View Full Version : Can you drive a MANUAL?


FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 06:13 PM
Just curious if you can, I can. :) If you can't don't worry you'll get the hang of it! :)

RaZor
01-14-2003, 06:15 PM
I can't EVEN DRIVE lol, lucky you. I wanna learn stick tho. Cuz you get more power at the wheels.

Jayboi
01-14-2003, 06:17 PM
Yes I Have. Now 4 Real I Really Did. Now I Know Most Of You Wont Beleve Me Cuz Im 13 But I've Driven 3 Cars With A Manual Trans. I've Driven My Uncle's Honda Accord 98'. My Friends VW Jetta 95' (He's 18yrs Old) & My Cousin's Acura 3.2 CL Type-S. That Was My Favorite. I'ma Drive A Manual Trans Wen I Get Ma Car. (Mazda 6 Sedan :mrgreen: ) & Yes I Know How To Drive. :roll:

Kracka
01-14-2003, 06:19 PM
havent tried but i have started cars that were stick....now i watch my dad when driving his man. cars lol

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 06:21 PM
I just learned recently, on a count of I put a 5-speed in my formerly automatic 2002. :) I've got it down really well finally, but it only took about a week to get the basics of it. All you who don't know: practice and smoothness, don't be afraid to let the clutch slip a little bit and also before you go to make things easier on yourself, memorize your gearbox and its clicks. ie mine clicks hard into reverse and clicks softly into 5th. Any ?s just ask! :)

Snoopy
01-14-2003, 06:23 PM
im 13 too but u prob borrow cars from ppl u kno
well i borrow cars the same way
only i dont ask, they dont kno me, n they never get their cars bacc
and if they do all crashed up :poke:
i kno sticc dont ask me how tho

Aldairion
01-14-2003, 06:36 PM
:poke: <---funny

Well my (will be) BMW is a 5-speed and even though i'm 14...i've still driven it around the neighborhood...not really exceeding third gear :mrgreen: but it's simple when you get used to it...fun too!

BTW can you see my avatar? it's showin' up as an [X] on my screen

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 06:38 PM
it's simple when you get used to it...fun too!
Yup, I don't think I want to ever drive an auto again! :P :lol:

aldend123
01-14-2003, 06:43 PM
i can drive a stick and i am not even legal yet! i learned to drive on a stick hooked up to a 350 big block v-8 in a CJ5 :twisted:

Yah for me i go to get my permit tomorrow! :D :D :D

DSM Racing
01-14-2003, 06:49 PM
I know how to start the car and everything and change the gears. The only thing I don't know is when you're slowing down, when to shift down. :oops:

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 06:57 PM
I know how to start the car and everything and change the gears. The only thing I don't know is when you're slowing down, when to shift down. :oops:
Well, downshifting is an art, and since experience is required, it can be difficult. From my experiences downshifting/driving, the key is to make sure when you downshift, you don't overrev the motor, and also if you are not going that fast that you let go of te clutch a little slowly and feel the gear grip the clutch. If you are going fast, you must blip the throttle while doing all this and actually let the clutch off a little quicker while being careful not to lose control of the car. That's all for now! :wave:

silent assassin
01-14-2003, 07:00 PM
ive driven manual in a ferrari 550 marannelo, man that car is hard to change gears you actually need a lot of strenght

DSM Racing
01-14-2003, 07:00 PM
Yeah, thats what I wouldn't want to do. I'm scared I'd overrev the engine and mess it up. Another thing, let's say you were going pretty quick in 3rd gear and had to make an abrupt stop, you'd just shift into first...or shift through all the gears? :poke:

Giddyup_409
01-14-2003, 07:02 PM
Yeah, I can kinda drive manual, kinda meaning I'm Ok... I tried it on my bro's '89 CRX Si. I had problems with downshifting and I grinded the gears one time. :oops: At leat I didn't stall out though. :poke:

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 07:04 PM
Yeah, thats what I wouldn't want to do. I'm scared I'd overrev the engine and mess it up. Another thing, let's say you were going pretty quick in 3rd gear and had to make an abrupt stop, you'd just shift into first...or shift through all the gears? :poke:
No, what I just do to slow down, normally or quickly is put the clutch in first, then press the brake, and let the brake decide how fast you stop, if you don't put in the clutch, all you will do is waste gas, it offers no advantage to downshift when you are coming to a complete stop. When you are slowing down, sometimes the car is difficult to put into gear, but that is just because it is the wrong gear and if you let out the clutch in that gear the car will slow down way to much or spin you out.

