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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    i'm not sure what you mean by "shift when your car stops accelerating"

    i'm pretty sure it will acclerate fine right up to the redline.







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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    ... well it really depends on how much throttle you give it... But like i said, the lower you can shift, the better. Of course, if it stops accelerating at 2k rpms, youre not giving much thottle at all, therefore youre not using much gas... but by the same token, truck drivers flip you off for accelerating like a snail.



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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    That may be true to an extent, but shifting at a higher rpm REGARDLESS in a higher output, big displacement motor, will use more fuel than other methods.



    Okay, but really dude, just learn to drive it and youll learn how to waste gas and how to save it. Its really too difficult to explain



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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    Guess im getting a stick
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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    didn't read any of this thread but here is my one and only tip for driving stick. When you brake dont just take it out of gear and press the brakes. down shift and feather the brake. it makes your brakes last a hell of a lot longer.



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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmac View Post

    Displacement is fixed, so the only two controls here are engine speed and air:fuel ratio
    boost?

    my jetta had a vaccum controlled variable geometry turbo (vnt17) which could do anywhere from 0-30psi anywhere from 1200rpms to redline, and could be shifted through the gears, or even directly to 5th gear at idle, from a stop.

    def. a neat little car.




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    Quote Originally Posted by heyman421 View Post
    boost?

    my jetta had a vaccum controlled variable geometry turbo (vnt17) which could do anywhere from 0-30psi anywhere from 1200rpms to redline, and could be shifted through the gears, or even directly to 5th gear at idle, from a stop.

    def. a neat little car.
    was it made by garrett?




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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    ya, a garrett vnt.

    the new 911 turbo uses variable geometry turbos, too.




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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    cool, i work for honeywell (owner's of garrett), but NOT in the turbo area

    is garrett the only makers of the variable turbo? seems like a great idea for everyday use!




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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    well, garrett created the first one, but the only gasoline engine they ever put one on was the shelby daytona back in the 80's, which had the vnt20 on it.

    Garrett took too long to come out with one that was beefy enough to deal with gasoline engine exhaust temperatures, and someone else beat them to it, unfortunately.

    So garrett owns most of the diesel engine market, but the ones that are being used on gasoline engines now are actually made by someone else....




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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom240 View Post
    Agreed. i wore out the TO and/or my pressure plate in my acura legend about 2 years ago. Thats not fun at all.. i learned not to keep it in gear at a light with the clutch engaged. I always did that cuz it would cut down in the time i had to take to push the clutch in, put it in gear and then take off...
    your not supposed to just hold the clutch and brake in at a light? i did not know that.



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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    Sticks FTW.

    Heavy Traffic FTL. Do like I did, and get a job that doesn't require driving on a freeway to work! 8 minutes to drive to work FTW!!

    As for the car-control aspects... you can even learn tricks like when and how to let out the clutch in a turn, to make the car "turn in" differently. On a RWD car, it'll usually cause oversteer (back end steps out), while in a FWD car, it'll usually cause understeer. Can be useful, along with skilled use of the brakes, to avoid spins and/or running into curbs and the like, in emergency situations.

    Some people complain that they can't control their stick-shift cars, accelerating from a stop up a very steep hill. Most of them haven't realized that the hand-brake (e-brake) is quite useful to keep your car from rolling backwards, while letting off of the footbrake and stepping on the gas! While holding the release button in, just pull it up (engaged) until you get the revs up and let out the clutch, then release the handbrake. Takes some practice to do it smoothly, but you shouldn't roll back AT ALL, if you do it right... no matter HOW steep the hill.

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    Re: pros/cons, tips, and advice for sticks please:)

    stick it is!



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