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I was wondering what the members of this site thought about having their automatic transmission shifter on the steering column, or do you prefer it to be on the floor console. My car has a column shifter, but I would prefer the floor shifter, because you get the whole console with it.

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I personally can't stand column shifters. Every time I'm driving one, I'm constantly reaching for the floor shifter, just to rest my hand on it. I'm surrently driving a Grand Marquis while I'm on travel for Solaris training, and I accidentally put the car in reverse today, meaning to put it in drive. I then almost slammed into the tree behind me...using a floor shifter is like a reflex to me now. The column shifter is just wierd.

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I'm shocked! Someone else voted for column shift I thought I was the only one that liked column shift.

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I prefer the floor shifter as well, I guess its because I've pretty much always driven a car with a floor shift except a couple of times and I reach for a floor shift. Also, as I think about it, it just feels more normal to me to reach down and shift. Sounds like its pretty common amongst us.

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I didn't think anyone in the world could prefer the column shifter unless they had a ladyfriend who liked to make out with them while they were driving.

I usually put my left hand on the wheel and rest my other hand on the shifter.

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I like floor shift, I have all three though, floor shift on my ATX SHO, manual on my MTX SHO, and column on my Conti.. I never mix up any shifting when I'm in any of them or reach for the wrong place, I do try to put the clutch in on the first day driving my ATX after I've been in the MTX for a week and I don't even need to look anymore since the indicators on both my autos are brocken... just reach where ever and remember it goes R N D after park...

Unless you get into complicated stuff.. I was driving my friend's '05 Altima and it's auto with floor shift except instead of having a straight line of gears it snakes around.. I didn't quite get it until she explained to me "what's D1 and D2?? "


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i dont haver a preference, ive driven column shifts (moms E150 and dads Dakota) and floor shifts (Taurus and ol Escort) and it doesnt make a difference to me, in a way id like a column then all 3 cars we own would be columns and i dont have to worry about my dad havin a brain fart and be like "wheres the shifter?" for a couple minutes (with the escort he would reach to where the shifter would be if it was a column shift, and turn on the windsheild wipers very funny to see him cuss the car out sometimes)

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I didn't think anyone in the world could prefer the column shifter unless they had a ladyfriend who liked to make out with them while they were driving.
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"Stick shifts and safety belts,
Bucket seats have all got to go
when we're driving, in the car
it makes my baby seem so far.

I need, you here with me,
Not way over in a bucket seat,
I need you to be here with me,
not way over in a bucket seat.

But when we're driving in my Malibu,
it's easy to get right next to you,
I say, baby, scoot, over please
and then she's right there, next to me."

- Stick shifts and safety belts, Cake

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holy repost batman not this thread again. I got beat up in the last one for calling an column shifter an old mans car. But my arguments were weak.

Bottom line Bucket seats with a floor shifters are the best. I don't care to haul 6 people in my car. I don't have a family so it does not matter. Not like 6 people are gonna want to be in a focus anyway. My jeep is a floor shift. And my 2 other cars are manuals. When I had my sable I liked to rest my hand on the floor shifter just more comfortable to me.

and yes in the last thread i did say that almost all Cool muscle cars were available with a floorshift automatic. In which somebody replied that cool musclecar with a automatic was an oxymoron. in rebuttle to that, All cars back then were available with automatics and if were to buy a muscle car but did not want a manual you got a floorshift automatic with buckets seats which bucket seats shows a cars sportiness. Automatic is more consistant at the drag strip and that is what alot of people were going for back then.

The General Lee was a floorshift automatic.


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