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    Manual Transmission - Getting the Rust Off My Skills

    I promised myself that I wouldn't spend for a new car until after Barry The Magnificent was out of office. No way was I dropping that kind of coin to help the economy while he was taking the credit. Anyway, it's almost time and I was to get a coupe with a manual transmission. Not a real sports car like a 'Vette or Porsche, more like an Audi A5/S5 or a BMW 4 series.

    Sadly, it's been a while since I shifted my own gears. Anyone know where I can rent a car with a manual? Hell, none of the rental companies I've used carry them. I'd rather get the rust off in a rental that while test driving a new car.
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    #2
    Where are you? I have an audi a4 avant with a manual you can practice with.

    Can I make a joke about you not fitting in the seat of the miata?
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    • Finicky Fat Guy
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      Thanks. Actually I had a Miata at one time and I fit in it just fine. Actually had more headroom that several other cars but getting out of it hurt my knees because it was so low. Damn it was fun.

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      yeah, they're fun but mine has a pretty tight racing seat in it. at least the seat is mounted to the floor so plenty of headroom.

    #3
    It's like riding a bike. Don't sweat it....by the time you get home, you'll be shifting smoothly.
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      #4
      If you've driven a manual in the past, it should come natural.
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        #5
        You could just go to a dealer and "test drive" a car with one.
        III%

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          #6
          I have a 2011 Challenger with a 6 speed, you can have a go at it.
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            #7
            Originally posted by Bobbytaz View Post
            I have a 2011 Challenger with a 6 speed, you can have a go at it.
            Hell I could use a refresher myself with an offer like that

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              #8
              Originally posted by Diesel1 View Post
              It's like riding a bike. Don't sweat it....by the time you get home, you'll be shifting smoothly.
              Nope. They are all hydraulic clutches and electronic pedal with variable torque maps. You'll be driving like a teenager for at least 6 months. But do it anyway. It's still a blast.

              And if you're looking for a fun coupe, check out the new camaro. It's a monster and can be had for under $40k.

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                #9
                Where are you located? I've got a touchy new clutch on my Camaro. If you can handle that, you can handle anything!

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                  #10
                  Driving a manual transmission is like riding a bike, once you learn how you never forget.
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                    #11
                    Thanks for the offers guys. I'm in Massapequa and may take one of you up on it. I know Id pick it up again quickly.
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                      #12
                      Do it! I just got a manual recently and have been loving it for the 7 months I've had it so far.

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                        #13
                        ONCE YOU GO STICK , YOU WONT GO BACK . nothing beats banging gears at mind blowing rpm. but now on street cars you have a traction control button to push off before fun starts .
                        just take it easy and you will do fine , my wife and daughter drive 5 speed gt mustangs

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                          #14
                          I loved my manual WRX. Unfortunately they have/had a thin firewall issue and my whole pedal assembly busted through into the engine bay. Miss driving that every day. Had to buy an automatic truck as I needed it asap and would have had to wait months for a stick (sucks that it has become that a stick is special order now...

                          Good luck and enjoy whatever you get.
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                            #15
                            Side step clutch, foot to floor, get off gas, shift, foot to floor, repeat

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