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Old 05-29-2013, 12:30 PM   #11
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For the beginner, driving a manual can become a distraction because you have to think about what you are doing.

In my case, auto or manual doesn't matter as I (unconsciously) become the automatic when driving a manual.
Many times I have been on the freeway in 6th gear with absolutely no memory of changing gears.
For a beginner, I agree. What's the learning curve? Two days? Seat time is the most important thing for a beginner. Drive it all day.

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Well, it looks like the Focus is off my list. After visiting my ortho it looks like I'll be looking at some sort of shoulder surgery in my future so driving a MT will just aggravate the condition and most likely speed up my surgery.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:28 PM   #13
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Ouch (literally).

Maybe consider the GTI; it has a decent DCT with paddle controllers.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #14
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Most likely getting a Nissan Juke
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Driving a manual doesn't mean it's a full time job requiring heavy constant attention. Just means you have to balance movements. And its not like you have to shift 47 times like in a fast and furious movie. When I'm in a lazy mood, I'll shift 1,3,5 or coast along in neutral in traffic. I love being on a flat road and being able to let off all the pedals instead of having to hold the brake.
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For a beginner, I agree. What's the learning curve? Two days? Seat time is the most important thing for a beginner. Drive it all day.

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A friend taught me in 5 mins. The hardest (only thing to practice learning imo) thing to learn is feeling for clutch engagement or when it "grabs". Everything else is just procedural repetition.
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Driving a manual doesn't mean it's a full time job requiring heavy constant attention. Just means you have to balance movements. And its not like you have to shift 47 times like in a fast and furious movie. When I'm in a lazy mood, I'll shift 1,3,5 or coast along in neutral in traffic. I love being on a flat road and being able to let off all the pedals instead of having to hold the brake.
Or downshifting instead of braking......
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I bought a Ford Escape Titanium today. Haven't really given it a good drive yet, but I have a feeling it's just what I need, when you're cursing the person in front of you for only doing 80 while in a 45 it's time to step back and remove the temptation. Goodbye 2012 Mustang GT, hello 2013 Escape.
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I bought a Ford Escape Titanium today. Haven't really given it a good drive yet, but I have a feeling it's just what I need, when you're cursing the person in front of you for only doing 80 while in a 45 it's time to step back and remove the temptation. Goodbye 2012 Mustang GT, hello 2013 Escape.
While its no GT stang, putting the hammer down on the eccoboost can give you similar temptations though it doesn't have the same rush at higher speeds.
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C'mon. If you want easy then go with the automatic. I owned two 5.0 Mustangs. One had an automatic and the other a shift. I did a lot of work to power train on the automatic to make it more responsive, so it would ride like a standard shift. I had a shift kit and a 4.10 in rear end of that car. The 5.0 with the stick shift had a shudder. I think it's inherent with most cars that have a shift and transfer all the power to a live rear axle. I wouldn't want an ST with an automatic. What I like most about the ST is the power, torque and the ability to launch it in second gear. All the power is up front. It's very responsive and smooth with no shudder. A week ago I was behind a Cobra Mustang at a light. He took off close to full blast and I was right on his bumper. One thing I don't like is the torque steer with this car when you're getting on it. It depends on surface conditions but you better be holding the steering wheel tight.
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