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Old 11-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #61
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I'm still not that good on a 5 speed. All the cars I've had have been automatic. I've driven stick shifts around parking lots but honestly I've never been past second gear in a manual. Around here you generally have to go out of your way to find cars with manual gearboxes, i.e., they're harder to find and generally more expensive. Plus, replacing clutches is a bitch. In an automatic all you have to do is slide the torque converter on and be done with it. With a clutch you have to align it, plus you have the whole hydraulic system that fucks up from time to time.


i prefer working on manual transmissions.

and Hydra, when did you change your avatar?
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #62
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It's not that hard.


Depends how used to it you are If you're not used to having to change gears for a long time then it'll take a while to change your habit.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:48 PM   #63
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Does this count?
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #64
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depends on the car. if it's a newer car, it's probably easy as dogshit.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:12 PM   #65
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:12 PM   #66
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I learned in fifteen minutes... Really isn't as hard as ******s make it out to be.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:38 PM   #67
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and Hydra, when did you change your avatar?

Fairly recently, it's been a few things. What do you remember it as?
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #68
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Fairly recently, it's been a few things. What do you remember it as?


now that i think about it, i dont remember it exactly. It was just weird to not see it next to your name. I was scared
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:42 PM   #69
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Why do people learn in auto?

Surely its much better to learn in manual?
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:52 PM   #70
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Why do people learn in auto?

Surely its much better to learn in manual?


It's usually just whatever your parents have.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:53 PM   #71
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Why do people learn in auto?

Surely its much better to learn in manual?

Dude don't be so rude in my thread. Don't even respond to this post, just practice what you preach and leave this thread without making another negative post.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:54 PM   #72
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #73
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now that i think about it, i dont remember it exactly. It was just weird to not see it next to your name. I was scared

It used to be similar to this (cropped/resized slightly differently I think);

for most of my years here, then briefly these;






and it is now a majestic jazz lizard
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:02 PM   #74
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If you live in a relatively flat place you could learn well enough to drive in traffic within a day. Harder things like delicate clutch control, clutch popping, clutch dragging, incline control, etc etc will come with time.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:07 PM   #75
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Dude, i learnt how to drive that in like 10 minutes. And if you pracice for like 4 hours you will be able to normaly drive in traffic, or even less. My instructor took me to the road on my 2nd hour.

In my opinion, everyone should learn how to drive on a manual transmition car. Its just stupid that you are able to get a drivers license, but you are still unable to drive half of the goddamn cars. My driving school didn't even have one automatic car.

Maybe i'm just not getting the american learning system?
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #76
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Most Americans drive autos. There are so few manual trans cars that it's considered a good deterrent to car thieves. There are stories of people attempting to steal cars and failing cause they never learned what a clutch was.

Also it's reaaallly easy to get a license here.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:17 PM   #77
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Maybe i'm just not getting the american learning system?


Nearly all cars in the US have automatic transmissions. Very few people learn how to drive with a manual, usually just car enthusiasts.

Manual transmissions and dual-clutch automated transmissions are getting more popular now that people actually care about fuel economy, but you'd still be hard-pressed to find someone that can actually drive one.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:27 PM   #78
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Nearly all cars in the US have automatic transmissions. Very few people learn how to drive with a manual, usually just car enthusiasts.

Manual transmissions and dual-clutch automated transmissions are getting more popular now that people actually care about fuel economy, but you'd still be hard-pressed to find someone that can actually drive one.

This is an exaggeration. Or maybe it depends on where you live (America is a big place.)
I live in Oregon and while automatic is probably the most popular choice, myself and all of my male friends drive cars with manual transmission, and I'm certainly not a car enthusiast (don't know shit about cars.)

OP, learning to drive will take a couple hours. There are really only two things to know: how to shift and when to shift. Most of the time it's identical to driving any other car.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:28 PM   #79
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Man, manuals are just getting in style here, and most people hate them. And if you drive anautomatic in driving school, you are not allowed to drive a manual. You get a little note on your driver's license.

Do you guys even have driving schools? As in, you go there, and you get in a car with the instructor, then drive around, and only when you pass the driving school test can you take the final driving test and get a license.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:36 PM   #80
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^^ I took a 3 month class in highschool but there was no test at the DMV. I just went and picked up my license after 50 hours behind the wheel with either family or a teacher.

Here in the midwest I swear everyone drives an automatic. I know 3 people who don't.
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