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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Subject:Intro Post
Posted by:bisonmomma.
Time:11:44 am.
Hi, Everyone!

I'm a 38 (eeek!) year old female who lives in NWPA. I just joined here, although I see it hasn't been active in a while. I wandered over from google, where I was looking up "stick shift minivan."

On Friday, my beloved Ford Freestyle was t-boned. I was worried about her, but then I started thinking if she did get totaled, I'd do what I really want and buy a stick shift. I love driving a stick. I basically taught myself to drive one on my old roommate's Nissan pickup truck, which was very "strip down." It was a 5 speed, no power steering, no nothing. It was named "Truck." I loved driving Truck. When it was time to get my own car, the dealer asked me "stick or automatic?" and I answered "stick." I ended up with a 91 Mustang. We got along well together, despite the fact that it had a part of the clutch that looked like a little barbell that would break with some frequency. I had her when I met my first husband. She brought my older 2 kids home from the hospital. Now she's gone. Alas.

Since the Mustang, I've driven automatics. They suck. I now have a new husband and a new child, bringing the total to 3. I like having a bigger car, hence the Freestyle. I've often said the only thing wrong with it is that it's an automatic.

I started searching & found out that if I lived in Europe, this wouldn't be much of an issue. Most cars there, even big family cars, come with manual transmissions. Not so much here in the U.S. So far I've found the Mazda5, which is cool, but it only seats 6. I also have looked at the Volkswagon Vanagon/Synchro/whatever, which are nice, but not readily available in my area. Plus, with the winters around here, I'd have to find the 4wd version; there's no way I'm driving a RWD vehicle through 6 inches of snow.

I also remember a friend of my mom's having some Nissan thing that was like a minivan, but it was a stick. This would have been in the early 90s. Any ideas?

Thanks for reading my blatherings, and I'm glad to have found others who love stick shifts as much as I do.
2 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Subject:Stick Shift Without a Stick, or Evil Automatic?
Posted by:equiraptor.
Time:9:01 pm.
Recently, nugget and I went by our local Porsche dealership to test a PDK car. PDK stands for the German language version of Porsche Double Clutch and it's a double clutch sequential manual transmission. It's basically two manual transmissions sandwiched together, with two clutches, and the whole mess is computer controlled.

The car we drove had three shift profiles for the transmission, in addition to the manual override mode. In normal mode, the car drove like a typical automatic - early shifts, moving into high gear when your foot's off the gas, etc. This is "ew, automatic" mode. Great for driving in traffic.

"Sport" mode is the next option on the aggressiveness scale. In this mode, the car shifted later and stayed in a lower gear longer. It would downshift under braking, etc. It behaved very much like I would were I driving the car on the street, trying to have some fun. I liked this mode except for one thing: It doesn't coast easily. I'm not sure what would be the better way to get the car to approximate coasting - put it in "normal" mode briefly, or shove the stick into neutral, only to have to shove it back to drive once you want engine power again. Still, not bad, and it was nice to have an "automatic" shifting when I would want it to, where it a manual.

The most aggressive of the potential shift patterns is called "Super Sport." In reality, it should be called "Track." This mode basically kept the car in the lowest gear possible, always, period. It was jarring and strange on the street, but it would be fantastic on the track. It does have a bit of a built in jerk on some of the shifts. They could make that go away, but their customers accustomed to stick-shift manuals expect that jerk, so it stays. I think it should be removed in track Super Sport mode, as anything that could upset the car's balance is a bad thing (unless intentional) on the track. Still, those extremely fast, very precise shifts far outperform anything a normal human could do. I think this could produce some very nice lap times in amateur hands (though I'm not sure if it would be as much fun).

Finally, there's the manual override. I was excited to reach this. I'd driven automatic transmissions with a manual override, but never a computer controlled manual. I was hoping to find a better response time in this transmission than the automatics had had. I was eager to pull a paddle and feel the transmission respond, seemingly instantly, to my every command.

