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Old 09-02-2004, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend just got a really nice '94 Jetta, and let me drive it. It felt like I was learning to drive a manual all over again. My friction point on my clutch is like right at the top, and on the Jetta, it is closer to the floor. So every time I went to shift, I kept slipping the clutch, because I misjudged where the friction point was. Felt like a dumbass, but I had it up to about 110, and was having fun.

Nice car, though. I may get one as a second to my sexy E30.
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Old 09-02-2004, 10:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most times I drive in other cars, the shift and clutch are so much lighter than mine. It takes getting used to that's for sure!
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You liked the jetta? im actually considering one now too. i know what you mean about driving other cars.. when i test drove my first e30 i almost stalled it the first try
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Old 09-03-2004, 12:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've been a full-time mechanic/tech since '99 and in that time I've learned to drive pretty much anything with wheels except big rigs
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i have drivfen a very wide range of cars..so not much of a difference anymore..but clutches are different on all cars...takes some getting used to.
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Old 09-03-2004, 05:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My friend has a little 4 sped Jetta TDI from the ancient times. the early 90s.

God DAMN that thing is SO fun to drive.
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Old VWs are generally known to kick ass,
especially the pre-current generation GTIs and Jettas.
Driving a manual is great..... too bad i dont have one, it seemed like nobody in Dallas was selling a manual 3 series when i bought mine.
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Uhhh, i dont know about the old ones, but i just will not drive a newer jetta, or any vw for that matter. Its like a german honda. FF cars are teh SUCK. some of them are even made in mexico. EWww. But give me an old 16vavle turbo scirroco, and i am DOWN. VW needs to get back to the days of their roots, the PEOPLE's CAR. And people say hitler was a bad man. Pfff. a beetle for a good worker. Now thats a leader. Fuck bush. If only hitler hadnt killed innocent people, he wouldve been the best leader of all time. oh well. Point is, driving a VW= growing a vagina.
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Old 09-05-2004, 01:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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yeah, my friend let me drive his 03 eclipse, i also felt like i was learning how to drive stick all over again. ..... I got used to my clutch, so when i drive other people's cars with soft clutches, i feel like such a dipshit
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I say the hardest go between is my 318i and my moms chevy cheyanne. My clutch feels a little stiff and sporty thats cool, but in the truck, its like an olympic event to get that clutch to the floor. It has like a freaking half foot of travel. Can't stand it. >_<
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I say the hardest go between is my 318i and my moms chevy cheyanne. My clutch feels a little stiff and sporty thats cool, but in the truck, its like an olympic event to get that clutch to the floor. It has like a freaking half foot of travel. Can't stand it. >_<
HAHAHAHA... ...

but i like the fact that the BMW's clutches are stiff.. it gives it a "race" feel.
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Old 09-07-2004, 02:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Ahhh yes....and I love the shifting feel of the BMW manuals slipping in and out of the gears so nicely!

Much better than other vehicles....from personal experiece!
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I drove my friends E30 and the friction point is really close to the top of the clutch travel, took a little getting used to and a couple of stalls lol
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One night i was with my friend who has a 70 Camaro RS Z28 with a Muncie 22 rock crusher four speed (has straight cut gears instead of helical) and he decided to let me drive it around. Damn, his cluth travel is almost a foot and you get more of a workoutt then going to the gym. Its insane how stiff the clutch is. When i got back in my car i damn near put my clutch pedal through the floor the first time i pushed it in.

But the upside to his car is that you can let the clutch out normally while holding the car at 1500 rpms, and then once the clutch is engaged floor it, and you will just sit there and shred his 295 back tires. I don't mean peel out a tiny bit, I mean billows and billows of smoke. So much power that the car doesn't even move an inch forward. I have also been succesful at chirping the tires on every upshift, one-two, two-three, and three-four (at about 90 MPH!!!). Too bad its a chevy and doesn't turn or stop worth shit
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