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Old 12-02-2013, 03:53 AM   #1
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Default What is a good choice to learn how to drive stick?

Just wondering what car is good to learn/practice how to drive a stick? Keep in mind I'm 18. Any positive feedback is appreciate d
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:42 AM   #2
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A peterbuilt. If you can drive that you can drive anything. Btw what's your age have to do with anything?
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:44 AM   #3
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See if any of your friends drive a stick and could teach you, otherwise I would say more of a base/normal car. All sticks and clutches are a little different but starting out with say a STI or Z06 is going to be a lot harder to learn then a camry,civic or legacy..... unless your looking at a camry with a stage 2 or 3 clutch lmao. Normal everyday car with everyday clutch and a little patience
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:52 AM   #4
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I learned how to drive stick on my 12 wrx so honestly its up to u and how much damage u think u will do. Its not hard to learn if ur driving it everyday.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:29 AM   #5
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Any car with a manual transmission.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:35 AM   #6
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The answer is always "Miata".
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:12 AM   #7
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If you have a friend with a hopelessly slipping clutch, that would be an easy way to learn the basics. Then get in a car with a good clutch and you'll at least have the mechanics down.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:57 AM   #8
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this skill is a dying one.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #9
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My 04 GTO would have been best, it would engage 1st gear without any gas needed.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:39 AM   #10
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Old Toyotas are good.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:01 AM   #11
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My 04 GTO would have been best, it would engage 1st gear without any gas needed.
So did my 1993 Loyale. and my 98 OBS, and my 01 and 02 Forester, and my 02 TS. and my buddy's 3 series, Toyota Tacoma, '96 F150, '88 Toyota camry, Honda CBR600, Triumph Daytona 6756, SpeedTriple 1050, SV650...

Are you sure you even know how to drive a manual, man?
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:10 AM   #12
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this skill is a dying one.
This is why I wanna learn and keep it alive and all my friends own auto transmissions. And my age comes in cause financially and inexperience on the road.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:31 AM   #13
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Go to any local meet. Find someone with a manual. preferably a non-turbo. Ask if they'll teach you in the parking lot.
Get made fun of and continue trying.
Convince your parents to let you buy a $2000 honda with a manual on the contingency that when you're done learning to drive, you sell it and give them the money back. Or go buy a $500 POS and learn to drive. My buddy just bought a '96 OBS for $600. runs perfectly.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:50 AM   #14
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Ill teach you right now. Push in clutch (far left pedal). Start Car. Put car into 1st gear or reverse. Follow the directions on the shifter knob. It has a map. Push gas down to floor (far right pedal). Let clutch out fast, keep holding down gas pedal. Reap rewards. Make sure you have on seatbelt, check mirrors, much gas in tank.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:57 AM   #15
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So did my 1993 Loyale. and my 98 OBS, and my 01 and 02 Forester, and my 02 TS. and my buddy's 3 series, Toyota Tacoma, '96 F150, '88 Toyota camry, Honda CBR600, Triumph Daytona 6756, SpeedTriple 1050, SV650...

Are you sure you even know how to drive a manual, man?
Oh please, based on your ownership of cars, longer then you have. This WRX is not even close, this thing hates low RPM's with a passion. The GTO by contrast would take off like it was an automatic by just putting it in gear, no foot even close to the gas pedal.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:59 AM   #16
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a POS your friend doesn't care about so you can learn.....anything manual.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:59 AM   #17
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If you have a friend or relative who has a manual car (preferably one that's not too expensive), ask them to teach you.

If not, go out and get a rent-a-wreck, or some cheap rental car, and learn on that. Alternatively, you could also buy a sub-$2000 manual junker as well.

Alternatively, if you want to shell out some cash, look for lessons. Mercedes Benz has a program in my area; I took it and it was amazingly helpful.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:39 AM   #18
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Oh please, based on your ownership of cars, longer then you have. This WRX is not even close, this thing hates low RPM's with a passion. The GTO by contrast would take off like it was an automatic by just putting it in gear, no foot even close to the gas pedal.
He's actually right on this one. Subarus are not hard to learn because of the short gearing, but you can bog the turbo ones a bit. You'd pretty much have to try to stall a typical GM V8--and even then, you probably still wouldn't succeed. They also don't really bog very badly because of the higher compression and greater displacement. I learned the basics in a '96 LT4 Corvette, and nothing I have driven since has been as easy to get going from a dead stop.

That said, I wouldn't hesitate to learn stick in a car I owned, so long as I could avoid more difficult driving situations like traffic and hill starts for the first few days. If you can set aside a few hours to practice finding the friction point on the clutch, preferably at a vacant parking lot or something like that, everything else is fairly easy.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:54 AM   #19
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Practice,Practice and more practice.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:54 AM   #20
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Have someone that knows how to drive a manual transmission well , teach you on any econobox with a manual. It is easier to learn on a low power car . Once u master first gear , the rest is easy and you will never want an automatic again .
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:01 PM   #21
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How I did it: I bought a 2009 Legacy spec.B from a guy in New Jersey having never driven anything but automatics. I think I had just turned 30. I booked a one-way ticket, flew out, grabbed a hotel overnight. Guy brought the car to the hotel in the morning. Checked it out, did the paperwork, and he left. I sat down and had a nice hotel breakfast, then hopped in the car and drove it back 1100 miles in 1 day to do tax/title/registration/inspections the next day in Missouri. The next day I drove it another 330 miles back to Chicago.

It took me roughly 8 tries to get the car out of the parking lot. Every time I pulled off the highway to stop or through toll booths was horrifying.

Today I only have 2 cars, a 5MT 2001 Impreza and my Legacy spec.B.

There is absolutely no other way to learn than just immersing yourself in it. You have to just do it every day to get around, and you will simply pick it up.

If you do it a couple of times and then go back to your auto, you will never develop the proper habits/reflexes to do it well.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #22
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Literally any car with a manual. ANY of them.

Any homework we can help you with while we're at it?
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #23
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Literally any car with a manual. ANY of them.

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:30 PM   #24
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IMO the best manual car to learn on is a 92-00 Civic...they're dirt cheap, don't break easily, and aren't the most difficult clutch to learn.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #25
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After about an hour of trial and error, you should hopefully have the basics down...
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