I really would like to get a 2002 5-speed IS300, but I've never driven a manual transmission car before. Everyone I know owns auto transmissions, so is there anywhere that I can learn to drive stick before I buy a manual car (rental maybe?)?
Driving schools should offer instruction on how to drive manual transmission cars.
I've heard of many people who have learned how to drive a stick on a brand new car (Celicas, Hondas, BMW's even). That's probably not the best thing to do, but it's really up to you. Just try not to abuse the clutch too much.
Go to a dealership which lets you take the car out on your own (our Volkswagen's do, I'm sure there are others). Maybe have a friend who can drive stick drive it off the lot. Take it to a parking lot. Practice away. Repeat until you get the hang of it. Enjoy a new IS300
I hired a driving instructor when I was in England. Took six lessons. Four would most likely have sufficed. Of course, I did have to learn the English rules too... Anyway, in that way, I could practice on HIS car...not ours. (I never ground the gears though.) Hill starts are the worst.
[ August 08, 2001: Message edited by: SeattleSheila ]
I learn how to drive standard at my Uncle 's junk yard(is a big place )..he let my drive a 1985 Prelude for a whole day ( with dealer plate) and bring it out in some 2 lane country road to pratice down shift and start the car from down hill slope..
I guess the more you partice , the better u got ..
i know clutches in newer cars tend to burn faster ( awful smell man..) ..
so is a good idea to buy a 500 bucks old corolla or civics and learn to start learn how to drive stick..
you can afford a IS300..$500 won't be that big problem.. or u can also ask your friends who works in the dealer ask him to lent u their dealer plate ( dealer license plate) so no insurance hahah
I taught my sister-in-law how to drive stick on a 2000 Civic SI. Bad idea. She didn't do that bad, but the clutch fork broke and a synchro got messed up. The dealer fixed it under warranty. Try to practice on an older non-performance car. A regular honda, nissan, or toyota would be great.
As far as not knowing how to drive a stick, that's not a big deal. I taught my wife how to drive in two days. Within a week she was doing pretty good. I think a week is average if someone helps you. There are certain situations, like intersections on steep hills, that may take more time to master.