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Old 04-12-2001, 04:32 PM   #1
Remy E. LeBeau
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Thumbs down I'm a little Wuss!! I can't drive a Manual

Thats right, I have no idea how to drive a stick. Well, i've driven two in my life and i enjoyed it but i still suck right now. I'm getting a sube with a stick cause it's more fun but for some reason i've nervous to go test drive one with a stick cause i dont want to screw it up. I heard they have a weird clutch....i'm a little biotch!
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Old 04-12-2001, 04:39 PM   #2
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Yes you are. But it is not your fault. I have drove clutch for many years. I test drove an Impreza b4 buying one and I also was ....a little biotch.

Even after i got one, it took a long time to get used to. This is like no other stick you have ever driven. Compared to the other cars I have driven this is the least smooth of anything.

But once you DO get used to it, you will really surprise yourself.
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Old 04-12-2001, 05:20 PM   #3
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Hehe.... the Impreza definately has a "unique" clutch. It takes getting used to because you can't really feel it engage like most other vehicles. I finally let my father test it out the other day. He has always owned a manual much like myself, and even he had to get used to it. After a few miles it set in and he was all grins. I think I got him hooked... hehe.. at 50 he is becoming a scoob enthuisiest.
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Old 04-12-2001, 05:42 PM   #4
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Just give it a little extra gas and go!

I've been driving a stick all my life, but the first time I drove an RS was on the test drive. I gave the salesman quite a lurch!

Imprezed has it pegged. The pedals on this car are very soft, almost no feel at all. You have to detect when the clutch is about to engage with the seat of your pants instead of the ball of your foot. You just need to get used to it.

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Old 04-12-2001, 07:15 PM   #5
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Heh, my dad drove Scooby Blue today. I wanted him to test out the Kartboy shortshifter...he was really surprised how quickly it shifts...but he had to get used to the clutch too!


p.s. Get a Kartboy!<---Blatant plug
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:19 PM   #6
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My 99RS is the third stickshift car I've had, and THE hardest to drive! Five years of driving stick and this is the car I've stalled the most, hehe. It does take a little while to get used to, but once you do it's a blast to drive! You won't regret it.
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:23 PM   #7
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Well, I'm in almost the same boat as you, but don't worry, the sube is a nice car. Ask a friend who knows stick better to come along for the test drive! There's no shame in not being a pro-driver in a car you don't even own yet!
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:46 PM   #8
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Dont worry about it. Got a friend with an old bug? Its got about the same type of take off, but more clutch feel. I can honestly say that I have done a couple of head jerks about stalling the car on take off trying to feel the clutch. Just go by the sound of the engine and you'll be fine, you'll also get used to RPM level shifting. I have driven sticks all my life and learned as I drove my 74 bug home -- it was so bad people we laughing in cars around (really they were).

Also, ride with a friend in a RS and make a note of RPM level for shifting and use it as a guide. But realize that there are different types of drivers that shift later for more power.
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:56 PM   #9
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i kinda disagree on the old bug
I was taught how to drive stick on a drag bug..not the best learning enviroment though..anyhow i have been driving sticks a fair amount of time, and after not having driven an Impreza manual for around a year or so...well i got to drive a friend's WRX and i admit it, i killed it taking off in 1st gear..but only the 1st time. After that is was still good, just not great.

OTOH my BMW has feel..just to soft and smooth of a feel from the clutch, only way to tell is the seat of the pants and watching the rev's and i drive that great.. i just don't LIKE the feel.. needs a 4 puck i say

anyhow the scooby is one of the harder one's to drive, but once you got that down a whole lot of cars become "easy" to drive
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Old 04-12-2001, 08:47 PM   #10
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I learned on my dad's '91 Legacy Turbo Sports Sedan. That clutch has about 2 inches between "off" and "on." Then I drove a Toyota pickup, which you could get to roll without giving it gas. Then an automatic Jeep Cherokee. Now I'm settling back into the 5 speed...getting smoother every day, but you're all right, its not the smoothest clutch in the world.
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Old 04-12-2001, 09:04 PM   #11
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Worst Manual I have driven was a 74 mustang2 that some one stuffed a v6 in but left the 4banger tranny in. Had to use both legs to push in that clutch and the parking break to stop.
Compaired to that My 97 OBS is cake.