I was sorely disappointed. The transmission may be capable of extremely fast shifts, but they didn't happen with the quick response to a command I was hoping for. Nugget argued that this isn't important - that a person can adjust to the delay. Well, sure, one can, but I don't want to have to, and what if I change my mind about what gear I want for this corner at the last moment? Will the car respond fast enough? I want to feel like the shift happens the very moment I think it.

Plus, the paddles/buttons/whatever you wanna call them felt cheap. Yes, I know, this isn't a very important thing. However, the car's a Porsche. The car's a Porsche and this is my main means of communication with the transmission. It should feel as capable and finely tuned as I know the car is. I shouldn't feel like these are cheap little pieces of plastic shoved onto a steering wheel as an afterthought. It's PORSCHE, not Kia.

And so, those are my thoughts. I may have left you, the reader, with the impression that I do not like the transmission. This wouldn't really be accurate. I think it's a fine transmission - an absolutely fantastic replacement for a traditional automatic. I think it has some strong technical advantages. I have a few minor gripes that a re-tune of the transmission could probably work out. Would I want this transmission on my street car? Not yet. Maybe if they work out the gripes. Maybe not. Would I want it on my track car? Probably, if it proved it could stand up to the abuse, especially if I could occasionally throw my traditional-manual-street-car around the track occasionally when I wanted to deal with a clutch and heel-toe downshifting.
1 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Subject:First post!
Posted by:sweet_charade.
Time:2:37 am.
Hi everyone. I recently bought my first manual transmission car, a 1993 Geo Storm. Up until now I've always driven automatics, but I've been interested in buying a stick shift car for awhile, since they get better gas mileage and just look like more fun.

I've been learning how to drive it from my mother, but it's been pretty difficult so far. I've been reading up on it online, and some of the things I'm seeing online conflict with things my mother has said. The most obvious one I can think of off the top of my head is when you're first starting the car and getting it to go. The process, as my mother tells it, is like this:
1) Feet on clutch and brake, start the car, take off parking brake, and shift into first.
2) Leave left foot on clutch, take right foot off brake and start giving it gas.
3) When the engine gets to around 2000 RPM, start letting off the clutch.

However, what I've been seeing online has been more like
1) Feet on clutch and brake, start the car, take off parking brake, and shift into first.
2) Take foot off brake, ease other foot off of clutch until it starts going, THEN give it gas.

Which way is better? Will either cause any serious damage to the car? With my mom's way I experience a lot of jerking, sputtering and dying, but I assumed that was just because I'm new at this and I let off the clutch too fast when it first starts going. Now I'm starting to wonder though.

My mother has also been having me leave my foot on the gas while I push in the clutch and shift gears. Another thing I looked at told me I should take my foot off the gas while I'm shifting. Does it matter?

Another thing I saw on a website said that you should never have the clutch pushed in when making a turn. Is this true, and if so, why? When I've been practicing, every time I had to make a turn I just basically put the clutch in and coasted across the turn, then picked back up in third gear. Why is that bad?

I can't think of any more questions offhand, but I'm sure I'll probably have more. Thanks for any help you guys can offer, and sorry if these are kind of nooby questions.
5 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Subject:Question: Manual car jerks until it gets to 2nd gear?
Posted by:_kino.
Time:5:18 pm.
I have a '98 VW Golf (2.0L). The other morning when I started it up, it was jerking and putting until I kicked it up to 2nd gear for the first 5-10 minutes. Then a CHECK ENGINE light comes up! Today it was fine, but the CHECK ENGINE light is still on. Wtf is going on!

Thank you.

Also: when going downhill, is it better to be in neutral/use foot break, or to downshift? When I try to downshift it just sucks to hear the engine stress - is that even great for the engine??
2 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Posted by:xo_glamourgirl.
Time:1:44 pm.
Hello everyone. :] I've joined this community in search of some advice, so hopefully someone can help. I have a 95 honda civic and it's a bit beat up, so I want to get another one between the years 2001 and 2005 (aiming for 2005).