PortuguesePilot
01-14-2003, 07:06 PM
all cars that i've driven had manual shifting. i'm more than confortable with it and to be quite honest, i think that autoshifting takes away the driving fun. the only kind of auto-trans that i can tolerate (and even enjoy) is the semi-automatic sequential gears.

Tom Call
01-14-2003, 07:09 PM
I've driven a stick with no power steering, extremely sensitive brakes and gas, and the steering wheel is so big that it rubs against my legs when I turn. You can't get more screwed up then that. And I'm not even 16 yet!

silent assassin
01-14-2003, 07:15 PM
where can u learn more about how to drive manual and stuff like that. cause i am gettin my car next year and i only tried manual trans once in a parkin lot and i stalled the car most of the time

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 07:25 PM
I've driven a stick with no power steering, extremely sensitive brakes and gas, and the steering wheel is so big that it rubs against my legs when I turn. You can't get more screwed up then that. And I'm not even 16 yet!
No power steering on my car and I used to have a big ol old skool BM steering wheel, man was it UGLY! I put in a smaller one which makes a big change in it's interior. I think no power steering gives you better steering feel because once your going above 5 or 10, you can't even tell, at least on a street car, not on a car that has downforce. :)

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 07:28 PM
where can u learn more about how to drive manual and stuff like that. cause i am gettin my car next year and i only tried manual trans once in a parkin lot and i stalled the car most of the time
If I were you, I would rent a stick car and eff up their tranny, but you should have someone you know help you out, my dad and my uncle helped me learn

OZ
01-14-2003, 07:30 PM
Stick all the way, since 16, And as Portuguese Pilot said, autoshifting takes away all the fun. And i not a big fan of semi-automatic sequential geared cars too, cus without the clutch pedal, how come I'll use the gear brake?

No, what I just do to slow down, normally or quickly is put the clutch in first, then press the brake, and let the brake decide how fast you stop, if you don't put in the clutch, all you will do is waste gas, it offers no advantage to downshift when you are coming to a complete stop. When you are slowing down, sometimes the car is difficult to put into gear, but that is just because it is the wrong gear and if you let out the clutch in that gear the car will slow down way to much or spin you out.

:poke: Dude, If you downshift for the first gear in a bumpy, you do increase your chance to spin out, since you're putting your car into an stressfull situation, since you're using the "engine brake", downshifting is the best option for any kind of braking situation, no matter if you'ha to slow down normaly or quickly. Also, the first thing to do is to put the foot on the brake, then come downshifiting, stepping in the clutch first will make the car loose for a momentun the gear brake effect, and it will decrease the efficiency of the brakes and increase the possibility of you loose the control of the car[/code]

DSM Racing
01-14-2003, 07:31 PM
That's what I plan on doing. I want to get like a $100 car that's manual, along with my Prelude. I want the Prelude to come with auto-stick, so when I learn to drive stick I can use it. I would practice on the junky car and use it to school to drive. I wouldn't dare driving by my school in my Prelude (when and if I get one, which I hope and am pretty sure that I will) because the people would steal it in a matter of seconds. Either steal it, or do something stupid to mess it up. :roll:

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 07:36 PM
Dude, If you downshift for the first gear in a bumpy, you do increase your chance to spin out, since you're putting your car into an stressfull situation, since you're using the "engine brake", downshifting is the best option for any kind of braking situation, no matter if you'ha to slow down normaly or quickly. Also, the first thing to do is to put the foot on the brake, then come downshifiting, stepping in the clutch first will make the car loose for a momentun the gear brake effect, and it will decrease the efficiency of the brakes and increase the possibility of you loose the control of the car[/code]
I was talking about on the street, not on the track or going fast! :roll: :P I think it's more fuel effiecient if you use the hte clutch first, then the brakes in a non-stressful situation. You want to keep the engine power when you are in a more stressful situation, or just racing. :)

newton
01-14-2003, 07:56 PM
I'm 13, can't drive, but I'm pretty sure I can drive stick....

