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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:07 PM
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My wife learned in High School on her Karmann Ghia.
She drove my sister's manual Mazda last week.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:26 PM
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Absolutely! Her D2 was the first auto she has ever owned - she couldn't stand it and now has a 6 - speed BMW.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:30 PM
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She grew in Idaho as a professional rodeo rider.. Manual f250 to haul her horse trailer around growing up. When I got her she was good with a manual but was limited to the truck world. Some time in a parking lot, 2 track days and one 24 hours of Lemons event she can heel toe and power shift better than any girl i've ever met. Now I have whole different problem.. she got used to the shift points on the Rx8's rotary and now I have to constantly remind her she can't "cruise" at 5 grand when driving the defender.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:45 PM
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She drives a Fiat 500 manual like it is a go cart, but is intimidated by the SII double clutch "requirement".
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Old May 28th, 2013, 11:28 PM
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My Wife can, she learnt while we lived in the UK, and used to drive our Td5 Discovery II over there. She also doesn't mind helping out in the workshop and was happy to lend a hand when I rebuilt my 90.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:16 AM
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My wife can, has her whole life. I wouldn't let my girls, or son for that matter, get thier drivers licence until they could drive a manual. Twin girls had to wait a few months to get their licence because the wrongly thought dad was kidding.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:48 AM
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of course my Wife can.... she takes the 6 speed F350 to the garden center ( this can get expensive with all that room for plants/pots/trinkets/arbors etc... )
she has driven my 110 but mostly drives her grand vitara
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Old May 29th, 2013, 01:14 AM
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Absolutely!

Teach her...if she can't learn...don't replace the car, replace the wife.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:10 AM
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Teach her...if she can't learn...don't replace the car, replace the wife.
Agreed, it's a requirement! And the answer is yes in my household.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:23 AM
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The irony is in the UK most people don't know how to drive an auto .... the first time they try, they typically roll up to a junction and depress the 'clutch' .... if you've ever hit the brake to push it to the floor it can be quite an unsettling experience ... as you scrape you passengers of the inside of windscreen!
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:26 AM
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My wife can't drive a stick. It is a joke in our house. She uses it so I won't drink too much when we are at the friends house hanging out.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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My wife can't either. Her Dad tried to teach her but failed. I've decided to just let it be, this way it will always be his fault and I don't have to replace a clutch.

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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:06 AM
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The irony is in the UK most people don't know how to drive an auto .... the first time they try, they typically roll up to a junction and depress the 'clutch' .... if you've ever hit the brake to push it to the floor it can be quite an unsettling experience ... as you scrape you passengers of the inside of windscreen!
I do this all the time. You should see the effect in the jag with the giant brakes it has. I also tend to pull out in reverse when I want to be in drive and vice versa.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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My wife can in when there is very little traffic, sometimes when we go upstate she drives around the local roads. I don't think she could handle the Suburbs of NYC though.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:51 AM
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Of course she can. Used to have a non-synchromesh FIAT 500 back in Italy (the real 500, not the new contraption). In fact, everybody at home can drive a manual trans, except maybe young Tadeo, who is still struggling with it ;-)



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The irony is in the UK most people don't know how to drive an auto .... the first time they try, they typically roll up to a junction and depress the 'clutch' .... if you've ever hit the brake to push it to the floor it can be quite an unsettling experience ... as you scrape you passengers of the inside of windscreen!
I do that every time I drive an auto. I fear for the day manuals will be no longer available for rent and such.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Yep, Wifey's DD is a 6-speed GTI
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Old May 29th, 2013, 09:35 AM
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The first one couldn't-turns out she was fairly useless all together- but Andrea can. Not her first choice, but she can. She drove our RHD 2.5 diesel 110 around Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania competently. The 20 year old can, the 8 year old handles the physical shifting for now.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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Yep, Wifey's DD is a 6-speed GTI
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Old May 29th, 2013, 11:54 AM
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And very well. Double clutches too.

A manual transmission is no match to my wife and her fashion. One year at New England Forest Rally she drove our rally car to the banquet in 5" heels and a mini-dress. Lots of dropped jaws as she rev-matched down from 4th to 1st thru parking lot then poured out through the roll cage in front of a big crowd

Her only challenge is steering the Series III. She is only 5'-2" so she has limited upper body leverage.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Yes! She kind of taught me. We now have a MINI Cooper S so she can get her shift on her dd right now is a diesel x5, no manual but still pretty sweet, kids laughed for a month straight when it was new and we were getting used to the torque. Its her first automatic since we've been married. She is looking forward to driving a 110 manual with her left hand.
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