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Old 04-12-2001, 09:07 PM   #12
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Well hardest manual car I've driven to date other than hose old old Datsun 510s is the 330Ci manuals. Those clutches are weird! On/Off poof! It makes the Impreza's a walk in the park.
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Old 04-12-2001, 09:25 PM   #13
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the 330ci and mine are identical clutch feel wise which is why i want a race clutch ASAP..just to get some dang feel through the thing well..that and i ain't the easiest on my cars
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Old 04-12-2001, 09:53 PM   #14
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Funny, I don't remember any problems taking a 2.5RS for a test drive over 6 months ago when I was first learning about Subies.

Perhaps it's the non-existent clutch feel on my manual Geo Metro. And this is the car I learned stick on!
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Old 04-13-2001, 01:31 AM   #15
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Lol, you have more stick driving experience than me Frankie (I drove one for 20 minutes)

But, my next car will be stick and I SHALL learn!
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Old 04-13-2001, 03:00 AM   #16
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Don't feel to bad, I have a friend named Rich that doesn't know how to drive a stick. But he still does.
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Old 04-13-2001, 06:58 AM   #17
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I'm wearing a life jacket as we speak, cuz I'm in the same boat as you! Been driving for over 10years but haven't touched a stick. Then when I was out for a new car, I wanted everything to be new, even the experience. I'm thinking this will be one sweet experience! So I took a lesson in stick and going to rent a standard this week to get the feel of it (wouldn't want to roll back into another car in my new car!).

So when my car does come in I'll probably sit inside then drive til I get seat sores (sorry for the imagery).

Glad I'm not the only newbie when it comes to manual tranny too then! Never too late to learn I guess.

what was I on to be driving auto all these years...
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Old 04-13-2001, 07:48 AM   #18
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you p u s s y

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Old 04-13-2001, 01:30 PM   #19
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After 5 weeks of driving my first stick (my current impreza), I find myself having good days and sometimes bad days.... My drive home after buying my car is one I wont forget...ahh, kinda like the first time you have sex...lol did I say that out loud?...

I am out everyday driving this car so that I can learn it quick so I can start auto-xing.
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Old 04-13-2001, 02:08 PM   #20
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My last car was a 1994 Pontiac Gran Prix GTP. Before that it was a 1988.5 Ford Escort GT. That Ford Escort GT made me never ever want to own another stick shift again. Steep hills....either I take off like I'm on a drag strip or stalled. It always seemed like the person in back of me was damn near touching my bumper on a hill. Parking on steep hills. <FONT COLOR="Red">*A NIGHTMARE*</FONT c>. When I was stuck in between cars holding the clutch in with the car coasting downhill to the next parked car, you could see the terror on my face. It was fun to drive but those situations made me never want another manual again.

Just sharing my experience! And you say the 2.5RS is one of the unique and harder sticks to learn. Ugh! My tail is in between my legs now. *gasp* Scooby Biotch!

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Old 04-13-2001, 02:35 PM   #21
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Anyone can learn how Frankie, if you've never driven any stick before the Subie won't be any harder to learn. Maybe even easier since you don't have any thing to "un-learn".
Another advantage of AWD is if you give the car too much gas, it won't smoke the tires you'll just go zoom... make sure the car in front of you has taken off already
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Old 04-13-2001, 02:51 PM   #22
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Hey what are you guys talking about the Subaru clutch isn't that hard to master...... Well maybe it helps that Imprezas are all I have ever owned. 93 Impreza L (deceased) Fatal fight with a ditch. 97 L (Alive and well) now making someone else very happy. 02 WRX finally at last I'm living my dream.... Now where in the hell is that boost controller .
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Old 04-14-2001, 12:18 AM   #23
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Yeah it takes a while to get used to it, but it was no problem for me since I had plenty of practice at the Subaru dealership I worked at. Try puting a stick RS on the display stands at the dealership, now that was hard! Anyway...just go do it, practice, practice, practice.
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Old 04-14-2001, 12:29 AM   #24
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Dont feel bad, I'm in the same boat!
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