Release the gas...
Apply the clutch...
Shift...
Release the clutch...
Apply the gas...

Do it fast and you'll get it...All I have to do is practice so I never will daydream and screw my tranny... :mrgreen:

OZ
01-14-2003, 07:56 PM
I was talking about on the street, not on the track or going fast! :roll: :P I think it's more fuel effiecient if you use the hte clutch first, then the brakes in a non-stressful situation. You want to keep the engine power when you are in a more stressful situation, or just racing. :)

:lol: I was talking about the street too, actually, this is the way I drive most of the days :lol: Well, I do drive fast, and I do have way to many bumpy roads in my country, so i just got used to it. I even took some especial driving course on selfdefesive driving... :wave:

FerrariF12000
01-14-2003, 08:39 PM
Well, I do drive fast, and I do have way to many bumpy roads in my country, so i just got used to it.
Makes me feel lucky about the roads here! They are all paved and smooth, at least in Ca. :)



I even took some especial driving course on selfdefesive driving... :wave:
Cool! :) MANY MANY people here need those! :lol:

d-man
01-15-2003, 09:59 AM
i got a prelude comin to me in a couple months...its a fivespeed and i had no problem drivin it.so its gonna be great :beer:

DJC
01-15-2003, 11:15 AM
ive been able to drive since in was 9 or 10 on farms in the bush in Africa. Ive been driving old pickups etc for ages, always using the stick.

The easy was i learnt was that i would sit in the middle of the cab when i was young, 7-10 and i would change the gears for my dad. He used to tell me when, but then i learnt to listen to the engine and watch for him to press the clutch. This was only driving to skool tho, which was mainly thru bush so not many cars went by. :tongue:

Sander
01-15-2003, 12:37 PM
Well, I'm from Europe and have my drivers license, so yes, I can drive a stick. I have never even driven a automatic before.

T®u3no G+ Ap3x
01-15-2003, 01:15 PM
I have to... 86 is only good with MT not AT :poke:

llakl
01-15-2003, 03:52 PM
yeah, in my dreams (truthfully :) )

antonyaiken
01-15-2003, 04:05 PM
well, for starters, its manual gearbox, not stick, a stick is a long woody brown thing you throw for your dog!!

second, why are all you people driving??? im english and i cant drive until im 18!!! (i am 18 and can drive but you get the point) how can u drive when your 14??? you cant even see through the steering wheel or keep a straight face when you see some boobs! how the hell are you gonna controll a large piece of mechienery @ 30+mph??? huh?

and third what the hell is a permit, We hava a thing called a driving licence, where you have to take a test, do you just apply for yours and get given it through the post??, my friends are lucky to even afford the insurance for a 1988 Ford Escort 1.1, he is 23 earns £200+ a week and cant afford the unsurance for the car, he got a quote @ £1400 a year!! for a car thats worth £120, with 40 bhp, 4 gears, top speed of 90mph (if the winds behind you) :mrgreen: and a 0-60 measured on a calendar!!

To answer your question, yes i can drive a MANUAL GEARBOX'D CAR!! i drive a turbocharged mini cooper, 230bhp, 6 speed sequential gearbox (ha ha no clutch!!) and 0-60 of 4.5 seconds (top speed is only 130 because of 4.76 differential!) :blush:

MuscleCarFreak
01-15-2003, 04:11 PM
Usually once you get the hang of it, thats it. You wont forget. I love driving and I force my self to drive anything. Now I can drive a stick real good, but I have to admit that after learning how to shift, my dad got a 1997 Jeep Wrangler, and that thing was a B***H to figure out... I dont know what it was but I had trouble with it. I was almost embarrassed, because I like to think I can drive anything with wheels :roll: but I finally got the hang of it.

