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Hello, so.. I am trading my 2012 V6 (Auto) in for a 2013 5.0 (Manual)... I have NEVER driven a manual but figured that since everyone pretty much says manuals are more fun, I would learn to drive one. I was curious as to how hard it is to learn, is stalling at stop lights a concern really?. Im already a pretty nervous person & stalling at a light would terrify me..lol.
Just curious as to how hard it is to learn & everything that goes with it.. Thanks..
 

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Try driving a car that's manual, maybe a relative or a friend. I learned in 5 min not hard at all. You will stall of its you're first time and that's kool. Just practice
 

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Hello, so.. I am trading my 2012 V6 (Auto) in for a 2013 5.0 (Manual)... I have NEVER driven a manual but figured that since everyone pretty much says manuals are more fun, I would learn to drive one. I was curious as to how hard it is to learn, is stalling at stop lights a concern really?. Im already a pretty nervous person & stalling at a light would terrify me..lol.
Just curious as to how hard it is to learn & everything that goes with it.. Thanks..
It just takes coordination. You are going to stall. It is inevitable haha. You are also gonna let the clutch out too fast and burn rubber.

That is OK!

Best thing to do is find an empty parking lot and get comfortable with it first. Your gonna have to spend time getting used to where the clutch catches and how much gas to give her and how easy to let the clutch out.

Just don't get frustrated if you stall, start her back up and try again. Only thing you can do is try and go forward :)
 

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Hello, so.. I am trading my 2012 V6 (Auto) in for a 2013 5.0 (Manual)... I have NEVER driven a manual but figured that since everyone pretty much says manuals are more fun, I would learn to drive one. I was curious as to how hard it is to learn, is stalling at stop lights a concern really?. Im already a pretty nervous person & stalling at a light would terrify me..lol.
Just curious as to how hard it is to learn & everything that goes with it.. Thanks..
Stalling at a light is the least of your worries, you'll stall in much less convenient spots =). It happens, don't worry about it, and when it does, don't panic, just start the car again. Ignore the cars behind you, ignore them if they beep. If you get upset/nervous/rush to get going more than likely you WILL stall again. DO NOT bring your 5.0 home, drive it for 20 minutes and then go out on the highway. I spent hours in a development practicing. Find somewhere flat, and just start, stop, start, stop. Over and over. Don't even leave first gear. This is the best way to get that part out of the way. Once you figure out how to start moving the rest is a piece of cake. When you're confident on the flat, move to hills (if you have any). Yes the car has hill assist but early on you're too slow moving from the clutch the gas to get going before it releases. When it does you're going to panic and stall (more than likely, it's natural to go ohhhh **** and stall). Once you're doing pretty well on a hill, you're golden. Shifting up is cake when casually driving and you don't really need to shift down coming to stops. Shifting down is something you should understand before you try at high speed because you can lock up the rear tires and spin out if you do it wrong.

Seriously though, within a week or two you'll be fine. Source: I bought a 2013 gt in october having literally no experience with manual and now I drive it no problem at all.

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And like venomouz said, some people get it in 5 minutes, some people need a few hours. I understood the concept and, I lied - I had an hour or two of experience in a 4 cylinder truck - but the catch point and power was so different that it took me a while to get it down. It also helps if the person teaching you is good at teaching you. I figured out on my own that you can't keep your clutch heel on the floor (which may vary depending on your height) but the person teaching me didn't tell me that. Once I did figured that out it got much easier.
 

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lol.. Yeah, I figured I would stall way more than a couple of times.. lol. I will def. practice quite a bit once I get it. Will be driving it from Michigan to Houston.. I was worried about having to downshift at every light & if it was required or not. Also, this may be a stupid question, but what is granny shifting?..lol. I seen some people mention that a few times.. Anyway, thank you very much for the responses. I won't freak out too mich when I stall in traffic..lol
 

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I didn't stall I did a burnout the first time I took off in a manual
 

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You'll get it pretty quickly, I learned on 4 wheelers and they are a little easier to feather the clutch, seems like the GT just grabs and wants to go. Just take it slow, when you feel the clutch start to pull, then give it a little bit of gas. That's the best way to figure out where the clutch really catches!
 

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Never drove a manual, went to the dealership, father test drove it, I drove it home from the dealer an hour away and had no problems
 

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Best way to learn is to buy the car then worry about. My first car was a manual and my parent bought it for me and dropped me off at the dealer then left and if I wanted to get home I had to learn how to drive it.
 

