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Old 06-25-2007, 07:51 PM   #1
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Default How long did it take to Adjust to your car from another make ?

Don't know if its me or what but ive had my wrx for 3 days now and still getting used to how the clutch is. Doesnt feel as linear/progessive as the clutch in either my gti or corrado was.
I love driving the car just is annoying having to totally adjust to the clutch.
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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Shifting is difficult in my WRX compared to any of my other cars. It takes some getting used to. Once you do you wont even notice it anymore.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:09 PM   #3
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I have a habit of test driving the cars I want several times before buying, so usually have a good feel for them by the time I take it home. But each car is different, some take longer than others to get used to.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:11 PM   #4
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Took me a while; I'm actually still trying to find the perfect balance between quick shifts and smooth shifts. I've used Honda, BMW and VW manual transmissions and they all were very different.

Practice, practice, practice!
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:17 PM   #5
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My WRX was my 4th Subie and it still took me months to get used to it.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:18 PM   #6
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3 days for my WRX swapped RS. it had a 6puck too!
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:47 PM   #7
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getting better, searched around and found what the thing is w/ 1-2 is that theres a bigger RPM drop then im used to. 2-3 and up had usually been fine, now its just getting to know the gears better for rev matching on downshifts.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:04 PM   #8
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once I got use to the engaging spot...I was good....welp, that and getting use to awd in the snow. I'm so use to the feel of the pedal, it has come to feel a bit stiffer....until I drove my escort the other day...between the stronger clutch and the deadish slave cylinder...the thing feels like a nonhydraulic clutch. Hopped back in the wrx, and it feels super soft again. I guess you need something every now and again to put you incheck.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:17 PM   #9
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Took a couple of days to get used to it cuz the clutch bites only toward the top of the pedal's travel. Took me a little longer to get used to starting off from a dead stop in an AWD though. But it was all good within the first 2 weeks. Oh, and I learnt how to heel-and-toe in my wrx. Makes driving that much more smoother and enjoyable.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:31 AM   #10
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Took a while. It's still kinda finiky when the transmission is cold. I like the notchy feel of the shifts though. You always know which gear you are in and almost impossible to misshift. Each shift is like loading a rifle bolt.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:52 AM   #11
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I've had so many cars in my lifetime that the adjustment doesn't take long. Just where the clutch releases and what you need for power to get rolling. Probably a couple of take offs. Hardest thing for me to adjust to was when I changed from a 4 speed to the 5 speeds. Kept forgetting to use 5th. Brakes seemed to be harder to adjust to. To stop my Road Runner, I had to just about pull the steering wheel off. My old Mustangs had power brakes that would put you through the windshield if you simply blew on them. RP
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:59 AM   #12
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My previous car was a 4 door family sedan. Chrysler cirrus Lxi. She was my first car when i got my license, had her for 5 years. So as one could imagine, it is totally different driving an wrx. Its so much smaller then the boat of a car i use to drive, so i just got use to the size, and im finally starting to parkk it straight instead of sideways lol.

The handling is soo much more responsive, little to no body role COMPARED to the cirrus lxi.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:09 AM   #13
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Biggest thing for me was getting it through my head not to lift throttle mid corner. Took a while to get into the habit entering slower and comming out faster so I can keep on the gas.

Shifting was a bit odd at first but I got used to it. Revmatching on my downshifts has finnally become second nature aswell so thats nice.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:25 PM   #14
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I have had my car 1 month and am only now after 1500 miles getting some what decent with the manual trany. Its my first manual car but have driven them in the past and I find this one twitchy. My father took it for a spin and could not believe how twitchy it was as well. The subaru probably not the best car to learn on, or in my case easiest to get good at manual on but o well.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:37 PM   #15
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Have driven a Hoda Civic for about 14 yrs, then I buy my WRX. It took me about a week to get used to shifting to first gear every time I stopped.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:56 PM   #16
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The only time I had to adjust to my cars was when I went from a MY92 5sp Mazda MX-3 V6 to a MY94 auto Nissan Pathfinder,thinking, but, not actually going for the clutch pedal, for the 1st few days.
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:08 AM   #17
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Took me almost 3 weeks to get real comfy with the clutch/gears. Now im just trying to get a clean smooth speed shift. Nothing like my civic, witch I still have couse its my baby. but I got a new baby now...lol
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:29 AM   #18
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My car is a big heavy pig. This was the biggest adjustment for me from my 00 RS. That and the power. But it didn't take long going from Impreza to Impreza.
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:42 AM   #19
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It took me about 3 months to learn how to get used to my WRX. I went from an automatic LS1 Fireturd to learning to drive stick on a WRX.
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:49 AM   #20
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It took about 4 seconds.
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:18 AM   #21
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hmm i have been driving subarus exclusively since 1995 so ...
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:37 AM   #22
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my previous car was a r32 gts-t(was stationed in japan), so i had to get used to my subie and driving back on the right side of the road. i had an ogura clutch in the gts-t so initially thee scooby to feel, 1st seemed wierd to me. i swapped to ra gears/SPEC stage2 clutch/streetlight flywheel withen about 3 months of geting my wrx, and felt like home again -minus the 5k clutchdumps. Driving other peoples cars annoys me ie my friends scion tc, im used to a stiff clutch i guess
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:18 AM   #23
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I learned manual on this car, so it took me a few weeks, but after this and a stage 1 clutch install, driving every other friend's cars are easy as pie (MB C230 6mt, VW MkIV GTI 5mt, Toyota Matrix XR 6mt, Subie LGT wag 5mt)

*oh and im afraid of driving my benz friend's porsche 911, I feel like im gonna f it up*
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:59 AM   #24
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about 2 months. Coming from hondas the awd took some getting use to when I was driving spiritedly through corners and turns
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Old 06-27-2007, 05:20 PM   #25
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I think I pretty much have it down after 20 or so days. No more bucking, which is what I was having trouble with, not big obnoxious ones, but small ones. I was letting the clutch out too quickly my friend said. I also have a V6 5speed Audi 90 quattro with 145K miles on it, MUCH different clutch feel than my 06 WRX with 12k on it! also with teh V6, it is really hard to stall (usually just slowly let up the clutch idling and gas it after clutch pedal was all the way up, it would just lurch if you messed up. The WRX? gotta gass it, and I stalled it today, 1st time using the AC, so it dropped revs more easily than normal... I hope I get it perfect soon.
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