The_Newmanator
01-15-2003, 04:31 PM
i love driving stick :poke: its wayy better than auto, less boring, but i hate stick with cruise control....it kinda defeats the purpose lol. If u live in the city (not like me, i live in a little hick town) its better to have an auto. b/c its hard on the tranny, all that shifting from first to second...my car is a stick (and a P.O.S 1983 Honda Civic) and its fun to drive...i learned on a 1989 mazda 323 DX, my dads car, it had the noisyest exhaust ive ever heard :mrgreen: but it was broken, not cool

Twin_Turbo511
01-15-2003, 04:42 PM
I've driven something worse than AT....Steptronic! I hate it, it's like a wannabe MT...It's my moms car. 2001 BMW 325Ci. I drive it all the time, to school, etc. I'm only 14 too. Most kids around here can't drive stick. I want to try my stepbrothers 1969 Vette (Stingray) but he loves that thing too much to let me drive it. Same with my uncles Camaro SS. I've driven mostly trucks though. A Suburban, Explorer, Yukon. But I never really driven MT. I plan on buying a car with it though.

ksr9000
01-15-2003, 04:56 PM
yeah i dont have a license but i drive my bros cobra R all the time....I punch it sometimes....man its fast.....oh yeah stick is FUN..its like a video game :poke: :poke: :poke:

ayaxr
01-15-2003, 04:59 PM
Hey, manual all the way....much more control over the car.....its what I've always used....when driving to school, on either my 88' van or my dads 02' rav4

S13DRIFTSPEC
01-15-2003, 05:00 PM
I learned it in my moms 2001 civic. It's a sedan and MT. I have driven a AT 2001 civic too sedan as well and theres a big difference. The MT was faster you can really feel it. anyways it took me about 3 hours to master driving it. Before I would stall alot but now I would never stall.

Anonymous
01-15-2003, 05:28 PM
Never had the opportunity. My car is automatic, so are my parents. And all my friends have auto as well. Except one who has a Datsun 280Z, but he wont let me touch it.

S3Racing
01-15-2003, 05:29 PM
Yeah, thats what I wouldn't want to do. I'm scared I'd overrev the engine and mess it up. Another thing, let's say you were going pretty quick in 3rd gear and had to make an abrupt stop, you'd just shift into first...or shift through all the gears? :poke:

No, you can't skip gears otherwise you'll get a nasty CRANK :( Never skip gears, you'll really mess your tranny up. Also, about downshifting, just downshift when you hear the spot in the gear when u got in that gear...kinda hard to explain, but you'll get used to it, and whenever you need to abruptly stop, just either hold down the clutch or shift into neutral. You'll get used to it and you'll get common sense within your first month.

FerrariF12000
01-15-2003, 05:35 PM
Since I put a 5-speed in my car that was originally an automatic 3 speed (bwueeeeee http://www.twarres.org/SMvollkotz.gif) the car has no tacho, so I have to go by MPH when I am downshifting, I've actually gotten pretty good at it! But I am still going to put in a tacho eventually.

Venom
01-15-2003, 05:35 PM
I have never diven a manual because our Dodge Caravan and Dakota only have 4 speed automatic transmissions. The closest thing to a normal manual I have driven was Honda Fourtrax 300 ATV with a clutchless 5 speed transmission.

Jetta2NR
01-16-2003, 06:22 PM
yes i can do it i ahve soem problems with down shifting but i can do it i havent drove in 4 years now but im deffenitly gettin a manual car...

Scott Evil
01-16-2003, 10:00 PM
yeah i can...im proud of it too.....took me a while but now i can drive any car :finger:

SpookyVince7000
01-16-2003, 10:38 PM
It sometimes makes me laugh a bit to read all those people (no offence though) who feel problems downshifting and so on...

Maybe it's a bit different when you have only AT around you, like in the US, but in Europe nearly all cars have MT. Anyway, it's just not different...

Wall just a bit different. To make it simple, on mostly any MT car, shift up when the throttle goes to 2/3 of the gauge, shift down when it goes down to 1/3. Roughly, and to drive in a "normal" way.

