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I learned to drive on a manual transmission (Datsun 1200, if you really must know my vintage) but haven't driven one in about 25 years (20 years if you count motorcycles).

As I more or less patiently wait for my car, I am trying to guess how hard it will be to go back to a stick. Is it like the bicycle cliche? Any ideas on where I could rent a car with a manual trans to practice/re-learn?
 

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You never forget how to drive, it's getting used to the clutch on different cars. My Audi has Hydralic clutch, my other manual transmissions were mechanical .
 

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Go to any local car rental place and rent a manual tranny car for the day.
 

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What Ed said is basically right. It's just that the 'sweet spot' differs from car to car.

My 240SX was manual but getting into the Solstice the first time was a little iffy.

But the motions you should never forget, truly like riding a bike. It'll all come back to you.
 

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clamato said:
I learned to drive on a manual transmission (Datsun 1200, if you really must know my vintage) but haven't driven one in about 25 years (20 years if you count motorcycles).
I agree it should come back pretty fast. Just remember when you get to 4th gear there is still one more gear left. :lol: I think the Datsun was a 4 speed tranny, wasn't it? :)
 

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I jumped in OL' Lady's on Sunday and nary a problem

I've driven stick on trucks for 20 years

It's a piece of cake...just remember ...let up on clutch...BEFORE
you start tromping on the accelerator
 

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clamato said:
I learned to drive on a manual transmission (Datsun 1200, if you really must know my vintage) but haven't driven one in about 25 years (20 years if you count motorcycles).

As I more or less patiently wait for my car, I am trying to guess how hard it will be to go back to a stick. Is it like the bicycle cliche? Any ideas on where I could rent a car with a manual trans to practice/re-learn?
Hey! _I_ learned to drive a stick on a Datsun 1200 as well. Small world.

These other guys are right on the mark. You will get back in a manny-tranny car and be back up to speed in no time. I had not driven a stick for almost 10 years when a friend threw me the keys to his wife's Boxster and off we went! That event started me down the road to where I found the Solstice.

Anyway, thanks for the post and have a good day!

--Chemist
 

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Chemist said:
Hey! _I_ learned to drive a stick on a Datsun 1200 as well. Small world.

These other guys are right on the mark. You will get back in a manny-tranny car and be back up to speed in no time. I had not driven a stick for almost 10 years when a friend threw me the keys to his wife's Boxster and off we went! That event started me down the road to where I found the Solstice.

Anyway, thanks for the post and have a good day!

--Chemist
Thanks to all for the reassurances and suggestions.

Chemist: two questions; How do I find a friend who's wife has a boxster I can drive :) and was your 1200 also "telephone company" green?
 

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The Solstice is an easy car to drive. I've never owned a manual car. I've only driven a manual less than 10 time sand I didn't even come close to stalling it when I test drove it.
 

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I've never driven a stick...
I plan on learning...
Almost 29 years old. And I've NEVER driven a stick.
 

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Only 22 Years old and never drove a stick on the road. Been practicing in a few parking lots and feel comfortable enough to drive it home from the dealer (hopefully very soon). On my way home I was going to stop at a parking lot with a hill and practice more there. Any other suggestions or tips for someone who has never driven a manual on the road? I am VIN 2737 by the way, was supposed to be shipped 10/19 so hopefully will get it soon.
 

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It comes back quickly. I hadn't driven a stick in 13 years.
 

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mysterio98 said:
Only 22 Years old and never drove a stick on the road. Been practicing in a few parking lots and feel comfortable enough to drive it home from the dealer (hopefully very soon). On my way home I was going to stop at a parking lot with a hill and practice more there. Any other suggestions or tips for someone who has never driven a manual on the road? I am VIN 2737 by the way, was supposed to be shipped 10/19 so hopefully will get it soon.
One thing my wife did when she was learning to drive a stick shift was to go driving while I was deployed to Germany for 2 months. Put lots of miles on my little car, but was very comfortable driving it when I got back. Road time with a lot of stop signs on hills will build your confidence. just make sure they are in a residential area so you won't have a bunch of folks right on your bumper waiting for you to roll back.

Another tip I gave her back then was that the E-brake is your friend on a hill. Put the car in gear with your foot on the brake, engage the E-brake, move foot from brake to gas then release the E-brake slowly and let off the clutch while giving it gas at the same time (sounds more complicated than it really is) so that you don't roll back.
 

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clamato said:
Thanks to all for the reassurances and suggestions.

Chemist: two questions; How do I find a friend who's wife has a boxster I can drive :) and was your 1200 also "telephone company" green?
1) Look up "Pain Specialist" in the Yellow Pages :)

2) No, mine was a rather non-descript cream yellow. I actually had it repainted with a "Starsky and Hutch" stripe in blue (See http://www.starsky-iom.com/index.html for a photo of such a striped car.). It died on the highway outside of Fort Worth, TX after a gasket leaking/oil draining/rod throwing incident. I was 17 and devastated! :yesnod: )

Regardless, if you've driven a stick before, you can do it again. If you get your car before I get mine, I would be glad to drive you around and show you how it's done. ;)

--Chemist
 

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clamato said:
I learned to drive on a manual transmission (Datsun 1200, if you really must know my vintage) but haven't driven one in about 25 years (20 years if you count motorcycles).

As I more or less patiently wait for my car, I am trying to guess how hard it will be to go back to a stick. Is it like the bicycle cliche? Any ideas on where I could rent a car with a manual trans to practice/re-learn?
Head down to your nearest use car lot and have at it. Keep it low until you get out of sight before you grind a lb. or so.
 

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I showed it to my grandfather today, he perked right up and said he wanted to drive it. He's near 80 years old and hasn't driven a manual in probably 30 years he said. He had no trouble at all, I mean he was a bit jerky... but so was I at first because it's a fairly stiff clutch. After about 10 minutes he was shifting smooth like he'd been driving it for years.
 

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dori-san,
That was great that you let your grandfather drive. My car came in on my father's 94th birthday. I took him for a topless ride but he couldn't drive. He was excited over the ride as I'm certain your grandfather was on his drive. Enjoy.
 

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You never forget how to drive a standard. I always play with the shifter to get the feel of the gears space etc before I drive a different car with standard. I have only driven my new baby for about a week,but when I get back into my truck(auto)my right arm and left leg is going for a shifter and clutch. So the body never forgets. Just remember to keep those rev's up when shifting. Good Luck :cool:
 

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Lost my right leg in a motorcycle accident in 91 and still drive a stick. I use a cane attached to the clutch with velcro to engage the clutch with my left hand. Gas and brake with left leg. Took about an hour to learn and then drove a 69 vette conv stick for 7 years with no problem. Where there's a will there's a way. And with this car --- there's plenty of will....
 
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