I know Honda's are already on the cheap end, but would anyone happen to know how over-priced dealers make the car as compared to what they actually pay? I've searched online and see that for a 2005 ex coupe, manual (my goal is to learn how to drive stick shift this summer, I'm excited!), the price averages to about $15,000. My boss has connections & can get me a car for the best deal, but I'm wondering if my expecatations are too high. I'm assuming that I'll pay the price that the dealers pay. Or if he gets me my car through an auction -- what price range am I looking at? I told him that he has to work with $2500. Is that wishful thinking?

I'm not sure if this information matters, but just in case -- the color(s) that I'm looking at are grey, beige, and silver.

Thanks everyone!
5 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Subject:New guy..
Posted by:x_stang.
Time:2:38 pm.
I found this community and thought it would be fun to join. I have two cars:

1) My daily driver is a 1992 Miata. It's my second Miata, and as we all know, a Miata with an automatic is heresy. It's the most fun car I've ever shifted.

2) My icon pic is my other car. It's a 1968 Olds Cutlass with a 425 V8. It started out as an automatic, but I lucked into a parts car with a 4-speed. It took 8 months of fabrication and parts hunting to mate the Hurst Shifter to the Saginaw to the 425, but it was well worth it to be able to shift my own gears.

Other manual cars I've had include a 1991 Corvette with a 6-speed and a skip-shift eliminator chip, and a 1963 Corvair that never actually ran because there was nothing but bondo and rust under the paint.
6 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Posted by:outlaw4824.
Time:11:40 pm.
Ladies and Gents, may I present to you,

gabbyCollapse )

she was picked up last week.
mazda 3.
standard transmission.
smooth shifting. nice revving.
i'm in lovvvve.
1 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Posted by:outlaw4824.
Time:8:42 pm.
Does anyone know anything about/own one/driven the Volkswagen (golf) gti?
i'm still looking around everywhere for new cars =)
2 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Subject:The Cars of Our Lives (Lame subjects FTW!)
Posted by:equiraptor.
Time:8:50 pm.
We all go through various cars in our lifetimes. I recently had a car change and I'm feeling talkative, so this community is getting a postfull. Yay!

much blathering about cars withinCollapse )

And thus is the chain of cars in my life. The Sable taught me to distrust automatic transmissions and the Miata taught me the joys of driving a truly fun car.
3 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Posted by:outlaw4824.
Time:7:53 pm.
It's been awhile since I posted in here. Currently, I'm driving an automatic Mazda3 Hatchback. It's fun...but I'm missin stick shift like crazy. I moved to Auburn Alabama for college and the roads are hilly, curvy, and nice :) Only wish I had a stick shift to have even more fun on these hills. I'm probably transferring and moving back to New Orleans next semester and hopefully by then I'll have a stick shift car. My parents and my sister in Dallas are currently all riding in an SUV which is eatin up gas, so they want to take the Mazda and get me a new car.

So far my dad mentioned to me that they're thinking of gettin either a 4 door Mazda or a MINI cooper (manny transmission, of course ;) )
Has anyone driven either of these cars and can tell me what you think of them?
The mazda now, although automatic, is a nice and smooth, so I know somewhat what to expect from a manny, but I've never been anywhere near a Mini.

2 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Posted by:snapper521.
Time:7:00 pm.
Mood: content.
Hello -
I've noticed that in many of the LJ communities... there aren't many people who post resently. Or maybe it just has to do with my interests? I don't know, but anyway...

Hi, my names Snapper or Snap, I drive a 4 on the floor '89 dodge dakota, and have driven it for the last 2 years. I prefer driving the manuals over the auto's, but... you know. *shrugs* Not much to be done when you don't have a choice. :-P

I have been driving a straight truck off and on since I was 12 (my dad is a trucker) and currently the one I drive is a '94 international, 6 on the floor (yeah like anybody would be stupid enough to put a semi tranny shift into the steering column. Ha! :-P I don't think theres anybody that dumb... ) and honestly, I love driving that almost more then I like driving my pickup! Haha :-P Eh... I dunno... what else... *shrugs*

Currently I'm going for EMT-B, but I would like to take some basic mechanic's classes just for the fun of it.

