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New from Ontario

Postby scientist » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:34 pm

Hi Everyone,

I've been wanting to learn how to drive a manual for a while now. I decided to get a new car, and really wanted to go for a manual, and found this site while looking for tips. I called a driving school and took a lesson before I bought the car, and it went really well, so I was pretty confident and excited. I traded in my old Civic for a new Mini Cooper. The drive home from the dealership was not so great! I made the horrible decision of picking up the car right around 5pm. The stress of driving it home during rush hour was horrible. I stalled it so much and made the other drivers so angry that I wasn't sure I'd ever improve.

Anyway that was a week ago, and things have improved tremendously since then. I've been practicing a lot when it's quiet, and got some help from a friend who has been driving a manual for years. Now I'm doing pretty well. I'll admit I'm still avoiding driving when it's really busy and I am nervous starting on hills, but I'm starting to get more confident.

Thanks for all the tips. I'm looking forward to the good discussions here and becoming a pro!
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby DarkPilot » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:15 pm

Which part of Ontario? I'm in London and glad to see another Ontarian around here.

As for busy traffic, don't sweat it too much it'll come in due time. My personal hell is having to go through the 401 at Toronto at rush hour...


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Re: New from Ontario

Postby 4onthefloor » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:11 pm

I used to live in Ontario....now I don't.......welcome.
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby Squint » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:11 pm

Bienvenue! Which mini did you get? My brother has flirted off and on with the idea of getting one once he got out of college and got a job... I've heard the driving part is fun, though the suspension could use some work. Accurate rumor mill?
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby theholycow » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:37 pm

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Re: New from Ontario

Postby watkins » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:27 pm

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Re: New from Ontario

Postby Rope-Pusher » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:37 pm

Hello Down South There!

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Re: New from Ontario

Postby scientist » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:57 am

Thanks for the warm welcomes and encouragement!

I'm from Waterloo, so the rush hour really isn't so bad- nothing like commuting through Toronto at all.

Squint wrote:Bienvenue! Which mini did you get? My brother has flirted off and on with the idea of getting one once he got out of college and got a job... I've heard the driving part is fun, though the suspension could use some work. Accurate rumor mill?


Thanks! I got a 2011 Mini Cooper. I was thinking about the Cooper S, but I really don't drive fast enough to need the turbo charged version. It is a lot of fun to drive. I don't know a ton about cars, so I may not be the best one to comment on the suspension, but I've found it to be pretty sturdy, more than it looks like it would be. My dad drove it and he said he was impressed with it. Sorry I can't give you a better answer.
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby Squint » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:54 am

Not a big deal, everyone has to start learning somewhere. I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was a year ago. What I was trying to ask, though it probably wasn't clear, was that I've heard the suspension is hard, as in you feel EVERY single bump in the road. It isn't smooth (think riding in a luxury car). Does it have enough room for taller person? For example, my brother is 6'2"...
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby AHTOXA » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:19 pm

Wwelcome from West Virginia. I don't live here, just camping out.
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby potownrob » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:01 pm

AHTOXA wrote:Wwelcome from West Virginia. I don't live here, just camping out.
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby scientist » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:18 pm

Thanks everyone!

Squint wrote:Not a big deal, everyone has to start learning somewhere. I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was a year ago. What I was trying to ask, though it probably wasn't clear, was that I've heard the suspension is hard, as in you feel EVERY single bump in the road. It isn't smooth (think riding in a luxury car). Does it have enough room for taller person? For example, my brother is 6'2"...


Ah, thanks for the clarification, I'm glad to be learning about all of this. I don't really feel all the bumps, it is a fairly smooth ride actually. After some more driving I'll probably have a better idea, but I've been impressed so far. It's smoother than my old Civic at least.

I'm only 5'6", but my dad is 5'11" and he said he didn't feel cramped at all when he was driving it. I think the back seat is a lot tighter for space and would be less comfortable for a taller person, but if your brother would be mainly driving I think there's a good amount of room in the front.
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby scientist » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:03 am

Squint wrote:Not a big deal, everyone has to start learning somewhere. I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was a year ago. What I was trying to ask, though it probably wasn't clear, was that I've heard the suspension is hard, as in you feel EVERY single bump in the road. It isn't smooth (think riding in a luxury car). Does it have enough room for taller person? For example, my brother is 6'2"...


I was out driving for longer this weekend, and I did feel a lot of the bumps in the road, so I have to modify my answer for you. It's still ultra fun to drive, and I'm so much more confident now too, but it can be bumpy driving.
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby Squint » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:58 am

Well it does fulfill the stereotypes then :) Glad you enjoy it, sounds like a fun little car.
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Re: New from Ontario

Postby Charles421 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:54 pm

Welcome!!!

Yep that ride home from the dealership ... I can only imagine. But hey, you got home in on piece, and you are off on the right foot. Congrats on the car and learning a valuable skill. ;)
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