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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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