I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I concider myself an "expert" manual transmission driver. My first vehicle as a kid at 16 was a manual trans '93 Toyota pickup 5/speed 4-cyl. I went on to own several other manual vehicles after that like a '92 Acura GS-R, '98 Tacoma, '02 VW Jetta 1.8t, '02 Civic Si. There is nothing I can't or havent done spiritedly with a manual transmission. I've worked at several car dealers in my past and driven almost everything ever offered in manual over the last 20 years aside from exotics and never had a problem, let alone never really stalled one since learning to drive a manual initially.
I'm embarrased to say this but my '13 base WRX is the HARDEST manual trans car I've ever driven period. My first experience with an old GMC, with three on the tree went smoother than me driving my WRX. So here is my delima, our home has a steep driveway at almost 9% at the steepest point. I have to take my driveway at a 45 degree angle to avoid damage to the lip of the car or rear overhangs and exhaust tips. Rarely do I just park straight on the slope but today I did and when I went to pull the car into the garage I absolutely smoked my clutch. At all times I do my best to be super smooth with clutch/ gas modulation, engaging and dissengaging the clutch but this car feels like the engagement point is always changing.
Almost as if sometimes it is right off the floor, half way or nearly completely off. I know this is not the case but the super soft feel and give of the engagement point makes this frustrating, every time I pull into my garage I get a faint or moderate burnt clutch smell, even doing everything correctly and coming completely off the clutch and letting the car almost idle into the garage. I've actually stalled my WRX at a traffic light more times in five months of ownership and just 1500 miles of useage than in my entire 18 years of driving manual vehicles.
Anyone else having as hard of a time with the manual and clutch in this car as I am? One otherthing I notice, sometimes when I park the car and go to leave It is very difficult to select reverse and I almost have to slightly roll the car (Which sucks if I'm slightly nosed in on an incline 6" away from the curb) just to get it to slife into reverse. Anyway, I throughly enjoy this beast but the stick and clutch are the worst I've ever experienced and I've driven some very craptastic manual vehicles in my lifetime.