It was very weird!! I only had a couple of them, on agency work so usually the "Fleet Nail" not in the best of health. I had one once with a sticky accelerator pedal; with no clutch to help control speed, it made reversing under the trailer interesting - BANG!!! - those kingpins are pretty tough!! The other 'strange' one I recall was in a MAN, again on the agency. Of habit, I always started the engine with the clutch pedal dipped. I did the same in this new unit, on a new job, one dark morning, and then with the engine running & pedal still down, felt for the gear stick. At that time most MANs had the 4x4 'knock-over' stick, but my hand this time was waving around in thin air - there was no gear stick, just a blanking plate on the floor where the gear stick usually was!!! I checked again that I was actually pressing a clutch pedal; yes - that wasn't a figment of my imagination, so where the ????? was the gear stick?? Then I noted a new display on the dash, of gear numbers, and a stalk on the column I was unfamiliar with. Turns out you could pre-select the gears with the stalk, but actually change in the usual way by using the clutch. It took a bit of getting used to, but wasn't a bad shift. What I didn't like was having to look at the dash to see what gear you were in, instead of being able to tell by touch - the position of the lever & the switches on it. That sort of thing has got worse, with cars as well. There are far too many things these days that require you to look at the dash and/or controls to know what the setting is - taking your eyes off the road. Even stupid things like heater controls - the old rotary switches told you by touch what the temperature was set to, where the flow was directed, etc. My current car has one of those 'climate control' centres which takes far too much concentration to drive safely as well as operate the demister, in my opinion!! Just realised - I really am turning into a Grumpy Old Man now..!!!