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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby watkins » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:54 am

How about a domestically made import?
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby 94Corolla5Speed » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:35 am

Or an imported domestic :idea:

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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby Rope-Pusher » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:23 am

94Corolla5Speed wrote:Or an imported domestic :idea:

A French Maid? Ooh-La-La!
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby clutchpedal100 » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:57 pm

I am so excited for this website. Thank you so much Standard Shift. I am 30 years old and it is an honor to not only know how to drive a stick but it is my preferred type of transmission for a car. In the past 13 years I've taught at least 30 people how to drive stick as not very many from the newer generation know how to and out of those 30, more than half prefer stick shifts. It is really sad to see stick shifts become obsolete, especially in full size trucks. Let's do what we can to keep the stick shift as an option for those of us who like to drive stick. The one and only reason why stick shift could be an issue for me personally is stop and go traffic. I live in a Metropolitan city in the US that has a total population of 1.4 million people and the daily traffic is just horrible. When I have to drive my 1985 Ford F150 truck (a four speed with granny gear) in the city during heavy traffic, my foot, ankles and knees get really tired and achey after about 15 minutes. Am I crazy or do some of you feel the same way? Regardless, I still like stick shift better but I just wanted some feedback. Thank you!

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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby Rope-Pusher » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:24 pm

^ Thanks for converting outsiders to our faith and keep the campfires lit to attract more.

The only time my faith has wavered was after 1.5 hours in a line of traffic inching into an airshow. My left foot was starting to get a bit tired, I was trying to minimize clutch slippage and we were missing some of the show.

The only way to really keep Amish transmissions being offered is to go out and vote with your wallet - buy NEW vehicles with that offer Amish transmissions. I suppose if we made a campaign of walking into dealerships and inquiring about models that we know aren't available with Amish transmissions and then walking out disgruntled, the word might get back to the companies, but it would have to be done on a real large scale and might seem suddenly conspicuous after all these years of not making an issue of it. If the automakers thought that there were 20-30,000 yearly incremental sales, sales they wouldn't otherwise make if they only offered slushboxes, they might come around. Don't hold your breath.

I think that more realistically, we are more like the people in Fahrenheit 451 that cherished their memories of books by memorizing them. Find a good Amish vehicle and preserve it. Find a slushbox vehicle and make a convert out of it (THC!). Share your experiences and frustrations with the brethren on this forum.
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby theholycow » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:28 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:The only way to really keep Amish transmissions being offered is to go out and vote with your wallet - buy NEW vehicles with that offer Amish transmissions.
I suppose my car doesn't count...but OTOH I did lease that brand new VW.

I suppose if we made a campaign of walking into dealerships and inquiring about models that we know aren't available with Amish transmissions and then walking out disgruntled, the word might get back to the companies, but it would have to be done on a real large scale and might seem suddenly conspicuous after all these years of not making an issue of it.
Word.

Find a slushbox vehicle and make a convert out of it (THC!).

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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby ashowofhands » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:53 am

i dun like introductory posts, but i dislike jumping right in for my first post even more.
i learned stick about a year and a half ago. don't have much access to a car at school, but when i'm home i drive my dad's 5-spd '03 outback (and on rare occasion my mom's 6-spd '10 A4). no idea why i didn't start posting when i registered a year ago *shrug*
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby potownrob » Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:36 am

Welcome to the SS :D :!:
BUT DEM FAHGLEITZ!! :shock:

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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:10 am

ashowofhands wrote:no idea why i didn't start posting when i registered a year ago *shrug*
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby towid » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:00 am

Hi there:

I am new in this forum. Right now I do not drive a standard shift, but someday I will,.... someday. Nobody in my community drives a standard shift as everyone is afraid of stalling .. haha. so I want to stand out and brag about it .

I drive a 2002 Honda Accord Ex-L V6 . Hoping to get a cheap Acura vigor to learn to drive stick shift.

thanks.
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby ivoryandgold » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:30 pm

Hello! I have been lurking this forum during the past few days as I just got my new GTI nearly a week ago. I began learning to drive manual about a year ago, but since then I only had a few chances to practice in friends' cars...until now!

So far, learning has been a bit more frustrating than I had expected but I'm feeling a bit more confident every time I practice. Still not driving the GTI daily as I have another (auto) car in the household to fall back on until I am ready to commute in my car.

Here are the top fears that are holding me back from just jumping in the GTI for my daily commute/errands:
    Screwing up my launch from a stoplight and rolling back into the car behind me
    Not launching fast enough when trying to make a right/left (especially left!) turn against traffic and missing my window, possibly causing an accident
    Stalling during either of the above situations and somehow getting into an accident

Are these common fears among newbies? I know the first one is, but I feel like I haven't heard anyone say they're nervous about making turns against traffic. I would appreciate any feedback on this, thanks! :)
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby theholycow » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:37 am

Welcome, ivoryandgold. Shadow Blue is the best color VW has.

Those are indeed common fears. I too don't often see people mention the one about turning but I know they have it; I certainly did.

As much as I've read about those fears, I've never seen anyone post about any of them coming true. I have not heard of someone having a collision resulting from botched launches, whether it be a roll-back or a stall.

Here's two major things that helped me with my launches in my VW:

1. Using my whole foot on the whole gas pedal, rather than trying to use my toe. The bottom-hinged gas pedal doesn't like just a toe, and either way using your whole foot lets you apply more accurate pressure.

2. Pausing my clutch foot once the car begins to move.

You can read more about it in my meta-sig (linked below).
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby Monster » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:48 am

Hi! I just started driving stick about two months ago when I was given my mom's old '93 Mazda MX-3 to drive from Illinois to Wisconsin. I learned the basics in a few days and have been figuring the rest out on the hilly 30 minute commute to and from work since then!

I am woefully uneducated when it comes to cars but having a greater connection with how my car is running when I am driving the Mazda has really motivated me to get in there and actually understand this extremely vital machine. So, I have found Standardshift as well as a number of other website and a small few car savvy friends and am on my to being less in the dark!
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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby eggwich delfiero » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:40 am

I like MX-3s, if I am remembering them correctly. Welcome!

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Re: Welcome to Standardshift!

Postby ivoryandgold » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:15 am

theholycow wrote:Welcome, ivoryandgold. Shadow Blue is the best color VW has.

Those are indeed common fears. I too don't often see people mention the one about turning but I know they have it; I certainly did.

As much as I've read about those fears, I've never seen anyone post about any of them coming true. I have not heard of someone having a collision resulting from botched launches, whether it be a roll-back or a stall.

Here's two major things that helped me with my launches in my VW:

1. Using my whole foot on the whole gas pedal, rather than trying to use my toe. The bottom-hinged gas pedal doesn't like just a toe, and either way using your whole foot lets you apply more accurate pressure.

2. Pausing my clutch foot once the car begins to move.

You can read more about it in my meta-sig (linked below).


Thank you for the warm welcome and very helpful tips! After owning the GTI for a week, today was the first time I went out in it by myself. Great success! One stall on the street and a couple more inside the parking garage at work. Low speeds in 1st/reverse definitely seem most difficult, but I'm getting there.

I've done no-gas launches, but I've not played with revving to different target RPMs like your meta-sig suggests. Should do that next! :D I urge other n00bs here to practice no-gas launches because I'm already seeing the benefits!
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