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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-02-2005, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm gonna make the switch to a manual soon

I've decided that my next car is gonna be a manual. Whether its the 330i or IS350. Can any of you give me some pointers on driving a manual? I honestly suck at driving it and I know that practice is the only way to get better. But anything I should know so I can be more comfortable while driving?



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well, at this point there is no manual for the upcoming IS350. So I guess that reduces your choices down to the 330i.

My suggestion for learning manual is NOT to do it on a 40,000 dollar car. It takes a month or more of regular driving to really "learn" manual. Sure you may get the car from point A to B after a 15 minute lesson, but you really arent driving it "right" until you have significant time behind the wheel.

With this in mind, I would not suggest learning on a brand new luxury sedan. Instead, purchase a $500 beater Honda a few months before your new car is to be delivered and drive it to and from work everyday. After 2 months behind the wheel of the honda, you will be experienced enough to drive any car "properly".

Then sell the $500 dollar honda for $400 and consider the lost 100 bucks as the best insurance you have ever bought!
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you can put a 5spd in your existing car for about 4grand(as little as 3g's and that's w/ a R154 tranny from the 92turbo supra) if you want. that's what i'm about to do.


as for tips. the best thing is to watch someone drive your car and then do it yourself. the most important thing I try to tell people is to not baby it. it's mechanical and is meant to be used. let out the clutch and get on the gas.

you'll learn that your gas foot and clutch foot are closely related. as you let out the clutch and it engauges you start pushing the gas peddle so the revs don't drop. it's fun and easy.

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Before you get your nice 30-40k car, learn how to start driving uphill and downhill. Its a hassle learning how to control the cluth while driving uphill, its not easy at all.
Start driving in an empty parking lot, when you get good at driving the manual hit the streets then the hills.
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I had a 1971 BMW and the owners manual gave the best shifting advice I ever read. It had to do with an engine for a car is not like a gas-generator, it is designed to be cycled through many different rpms in every gear. don't be afraid to 1-6k rpms the car every time it's turned on.

of course with the GTO I had, I would try to shift @ 1k rpm to see how good gas mileage I could get around town. all that low-end torque was fun

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Honestly, manual is the only way to go for me right now. I moan when somebody buys a sports car like a Corvette or a 350Z/G35 and opts for the auto/semi-auto transmission. Makes me feel like a good car has gone to waste.

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i practiced on my then-new is300...no problemo
those up hills are kinda hard tho, i used the hand brake and when the gear slowly engaged i let the hand brake off
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I can sorta drive manual, I stall occassionally but I don't see myself as a "good" manual driver. The hills are the hardest for me. Any tips on stand still starts?



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i practiced on my then-new is300...no problemo
those up hills are kinda hard tho, i used the hand brake and when the gear slowly engaged i let the hand brake off

I prefer a different method when teaching someone to get going on an uphill.

I tell them to stay on the brake. Then watch the tach and let the clutch out slowly until they see the rpms drop a tiny bit and to hold the clutch there. Then release the brake (there will be enough drag to hold the car). Slowly ease into the gas and slowly let the clutch out. Smooth as can be even for a beginner. This has the added benefit of getting them to feel where the clutch engagement begins.

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I prefer a different method when teaching someone to get going on an uphill.

I tell them to stay on the brake. Then watch the tach and let the clutch out slowly until they see the rpms drop a tiny bit and to hold the clutch there. Then release the brake (there will be enough drag to hold the car). Slowly ease into the gas and slowly let the clutch out. Smooth as can be even for a beginner. This has the added benefit of getting them to feel where the clutch engagement begins.
You're good, when i first began driving manuals i would use the hand brake
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