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stickicivi
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New manual owner from Florida

Post by stickicivi » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:36 am

Hey fellow drivers. I'm a college senior and have been driving for 6 years but just learned to drive stick over the summer. I have put almost 5,000 miles or more on my 2003 Honda Civic since then. I have found it extremely engaging and fun. I have gotten a lot more interested in cars since then. Despite driving regularly for more than 3 months, I am not quite as consistent as I'd like to be, although I think I am better than some of my friend who don't drive standard regularly. I'm glad to find a site dedicated exclusively to this (now minority) lifestyle, as I want to master the skill.

I had always wanted to learn, and when I got an internship my dad bought the car and gave me a quick lesson. 3 days later I was navigating Orlando traffic barely able to take off. I have since come to appreciate my little Honda although its AC soon failed me. I hope manufacturers continue to make these cars, so I joined to support the cause so to speak.

I look forward to this community and hope to learn from the best!
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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by theholycow » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:19 pm

Welcome! :)
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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by Squint » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:49 pm

stickicivi wrote:I had always wanted to learn, and when I got an internship my dad bought the car and gave me a quick lesson. 3 days later I was navigating Orlando traffic barely able to take off.
Welcome! I see you like jumping in headfirst rather than taking it slowly... :lol: :wink:

It's something that takes a while to learn. I wouldn't have said I was comfortable doing most normal things in my Fiesta until almost 10,000 miles had gone which took me about 3 months (I drove a lot that year, not nearly as much anymore).

Good luck with the end of college job search, hope you fare better than most people (and/or go back to school :lol: :roll: )
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'11 Ford Fiesta Hatchback SE 5MT
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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by tankinbeans » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:58 am

Wilkommen Sie bei Standardshit!
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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by potownrob » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:46 am

WILKOMMEN :!: :!: :o :shock:
beans, did you get rid of the forte when you got the focus?? looks nice (was wondering what you were talking about last night with GDI and all that :? :) )
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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by tankinbeans » Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:48 am

potownrob wrote:WILKOMMEN :!: :!: :o :shock:
beans, did you get rid of the forte when you got the focus?? looks nice (was wondering what you were talking about last night with GDI and all that :? :) )
Yup. Got the features I wanted, again...finally.
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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by potownrob » Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:50 am

tankinbeans wrote:
potownrob wrote:WILKOMMEN :!: :!: :o :shock:
beans, did you get rid of the forte when you got the focus?? looks nice (was wondering what you were talking about last night with GDI and all that :? :) )
Yup. Got the features I wanted, again...finally.
das PRNDLSTICK?!? :D :P :twisted: :lol:
ClutchFork wrote:...So I started carrying a stick of firewood with me and that became my parking brake.

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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by tankinbeans » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:03 pm

potownrob wrote:
tankinbeans wrote:
potownrob wrote:WILKOMMEN :!: :!: :o :shock:
beans, did you get rid of the forte when you got the focus?? looks nice (was wondering what you were talking about last night with GDI and all that :? :) )
Yup. Got the features I wanted, again...finally.
das PRNDLSTICK?!? :D :P :twisted: :lol:

AH. HHHHEEEELLLLLLLL. NAH!!!!
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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by potownrob » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:06 pm

tankinbeans wrote:
AH. HHHHEEEELLLLLLLL. NAH!!!!
what's up with no 6th gear??
ClutchFork wrote:...So I started carrying a stick of firewood with me and that became my parking brake.

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Re: New manual owner from Florida

Post by tankinbeans » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:25 pm

potownrob wrote:
tankinbeans wrote:
AH. HHHHEEEELLLLLLLL. NAH!!!!
what's up with no 6th gear??
Didn't want to insure an ST, drooled over one a bit though. Also, I don't think a Titanium would have worked with my budget, if those are even offered with 6 speeds.
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