Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:32 am Post subject: buying a old car to learn stick shift is it worth it
The monte carlo is going to be replaced maybe in a year or two. I am looking into a Chevy Cruze or a Chevy Camaro. Cant decide which, one practical, and one not so much. But i am tempted to go for a stick shift trans but i have very limited experience and know nobody who has one. I found a 2002 Saturn in nice shape with 128,000miles and a 5 speed. I am thinking about buying it to learn to drive by rowing my own gears. He is asking for 2300 but if i can get it for 2000 i will buy it. Anyone think this is a good idea or not? I feel its the only way i will know if i would like it or not.
If there is a racetrack near you i would see if they offer a performance driving class that teaches you how to use a manual transmission properly for both public and racing use. Otherwise just learn on the fly with your new car, why spend money on something that you'll tear up for a year
I think it's a great idea if you aren't certain you would like a manual transmission. I'd rather spend 2000 bucks on a car and drive it for a month or two and sell it to someone else for close to what you paid than buy a new car and decide I didn't like it and either be stuck with it or sell it and take a huge financial hit.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
I bought my Camaro to get proficient with manuals and DD'ing. Picked it up for cheap, love it. I think it's a good idea, but also I taught myself and I'm really good at it and I don't think I did any damage to anything.
So really, why title, register, insure, etc just for a little bit?? Learn in what you want from the start.
Plan on ditching mine in 2-3 years for a used 2010/2011 Camaro SS.
Unlikely you can get a rental with a manual transmission unless you're renting from the Hertz fun collection, or something similar - and even then, they're probably few and far between.
OP knows nobody with a stick? Really?
Manuals these days are not quite the same experience because most clutches are hydraulic assisted, so the stress on your left leg is not what it used to be.
I think it's really more of a question of wether OP actually drives when he is driving, or if he tries to drive with a coffee in his hand, phone, etc. Driving manual with these others distractions is not going to do you any favors.
I would suggest buying a beater for as cheap as possible. Even if the car only lasts 2 months, you'll know wether you want to shift for yourself or not in your daily drive. A 2000 dollar car now is going to be a 2000 dollar car in a few months, unless you break something important. You could get a real junker for 500 or 1000 if you have somewhere private to practice... a farm or something simlilar, and never have to insure or safety it...
I learned how to drive stick in the arcade. Spent an entire summer going cross-country and Hard Drivin was the hottest game out. I played that game in every hotel we stayed at. When I bought my first stick, I was able to jump in and drive it away. I stalled it just once the first day I had it.
Is it an SL Saturn? If so 128K is nothing on these cars so 2gs isn't bad. Plus as other have stated if you find out you don't fancy a standard trans you can ditch it for about the same price as you bought it for.
"The skippers been drinking, oh yes he has you can tell."-Bob Ross
How much miles are on those seats? How much pounds of ass were applied to the seat during every trip? Lol
This thread is about *this* far from being about me, all oiled up, eating chili mac in a walmart bathroom.
I spend probably 7-8 weekends a year tearing out engines and transmissions on my buddies Saturn....$2k is a ridiculous price, dont waste your money. I have no idea why people buy these POS cars.
That said, I had very limited experience with driving stick before I bought the sti. I knew the basic concept (I drove big ol tractors when I worked on a farm for 6 years...nothing like a car but the principles are the same). from what ive read the sti is a harder car to nail down, and I managed fine within a few Weeks (my main problem was getting used to the response of the electronic throttle).
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