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      02-06-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Pros/Cons of owning a stick

So i\'m debating buying Drezy\'s car( i think thats how you spell his name) which is a manual. I don\'t know how to drive stick well at all, but i can take time to learn before i actually need to use my car. The car will probably see a good number of stalls in the first couple days(and some more later on, thanks to dumbass friends). Is stalling really that bad for your car? Also traffic where i live is not terrible, but its certainly not open roads. My zip code is 33060 if anyone wants to look it up on a map. Do you guys think owning a stick is worth it for me?
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      02-06-2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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If you want to drive manual get a manual you will get used to it
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      02-06-2012, 12:59 PM   #3
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My buddy bought his 1st car stick but never drove stick before....ended up replacing the clutch earlier then usual. I would practice somewhere 1st, maybe rent a stick shift car, or in my care I test drove shitty stick cars at dealership with my dad who taught me....was necessary for my job back then
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      02-06-2012, 01:12 PM   #5
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I my humble opinion a manual is much more fun to drive. It doesn't take too long to learn. I think pretty much anyone can learn in half an hour. And, the 3 series has hill-hold, so you shouldn't have to worry too much about stopping on a hill.

Renting a car with a manual transmission would be an ideal way to learn, but I've found that almost no one carries manual rentals anymore. Don't sweat it, though. You should be driving a manual just fine without too much trouble.
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Very easy to learn. Do you have friends or family with a manual beater before you try it out on your new car? Stalling isn't bad but riding the clutch is.

Pros - Makes you a better driver, more fuel efficient, can handle more power, cheaper to fix, more fun
Cons - Heavy traffic can suck but who cares.
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I my humble opinion a manual is much more fun to drive. It doesn't take too long to learn. I think pretty much anyone can learn in half an hour. And, the 3 series has hill-hold, so you shouldn't have to worry too much about stopping on a hill.

Renting a car with a manual transmission would be an ideal way to learn, but I've found that almost no one carries manual rentals anymore. Don't sweat it, though. You should be driving a manual just fine without too much trouble.
So if im stopped on a hill ill just have to brake like normal? That would be a relief. Almost got into an accident the other day where an idiot in a stick mazda almost rolled back into me.
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Very easy to learn. Do you have friends or family with a manual beater before you try it out on your new car? Stalling isn't bad but riding the clutch is.

Pros - Makes you a better driver, more fuel efficient, can handle more power, cheaper to fix, more fun
Cons - Heavy traffic can suck but who cares.
6-speed is not more fuel efficient
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Very easy to learn. Do you have friends or family with a manual beater before you try it out on your new car? Stalling isn't bad but riding the clutch is.

Pros - Makes you a better driver, more fuel efficient, can handle more power, cheaper to fix, more fun
Cons - Heavy traffic can suck but who cares.
My friend has a manual blacked out Jetta. : lol. He lets every drive it.
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6-speed is not more fuel efficient
There's no difference with the e9x though, the autos in new BMWs are actually more efficient than the manuals now.
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pros: "the experience" and less likely hood someone will steal it
cons: traffic sucks, mileage is worse now (comparing 6spd to some 8spds), nobody can drive your drunk ass home
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6-speed is not more fuel efficient
There's no difference with the e9x though, the autos in new BMWs are actually more efficient than the manuals now.
I thought it was that way with the E9x
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It does not take long to learn how to drive a stick shift and get to the point where you can start smoothly from a stop, start on a hill, keep the car in the proper gear etc. If you want to become proficient with a stick shift (and if you don't what's the point of buying one) and learn how to rev match, heel toe, etc, it takes somewhat longer but it eventually becomes second nature.

I say go for it.

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The manual my 335 is A LOT easier to drive than my old E46. The clutch is so much lighter on this car.
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it is the best thing you would drive. the AT transmission is not as engaging as the 6MT. go for it and never look back
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I learned to drive a manual with my s2000 when I bought it, took me about half a days driving to get decent at it. In about a week or less you won't know your shifting as it becomes second-nature.
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i got my car in june of last year. never knew stick before it, but i wanted to get into it early so i got the car in stick. a friend drove it home for me, then i spent a few hours in my neighborhood getting into first and switching. honestly it's annoying and frustrating at first, but worth it in the end. i drove another friend's auto 335 a few days ago and you just don't feel in control. it's a cliche, but it's true... also the theft prevention but that's not too much of a concern. driving in heavy traffic does suck, but i just see it as practice. before you know it, it'll be second nature. then, you can get into perfecting downshifts, heel toe-ing, all that good stuff. do it and don't look back in my opinion.
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dont fear the stick, once you drive it you wont look back, that is, unless ur in heavy traffic every day. Then i would advise against a manual, but to each their own. Good luck!
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These are not pansy clutches either. They can take some abuse. You will be fine after a week.
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      02-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #20
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pros: "the experience" and less likely hood someone will steal it
cons: traffic sucks, mileage is worse now (comparing 6spd to some 8spds), nobody can drive your drunk ass home
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STICK is much more fun to drive... AUTO is boring.... so go and get that deal!!!
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So if im stopped on a hill ill just have to brake like normal? That would be a relief. Almost got into an accident the other day where an idiot in a stick mazda almost rolled back into me.
I think that for all manual e9x BMWs, hill hold is standard (I know it's on my car; I am sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong and it's an option). But, with the hill hold feature you brake as normal. When you put the car into first and release the foot brake, the car automatically uses the brakes to hold the car for a couple of seconds. This gives you time to get the car moving forward without worrrying about rolling back down the hill and without having to fool with the e-brake.
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