/2000. I traded that for a stick-shift Nissan Frontier 2×4. I traded that for a stick-shift Toyota 4×4. I traded that for a stick-shift BMW 330CCi. I traded that for my current Tacoma. I do know how to drive an automatic.

  6. I drive an automatic, but I also have a stick sitting in my driveway, being used for storage. I drove them both here from S.F. (on separate occasions, natch).

  7. I drive a stick shift that I bought used in Garden Grove. I think that it may have originated from out of state. Either that or its old enough that it only needs to meet fed smog, not ca smog.

  8. I have an automatic and have owned stick shifts in the past. The last stick I had was bought when I lived in Phx in 1985 and I drove it here for 5 years. The bump and go traffic is a pain in the butt with a stick, especially after a knee surgery.

  9. I drive a stick that I bought in downtown L.A. Looking forward to driving an automatic transmission next time in the LA traffic.

  10. I drive a 14 year old stick shift, bought it here (used) in LA. (Currently it is in the shop after it died on me on SM Blvd. I hope it is only sick and not dead.)

    I have never owned an automatic and don’t understand why anyone would. I LIKE to drive!

    PS I work at home so I don’t drive much in LA — I have put 7000 miles on the car in the last 2 years.

  11. I drive an automatic and do not know how to drive a stick and I refuse to learn if for no other reason but the corner of Sunset and La Cienega.

  12. I drive an automatic and I do not know how to drive stick. It was a minivan with a dented bumper that got me all kinds of shady guys pulling up in parking lots offering to fix it for me. Now I’ve left it with my parents in the Bay Area, and we’re driving my husband’s Honda Accord. I’m glad I know how to parallel park in a bigger car, but it’s so much nicer to do it in a small one!

  13. I drive auto but I know how to drive stick (in the theoretical sense; I need to practice some of the trickier things like getting into 1st when stopped facing uphill). I bought my car in LA. I’m torn about whether or not to get a stick (or standard, as the Canadians seem to call it) next time (which won’t be for a while yet, since my car is only 3 years old). I can appreciate the slight increase in fuel efficiency and power, and the incrase in control, but not having to deal with a clutch in rush hour traffic. If only less expensive cars came with SMG…

    As for this:

    “I have never owned an automatic and don’t understand why anyone would. I LIKE to drive!”

    Maybe what you do not understand is that your second sentence does not hold true for others. It’s easy to like driving when one drives as little as you do. But when one spends 3+ hours a day in one’s car, mostly in rush hour traffic, putting 4-500 miles or more on it per week, it’s a lot less fun.

  14. And I don’t talk on my cell phone when I’m driving, unless absolutely necessary. I hate receiving calls while driving, and I hate it when my friends call me to pass the time while they are driving.

  15. I drive an automatic, but I know how to drive stick.
    I also have a motorcylce license, but gave up on two wheels a few years ago. I always feel guilty when I drive my car.

    I got my automatic in Riverside.

  16. MrHooks, I hear you and I am completely on your side about the whole cell phone thing — only using it very rarely while driving and receiving calls from bored drivers. NPR is a great alternative and we are lucky to have 2 stations in LA — KCRW and KPCC.

  17. I drive stick. My last two cars were also sticks (one American, one German) – both were special ordered because they’re difficult to find on dealer lots. I take the Gold line/bus two days a week. If only we can get 10% of drivers to do that, I’d bet we see an improvement in the traffic.

  18. What’s an automatic? :)

    Three cars: all stick; never owned an automatic, never will. But, I try to ride my bicycle to/from work three to four days a week, plus the Gold line to Pasadena or Chinatown if I need to go shopping. I’m lucky: driving stays fun, not a chore!

  19. I drive stick. I bought it in LA. I don’t know how to drive an automatic :) I’ve been driving for almost 40 years (I learned how to drive on the family farm when I was very young) and I’ve never owned an automatic. Never will.

    BTW – After the ’94 quake, I started getting a callous on my hand from using the gearshift so much!

  20. I drive a stick (svt focus) that I bought in LA, and a motorcycle that I’ve owned longer, and also bought in LA. I also ride the Red Line and the Metro Rapid from time to time :)

  21. I drive a stick shift, and I bought it in Los Angeles.

    This is the second stick-shift car I’ve purchased in Los Angeles, and never would consider an auto that only offered automatic.

    I also try to take the gold+red line instead of driving at all.

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