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Old July 11th, 2015, 08:32 AM
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I noticed yesterday while driving the Golf with tiptronic shifting or whatever they call it, that when I shift I let off the gas just a bit. At least I'm not looking for a ghost clutch pedal.

When we lived in SF, I had a manual Sentra.... know that clutch very very well. Never need the emergency brake trick & never burned the clutch out.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 01:26 PM
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I have an issue with this as well
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Old July 11th, 2015, 08:52 PM
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Never need the emergency brake trick & never burned the clutch out.
My Jetta has a hill brake that holds the brakes if you press the clutch pedal after pressing the brake pedal, like a Subaru. I guess their patent expired?
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Old July 11th, 2015, 10:33 PM
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I don't use the emergency/parking brake when I come to a stop either. I find that to be a bit awkward. I just put it in neutral if I'm going to be sitting there for a while.

It is a shame cars with a manual trans are becoming fewer and farther between. BMW used to offer a manual on almost all of their models but only like 5% of people bought one so they've largely discontinued them. Now they're mostly only in the very basic models and the high performance models. But I think car manufacturers help dissuade people from buying cars with a stick as it seems they just equip more cars with automatics so there are less manuals for people to buy. Like when I was with one of my friends shopping for a new Jeep Wrangler recently we had to drive to a dealer across town to find one with a stick shift because the local dealers only had autos. I think they make more money selling the automatics usually because it's an option plus they like to tout all the fancy features of the new automatics like "manual shifting."
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In France, the standard driving test is on a manual gearbox car (and so are the mandatory driving lessons).
There is a restricted driving license for those that can only drive automatics.
If you want an automatic car from the rental agency, it's a special request (and beside main airports, likely to be turned down).
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Old July 11th, 2015, 11:21 PM
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In France, the standard driving test is on a manual gearbox car (and so are the mandatory driving lessons).
There is a restricted driving license for those that can only drive automatics.
If you want an automatic car from the rental agency, it's a special request (and beside main airports, likely to be turned down).
England was similar. Take the test on an auto, and you only get licensed for an auto. Hopefully its the same.
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I have an American colleague who just moved to the UK. She has 12 months in which to obtain a UK license. I pointed out the currently options for renting slush box cars in Europe and now she's embarking on learning to drive stick.

I feel I've truly enriched her life and she'll get much more pleasure out of the driving experience.

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I have an American colleague who just moved to the UK. She has 12 months in which to obtain a UK license. I pointed out the currently options for renting slush box cars in Europe and now she's embarking on learning to drive stick. I feel I've truly enriched her life and she'll get much more pleasure out of the driving experience. ;-)
We almost need to move this to the mud pit.....
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In France, the standard driving test is on a manual gearbox car (and so are the mandatory driving lessons). There is a restricted driving license for those that can only drive automatics. If you want an automatic car from the rental agency, it's a special request (and beside main airports, likely to be turned down).
most requests for anything to accommodate 'foreigners' in France are likely to be turned down.
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Wonder how much its going to cost me to teach a friend how to drive stick on the rover.
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Wonder how much its going to cost me to teach a friend how to drive stick on the rover.
She should pay you! Starting price new clutch...
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She should pay you! Starting price new clutch...
True. But that might lead to indentured servitude for her.
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True. But that might lead to indentured servitude for her.
Only if she's purdy.
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I wish I could swap an F-type manual trans into my super V8. Even Porsche has taken away manuals from its good 911s. Ferrari has not made a real manual in years. A big part of the reason I bought my sportwagen was it was a manual. Audi tdis did not have manuals even thought it was basically the same car!

We are down to some inexpensive cars, a subset of sports cars, and the Ram pickup at this point.
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Only if she's purdy.
she is
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Yeah but the 2016 Taco is no longer available with the 4 cyl 5 speed. 4 cyl is only automatic. I cannot understand that logic.
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HS buddy of my college undergrads son got a summer job as a Valet Parker only because he can drive a stick
Remember valeting at a place...'85 or so, not long after getting my license, guy pulls up in a Magnum red 308GTSi, had the blonde and all, smiles and says: "kid, be cool with the car...I like it".

Good days to be 17-18....

I will miss the manual transmission.
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I think it's kinda sad to see them go (manuals) but with the dual clutch transmission I totally see it as well and the true automatic transmission going that way as well..

Want a manual buy a classic...
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