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Old 06-14-2009, 11:02 PM   #1
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Manual Transmission AND Daily Driver

So as mentioned in other posts, I just started manual transmission lessons. I have never owned a manual car. The Camaro will be my daily driver and although the shifting took some getting used to, it's not difficult once you get the hang of it. Any of you guys buying this car as a manual AND using it as your daily driver... I should also note I commute 25 miles to work, 25% is in some traffic, and 50% coming home is in traffic.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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95% of my driving is in town. It's may seem like a lot of work when just learning, but after a while it becomes involuntary.

I have been driving manual transmissions for 23 years, and I still enjoy slamming thru the gears. It definately gives more of a "interaction" with the car. Are there times when I wish I had an auto? Yes... but it's only one or two days a year.

Good luck. Keep at it. You will be a pro in no time.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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In heavy traffic try to avoid the accordian effect of people speeding up slowing down keep it in first and idle along...helps so that you are not constantly pushing in the clutch.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:30 PM   #4
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Good advice, I'm sure I will get used to it. I have family in Italy and they don't understand how everyone here drives automatic. They claim that your not really driving... I shall see shortly.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:30 PM   #5
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In heavy traffic try to avoid the accordian effect of people speeding up slowing down keep it in first and idle along...helps so that you are not constantly pushing in the clutch.
true this. it never helps to be in a rush in traffic. just take your time and avoid clutching.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:38 PM   #6
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Even when I have to sit in traffic for half of my ride to work, taking the long way home always makes up for it.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:24 AM   #7
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Also, don't hold the clutch in at stops/stoplights. Shift to neutral and let out the clutch and the throw-out bearing will last a lot longer. Seemed to always work for me, and I've never had to replace a clutch or throw-outs due to wear, even in off-road vehicles where I was rock climbing and crawling. (Replaced clutches after the crappy Mitsubishi KM-145 manuals would torpedo, but that's another story. Might as well replace them at that point, right?)

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Old 06-15-2009, 02:48 AM   #8
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Good thing your getting the 2SS, cause its almost impossible to drive, shift and talk on a cell phone. The 2SS comes with Bluetooth, so one hand will not be needed for your phone.

You will get the hang of the clutch no problem. Then it will seem so easy, you will wonder why you ever worried about it. My car is an auto (so the wife can drive), but I have driven alot of manuals as daily drivers and its not big deal, and more fun when you want it to be.

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Old 06-15-2009, 07:35 AM   #9
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99% of my driving is on the highway, it'll be my daily driver.

Around town should be fun that 1% of the time.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:39 AM   #10
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Mine will be a daily driver and it will be manual. My current is manual.

All the advice above is great.

Take your time and don't ride the clutch.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:48 AM   #11
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If I had to drive bumper to bumper, stop and go, I would have an automatic for sure!! I have had my clutch leg shaking before, even when taking it out gear as much as possible! Just my two cents.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:56 AM   #12
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If I had to drive bumper to bumper, stop and go, I would have an automatic for sure!! I have had my clutch leg shaking before, even when taking it out gear as much as possible! Just my two cents.
Yeah, but you get used to it and it becomes really easy.

I remember when I first started driving a manual and I got stuck in traffic for the first time my leg was shaking hard. After doing the same route for about a week after that my leg has never had a problem with traffic again!
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:25 AM   #13
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i drive my evo to and from work, 160 miles daily.. going with v8 and stick.. whats a few mpg.. hehe..
dont ride the clutch, try to time your commutes and sometimes surface streets is easier then the fway. . good luck!

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:34 AM   #14
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Daily driver and manual for me as well.
I only commute about 10 miles (both ways) for
work but usually put about 30 miles per day on the vehicle
just driving around. Could probably triple that once I get
the Camaro (at least).
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:42 AM   #15
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Never had issue with manual as a daily driver in my Saab, can't imagine it will be much harder in the Camaro that has more low end torque.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:51 AM   #16
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Just remember cluth brake, clutch break. Mine isnt a daily driver but i got the manual. And to be honest once you know how to drive manual its like breathing you dont even think about it. Driving in daily traffic isnt a big deal with a manual. granted an auto is easier so you can eat use the phone etc, but to me you should be doing that stuff anyways.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:51 PM   #17
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To me a camaro wouldn't be a camaro without a manual transmission, especially an SS.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:53 PM   #18
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I find a lot of people just flat out dont really know how to drive the things
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:57 PM   #19
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To me a camaro wouldn't be a camaro without a manual transmission, especially an SS.
Agreed... V6 or V8.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:00 PM   #20
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manual is the way to go in my opinion
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:20 PM   #21
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My new Camaro SS will not be my DD, but I have a 2008 HHR that is and it has a manual - I drive 100 miles one way to work. The 2006 HHR before the 2008 was also a stick - I prefer a MT over an auto. I feel more in control with the stick.

One of the guys at the dealership accused me of ordering a MT so my wife would leave it alone, but she can drive a stick better than I can.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:28 PM   #22
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I have had mostly manual trannys throughout the years. The Vette in my signature was my daily driver for three years. At the end of a tough work day it was that car that revitalized me and reminded me to have fun in and with my life. Driving a manual car, I feel, connects me to the car and we become one. I would not have my drive too work or home from work any other way.

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Old 06-15-2009, 03:28 PM   #23
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Mine will be a daily driver for my 23 mile commute each way to work/home - 1/3 freeway, 1/3 freeway stop'n'go, 1/3 surface streets/backroads. I don't mind having a MT for daily driving, even with traffic. I had a 25 mile (each way) commute when I lived near Seattle and that was pretty much 99% freeway stop'n'go traffic. Even if I'm not moving fast, at least it gives my left foot something to do while my right foot is dancing back and forth between the go pedal and stop pedal.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:33 PM   #24
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Stop worrying and just drive it. In a few months you will think how silly you were worrying about the stick experience. You will get in other cars and will try clutching them (autos), because of second nature. If you're worrying about driving stick and traffic, car pool?
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:42 PM   #25
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Daily driver for me as well...all my driving to work is stop and go. But, never really think about it as I've drove a manual for so long that it's normal for me.
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