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Unread 06-08-2015, 06:04 AM   #1
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Hello, everyone! I am now 15 1/2, just old enough to start getting my driving permit, and am excited about driving. I've been doing a lot of research and I ended up wondering...

Should I start learning Automatic, then learn Manual Transmission because I really want to learn how to drive a Manual Transmission, or should I just learn Manual Transmission? Which one do you think would be the best and or safest choice?

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I think you'd be fine learning both manual and the road at the same time. Figure out manual in a parking lot or somewhere deserted and then venture out on to the road. That's what I did when I started driving.
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If you have the time and place to practice a lot, go for an manual. A manual takes much more practice but is worth it in the end. Gives you many more options when looking to buy a car and opens jobs that may require you to drive a manual.

On the other hand, if you are needing to get your license quickly or have little time or place to practice, go for the automatic now, and then find a manual later. When learning to drive you have so many things you need to learn, not just steering where you want to go. You need to watch other traffic and pedestrians, your lane position, traffic lights and signs, your speed and many other things. That can be overwhelming enough, but now add having to master the clutch, and starting on a hill, and shifting, and what gear you should be in, it is very possible to overlook a pedestrian while making a left turn while engaging the clutch so you don't stall in front of oncoming traffic and watching for traffic and shifting, and, and .....

Once you have mastered navigating through traffic and feel comfortable with your skills, then take on the manual. Then you will not be focused so much on operating the clutch and shifter so as to set yourself up for an unpleasant experience. I've taught many people how to drive and getting flustered when making a left turn, stalling in front of an oncoming car, not noticing a pedestrian because you are trying to get into the correct gear, is too risky in my opinion.

Now, if you live in a country stetting and have very little traffic, long roads with few intersections, a big pasture you can chase around in, you can master the clutch and shifter BEFORE you hit the congested areas and then not have to think about too many things.

I was driving a dump truck on a private island and I also spent hours driving up and down our long driveway (with a steep incline) before I ever got behind the wheel on the road. I was very comfortable during my road test.

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Thanks, guys!

I am in no rush to get my license because I have half a year until I am able to, and also have to take driving lessons if I want my license before the age of 18. I should be able to drive with 6 months time and hopefully I can find an instructor that can teach me how to drive manual.

Also, I live just about a block or so from the country area, so that shouldn't be a problem, although it does get busy around rush hour, of course.

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If I do end up getting a manual car for my first car, what would you suggest? I'm thinking safety, ease of drive(?), good fuel economy, and looks pretty decent. I like polygons, not round shapes or blocks.

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A Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic are great first cars. Easy clutches to learn on. Very reliable.
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Yikes, Civic yeah but Corolla is a bit too boring for anyone that wants to enjoy their car. I'd hate to breed Prius drivers here.

Tons of options, you'd have to give us a little more criteria (cost, etc)
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A Prius is like both of what I don't like. A round block.

I don't want a truck. I would like a sedan or a coupe, preferably at least 4 seats.
Price Range: About $10,000. Insurance is expensive over it.

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I wrote a few up for someone else the other day for similar needs...take a look.
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Manual wise, the Acura TL would be a good choice and can be found pretty easily. CTS is a little harder to find. The other two aren't available in manual, but thats a starting point.
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I wrote a few up for someone else the other day for similar needs...take a look.
Four-Door Sedan Recommendation ...

Manual wise, the Acura TL would be a good choice and can be found pretty easily. CTS is a little harder to find. The other two aren't available in manual, but thats a starting point.
Oh, wow. Those look very nice. They're luxury cars, right?

As I was looking at more cars, I started leaning towards coupes. It gives the car a more sporty look. What are your opinions on the Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Genesis? The Suburu WRX also caught my eye, but I doubt I'll be getting a car like that anytime soon.

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I owned a 2005 S60 R. It's an excellent car that's fast, comfortable, and affordable. They can definitely be had for <$10k but you have to be careful to find one that's had all its major service done like timing belt, water pump, seals, etc. Those major service bits can be expensive so you'll want to find one that has it all done already.

To respond to your post, I own a 2002 WRX which was a fantastic buy. You can probably find a good 2004ish WRX for that money. Again, excellent car for the money but you need to find one that's been maintained properly.

I've driven several Civic Si's which are VERY fun to drive. High revving, understated, and fairly good resale value. A bit harder to find in good condition because they attract a certain crowd which is more likely to drive the car hard. Nice cars though, I think that would be a decent buy.

Genesis -- meh. I think you can do better.

In conclusion you're on the right track for finding something fun and manual that's worth your dime. Mike's suggestions of the TL and CTS are probably slightly more reliable than what I covered here, but anything you find that's been nicely maintained by someone who's got their head on straight is probably going to work out just fine.

Make sure you look into insurance rates for each of these. It can vary wildly by state, age, and by car.
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