I just bought my son a 2003 with 61,000 miles. It has no modifications and has been driven by a sensible original owner.
My son has never driven a manual transmission and I would love to turn the car over to him with some sound advice about proper shifting techniques and things not to do!
A major concern I have is accidental redlining. Are there any safeguards built into the computer to prevent damage or is this an area he needs to be attentive to from the beginning? (Are there modification you can make to the computer logic if not already done?)
Also regarding everyday driving is there a recommended "ideal" shift point, (3500 RPM, 4000 RPM, ????) that I could get him fixated on so he can get the basics of manual shifting down quickly? (Ideal from a fuel economy and engine well being perspective.)
Any advice on downshifting is also appreciated. (Better to just have him push in the clutch and let the brakes do the work when coming to a stop?)
Finally if this was your 22 year old son, what would you tell him as you handed over the keys to this car?