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Stalling at a light is the least of your worries, you'll stall in much less convenient spots =). It happens, don't worry about it, and when it does, don't panic, just start the car again. Ignore the cars behind you, ignore them if they beep. If you get upset/nervous/rush to get going more than likely you WILL stall again. DO NOT bring your 5.0 home, drive it for 20 minutes and then go out on the highway. I spent hours in a development practicing. Find somewhere flat, and just start, stop, start, stop. Over and over. Don't even leave first gear. This is the best way to get that part out of the way. Once you figure out how to start moving the rest is a piece of cake. When you're confident on the flat, move to hills (if you have any). Yes the car has hill assist but early on you're too slow moving from the clutch the gas to get going before it releases. When it does you're going to panic and stall (more than likely, it's natural to go ohhhh **** and stall). Once you're doing pretty well on a hill, you're golden. Shifting up is cake when casually driving and you don't really need to shift down coming to stops. Shifting down is something you should understand before you try at high speed because you can lock up the rear tires and spin out if you do it wrong.

Seriously though, within a week or two you'll be fine. Source: I bought a 2013 gt in october having literally no experience with manual and now I drive it no problem at all.

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And like venomouz said, some people get it in 5 minutes, some people need a few hours. I understood the concept and, I lied - I had an hour or two of experience in a 4 cylinder truck - but the catch point and power was so different that it took me a while to get it down. It also helps if the person teaching you is good at teaching you. I figured out on my own that you can't keep your clutch heel on the floor (which may vary depending on your height) but the person teaching me didn't tell me that. Once I did figured that out it got much easier.
That's a really good explanation for someone that just learnt. Only thing I'll add is, if you know someone with a manual 4x4, have them put it in low lock till you get the hang of it. It's nearly impossible to kill it in low lock.
 

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That's a really good explanation for someone that just learnt. Only thing I'll add is, if you know someone with a manual 4x4, have them put it in low lock till you get the hang of it. It's nearly impossible to kill it in low lock.
I took a lot of mental notes cause the person who taught me in his truck left out a lot of important details haha.

Oh, and make sure you're in 1st gear. Once you're good at it you'll accidentally throw it in 3rd instead of 1st when you stop. Then you'll make sure you put it in 1st the next time you stop, and when you go to start you'll find out you missed 1st and are in 3rd anyway. Or maybe that just happened to me a few times the first month haha.
 

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Best way to learn is to buy the car then worry about. My first car was a manual and my parent bought it for me and dropped me off at the dealer then left and if I wanted to get home I had to learn how to drive it.
That's exactly what I did. I bought my 2013 v6 mustang in December. I picked it up yesterday, then cautiously drove to an empty parking lot and let all my worries go. I thought I was good but then I stalled at a light. Lmao. I got the hang of it now.
 

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lol. Glad I'm not the only one who will be having stalled a couple times. :) as soon as I get it, I'll have to find me an empty parking lot & just have fun with it.. :) Thank you very much.. !!
 

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I drove a manual once before I bought my 6 speed manual 5.0. I stalled a number of times with some guys laughing and me. I heard them yell learn to drive your mustang. They were just jealous. Now it is second nature. You will love it.
The first time I drove my motorcycle I stalled 4 times trying to get up a hill with cars behind me. The worst thing you can do is let the other people get to you. You will stall again.
 

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I drove a manual once before I bought my 6 speed manual 5.0. I stalled a number of times with some guys laughing and me. I heard them yell learn to drive your mustang. They were just jealous. Now it is second nature. You will love it.
The first time I drove my motorcycle I stalled 4 times trying to get up a hill with cars behind me. The worst thing you can do is let the other people get to you. You will stall again.

Thanks.. And yeah, thays pretty much what I'm worried about.. Stalling & having to deal with people. That drives me crazy & makes me even more nervous but hopefully I can just ignore it. I actually looked at getting a motorcycle but have never driven one of those either. lol
 

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Thanks.. And yeah, thays pretty much what I'm worried about.. Stalling & having to deal with people. That drives me crazy & makes me even more nervous but hopefully I can just ignore it. I actually looked at getting a motorcycle but have never driven one of those either. lol
No problem. And try one new toy at a time!
 

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The worst thing is when

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For some reason I didn't finish... As I was trying to say the worst thing is when a car gets right on your a$$ and your on an exit off ramp slope ... Lol ... But once ya learn.... ya do it without even thinking....
 

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The worst thing is when

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For some reason I didn't finish... As I was trying to say the worst thing is when a car gets right on your a$$ and your on an exit off ramp slope ... Lol ... But once ya learn.... ya do it without even thinking....
In the 13 he will not roll back, because it presses the brakes for 3 sec to let you drive up and not roll back.
 

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j85mobile said:
Hello, so.. I am trading my 2012 V6 (Auto) in for a 2013 5.0 (Manual)... I have NEVER driven a manual but figured that since everyone pretty much says manuals are more fun, I would learn to drive one. I was curious as to how hard it is to learn, is stalling at stop lights a concern really?. Im already a pretty nervous person & stalling at a light would terrify me..lol.
Just curious as to how hard it is to learn & everything that goes with it.. Thanks..
I just learned in 3 hrs this week and I can start smooth and everything. Just jump in and go. Take your time and you will get it with practice. But like they said its inevitable. You're pretty much gonna kill it Just to learn the catch point. Some people are crazy and get in and go. But most are not lol. it's fun to drive. Have fun:) Patience is the key!
 
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