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Old 06-13-2004, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I am so glad that I found this great forum. I am currently thinking of buying
a 325i manual transmission (my friends always tell me how great the driving
experience is). But the problem is that I never drove a manual car before. And
I would not think I can learn how to do that before I buy a new car since
my current car is an auto and really don't want to ask my friends teach me
with their cars .....

Do you guys think i can learn how to drive a manual car by myself? Or should
i go with an automatic bmw 325i? (I was surprised to see all >10 cars in my
local dealers' parking lot are auto, is this world changing?)

thanks in advance!
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Old 06-13-2004, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good day-

I just purchased a 00 328i in 5 speed. To be honest, I have driven only manual trannys and for some reason I'm having a hard time with this one...It seems jerky to me. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the car perhaps? If I was you, I'd go buy a $300 car and learn on that, would be better off then to smoke a BMW clutch. But for the true driving pleasure, nothing beats a 5spd compared to automatic (IMO)

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Old 06-13-2004, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ill tell you my story
last summer was the first time i tried to learn stick, we borrowed a friends 92 Chevy S10.. it was a bitch, but i did learn the basics. i stalled out frequently, and could hardly drive myself around, it was frustrating

so i drove an automatic car up until like 6 weeks ago when i started shopping for used bmws

first i drove a 95 325i automatic, which was the most awesome car, and i was addicted immediately. but then i had the car inspected and it turned out that the owner never changed the transmission oil, which means it could go up at any moment

so a week later i found a guy with 95 325is with a stick shift... at first i was like "Oh god, a stickshift, this will be the test drive from hell", but it turns out i never stalled it on my first time driving it, and it was ridiculously fun. so i ended up buying it, and after about 5 weeks of owning, i havent stalled the car since prolly the first week of owning it...

in my opinion, bmws are very easy to learn the stick and there is a huge difference in the amount of fun driving an auto bmw to a manual (but both are amazing, so thats my 2 cents)
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Good day-

I just purchased a 00 328i in 5 speed. To be honest, I have driven only manual trannys and for some reason I'm having a hard time with this one...It seems jerky to me. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the car perhaps? If I was you, I'd go buy a $300 car and learn on that, would be better off then to smoke a BMW clutch. But for the true driving pleasure, nothing beats a 5spd compared to automatic (IMO)

Eddie
thanks for all your inputs, they are really helpful.

eddie, i was thinking of the same thing, go get a old car and do practice on it.
but it is not easy to find a $300 car
is that possible for me to lease a manual car, say for 2 months? anybody know
anything about it?
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ok let me tell you my experience since i'm a rookie to the bmw community. I had an automatic car for 3 years it was fun but i always told myself the next car i get is gonna be stick. so last week i got a new 325ci in stick. i had driven stick shift before a few times but not in a long time. And let me tell you that first day of driving it was hell. I stalled so many times i was soo frustrated. for some reason i couldn't get it down. i had my friend teach me that night and i just kept practicing. within a day or two i was becoming more and more comfortable with it. And now a week later i love having stick. I'm still improving and i'm still a lil jerky on the shifts some times and i stalled on a hill today when i was stopped a light. But it is so much more fun than my last car which was a nissan maxima. i have never driven an automatic bmw so i can't compare the difference between stick and auto on them. But in my eyes stick is so much better and i dont plan on buying an automatic car again until i'm like an old man lol. so i think you should just try and find a friend's car u can learn on or somethin if ur that afraid to learn on ur new car which i was too but my friend's car was in the shop so i had to. and then when u feel comfortable buy the bmw in stick thats just my opinion.

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Two must have skills in life - learn how to swim and how to drive a stick shift, (ok - there are other must have skills but this is what I could come up with on short notice - other skills that come to mine should not be posted on a family oriented forum ).
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alright, buddy, you just completely knock me out!!!
first, i don't know how to swim, second, no idea about stick.
oh boy, what a beautiful life!
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thanks so much for all your sharing. i will definitely go with a stick car.
otherwise i will be guilty in wasting your guys time. will do that

well, i guess my only problem will be that i have to find someone help me
drive that bmw home on that day i make purchase. what a shame! i won't
be the first one drive my car, wait, maybe i'll go to some driving school
for 1 or 2 days first .....
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thanks so much for all your sharing. i will definitely go with a stick car.
otherwise i will be guilty in wasting your guys time. will do that

well, i guess my only problem will be that i have to find someone help me
drive that bmw home on that day i make purchase. what a shame! i won't
be the first one drive my car, wait, maybe i'll go to some driving school
for 1 or 2 days first .....
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yah stick bmw is the only way to go, you won't be disappointed

when i got mine i had only driven a stick car twice, both times were terrible experiences, then when i got my bmw i had to learn how to drive it because i couldn't get myself out of the car, well to make a long story short, i just drove the car around for an afternoon and after a little while i had it all down well enough to drive around town without any problems. if you really want to learn it and aren't afraid to kill the car a couple of times you will have no problem learning how to drive it.
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Originally posted by dancingforum@Jun 13 2004, 01:54 AM
Hi there,

I am so glad that I found this great forum. I am currently thinking of buying
a 325i manual transmission (my friends always tell me how great the driving
experience is). But the problem is that I never drove a manual car before. And
I would not think I can learn how to do that before I buy a new car since
my current car is an auto and really don't want to ask my friends teach me
with their cars .....

Do you guys think i can learn how to drive a manual car by myself? Or should
i go with an automatic bmw 325i? (I was surprised to see all >10 cars in my
local dealers' parking lot are auto, is this world changing?)

thanks in advance!
Go with the manual.
While it will be frustrting at first, in the long run you wont want anything else. Even in "regular" cars, im bored stiff without a stick.
Of course if youre sensitive about youre car, hearing it grind through the gears and lurch as you stall out might be painfull
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In my opinion, (and I do have a rather strong opinion about this) you should always go with the stick. While I have had a lot of good times in an auto (switching seats at 80mph) I do think that if you aren't using all 4 limbs to drive, you're just riding in your box with wheels. If you want to DRIVE you have to go with the manual. However, there are a couple downsides... if you ever break a leg, it could be a nightmare, and if you have a LOT of traffic in your area, like LA or NYC... the manual might be a pain in the butt. But otherwise, you have better control, better gas mileage, and it will encourage learning about your car, which to you, will always be the best, fastest, and prettiest car there is. Anyways, good luck.


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Manual, always.... unless we are talking 400+bhp, then auto is handy so you can hang on!

In the UK if you pass your licence in an auto, you can only drive automatics by law. If you pass in a manual then you have the choice.
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Get the Manual. But don't be afraid to ask your budies to help you learn how to drive one. If any of them have a manual truck, that would be the vehicle to learn on. Trucks normally have a much longer throw on the clutch than most cars. If you can learn on a truck with a long throw then it will be a peice of cake to drive a manual Bimmer.
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