I figure that when somebody joins a community that they should introduce themselves... so... :-) thats what this is.
7 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Posted by:mares.
Time:10:25 pm.
I drove a car with a racing clutch today for the first time ever. It was... an experience. lol. The car is an early '90s Mustang... something. I couldn't tell you the exact type of car if my life depended on it. But, driving/shifting with my own normal clutch and easy-to-find gears seemed like cake after driving my friend's car (in which I couldn't find fifth; he had to shift to fifth for me). It was a rush, though, driving his car. Mine is a four cylinder 1998 Saturn. It's not a very powerful car. His though... the engine was loud as hell and it just felt so crazy and cool being behind the wheel of it.

Just thought I'd share. :D
3 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Subject:2002 Subaru Impreza WRX -- $15,500 OBO -- Denver, CO
Posted by:gearheadgirl.
Time:1:08 pm.
Selling my 2002 Subaru WRX

More info here

Please fwd to anyone that might be interested.

(sorry for the x-post)
rev your engine

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Posted by:spaceyphysicist.
Time:4:49 pm.
Mood: confused.
Has anyone heard of Falken tires? Are they good? I have to replace my tires ASAP and right now the best deal we're being offered involves Falken tires, and I've never heard of them. Thank you for any insight you can offer!
5 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Subject:In search of improvement
Posted by:plymouth.
Time:3:02 pm.
Hey, this is an intro post with a question. I'm 30 and am the proud owner of a 2004 VW Passat wagon with AWD and a manual transmission - daekla04. Yes, she has an LJ. Anyway, I bought her new in August 04 and she is my first manual transmission car. As of when I first bought her I totally sucked at driving stick but I figured the only way to ever get good at it was to own one. I don't regret that decision one bit - it has been lots of fun to learn and improve. I am 500% better than I was when I first bought her. I originally learned to drive stick from my uncle on an old toyota pickup in 1995 or so but then I only did it two or three times in the intervening years until I bought Daekla. My immediate family has never owned a manual transmission vehicle because apparently my dad tried to teach my mom back when they were dating and she found it too difficult and threw up her hands and gave up.

Anyway, that's sortof the history of me and stick-shift, now on to the question. I've conquered the hills of San Francisco and Berkeley, I haven't stalled in months, I even kindof know the handbrake trick, I have a lurchy shift only occasionally when I'm tired or distracted... but my takeoffs in first still seem slower than they should be. Is there any trick to getting my takeoffs to speed up other than "give it gas and let off the clutch faster"? And how do I do this and still maintain a smooth transition? I seem to have an inherent tendency to try to be "gentle" with my cars because they are my friends and I want them to last forever, but I think that my instinct is actually steering me wrong here (pun intended) because a longer time shifting means a longer time with the clutch slipping which means faster clutch wear. Or am I wrong about that too?
6 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Posted by:mares.
Time:11:14 am.
Mood: creative.
Yeah I don't know if anyone has ever seen this saying before, but it came to me a few weeks ago. I like it so much that I wish it was on a t-shirt, lol. Anyway, it's kind of modeled off this one shirt that I saw which said, "Models do it on film," and other shirts that bore a similar message. So, what came to me recently was, "Girls who drive stick do it manually." Kind of perverted, I know, but I adore it! I even have it as an away message for yahoo/AIM. :-p

Back to your regularly scheduled LJ friendslist browsing.
4 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Subject:A Hurra-Wha Came Through?
Posted by:outlaw4824.
Time:12:52 am.
I don't know if I ever told this community what happened to my car, lol.
Well, let's start from the beginning...with pictures!

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4 in first gear ~ rev your engine

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Posted by:johnthefilmer.
Time:11:50 pm.
I have a 1982 Toyota Supra P-Type. Five speed. I was driving today and as I downshifted from 3rd to 2nd I noticed that it was very difficult to move the shifter into 2nd. I came to a complete stop and was then unable to shift into any gear. A cop pushed me into a nearby parking lot. I went to work for a few hours, came back, called AAA without touching my car, and the AAA guy started it up and it drove fine. Does anybody have any idea what went wrong and what I can do to prevent it?
4 in first gear ~ rev your engine

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