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Old 04-17-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Concerning a manual v8.

So, it is my goal to get a sweet 1994-1998 v8 pony by summer of next year. I want it to be a manual car, but I have no idea how to drive one. Until then, my buddy is gonna be teaching me how to drive a manual in his '97 wrangler. Question is: if I learned from a jeep, can I drive a gt?
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Why wouldn't you be able to? They all have a clutch, break, and gas peddle with a 5 speed.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:56 PM   #3
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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

A straight drive is a straight drive...having said that yes it will be different...the clutch on the mustang will be a little lighter usually but you'll have the idea on how to drive it and you just have to get used to the clutch...the only differences are the mustang has more power and can get you in trouble on starting out from a stop and the mustang will roll back on a hill more...but if you can drive one you can drive them all
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I am kinda afraid of how sensitive the gas pedal would be compared to a jeep. I'm not too awesome at the stick yet, ha ha.
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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

I learned on the cobra and it was quite interesting....just take your time on it when you start and avoid hills for awhile haha
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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

I purchased my 01 V6 without really ever driving a manual... i had the idea but nothing more. if you are are all coordinated you will have no trouble picking it up in a week or two~ aim for a 96-98 cobra or a 94-95 gt, dont buy a 96-98 4.6L as for the money they are hard to get power out of.
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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

The basic concept behind driving a manual vehicle is the same...the feel varies from vehicle to vehicle, but using the brake, gas and clutch is the same.

The biggest thing is to find the friction point of the clutch and match that with the accelerator. You get that synchronization down and you'll be fine.

The mustang will have more low end torque at your disposal along with taller gears so the power will definitely be there...you'll find out
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:33 AM   #8
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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

It will be fine once you learn on a stick car you should be ableto drive any other cars with stick also I would think.
I learned how to drive my first car on a stick car and even took my DMV driving test in a stick car this was many years back. I loved the look on the testing teacher's face when he got in and it was a stick car.

Just take your time and you will be fine.
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You should be fine and a hell of a lot lower.
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Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! I won't letcha down! Ha ha. And I am gonna avoid hills like the plague. Lol.
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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

unless you have NO coordination or NO common sense you should have no trouble picking it up on a couple days and getting better and better as you go. Hills are the only real issue (starting on them) so pull up the E Brake hold the button with your right hand and give it gas then ease it down and you wont roll back.
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Yeah you should be able to learn no matter what you drive, I learned how to drive a stick with my dads ranger, huge difference from a mustang gt, but I just a mustang gt today for my 18th birthday I love it. I'm still feeling out the clutch a bit but I'll get the hang of it soon
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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

It's MUCH easier than you think

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Re: Concerning a manual v8.

I learned it in five minutes. But it will take you a while to get the hang of the starting and what not
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Do like me push clutch in and place in gear rev it till 5 k and drop the clutch lol
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Do like me push clutch in and place in gear rev it till 5 k and drop the clutch lol
Don't do this^
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Don't do this^
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I learned on the cobra and it was quite interesting....just take your time on it when you start and avoid hills for awhile haha
I'd have to disagree....I learned how to drive a stick when I was 13 and my dad's always either raced or been around some form so I'll take his advice over anyone when it comes to driving.

He took me out into a neighborhood that wasn't built yet, just the roads and I learned how to drive a stick starting off going uphill...once you get that down everything else comes easy...don't wanna be that guy stopped at a redlight uphill and hit the guy behind you or spin out and slide into someone lol
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I'd have to disagree....I learned how to drive a stick when I was 13 and my dad's always either raced or been around some form so I'll take his advice over anyone when it comes to driving.

He took me out into a neighborhood that wasn't built yet, just the roads and I learned how to drive a stick starting off going uphill...once you get that down everything else comes easy...don't wanna be that guy stopped at a redlight uphill and hit the guy behind you or spin out and slide into someone lol
Ohh I agree you should hit the hills right away what I meant was.....if you aren't mastering the hills don't drive the hilliest way home in the middle of traffic.......................
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Ohh I agree you should hit the hills right away what I meant was.....if you aren't mastering the hills don't drive the hilliest way home in the middle of traffic.......................
yeah that is a good point
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Every stick Car is different. Wranglers are one of the easiests to drive. Mustangs clutches are very stiff stock. And if yur gunna get a used mustang the clutch is more than likely aftermarket or replaced with a stiffer one. I have a stage 3 in mine and that's what I learned on in two days I could do everything. Only way to learn is practice on your own car.
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