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Originally posted by Herzog:
Just wondering if it's smart to learn driving a standard transmission on a Lexus?I drove stick before,but not much, I may be a bit rusty... Is it wise to just get the auto?Thanks!
If you want a manual get it, but rent a manual b4 hand to get back into the swing of things... make sure you really want a manual. That being said, DO NOT re-learn on a Lexus, that's just asking for trouble. I once made the mistake of letting a friend learn on a brand new 4Runner... the guy downshifted into 2nd from 3rd w/ out hitting the clutch.
Strangely enough it was the smoothest downshift I've ever seen, not one grind from the tranny. Pure luck, and I know I'll never be that lucky again. Find a civic to beat up on first.

[ May 04, 2001: Message edited by: s0yb0mb ]
 

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Unless your technique is good you will wear down the clutch too fast which will be expensive to replace.

Try to learn on a smaller, lighter, cheaper car. Does a friend or relative have an old civic, corolla, or something that you can "beat on" for a while as you learn?
 

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There's nothing wrong with learning how to drive a manual in an IS300. Lots of people learn how to drive stick when purchase their first manual car (from Celicas to 3-series). Granted, you will have excessive wear on the cluth, but all in all, I don't think it's that big a deal. But for sure, it's probably better to find a beater to learn with.
 

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I say, go with the manual. I do agree w/ getting a junk stick shift car to re-learn on. I learned on Ford Escort. Next stick shift car I tried was my friend's BMW 540 6spd. Sweet!!!
 
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