But hey (depending on your gearbox), never shift down when you're at the middle of the gauge or more. You'll just see your plugs fly through the hood!!! :roll:

I've read also (don't remember who, sorry...) someone talking about cities and AT. Yes man, right. It is definitely better to run on AT in cities, or in heavy traffic anyway... It takes me everyday about 30mins to drive the only 8km (5mi) to my workplace, and I'm sick of changing gears... :crazy:

I guess that the top of the top in gearboxes is those new semi-auto. I've had a friend's Mercedes E220 CDi with that AT. Traffic jam? Just leave it in D. Free roads? Move the stick left to downshift and right to shift up. Easy, fun, efficient, really great! But well, it's a €40,000 toy ('bout the same in $) and I'm not ready to spend that much yet! I guess cars are a bit more expensive in Europe than in US... :cry:

Btw, to get to the topic, yes, I can drive MT.

kct
01-17-2003, 09:13 AM
i'll be getting my dad's 83' accord (don't think about vtec swap for the car)(that is if my dad got cash to afford another car to drive) and its a manual (yay). he once said if can he will get a 84-85 prelude...dunno why when i prefer a ae86 which he said was 'limited'.....btw the prob with the ppl here (read my location) is some ppl prefer auto (this make some cars are only available in AT)

zifox
01-23-2003, 05:45 AM
i'm perhaps the only one in this case, but i can't bear automatic gearbox.
You can't get enough control on the car, sometimes it changes gears at the wrong time, plus you can't use the engine to slow down. ( it takes me 30 minutes to learn how to use correctly a manual bearbox, it's really no bi deal !)

I personnaly think that automatic gearboxes are for grandpa...


PS: i'm from France ( hi SpookyVince7000 :mrgreen: ! ) and you can't learn on AT (to have your license, you have to drive on a MT. 95% of cars are MT, and that's better that way !

BaardK
01-23-2003, 06:00 AM
"Can you drive a MANUAL?"

I dont know...maybe a DRIVERMANUAL :mrgreen: LOL

ging
01-23-2003, 12:24 PM
ooooo, got my first driving lesson this saturday, very exciting...

FunkBro3
01-23-2003, 05:36 PM
I can't drive lol but I don't even want to try seems too anooying to shift a lot

FerrariF12000
01-23-2003, 05:46 PM
"Can you drive a MANUAL?"

I dont know...maybe a DRIVERMANUAL :mrgreen: LOL
The only reason why I did that was 'antonyaiken''s comment:
well, for starters, its manual gearbox, not stick, a stick is a long woody brown thing you throw for your dog!!

second, why are all you people driving??? im english and i cant drive until im 18!!! (i am 18 and can drive but you get the point) how can u drive when your 14??? you cant even see through the steering wheel or keep a straight face when you see some boobs! how the hell are you gonna controll a large piece of mechienery @ 30+mph??? huh?

and third what the hell is a permit, We hava a thing called a driving licence, where you have to take a test, do you just apply for yours and get given it through the post??, my friends are lucky to even afford the insurance for a 1988 Ford Escort 1.1, he is 23 earns £200+ a week and cant afford the unsurance for the car, he got a quote @ £1400 a year!! for a car thats worth £120, with 40 bhp, 4 gears, top speed of 90mph (if the winds behind you) and a 0-60 measured on a calendar!!

To answer your question, yes i can drive a MANUAL GEARBOX'D CAR!! i drive a turbocharged mini cooper, 230bhp, 6 speed sequential gearbox (ha ha no clutch!!) and 0-60 of 4.5 seconds (top speed is only 130 because of 4.76 differential!)
:)

syaheerbmw
01-28-2003, 06:27 PM
Although I am 14 and don't have licence to drive, I drove a 91' toyota corolla a few times to the shops at my grandpa's village in Johor, Malaysia, there, you see some kids on motorbikes too! :D

FerrariF12000
01-28-2003, 06:29 PM
Although I am 14 and don't have licence to drive, I drove a 91' toyota corolla a few times to the shops at my grandpa's village in Johor, Malaysia, there, you see some kids on motorbikes too! :D
Better than not being able to at all, right? :D

syaheerbmw
01-28-2003, 06:30 PM
And I forgot, it was manual transmission. Quite difficult though! :mrgreen:

syaheerbmw
01-28-2003, 06:31 PM
Next time I go there, I'll try to drive my dad's E34 520i!