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TT [Apr. 30th, 2002|02:22 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

My parents bought a TT while I was in Germany. They told me that way I wouldn't have to bring home any souvenirs, since they already had their German toy.

Anyway, I just went out for a ride with my mom. She drove first, then I drove, while she coached me on manual transmission. Heh. All my past girlfriends have taught me for maybe a half-hour each, but I got no skillz. Gotta work on that.

Back to work! Been getting a ton done this morning (starting at 5:00). Probably going to want to crash super early tonight. But must resist! I can kill this jet-lag in 2 days... oh yes, oh yes.

[User Picture]From: crispycreme
2002-04-30 02:32 pm (UTC)
Heh. All my past girlfriends have taught me for maybe a half-hour each, but I got no skillz. Gotta work on that.
I got that same problem, most of my girlfriends have been able to drive stick-shifts and I can't. Kinda embarrasing. :)
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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-04-30 02:43 pm (UTC)
regular TT or the convertible roadster? a friend of mine had the TT then the roadster, recently had to sell it for money to live on. :\

welcome home. :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-04-30 02:56 pm (UTC)
convertible. not sure if (that implies) roadster.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-04-30 03:00 pm (UTC)


that would be the roadster.
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From: evan
2002-04-30 02:52 pm (UTC)
The trick (for me) for learning a stick shift:

Shifting while going is easy... though you might grind it at times the car is pretty forgiving and eventually you just get the feel of it. The hard part is starting from a stopped position. So: find a small hill. Put the car in first, facing up the hill. Drive forward about 10 feet, then push the clutch in and roll back 10 feet. Stop. Repeat until you are good at starting smoothly.
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[User Picture]From: biok5
2002-04-30 03:11 pm (UTC)
or out of clutch, either way.
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[User Picture]From: ladydiana
2002-04-30 03:28 pm (UTC)
That's how I learned, too.

Also should do it in reverse up the hill about five feet.

Do it from a complete stop, try NOT to stop using the clutch or downshifting.

I got 140,000 miles on my clutch, at least 30,000 of which was delivering pizza, and it's not slipping, grinding or even touchy.

Parking garages work if you're in a flat area, but I learned on a steep hill. Took me about ten minutes, and haven't had a problem since (and had MUCH previous instruction that failed miserably up to that point!)
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[User Picture]From: radiskull
2002-04-30 06:53 pm (UTC)
You also might consider using the e-brake on hills. That's the way I was taught how to drive by the company that has more safe driving hours and drivers without accidents in the world. :)
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[User Picture]From: eli
2002-04-30 07:34 pm (UTC)
A TT......very nice.

Clutches are so much more fun to drive. You'll want to sell your car after you learn...I promise :-)
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2002-04-30 09:18 pm (UTC)

to master smooth stick shift driving...

I will hope you can profit by my sad experience. (sob!!) Never, never, never ask your red-headed best friend (who has a quick temper and does NOT suffer fools gladly and thinks Patience is the name given to a girl rather than a necessary virtue)to teach you on his VW. The carnage that ensued is simply too mechanically inclined to describe!! That is all. :)
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[User Picture]From: diane_court
2002-05-01 12:13 am (UTC)
i'm quite entertained by you (and these others above me) who can't drive sticks...life is so much easier in a real car. big go-kart automatics are just no fun at all. ;)

best of luck. welcome back
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