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Unread 08-25-2009, 02:49 AM   #1
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For a first bought car? I'm sure most of the active members know by now I'm driving a 90 geo prism which is an auto.


For my first car what should I get? Everyone says auto because they're so much easier to drive and that I should wait until I get a few years under my belt before driving a stick..

Reasons against:
I'll burn out the clutch too fast since I'm just learning
Replacement fees on the parts.
Need more driving experience?
Have about a 2 week learning curve before you can drive it in the city?(idk how true this one is...)

Reasons for:
You tell me? Other than the fact that I just WANT one I can't think of any real reasons behind it...seems like the maintenance is just too much. Idk :/


Now, I know the basics behind the whole thing...but I've never put it to use since I've never driven a stick...so...yeah...

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Hey kid, let me tell you somethin'. There's no point in gettin' an auto that you don't wanna drive. You will find as you get more used to drivin' an automobile you will find that if you have an auto box then you'll get bored of it quickly. Get a 66' Mustang or somethin' learn to work on your ride by yourself and don't end up in some jap crap econo box. Got that? If you learn in stick you will be forever thankful. It is easy going from stick to auto, but not the other way round. You won't burn out the clutch buddy. After about a fortnight you'll be a-okay with the clutch. And that is bull**** about not bein' able to drive it in the city. YOU drive wherever YOU want buddy. Sticks are also more simple than autos so less to go wrong with them.

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my brother taught me how to drive a stick about 2 months ago and i was on city streets the second night and the interstate the 3rd night which is actually easier then city streets.

i think if you have someone that has a stick show you how to drive then that would be best before buying one.

and ill admit when i bought my camaro i killed it in rush hour a few times and people get mad. just turn on your flashers and start the car back up and go.

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i had a 93 lincoln towncar and i loved driving that car but the manual camaro is a blast.
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It's personal preference. You've gotta find out for yourself. Personally i like driving sticks because i grew up driving them. When i was like 9 or something we were at my grandparents. My dad told me to go out and figure out how to drive a stick, but don't break it. So, he gives me the keys to grandpa's old Sonoma (grandpa knew about it, didn't care, it was on the farm) and i went out to start it. I knew you had to put the clutch in to start it. I did so, and then let it out. It died. Again, it died. Then i figured out the parking brake was on. Did that, it moved forward a little and died. So, i tried again and revved it up a little, dumped the clutch, and it went. Fortunately i was smart enough to know i had to clutch before shifting.

I drove a stick before i drove an automatic.
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Hey kid, let me tell you somethin'. There's no point in gettin' an auto that you don't wanna drive. You will find as you get more used to drivin' an automobile you will find that if you have an auto box then you'll get bored of it quickly. Get a 66' Mustang or somethin' learn to work on your ride by yourself and don't end up in some jap crap econo box. Got that? If you learn in stick you will be forever thankful. It is easy going from stick to auto, but not the other way round. You won't burn out the clutch buddy. After about a fortnight you'll be a-okay with the clutch. And that is bull**** about not bein' able to drive it in the city. YOU drive wherever YOU want buddy. Sticks are also more simple than autos so less to go wrong with them.
Odd, no clutch or shifting to worry about in a automatic...

If I could do it again, I would get a stick to start out. I'm a good driver, but I would be better if I learned to drive on a stick first. (funny, my fist car was an Automatic, now I'm looking at another Automatic, lol)

I just think starting on a stick is a good way to learn to multi-task. The better and earlier you drive with a stick, the better driver you will be, especially in an automatic.

If you get an automatic, teach yourself to brake and accelerate with your left foot only. That way it will be easier to adjust to a stick later on. My dad taught me that, He trains cops on how to drive like a real cop.
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My first car was autostick (could tell it where to shift up until the redline,but no clutch), I went in to the car dealer to purchase a SRT-4, couldn't get the financing for it, so I got the focus instead (Still a 5 speed). it took about 200 miles before I could take off everytime without stalling, and about 1000 before I never had problems again.. 8000 miles I'm as good as my dad was (almost, I still shift way too high in the RPM band for perfect power, but I don't care).
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I wanted an auto stick...so if I didn't like stick/didn't have time to practice with it I could switch back to auto...Although I really don't think driving a stick would be that hard...I just wish I could find someone to let me practice ~_~ everyone in my family has auto's...

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its nowhere as easy as you think, getting off the line without stalling it or peeling out is a exact science (especially in fast cars.. SRT-4, my focus (not as much as an SRT-4, but its still easy to squeal launching, I can chirp the tires going into 2nd).. ..But Reverse was the hardest thing for me to get down (Don't know why).
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Cluffenstein, when do you shift?
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I find stick annoying. I live in a suburban area where there are lots of streetlights and stick is just...a hassle.

My parents have an auto stick in their 2010 Camry and I find that annoying too. The only reason to own a manual is if you want to reach high RPM's and go nuts. I'm cheap and want to save gas.

It's personal preference.

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