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post #1 of 17 Old 12-21-2011, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question Manual or Auto Transmission? Need some Advice

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Im getting my california license soon and my dad is gonna buy me a car, i told him about the camaro so hopefully i'll get one. However i didnt drive any manual transimission in my life, i can shift gears in video games arcade on manual but never tried in real life and im gonna drive it on a daily basis, should i get the manual or auto? i have been driving mazda sedan in my home country for a year so this would be a huge upgrade, im fine with driving an auto but sometimes i think driving a camaro with manual is gonna be fun to get the muscle out of this car, but when i think about getting into traffic and commuting with it i change my mind.

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do you want to point the car and steer it.or do you want to DRIVE it ? suppose it all depends on your requirements(daily drive,etc.). i think you know what tranny i have in my 2SS !!!
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What part of California? If you're going to be in a lot of stop/go traffic on a daily basis I'd say get an automatic. As for a manual, I would say learn and get the experience on a beater car before upgrading to the Camaro (or any new car). Yes you could learn on a camaro, but ....

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What part of California? If you're going to be in a lot of stop/go traffic on a daily basis I'd say get an automatic. As for a manual, I would say learn and get the experience on a beater car before upgrading to the Camaro (or any new car). Yes you could learn on a camaro, but ....
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I agree....Get you a beater to start with.
Totally agree, I learned in an old beater and that saved me a lot of wear and tear. With a new car camaro or other wise it a lot more cash to replace if its the owners fault due to damage. I have the auto and love it one plus depending on who you talk to is I dont ricky race it, If I had the manuel I would... Just me 2 cents...

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What part of California? If you're going to be in a lot of stop/go traffic on a daily basis I'd say get an automatic. As for a manual, I would say learn and get the experience on a beater car before upgrading to the Camaro (or any new car). Yes you could learn on a camaro, but ....
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how many days it took you guys to learn driving stick on a beater? and where should i start practicing?

im thinking of an old honda civic to start with

do you think taking lessons from an instructor would be worth it?
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Getting the basics down, shouldn't take too long. But to get to the point where it becomes second nature is a different story, and everyone is different. You could take driving lessons, but there's no substitute for seat time.

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do you want to point the car and steer it.or do you want to DRIVE it ? suppose it all depends on your requirements(daily drive,etc.). i think you know what tranny i have in my 2SS !!!
I see that you live in Plymouth. If I lived in Plymouth I would have a manual. I live in Boston, I have an A6 (no regrets). I am not going to press a clutch in a couple of hundred times to get to work. When I want to shift, I have a Harley Streetglide. In my humble opinion, it would depend on where I lived. I have had many stick shift cars. Shifting gets old fast in downtown Boston traffic.
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My Avalanche is auto and I love it. My Camaro is manual and I LOVE it. For that kind of car, I only wanted a manual. I have had both for over 20 years of my driving life and still love a manual. It can be a pain in traffic, but it is still worth it.

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