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  • #16
    Throwing him into it with a M3, lightweight flywheel, AND a dog-leg gearbox?
    Brave man Sam!

    -Chris
    Chris L.

    Spray paint and tire shine doesn't equate to a "restoration!"

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    • #17
      I learned to drive stick on my first car, an '89 Jeep Wrangler with the 4.2L. I still own it. I started teaching my girlfriend to drive stick in a '98 M3 convertible about a year and a half ago. Then I sold that and got my e30.
      ~Chris

      '88 Alpineweiss M3
      '89 Jeep Wrangler 4.2L
      '00 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited V8
      '74 Vespa 125 Primavera

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      • #18
        I learned to drive a stick when I was 15 years old, on a Ford 2610 Tractor. Self taught.

        Good thing it was a robust gearbox, had no power, had enough torque and had gearing low enough to pull stumps. Literally.
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        2011, 2013 SCCA Runoffs Super Touring Under 3.0L Bronze Medalist
        2011 SCCA Jim Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year
        2012 SCCA Northeast Divisional STU Champion
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        • #19
          Sadly, my '69 Camaro and '71 Javelin were automatics so I didn't learn standard until I got to drive a friends very old Volvo. Unfortunately, he neglected to mention that I needed to pump the brakes so that first drive didn't end so well.

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          • #20
            Parents wouldn't let us learn to drive unless on a stick.
            First was learning in moms 1989 Isuzu trooper II.
            1976 Ford fiesta
            First car 1976 Ford Pinto (yup not proud of it but had the gas tank shield)
            1980 BMW 320i
            1991 BMW 318is

            and on from there
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            • #21
              I learned to drive a stick in a 10th Anniversary Trans Am. It had a Pontiac 400 ci, 6.6 liter engine with a 4 speed tranny. The thing would turn doughnuts like no car I've ever seen - as I accidentally did going out of the dealership.:sailor:
              Jack
              Arlington, TN

              1990 BMW M3 - Diamantschwarz/Black

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              • #22
                Originally posted by JackinMidtown View Post
                I learned to drive a stick in a 10th Anniversary Trans Am. It had a Pontiac 400 ci, 6.6 liter engine with a 4 speed tranny. The thing would turn doughnuts like no car I've ever seen - as I accidentally did going out of the dealership.:sailor:
                LOL
                I hated a guy that had one of those because he was scoring all the girls :shit:

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by JackinMidtown View Post
                  I learned to drive a stick in a 10th Anniversary Trans Am. It had a Pontiac 400 ci, 6.6 liter engine with a 4 speed tranny. The thing would turn doughnuts like no car I've ever seen - as I accidentally did going out of the dealership.:sailor:
                  God I want a late 70's Trans Am so bad! :shit: A guy I work with had a 455 S.D. Firebird as a car in high school. I secretly hate him for it.
                  ~Chris

                  '88 Alpineweiss M3
                  '89 Jeep Wrangler 4.2L
                  '00 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited V8
                  '74 Vespa 125 Primavera

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                  • #24
                    I first learned on 1960 Morris Minor 2 door "saloon".... my ride in high school. Later I found a Morris "woodie wagon" and restored it. To this day I still kick myself for having
                    sold it. It was so cool...
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                    4DAFUN
                    Eric Adams
                    Portland, Oregon

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                    • #25
                      learned how to drive stick at 17:

                      2002 Celica GTS with the sports package.
                      GC coils
                      17" TEnzo's
                      CF hood
                      CF wing
                      Total rice rocket, but it was clean...

                      My sisters boyfriend at the time wanted to impress my sister by letting me borrow his car from time to time.

                      In the attempt not to stall anywhere, I peeled out after every stop... I was terrible, and perpetuated the stereo type...

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by 4DAFUN View Post
                        I first learned on 1960 Morris Minor 2 door "saloon".... my ride in high school. Later I found a Morris "woodie wagon" and restored it. To this day I still kick myself for having
                        sold it. It was so cool...
                        LOL! I good friend of mine had a Morris Minor in High School...very cool little cars those were, but a little on the slow side!...I think "Spartan" is a perfect name for those cars.

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                        • #27
                          Reading this, there is no wonder why there are so many terrible and stupid drivers in USA. People who don't know how to stop a car that got the accelerator stuck etc.

                          Here in Norway everyone learn to drive in a manual transmission car. You cant call yourself a driver when you can't drive nothing but a automatic. If you have kids that is going to learn to drive, never ever let them into a car with automatic transmission.
                          My first car was a Volvo 240 Turbo with dog leg transmission, 6 puck unsprung sinter clutch with a Sachs Racing pressureplate....and mechanic clutch. Would like to see a american youth drive that car hehe
                          1987 BMW M3 E30

                          S50B32 swap thread http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread.php?t=43515

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                          • #28
                            Driving lesson in an M3

                            Both my son(16) and daughter (18) learned to drive stick on my M3.
                            NO problem, why not. Manual transmissions are pretty much all the same, just varying from car-to-car, some just a little more difficult than others. It was good for them. I think they would have hated my old 911 though:smile2:.
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                            1989 E30 M3 (Sold, sorely missed)
                            1972 911T (sold, but not forgotten)
                            04 Audi 1.8T Ultrasport (sold)
                            78 Porsche 911SC(sold)

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                            • #29
                              My wife doesn't know how to drive a stick and I plan to keep it that way :blues:

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                              • #30
                                I don't know if you do this already or not, but I pivot my left foot on the floor of the car which makes it much easier to modulate the clutch, IMO. It might make it easier for your son.

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