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lol..........no?

Manual cars offer MUCH more control of your car in more situations than an automatic.

Comfort is just about the only thing that's superior to driving manual and even that is subjective/
Once you've driven a manual for a while, the comfort switches over to the manual side of things regardless if only for the fact that it is incredibly scary (read: uncomfortable) the first time you try to press your left foot on the clutch and find no pedal when driving the occasional automatic!
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i didnt even know a prius could go 90mph. ahah.
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Ever do REAL stop and go traffic? I mean, full stop, then 10MPH, then full stop, then 30MPH for 20 seconds, full stop, 15MPH, full stop, 10MPH, 40MPH, 60MPH, ah crap full stop.

Repeat for an hour or two.

You'll be 'fatigued'.
I live in a Washington, D.C. suburb and daily drive the Beltway (ranked 4th in nation as worst congested traffic) . YES I have done REAL stop and go.

I think everyone here is missing kremtok's post

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OK folks, 2008 Blue Toyota Prius owner and trained casualty investigator here to set a few things straight.

1. The car WILL shift into neutral at speed. This is preferable to cutting the engine because, like on any car, you will still have hydraulic power to the brakes beyond what is stored in the accumulator.
2. The 2008 Prius uses electrically-assisted power steering. Cutting all power to the car would remove the power steering, but at moderate to highway speeds, any car would still be controllable, including the Prius.
3. This car was not recalled as a part of the recent 'sudden acceleration' problem. The November recall was because floormats were sticking the accelerator, which in my admittedly biased yet perhaps more qualified view is more operator error than design flaw. Whether you drive a Prius or an old Willys Jeep, please don't put the floor mat on top of the throttle.
This is what I am assuming actually happened. And I have had it happen to me in my Jeep Cherokee with cheap universal floor mats. Mat rode up and got caught underneath my gas pedal. Did I panick? No. Just push clutch in (manual ftw.) and as some have mentioned, just put your foot behind the pedal and pull it out.
    
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Once you've driven a manual for a while, the comfort switches over to the manual side of things regardless if only for the fact that it is incredibly scary (read: uncomfortable) the first time you try to press your left foot on the clutch and find no pedal when driving the occasional automatic!
I learned to drive on both but I've only ever driven manual since I passed my test.

It was so easy to drive an auto. Just press the accelerator and it goes lol

I wonder what exactly makes autos so popular in the US though as opposed to the UK? Or vice versa. Why do we prefer manual over auto to such an extent?
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I live in a Washington, D.C. suburb and daily drive the Beltway (ranked 4th in nation as worst congested traffic) . YES I have done REAL stop and go.

I think everyone here is missing kremtok's post



This is what I am assuming actually happened. And I have had it happen to me in my Jeep Cherokee with cheap universal floor mats. Mat rode up and got caught underneath my gas pedal. Did I panick? No. Just push clutch in (manual ftw.) and as some have mentioned, just put your foot behind the pedal and pull it out.
Dude if that was the problem I'd so want to travel over to everyone of them where that actually happened and simply laugh in their face.

Also Manual >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Automatic.
Oh wait, Semi manual works to. WV's double gear box have it to.
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I learned to drive on both but I've only ever driven manual since I passed my test.

It was so easy to drive an auto. Just press the accelerator and it goes lol

I wonder what exactly makes autos so popular in the US though as opposed to the UK? Or vice versa. Why do we prefer manual over auto to such an extent?

Same reason why the stereotypical american likes big trucks. Culture.

i've driven in LA during rush hour with a manual. Bad idea. Luckily i live out in the OC so traffic isn't nearly as bad.
 
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I wonder what exactly makes autos so popular in the US though as opposed to the UK? Or vice versa. Why do we prefer manual over auto to such an extent?
I believe it is probably due to the fact that manuals are cheaper and less complicated and less heavy. Europe in general has a lot more small cars than US. Small cars are cheaper and more efficient and having a less bulky transmission with less electronics just fits. Plus European automotive market is more concerned about driver input and enjoyment than I would think the American market is.
    
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Yes my brakes were like pushing two rocks together but I was still able to do it.
I can honestly say i've had a simalar experience. It's exactly like that. Infact i'm that light i was pushing myself out of the seat, haha.
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The Chevy S10 pedal at my work always gets stuck in the mat. Never had any problem because of that.

But Fail driver + Fail car = Fail
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has anyone ever thought "hey car wont shift to netural, let turn off the key" in every car ive ever driven/test driven if S*** hit the fan i could kill the key and then shift to netural {if said car didnt have a rev limiter}. brakes might be a little harder to push due to no vacum on the brake booster but it IS stopable.



not defending toyota here.
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