You steer an automatic. You drive a standard.
When I was young (9 or so), I got a plastic model car of a Pontiac Banshee. After I built it, it became my favorite car. I was always looking on the streets hoping to see one. However, I never did. The reason is that this car was only a concept car developed by Pontiac in 1988. I have found some specifications on this car, but the page does not list all of them. This web page describes a bit about the car. Two interesting facts about the Banshee are that it was modeled for use in the movie Knight Rider 2000 and that it was used in the movie "Demolition Man." I am definitely going to have to watch the latter movie again to see it. I still really like this car and hope that someday Pontiac may start mass producing this car. *hint, hint*
Since its inception in 1993, the Dodge Intrepid was my favorite car. After watching an advertisement on television one night, I decided that this was the car I wanted. However, starting with the 1998 model year, the body style has been redesigned and it is no longer as appealing to me.
As my first car started to show its age, I began looking for another one. Since the Intrepids changed (not that I would have gotten a new one anyway) and the fact that they only came with an automatic transmission, I decided against them. I had seen some Eagle Talons driving around town and liked the look of them. I did a bit of research into them and decided that I would like the Talon Tsi. It had the turbocharged engine which made it more powerful than some six-cylinder cars. After inquiring about insurance, however, I needed to consider another car.
I had talked with other people that drove Pontiac Sunfires and they looked nice to me. After researching cars in general, I came to find out that the Sunfire GT had the size engine that I was looking for and it was the only model that I could stand having instead of another with a larger engine. It also typically came with more features than the base model Sunfire. The 2.4L, 150HP engine that the Sunfire packed seemed to be the most powerful 4-cylinder that I could find. And since the insurance was in the right range, I was convinced that this was the car for me. Finding one of them anywhere close to where I lived seemed to be the next problem. After searching for nearly two months, I had yet to locate a used one within 500 miles of my home. Although traveling and purchasing the car wouldn't have been a problem either, making sure the car was fit to buy would be
During my search for a new car, I had looked at a Nissan Altima once. Before I knew much about what I was driving, I thought it had a six-cylinder engine. It was also a 5-speed which was what I was looking for. There didn't seem to be one in the right price range and I still had a mindset for the Sunfire, so I kept looking. After inquiring about a Sunfire GT I had found a little more than 500 miles away, I decided that I would take another look at an Altima. I was preparing to leave for college in a few weeks and finding a car was imperative. I had found another 5-speed Altima just a couple days earlier and after driving it again, I decided it was the car I wanted.
I've had a 1997 Nissan Altima since August 1998. However, I will be looking for a new car in the near future. Right now, my sights are set on the BMW Z4. I will definitely not be getting the run-of-the-mill grey color, though. But, I think I will wait a bit longer until the insurance rates drop at age 25.