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Old 05-29-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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driving a manual.

I have a 05 gt auto but want to get a manual stang. I've only driven a manual twice, only once on main roads and it was in my friends Honda because he's the only one with a manual I know.

Is that enough experience to test drive some manual stangs? A manual in a stang would be smoother and easier then a Honda wouldn't it?
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Re: driving a manual.

I've heard it is harder than most cars since the clutch is more firm. Try driving your friends Honda a little more before you go test drive a Mustang.
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I helped my buddy buy his first stang, an 07gt, never drove a manual a day in his life. I taught him how to in about 30 mins in a big parking lot and then started driving on public roads and has been great since
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Kinda embaressing to say I can't drive a manual. I'll try to drive his more first I guess
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I think its harder than a honda. Like my friend is just learning how to drive manual and he can drive my friends older wrx but when we went to test drive an 02 gt he kept stalling it and jerking it.

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Kinda embaressing to say I can't drive a manual. I'll try to drive his more first I guess
Thats alright we all gotta start somewhere. If you have a good grasp on how to drive manual youll pick it up in no time.
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Practice as much as you can before test driving, especially starts from stops and on hills. Then if youre having trouble with the starts on the test drive due to a tight clutch, try starting in 2nd and giving it more gas. (1st is so short in 05+s you can do this no problem except on an incline.) Then let off the accelerator gradually as you get up to speed. The rest will be much like any other manual. Shift around 2.5K in each gear and youll avoid most lurching/bogging.
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When I had my slicks taken off the guy (younger kid 18-20) drives a manual eclipse,and couldn't for the life of him back up my car without killing it or spinnin the tires in the shop then killin it again..he finally let me back out
Ive also driven a few hondas the most being a 99 civic si and I would say it was way easier then my car,but it also has a hydraulic clutch and mine doesn't..
Id just practic as much as you can till you feel confident enough to fully enjoy the test drive!
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I learn by my self and a youtube video, also morning traffic from work help me learn faster 40 drive stop and go then stop again then finally 15minutes of quick shifting, now am powershifting ,rev maching, heel and toe, no downshiftting don't want to wear my tranny rather change pads than tranny, I only have two years driving stick
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I think its harder than a honda. Like my friend is just learning how to drive manual and he can drive my friends older wrx but when we went to test drive an 02 gt he kept stalling it and jerking it.

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Thats alright we all gotta start somewhere. If you have a good grasp on how to drive manual youll pick it up in no time.
I drove it on the main roads without stalling it just wasn't really good he isn't the best teacher either tho

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Practice as much as you can before test driving, especially starts from stops and on hills. Then if youre having trouble with the starts on the test drive due to a tight clutch, try starting in 2nd and giving it more gas. (1st is so short in 05+s you can do this no problem except on an incline.) Then let off the accelerator gradually as you get up to speed. The rest will be much like any other manual. Shift around 2.5K in each gear and youll avoid most lurching/bogging.
If I was to test drive I really want to get into a 2001 or 2003-2004 cobra preferably terminator if i can finance it. Thats the body I originally wanted but I found my car for a good price. I heard the transmission , at least manual, is better in the new edge. Hear a lot of issues with the 05 body manuals
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If I was to test drive I really want to get into a 2001 or 2003-2004 cobra preferably terminator if i can finance it. Thats the body I originally wanted but I found my car for a good price. I heard the transmission , at least manual, is better in the new edge. Hear a lot of issues with the 05 body manuals
Oh gotcha, was thinking dealership when you said test drive and thus 05+ b/c I dont see too much older on lots. If stock, that clutch should be easier though b/c they took a step backward in 05 IMO (though it continues to improve & is much better now), plus its sure to be well broken in.
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Re: driving a manual.

