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    I remember my first time. HA.

    It was my dad's "company car." An 80-something Vista Colt. Why they had this car, made no sense to me. Considering the owner of the company owned a 67 E-type Jaguar, perfect condition, and several other nice cars, and is a millionaire.

    Anyways, The Colt had no side-view mirrors, and no RPM gauge. So, I had to do everything by ear, which surprisingly, went well.


    Anyways, The best place to learn manual is in a Honda. Their catch point is so large, you can't miss it. You can easily find Civics on CL for $300. Or, like many have said, ask a friend with a crappy car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Organ Donor View Post
    I remember my first time. HA.

    It was my dad's "company car." An 80-something Vista Colt. Why they had this car, made no sense to me. Considering the owner of the company owned a 67 E-type Jaguar, perfect condition, and several other nice cars, and is a millionaire.

    Anyways, The Colt had no side-view mirrors, and no RPM gauge. So, I had to do everything by ear, which surprisingly, went well.


    Anyways, The best place to learn manual is in a Honda. Their catch point is so large, you can't miss it. You can easily find Civics on CL for $300. Or, like many have said, ask a friend with a crappy car.
    i think buying a crappy MT car is a good idea...nice to also have as a beater

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenc51 View Post
    i find this to be far from true....


    first time i ever drove an STI, the dealer gave me the keys and said "make a right out of the lot, go to the stop light and come back. have fun"

    i was novice at best with manual so i used this as time to learn the basics. didnt stall, but i sure burned the clutch
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenc51 View Post
    i think buying a crappy MT car is a good idea...nice to also have as a beater
    You know, if you think about it, how much is a beater? Like 500-1000 dollars right?

    A new clutch is about 200-300 dollars plus install. Might as well just learn on the car your going to get. I think you will spend less money. Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx0131 View Post
    You know, if you think about it, how much is a beater? Like 500-1000 dollars right?

    A new clutch is about 200-300 dollars plus install. Might as well just learn on the car your going to get. I think you will spend less money. Just my opinion.
    Not to mention you are required to buy liability insurance, which is $500.

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    If you are 25 and have a credit card, just rent a manual shift u-haul truck for a day. This will be great introduction into shifting a manual of a gearbox that can take the abuse you will be putting it through, without having to worry about attaining speeds that you might be doing in a car when in 5th or 6th gear.

    Rent it, go to a parking alot, learn the basics, hit the road, return it at the end of the day.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the differences. Once you learn the mechanics of synchronizing clutch/throttle/gear lever, it's translatable to all motor vehicles. Just different levels of effort and timing really.
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    timing is everything with this shifting business

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