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Old 06-19-2013, 11:33 PM   #21 (permalink)
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depends on the year of the WRX, but the thing to consider is they are a popular boy racer vehicle and there are many of them out there that have been rode hard, put away wet, and generally neglected while being hammered on. I understand getting something you don't want to worry about if you mess it up a bit while learning to drive stick - I am just cautioning to be careful to not get something that could well be a maintenance headache regardless
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:16 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Then, on the second day of ownership of my car, I was forced to deal with stop-n-go traffic on one of the busiest highways in Houston, TX during rush hour. I am now a clutch master!
While I was learning I started to pretend to be driving in stop and go traffic. I think that was about when I finally felt totally comfortable with driving standard. That little exercise gave a good feel for the clutch.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:25 AM   #23 (permalink)
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25-35 from 50 or so

No real reason to coast out of gear there, just leave in gear, 4th-ish, maybe third depending on traffic flow, and change down when time to accelerate away.
I was always taught that coasting out of gear was bad, not damage bad, but less control bad.

Wheel time is the best way to get the feel for what gear you need.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Whenever I'm coasting, I tend to downshift with the clutch it just in case I need to start going again for whatever reason. When I get under 35 I put it in third, under 25 and I put it into second, and then if it's almost a dead stop I'll wiggle it into first.

Also, something I didn't know until I did it in my car the first time. Don't shift down too far even if you have the clutch it. On the old trucks I used to drive, for whatever reason, you could put the clutch it and coast with it in first gear no matter what speed you were going. You will probably grind if you force it into a gear too low.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:08 PM   #25 (permalink)
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While I was learning I started to pretend to be driving in stop and go traffic. I think that was about when I finally felt totally comfortable with driving standard. That little exercise gave a good feel for the clutch.
I second this. When learning, don't just drive around at speed. Starting and stopping smoothly is where you'll get comfortable with the clutch the fastest.

The first time I took my car out I got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Scary, but I learned pretty quick.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:22 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I bought my 13 year old daughter an older Ranger (EDIT: 1990 per correction) with a weak engine (2.9L - lots of miles) with a 5-speed in it to bum around the farm with. I will be cutting some pathways and it has plenty of hills. If she can learn to drive that thing she can drive any stick in the world I expect. Yes it is four wheel drive.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:45 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I bought my 13 year old daughter an older Ranger (2000) with a weak engine (2.9L - lots of miles) with a 5-speed in it to bum around the farm with. I will be cutting some pathways and it has plenty of hills. If she can learn to drive that thing she can drive any stick in the world I expect. Yes it is four wheel drive.
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Wow... I was off a whole decade - yep 1990
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I learned to drive in a manual pickup and as others have said, the quickest way to get good is to just drive. Once you are used to driving a manual you won't want to drive an auto ever again, and when you do you'll feel like you're forgetting to do something while driving.
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depends on the year of the WRX, but the thing to consider is they are a popular boy racer vehicle and there are many of them out there that have been rode hard, put away wet, and generally neglected while being hammered on. I understand getting something you don't want to worry about if you mess it up a bit while learning to drive stick - I am just cautioning to be careful to not get something that could well be a maintenance headache regardless
Anything in particular to check as an idea if she was raced?
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