I've only driven a manual 3 times... First time was only in a parking lot only, second we went on the streets but stalled a few times because the pressure got to me at lights to go right when the light turns so i let it out too quick, third time i did great and didn't stall once... Still need more practice though..... All of this was done in my dad's Corvette.
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I tried to teach a girl in HS how to drive stick and my 85 1/2 Escort ended up on a chain link fence, bucking like a dog humping your leg. That was her last lesson.
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I learned to drive a manual in a 91 geo storm and a 92 Toyota Celica. The clutches on those two cars were way easier and smoother than my mustang, but then again they had no where near the power.
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I've only driven a manual 3 times... First time was only in a parking lot only, second we went on the streets but stalled a few times because the pressure got to me at lights to go right when the light turns so i let it out too quick, third time i did great and didn't stall once... Still need more practice though..... All of this was done in my dad's Corvette.
That's how I was accept the second time for me was like your third. I had no problem on the road but i was dumping the clutch because my friend was a little in the clouds if you know what I mean and told me that's what to do even though I sorta knew not to I did it anyways so I wasn't using any gas on any shifts but starting in 1st lol
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I teach my homegirl how to drive stick last week but thats a whole different story
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That's how I was accept the second time for me was like your third. I had no problem on the road but i was dumping the clutch because my friend was a little in the clouds if you know what I mean and told me that's what to do even though I sorta knew not to I did it anyways so I wasn't using any gas on any shifts but starting in 1st lol
I tried not to launches too hard, since: learning to drive stick in a corvette + hard dumps would = lots of tire spinning
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I learned to drive a stick at my gramps house on a late 60's crew cab truck with three on the tree. That was in the 80's cause I remember Police - Synchronicity had just came out. Didn't own a vehicle w/manual tranny till 90 when I bought a Ranger.
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Honestly (I'm a little embarrassed haha) it took me 2 weeks to really pick it up
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Honestly (I'm a little embarrassed haha) it took me 2 weeks to really pick it up
For me, the daily driving came easy. At the track, that's been tough for me. Mastering good times, that is. Still a lot of fun though
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Re: driving a manual.

I purchased an 01 mustang new having never driven a manual much. I drove it home~ some people get it quick some done but overall if you have ANY coordination skills you should have it down within a week and within a month or two be great at it. Every car differs though but 05+ GT's are SUPER easy to drive.

With all that said some people are manual drivers and some are not~ some claim is boring or annoying... those are people that need to stick to autos so you have to decide whats right for you.
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It doesn't take much to learn. The only hard part is starting but once you get going shifting into different gears is cake
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Ok here is a very easy way to get used to driving a stick. Take your left shoe off so that you can feel the pressure on the clutch. Trust me it works. When you get used to driving you won't need to do it barefoot.
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Ok here is a very easy way to get used to driving a stick. Take your left shoe off so that you can feel the pressure on the clutch. Trust me it works. When you get used to driving you won't need to do it barefoot.
One of my friends learned with wrestling shoes back in high school.
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One of my friends learned with wrestling shoes back in high school.
I should try that some time.

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Ok here is a very easy way to get used to driving a stick. Take your left shoe off so that you can feel the pressure on the clutch. Trust me it works. When you get used to driving you won't need to do it barefoot.
Believe me, those 3 times i practiced i could definitly feel it... A lot of people on here may diss corvettes, but they have strong clutches... My dad had 2 mustangs before and now he has the corvette which is what i have practiced in and he said its a lot tougher clutch to learn in than his Mustangs, when he said that it made me feel a lot better about not doing that great at first like i thought i would lol
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Ok here is a very easy way to get used to driving a stick. Take your left shoe off so that you can feel the pressure on the clutch. Trust me it works. When you get used to driving you won't need to do it barefoot.
I did this. Took off my left shoe so I could feel better when the clutch was engaged and disengaged to know when to start using the gas
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Re: driving a manual.

Clutch is harder but it will be a cinch. You will be fine. A little jumpy at first but nothing crazy.
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Re: driving a manual.

Was thinking about this thread in a 1/2 hour or so of traffic yesterday. Great start/stop practice.
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I tried to teach a girl in HS how to drive stick and my 85 1/2 Escort ended up on a chain link fence, bucking like a dog humping your leg. That was her last lesson.
That just sounds really wrong.
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Having driven both my Dad's c5 and my stang extensively, I'd say it'd be alot harder. I even found my Stang harder than my Dad's Vette, as first is crazy touchy on a v8 stang, atleast mine.
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I drove my friends Nissan sentra once before I bought my gt manual. I learned the hard way by stalling a lot the first couple weeks. Now it's no problem.
I also taught myself how to shift a bike. I was stuck on a hill once for a while with people honking behind me.
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I bought a crappy old car and taught myself how to drive. First few weeks were horrid but after a while you get the feel for it. It was the only car I had ever drove as a manual before I bought my mustang. It was a bit of an adjustment from my old pos, but easy to get used to
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Just make sure the manual you test drive isnt the one you buy. Lol
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