How long did it take you to learn Manual?

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  1. Yoshiemaster

    Yoshiemaster New Member

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    dad bought me an 03 civic ex last week and i'm thrilled about it. i learned how to drive a manual in iran about 2 years ago, and i could drive their cars real well, but the civic is more sensitive than the cars in iran. i practiced driving the civic alot this weekend, but i'm still pretty bad at it. how long did it take you guys how to learn how to drive a manual, and drive well. and can someone gimme pointers on how to handle the accelleration from a complete stop on a hill?
     
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    Half an hour... ? Just jump right into traffic, the pressure will scare you enough to learn.
     
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    To get the basics under an hour. But it takes continued practice to become really really good at it. Just practice starting from a dead stop and starting when stopped on a hill. Find an empty parking lot somewhere and just go at it all day.
     
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    I started by trying to go uphill (up my driveway) in my old Escort. I stalled it 2 times. Once got it right, I was off and running [​IMG].
     
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    Learned how to drive manual in about an hour.

    How to drive it smoothly for daily needs, about a month.

    How to race, still learning.
     
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    yea i mean i can defianetly drive the car, but i'm still not comfortable enough to drive it around all the time. i have a hill in my neighborhood that i go and practice on during my free time. handling the 1st gear is the only problem i have, specially on a hill. other than that, i'm fine.
     
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    If you're on a really steep hill and want to cheat a bit, hold the car with the e-brake until you just have the clutch starting to engage and go from there... no real need though, once you're comfortable with it you only roll back a foot or so anyway.
     
  9. Jajibaji

    Jajibaji Remember, the enemy's gate is down.

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    Just get comfortable with the point in the clutch where it actually engages. Once you learn this spot, you'll be able to handle hills no problem. I think the problem usually comes from the fact that people depress the clutch all the way to the floor, giving you some play before it engages, thus giving you a second where the car is effectively in neutral, allowing you to go backwards.
     
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    took a couple hours to get it where i could get around(little did i now it was a stage 1 clutch)

    took about a week to get where i was fine driving aroudn the city and stuff, takes a good 3-4 months to get where you can rip it hard and do it competitivly
     
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    Before I got my 240sx I had only driven stick once for like 20 minutes, but I had was pretty good and had a basic concept of what to do. It took me a week or so to get comfortable, and probably anothe week to get real good. My shifts could be smoother if I tried. For the hills jus learn where the engagement point is. After I learned that I was set. Try reaching the engagement pint as quick as possible. Thats what I do and it works good, roll back less that a foot. Learn engagement point!
     
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    drove my ex's truck for 2 months...un consistent times ...

    then bought an integra gsr...drove it like a granny for 5 days...all in bumper to bumper traffic and to and from work and everything else....
     
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    i'll def. practice this weekend, thanks guys.
     
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    few days to really get it down.
     
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    i think i got it down. practiced finding the engagement point by practicing on the steep part of my driveway. the troubles you encounter while learning manual, in my opinion, is defianetely worth it.
     
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    I learned on a yugo..It was my uncle's car. He works on a lot of cars and he said i could practice on the yugo. It was the worst shifting car ever It had a problem getting into third gear. So after driving it i was semi good. I got in my Z32TT and learned in about 10 min.
     
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    I had prior experience with an auto-clutch manual for years, so learning on a manul car took about 30 minutes.

    I would imagine for somebody with zero prior experience, it would take 45 mins to an hour.
     
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    yea, i learned how to drive manual in iran. if you can drive a manual in the cities of iran, you can drive anywhere. that was an excellent intro to driving here at home. i just don't feel comfortable until driving a stick becomes 1st nature to me, not even 2nd nature.
     
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    i figured it out myself in about 2weeks
     
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    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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    as long as you know how to drive it, everything else will come with experience

    as with the hill, like everyone else said... u just have to find that point where the clutch engages.. if you are in heavy traffic and dont want to risk anything, go ahead pull the e brake, while you depress the clutch and ease on the gas
     
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    it's easy how u can tell who has a manual in the city when you're driving. first time i took it out, i stalled on a mini hill and by the time i reached the light it was red. i look over to the guy on the right and hes givin me the thumbs up, he pulled down his window and said sumtin like "right on kid keep drivin that manual, don't get stressed by other drivers, most likely they're pussies kuhz they drive automatic."
     
  23. zyg0te

    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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    Not really, its only easy to tell the beginners and "ricers." If you are driving manual like it was intended, your car will blend in perfectly with all the other cars on the road.
     
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    i didn't mean driving wise. i see people around me sometimes that are mad, othertime i see people like the guy i mentioned above givin me the thumbs up. i meant that the people who have manual are patient with u and don't get mad at u like the automatic drivers.
     
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    yeah it's kinda been touched on but when you are on a hill just let the clutch out to the engagement point and take your foot off the brake. You won't roll at this point. Just ease into the gas and ease out the clutch and you will have a nice smooth start on the hill.
     

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