Well since I was mentioned twice in this thread guess I'll chime in my $.02Originally Posted by Fieldy72233
1. Get a manual. Period. I couldn't even test drive my WRX or drive it home the day I bought it but I didn't care, everyone told me I would regret not getting a Manual! I definitely would have!
2. The WRX was actually a very easy car to learn on contrary to popular belief. If you start with something easier the WRX will seem that much harder. Sure you'll stall a bit, but with practice you'll be clutching and shifting like a pro. People who think the WRX was hard should try driving a 6speed vette! The first manual I actually ever tried to drive. No way...
3. I've had my car a little over 3 months now. I bought it on a Thursday night and after a little practice was able to drive it to and from work in rush hour traffic on Monday. Sure I stalled every now and then for the first month. But now I"m a pro. And I can barely drive an automatic tranny now!
4. As for your dad's concerns: With a manual car you are actually "driving" a car....not only do you have more control over what the car does but you also are much much much more alert when driving!!!
Just take your time learning and practicing (patiently!), and it helps if you have a friend who drives stick that can ride with you and give you pointers!
If you're not shifting, you're just riding.