I never burn my clutch but I will agree with this car being pretty hard to drive smooth compared to every other manual I've driven. Sometimes I pull out and give it just a bit too much gas and the next time not enough. You definitely can't get lazy with the clutch & gas pedal. My first vehicle was a manual and every one since has been so I've been driving a manual for 14 years. If the car won't go into reverse try putting it into 1st gear then reverse again. I've read that somewhere and it seems to help.