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Posted 9/2/15
I want to learn, most of the cars i want to drive in the future are manual only. Plus it is a handy skill to know if you have to drive someones car that is stick. I could figure it out with some practice. The thing that would worry me is forgetting a gear when downshifting or quite simply forgetting to shift and stalling the engine.

I really like cars with the new triptonic paddle shift system that offer both options.
Posted 9/2/15
My boyfriend is currently teaching me how to drive stick. As of right now, I get the concept. Make sure to press all the way on clutch when changing gears, apply gas when you hit the sweet spot. Shift when its around 3-4. I'm getting really frustrated though because my problem is, I don't apply enough gas when I release the clutch, so I kill the engine TT_TT. Like there's times where I can get past first, then there's times where I can't. My boyfriend drives a 2006 WRX STI, and his gas peddle is so sensitive D: As of right now, my progress went from not releasing the clutch enough to... releasing the clutch and not applying enough gas, but there was a few times where I got it and was able to shift into 2nd So now were just working on going into first, then breaking, then going back into first and so on D':
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My boyfriend is currently teaching me how to drive stick. As of right now, I get the concept. Make sure to press all the way on clutch when changing gears, apply gas when you hit the sweet spot. Shift when its around 3-4. I'm getting really frustrated though because my problem is, I don't apply enough gas when I release the clutch, so I kill the engine TT_TT. Like there's times where I can get past first, then there's times where I can't. My boyfriend drives a 2006 WRX STI, and his gas peddle is so sensitive D: As of right now, my progress went from not releasing the clutch enough to... releasing the clutch and not applying enough gas, but there was a few times where I got it and was able to shift into 2nd So now were just working on going into first, then breaking, then going back into first and so on D':


That's precisely what worries me about stick shift, especially when dealing with traffic. I'm also confused with how you pump the brake and gas when backing out of a parking space.
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kogamii wrote:

My boyfriend is currently teaching me how to drive stick. As of right now, I get the concept. Make sure to press all the way on clutch when changing gears, apply gas when you hit the sweet spot. Shift when its around 3-4. I'm getting really frustrated though because my problem is, I don't apply enough gas when I release the clutch, so I kill the engine TT_TT. Like there's times where I can get past first, then there's times where I can't. My boyfriend drives a 2006 WRX STI, and his gas peddle is so sensitive D: As of right now, my progress went from not releasing the clutch enough to... releasing the clutch and not applying enough gas, but there was a few times where I got it and was able to shift into 2nd So now were just working on going into first, then breaking, then going back into first and so on D':


That's precisely what worries me about stick shift, especially when dealing with traffic. I'm also confused with how you pump the brake and gas when backing out of a parking space.


If you get a good feel for a clutch u will be able to hold the car on a slope by balancing your clutch release and throttle input, or if the slope is really steep you can always use the E brake.
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kogamii wrote:

My boyfriend is currently teaching me how to drive stick. As of right now, I get the concept. Make sure to press all the way on clutch when changing gears, apply gas when you hit the sweet spot. Shift when its around 3-4. I'm getting really frustrated though because my problem is, I don't apply enough gas when I release the clutch, so I kill the engine TT_TT. Like there's times where I can get past first, then there's times where I can't. My boyfriend drives a 2006 WRX STI, and his gas peddle is so sensitive D: As of right now, my progress went from not releasing the clutch enough to... releasing the clutch and not applying enough gas, but there was a few times where I got it and was able to shift into 2nd So now were just working on going into first, then breaking, then going back into first and so on D':


Your boyfriend is lucky to have such a nice car, I hope he does more with it than just daily drive it.
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Posted 9/3/15
I feel like I could learn pretty quickly, but my parents' car is automatic, same as mine, so unfortunately I'm shit outta luck unless I get a manual car. Not that it bothers me, automatic is a bit more stress-free.
Posted 9/3/15 , edited 9/3/15

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kogamii wrote:

My boyfriend is currently teaching me how to drive stick. As of right now, I get the concept. Make sure to press all the way on clutch when changing gears, apply gas when you hit the sweet spot. Shift when its around 3-4. I'm getting really frustrated though because my problem is, I don't apply enough gas when I release the clutch, so I kill the engine TT_TT. Like there's times where I can get past first, then there's times where I can't. My boyfriend drives a 2006 WRX STI, and his gas peddle is so sensitive D: As of right now, my progress went from not releasing the clutch enough to... releasing the clutch and not applying enough gas, but there was a few times where I got it and was able to shift into 2nd So now were just working on going into first, then breaking, then going back into first and so on D':


Your boyfriend is lucky to have such a nice car, I hope he does more with it than just daily drive it.


Oh he does >.>


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Posted 9/3/15
Manual transmission gives a greater sense of control than automatic. I've had both, but I always felt more attached to my cars with a stick. An automatic makes me feel like I'm only half driving.

Posted 9/3/15
If you mean manual then yes all my family can drive manual.
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Posted 9/3/15
I wouldn't want to own an automatic. Sticks are much better.
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Posted 9/3/15

kogamii wrote:


byClear wrote:


kogamii wrote:

My boyfriend is currently teaching me how to drive stick. As of right now, I get the concept. Make sure to press all the way on clutch when changing gears, apply gas when you hit the sweet spot. Shift when its around 3-4. I'm getting really frustrated though because my problem is, I don't apply enough gas when I release the clutch, so I kill the engine TT_TT. Like there's times where I can get past first, then there's times where I can't. My boyfriend drives a 2006 WRX STI, and his gas peddle is so sensitive D: As of right now, my progress went from not releasing the clutch enough to... releasing the clutch and not applying enough gas, but there was a few times where I got it and was able to shift into 2nd So now were just working on going into first, then breaking, then going back into first and so on D':


Your boyfriend is lucky to have such a nice car, I hope he does more with it than just daily drive it.


Oh he does >.>




Whats the name of the custom spoiler hes got? I was thinking of putting one on my car as a joke, I'm a fan that style spoiler. The car i drive is rusting and pretty run down, i am hoping to get a new car within the next year. Finances are a big issue with my health issues so getting a new ride has been on haitus. I'm looking into the Focus RS when it comes out but i will have to learn stick.
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Posted 9/3/15
Auto is safer and should be made standard, I don't care if it's not as fun for you.
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Posted 9/3/15
"Auto is safer and should be made standard, I don't care if it's not as fun for you."

One of the reasons I don't trust automatics is my wife was almost crushed by car with an automatic transmission that surged forward. I don't consider automatics safer at all.

Automatic transmissions are nonlinear in response at low rpm whereas manual transmission are linear at all rpm
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It's not the auto's fault it attracts cavalier drivers.
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It was not a cavalier driver.
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