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      02-03-2006, 11:33 PM   #1
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Training your wife to drive her first manual ...... 330 Xi

I know its scary ....... but I would like my wife to enjoy our new 330 occasionally ...... it is my primary driver ......... but on occassion I would like her to enjoy the car ......... I could not bring myself to order a manual ......... plenty of cars to go around, but I think she would appreciate my passion for BMW's, especially manuals. Offered to pay some one at Performance Center, thought the track would be easy place to learn. "Not interested" response.

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Saw someone offering to teach manual transmission with their own car, in the local craigslist for $10/hr. Suggest you comb through your local craigslist/neighborhood community board for similar offers. Alternatively, you could advertise...just an idea, one of possibly serveral my other esteemed board members would suggest.
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      02-04-2006, 12:07 AM   #3
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Take her out to a parking lot and teach her yourself. If she is pretty careful, nothing THAT bad is going to happen to the car.

I would try to FULLY explain how the clutch works and exactly what it is doing, and just take it very slow!
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Never try to teach you wife how to drive....
You will be twice stuped to tech her drive MT on your own BMW...
Sorry, my $0.02

P.S. From my personal expirience...
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Aww that's no fun. I learned when I was 15, my dad bought me a car to learn on because he had a tiptronic Acura TL....my baby del Sol, how precious.
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my girlfriend in sweden ( malmo) drove a manual quite well
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I taught me wife to drive a MT on my 1994 325. She had never even had a ride in a MT before. It only took her about an hour to pick it up.
I learned in a 1962 Pick-up (3 on the tree). It took me almost a week before I was confident enough to drive in traffic.
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my girlfriend in sweden ( malmo) drove a manual quite well
In Sweden Id say that around 80% of all cars are manual.
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In Sweden Id say that around 80% of all cars are manual.
I am glad it is not like that in the US... While I would never buy an automatic car, here in the US you dont have to do anything to get a drivers license just show up and pay pretty much the test is a complete joke. As a result of our poor drivers education and dumbed down test anyone and everyone can get on the road (A WHOLE LOT MORE PEOPLE THAN THERE SHOULD BE) Everyone one here is so preocupied looking at their kid in the backseat, eating a sandwhich, singing to the radio, and talking on their cellphone that they dont even look at the road. It is pretty sad! and if everyone were to drive a manual it would be just one more thing to juggle...
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I am glad it is not like that in the US... While I would never buy an automatic car, here in the US you dont have to do anything to get a drivers license just show up and pay pretty much the test is a complete joke. As a result of our poor drivers education and dumbed down test anyone and everyone can get on the road (A WHOLE LOT MORE PEOPLE THAN THERE SHOULD BE) Everyone one here is so preocupied looking at their kid in the backseat, eating a sandwhich, singing to the radio, and talking on their cellphone that they dont even look at the road. It is pretty sad! and if everyone were to drive a manual it would be just one more thing to juggle...
...or it could mean that youd get better drivers...
The test here is VERY hard, which is good I think. Its also fairly expensive...
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I taught my wife how to drive a manual transmission years ago (back when we were still dating) in my daily driver at the time (Mazda RX7). She actually learned how to get the car moving from a stop faster than I did. The only problem she had was with shifting (which I picked up quicker).

She knows how to drive a manual, but has never gotten comfortable with it (It probably takes a week of regular driving for it to become second nature). Now she refuses to drive my E90 because she is scared she will damage it.

I would definitely recommend looking up driving schools (there is bound to be one that has a manual).
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      02-04-2006, 11:06 AM   #12
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Some good advice appears above. However, as much as it hurts me to say so, modern automatic transmissions do a far better job of gear selection and gear changing than at least 95% of drivers of manual transmission passenger cars. My E 90 is only the second BMW that I have owned with an automatic and I have grudgingly come to appreciate it. If I were still regularly participating in driving schools, I would prefer a manual trnsmission but for normal driving, the automatic is just fine in my opinion.
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      02-04-2006, 11:25 AM   #13
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Traing the wife on manual ..... Thank You

Thanks to everyone for the feedback! I certainly will try a few "home remedies" first and see how she does. She would be first to admit, she is not a "natural" at driving period ........ but I believe with some cautious time behind the wheel, she would learn to enjoy it. She had a Bimmer automatic years ago, and has fond memories of the Bimmer. WOuld be ashame if she couldn't occasionally enjoy the 330. I think if I can get her over the hump on manual basics, then find a "driving school" of some sort, she would gain more confidence. I wish I could get about an hour of dedicated track time, with just her and the car. Might be enough to get her started??

I didn't pay much attention when testing the car before ordering, but do I recall that the 3 Series manuals have the "no roll back feature"?
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      02-04-2006, 11:46 AM   #14
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BM, if she isn't interested, why force it?

Usually guys get manual so their wives WON'T drive it!! LOL.

This thread is kind of funny (respectfully), really, it's like, "how can I get my wife to go down on me?" or something...


Seriously, the BMW manny is designed for people with poor clutching technique. The Clutch Delay Valve (CDV) is keeps the clutch from engaging too forcefully, so there's rarely any lurching or tire squealing for newbies.

Good Luck!!!
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      02-04-2006, 12:22 PM   #15
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Thanks Stew ........... best idea yet !
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At least rent a manual car to teach her. Better than grinding your ownn gears.
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At least rent a manual car to teach her. Better than grinding your ownn gears.
Finding a manual car to rent is near impossible in the US. It'd be easier to just find a $300 beater with a MT and learn on that. I learned stick on a Saturn.
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This is how I did it.
Years ago, I bouthgt a 91 CIvic 5sp for $500 and taught my girl friend (now my wife) to drive a manual. After all the learning and crashes, we got rid of the car for $500, and she bought herself a Honda Prelude 5 spd. Though she has a 325i auto now (because she has to carry the kids), she still love driving manual.
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I let my girlfriend drive my ride the other day. She did alright no grinding gears etc.....but she did stall the car like 5 or 6 times on the way to the mall and back. Thats more than I have stalled my car since Ive owned. (August)......

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Teaching your wife how to drive a manual can lead to a divorce.You could loose patience and start yelling,and women usually don't forget these kind of things.Your E90 will take the abuse from her,worse case scenario have BMW fix it under warranty.
 
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I suggest that she reads this forum, http://www.standardshift.com its pretty informative, gives good newbie advice and also advanced moves....if and when she is ready
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Shiat....How do I teach my girl to drive...PERIOD?!?!?! Manual or Auto. I don't think she gets the whole "merge" and "right of way" thing. Mind you, my idea of "right of way" is more like "Get out of my way" but damn....you do not need to stop at yields all the time!!
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