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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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i need to learn how to drive a manual (aka stick)

how can i learn it before buying a new car next car?
I dont want to buy some crap mobile. waste of money.
My friend that let me try a little moves away tommorrow and his friend with a stick (g35) is gone to hawaii~~
Guess maybe someone in my car club will let me? idk. i dont know them that well and id hate to screw up a show car.

Anyone learn how to drive stick on a brand new car? I dont want automatic if i can get good at stick. One guy i knew with a mustang bullit drove his funny or something and it would rock back and forward when he shifts. made this one girl sick. weird.

can ppl drive stick without it feeling like your head is on a bobble? id find that very annoying.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 01:01 AM
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Re: i need to learn how to drive a manual (aka stick)

I learned how to drive a stick on my new car. My dad test drove it and drove it home. I just drove around my neighborhood until I was comfortable to go on bigger streets and the freeway. As far as the rocking back and forth, that's just how it is when you drive a stick, but the driver won't have this feeling.


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Re: i need to learn how to drive a manual (aka stick)

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I learned how to drive a stick on my new car. My dad test drove it and drove it home. I just drove around my neighborhood until I was comfortable to go on bigger streets and the freeway. As far as the rocking back and forth, that's just how it is when you drive a stick, but the driver won't have this feeling.
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that "rocking back and forth" is when the car coasts while being pulled out of one gear and put into another..

^thats the "back" motion

the "front" motion is when you rev match the new gear to the cars speed...

not impossible to get rid of, ive had people ride with me and not know it was a stick till i pulled the ebrake when parking.. then they were like wha!!? you drive stick? im like uhh yea? didnt see me thrusting my arm up and down?

anyhoo i learned on a rental car (protege ironically). from there i was able to go test drive cars (btw dont try to drive a wrx after trying stick for one or two days, the clutch isnt very forgiving lol) but i drove the mz3 and it felt alot more smooth (like the protege :P)

all in all, i got from not knowing at all to driving on any road in about 4 hours of practice time.

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Re: i need to learn how to drive a manual (aka stick)

What places have manual rental cars?


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Re: i need to learn how to drive a manual (aka stick)

My car doesn't rock back and forth when I drive? I've had people riding with me say, "Wow If I didn't see you reaching down and changing gears I swear you were driving an auto." Its all in the foot work my friend.

I learned to drive stick on my first car, '88 Mazda B2200. It basically took me a day of driving around my neighborhood to get it down pat. If you understand how a manual transmission works it makes it much easier to understand what to do and why. Drove that for 2 years and bought me my 3. The 3 is a bit different then any other car I've driven, mostly do to the electronic throttle body. If you can learn on a car with a cable throttle body it will help alot.


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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-17-2007, 09:06 AM
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I learned to drive a manual on my ex's Tiburon... it was a fun car to learn on too.

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thx guys.
ill have to ask some of my friends to either teach me, or rent a car and show me how to do it.
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if you release your clutch like really slowly and you are able to rev match...there really is no shift shock (rocking back and forth)

anyways i learned on my new 07 3. would be better to learn on an old car i guess. just go to the parking lot and learn how to launch. will take couple days for you to hit streets and a week or so till you be like "what stick?"
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^^^ actually if you are rev matching properly while downshifting you are not gonna get any shift shock at all even if you just drop the clutch. When you are first learning how to drive stick I wouldn't worry about things like rev matching. First thing you do is go to a parking lot in a POS car and just start and stop the car like 100 times over. You should easily be able to get the car rolling just by letting out the clutch properly and not use any gas. If you can do that than you are already on your way to being a smooth driver. If you can let out the clutch like that than your downshifts will be pretty smooth even without rev matching which is probably how 90% of the public drives stick shift anyway. Then move on to learning how to rev match...its just throwing one extra step into the same movement. But learn to be smooth first....people assume driving a standard should be rough...it doesn't have to be.

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Rev matching is easier in cars with louder exhaust too

I rev match but I blow at heal-toe I think my feet are too big? Or maybe I just don't get it, haha.
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