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View Poll Results: Can you drive a stick shift?
Yes 71 77.17%
No 7 7.61%
Never had the opportunity to learn 14 15.22%
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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I learned when I was 12 or 13. I use to sit up front with my dad and shifted the gears for him while he did the clutching.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I learned from my father, since it was part of his own breed of "driver's ed" that was much more strict than any state-mandated course or test. It also comes in handy in Europe, since it's much easier to be able to handle a manual, otherwise they have to special-order a car in many cities. However, jet lag (after flying in from LA) and a sinus infection can make for some interesting travel when you have to drive on the left first thing in the morning.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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I can shift gears fine in a truck 10 speed. I double clutch or float gears. I purchase a 1989 jeep Sahara. 5 speed with a straight 6. I have a problem starting off. Jerking or stalling. In a semi let go of the clutch slowly and the truck moves and then I press the accelerator. In the jeep that doesn't work. Why is that? I have to give it gas while releasing the clutch pedal. I seen videos of cars starting off the same way a semi does. If I go reverse in my jeep it's fine release the clutch and the jeep back quickly. I don't need to use gas pedal at all. Just trying to see if that's normal or I'm I doing something wrong.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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I can shift gears fine in a truck 10 speed. I double clutch or float gears. I purchase a 1989 jeep Sahara. 5 speed with a straight 6. I have a problem starting off. Jerking or stalling. In a semi let go of the clutch slowly and the truck moves and then I press the accelerator. In the jeep that doesn't work. Why is that? I have to give it gas while releasing the clutch pedal. I seen videos of cars starting off the same way a semi does. If I go reverse in my jeep it's fine release the clutch and the jeep back quickly. I don't need to use gas pedal at all. Just trying to see if that's normal or I'm I doing something wrong.
Thats normal... diesels have the torque to drive the vehicle in idle, gas engines do not have low end torque like that.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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Thats normal... diesels have the torque to drive the vehicle in idle, gas engines do not have low end torque like that.
Thanks what about a newer model cars maybe a 2005 model with a stick?
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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Thanks what about a newer model cars maybe a 2005 model with a stick?
I am sure there are some vehicles that can do this how you would expect, however the majority still don't have enough low end torque.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Wow lucky kid. That's a pretty powerful machine in the hands of a kid.

At first I was envisioning you owned a 1980-1986 Corvette.
It's probably better to learn on a modern clutch than on an older vehicle. The shifts in my 'Vette are MUCH, MUCH more fluid than the old Ford truck I learned on!
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Thanks what about a newer model cars maybe a 2005 model with a stick?
You could try bumping up the idle.....my last truck had a high idle from factory and I could let off w/o pressing on the accelerator.

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It's probably better to learn on a modern clutch than on an older vehicle. The shifts in my 'Vette are MUCH, MUCH more fluid than the old Ford truck I learned on!
I hear you there. I'm used to driving standards with a hydro clutch, then I drove dad's 68 Camaro SS which has the factory M-22 4 speed....talk about night and day, the clutch will give your leg a real work out, as it's a non hydro type.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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I can shift gears fine in a truck 10 speed. I double clutch or float gears. I purchase a 1989 jeep Sahara. 5 speed with a straight 6. I have a problem starting off. Jerking or stalling. In a semi let go of the clutch slowly and the truck moves and then I press the accelerator. In the jeep that doesn't work. Why is that? I have to give it gas while releasing the clutch pedal. I seen videos of cars starting off the same way a semi does. If I go reverse in my jeep it's fine release the clutch and the jeep back quickly. I don't need to use gas pedal at all. Just trying to see if that's normal or I'm I doing something wrong.
I don't know if I'd recommend it, but you can always adjust your idle a little higher. That would take care of having to give it any throttle while taking off.

I use to have issues switching between a big truck and a car but mine had to do with shifting. I would forget to push the clutch all the way to the floor while shifting and would grind every now and again.

Our Commuter Focus has wicked hanging revs and it drives me crazy. Supposedly it's supposed to do that though. Meaning when you push in the clutch to shift, the revs just stay put instead of dropping down. Only car I've ever had that did that.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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A friend of mine was an exchange student at a high school in the U.S. When he was there he got a drivers licence. The easy process obtaining one and the fact he exclusively drove an automatic did little to prepare him for driving back in Norway a year later. Getting a drivers licence in Norway requires driving with a stick (an automatic only is avaliable, though). The education and tests where apparently way harder in Norway, too.
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