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    I just asked a close friend to teach me on his mustang. He really enjoyed teaching me and I picked it up very quickly. Wasn't driving around on the roads too much, but enough that I can get the car around and learn.

    Aside from that, I plan on learning on the way home from the dealer. I doubt you'd fry the clutch while learning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    so wait, let me get this straight. You don't know how to drive stick, so you want to 1. Buy an STi then 2. Buy an Impreza JUST to learn manual? I'm not finance expert, but that seems like a terrible waste of money.
    I was planing on buying something that is inexpensive first and learning how to drive on it then down the road I can get a new impreza

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    1) Test drive manual cars until you get it down...

    2) Take a drivers ed class
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    1) Test drive manual cars until you get it down...

    2) Take a drivers ed class
    I would do that but I cant find any place that rents out manual cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureOwnerSTI View Post
    I would do that but I cant find any place that rents out manual cars
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
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    What do you mean by drivers ed? such as in school drivers ed I dont have that

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureOwnerSTI View Post
    What do you mean by drivers ed? such as in school drivers ed I dont have that
    no... private companies. They'll teach you how to drive stick.. on their cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    no... private companies. They'll teach you how to drive stick.. on their cars.
    oo ok ill try to look into some companies, do you have any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureOwnerSTI View Post
    oo ok ill try to look into some companies, do you have any suggestions?
    Where are you from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn.Dave View Post
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    Ask your buddies at college...one of them, or maybe one of their dads/moms will have a manual transmission car and will be glad to help you master it.

    I taught my wife (fiance at the time) to drive a stick in a 1991 Accord 17 years ago, and we survived, still got married, and have been going strong ever since.

    It's not hard for most folks to learn to do. My only word of caution would be to reduce your multitasking to zero while you're learning. At first, you'll concetrate entirely on the car, but as you grow more comfortable, you'll start to relax and think you've got it mastered. You'll start fiddling with the radio or talking on the cell phone. That's about the time you're automatic transmission driving habits will surface, and you'll find yourself in a bit of a jam.

    Soon enough, though, and you'll be a "natural."

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    If you are looking for a recommendation for a specific car to learn manual on, I would see if you have any friends or acquaintances with a Volkswagen. Every VW I've ever driven (Jetta/GTI) has had an almost laughably easy clutch to use. Stalling it would take an act of congress!

    However, that may give a false sense of security and when you drive a car with a more vigorous clutch it will be a shock.

    No matter what you do though, if you have someone experienced with you to show you the ropes it should just take a couple hours to get the basic grasp of it. Really the most difficult thing is learn how to stop and then start going again on a hill. Find a remote one (small one) and practice on there until you can smoothly and quickly release the brake, apply gas and let out the clutch to go. Needs to be second nature when you have a car behind you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syncharmony View Post
    If you are looking for a recommendation for a specific car to learn manual on, I would see if you have any friends or acquaintances with a Volkswagen. Every VW I've ever driven (Jetta/GTI) has had an almost laughably easy clutch to use. Stalling it would take an act of congress!
    Honda clutches are rediculously easy as well
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    ford focus... that was the easiest clutch I've ever driven.
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