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Old 05-26-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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Manual Transmission

I've been dying to learn to drive stick, but nobody seems to drive them in this country. Is there any way to learn except for just buying a manual Jeep and forcing myself to drive it?

I live in Syracuse, New York, by the way.

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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You don't know anybody that has one that can teach you?
If not, rent a car that is stick and learn on that one before you buy one.

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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I don't think many car rental companies rent them out for that very reason, haha.

One of my friends has a manual JK, but it's not technically his car (it's his father's), so he's not really into the idea of me driving it. I persuaded him to let me try briefly, but 15 minutes isn't quite enough time to learn. It is, however, enough time to stall over and over and over.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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Ok then test drive one from another dealer and learn quick that way. Then go test drive the jeep and buy it. It is easy!! Once you get it moving in first gear it's simple after that. Good luck!
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My friend drove my first jeep a 92 Yj home. I took it from there. been driving stick ever
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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I think the easiest way to learn is to buy it then drive it home!
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:28 AM   #7
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My first time driving a stick was when I test drove my Jeep. I had watched some you tube videos on the subject, so I had an idea, but it's a different beast to actually do it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:27 AM   #8
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A Wrangler is pretty easy standard trans to learn on. It is quite forgiving.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:06 AM   #9
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My first truck was a standard & that's when I learned to drive a stick. Didn't take that long either. I love the 5spd in my TJ too.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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Just learned how to drive stick within the past month. Seems a bit scary at first but whatever you do, don't talk yourself outta it!!!! Just try to stay calm when it gets frustrating and take it easy. I would rent a car with stick for a weekend and just drive it around a empty parking lot to get used to it. Best way to learn is to just do it!! Good luck!
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:02 PM   #11
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I drive a stick wrangler the best way to learn is try to get the jeep moving with out touching the gas. Once you can do that then all you do is apply gas at the point the jeep feels like its starting to get bogged down.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:22 PM   #12
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I always loved Wranglers and in college I met a girl who had a TJ w/ manual trans. We started dating and she let me drive it all over West Palm Beach and I never drove stick before that. Its one of my fondest memories haha. I picked it up really quick but I had ridden motorcycles for years before so the concept of clutching and shifting wasn't new to me.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:15 PM   #13
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I was lucky; as a condition for getting my driver's learning permit, my father parked our manual tranny truck on a hill, heading up the hill, e-brake engaged, then put me in the driver's seat and told me I had to be able to drive home. I learned real quick!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:46 PM   #14
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The quickest and easiest way, besides being easier on your equipment if you don't have a friend to help would be to contact a driving school in your area and tell 'em you want to learn to drive a manual transmission. Shouldn't be terribly expensive for a couple hours training.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:14 AM   #15
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the hardest part is forgetting that your gonna try and your just gonna do it when i learned i bought the car and drove it home (stalled alot lol) but now there isnt a manual gear box i cant drive. Check into driving schools they should have something for afew hours on driving stick it would be worth the money. Also ask the dealer? why not right? your gonna pay them a ton of money see if they can give you a hour or so ride around and teach you some basics
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I bought a car with a standard and learned on my own. No biggie.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:55 AM   #17
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I think the easiest way to learn is to buy it then drive it home!
I did this with my first manual. I bought a brand new 2002 GTI and had to learn on the way home. It was one of the most nerve-racking experiences ever, but I managed to do it.

With every manual I drive there is a learning curve. After having driven the 2002 GTI, I had to "relearn" how to drive my 2005 STi, and now with my 2012 Rubicon, I had to "relearn" with that as well; the "catch points" of the clutch, where the "sweet spot" is for a smooth shift at takeoff, etc. I still get a little nervous on hills in my Jeep, even though it has a "hill hold" built into it.

I dunno how it is for others, but I love manual. Sure, every now and then an auto is nice, but in the Jeep or a Sports Car, I just can't see myself owning an auto. My Camaro has an auto and I wish it were a 6spd.

My best suggestion is to buy a manual and drive it around the dealer lot until you get comfortable enough to take it out on the road. If you can't do that, call someone to bring it home for you and go from there.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:02 AM   #18
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My tj is my first car and it's a stick shift. That's when I learned how. But it gets to be second nature after a while so don't worry about it!
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:42 AM   #19
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Recently read an article on-line saying that manual transmissions are once again making a come-back!
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:35 PM   #20
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Since you are just learning, remember this one tip -

Don't downshift to slow down.

Brake pads are far less expensive than engine/transmission/clutch repairs.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #21
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I learned on a tractor!

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