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Old 05-22-2019, 05:09 PM
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Just thought I would talk about it. So my girlfriend is starting to become interested in finally learning how to drive a manual transmission car, which I'm very happy because it's a dying art and I think it's badass when girls know how to drive manual, and what better than my girl right? The thing is that the only manual car we have is guess what.....of course my C5!! The C5 platform in my opinion is a bad starting point to learn because of multiple things, including an "intimidating" ride height to the general population and a REALLY notchy gear shifter. It's really easy for someone else than me to grind 1st or sometimes even 2nd gear because of a "false/partial engagement" on the gear gate. Not only that but you seriously need strength and be fearless to row those gears. My gear shifter is the C5 shifter but it has been shortened and I don't have the anti-venom mod done, so you can imagine. The clutch aspect is easy on the C5, but because I have a cam (albeit a medium one) it's going to make the learning curve so much more steep for her. The cammed C5 requires more clutch slippage and more throttle than when it was stock and it's just temperamental in low RPMs leading to the common 'cam buck' if you don't know what you're doing. She just wants to learn and I do want to teach her, but I think it might be doing her more wrong than good by teaching her on a difficult platform that we can probably all agree that doesn't represent the grand majority of manual transmission experiences. What do you guys (and gals) think? Do I teach her on the cammed C5 or do another approach?

Needed clarification: This would be actually the 2nd go at the manual transmission learning for her. I did break the ice with her when I had my 2012 Tacoma XRunner, in a parking lot, and she did got down to 1st and 2nd gear a couple times. This was however almost a year ago, and that day she kind of got tired and we called it quits a little early, so for effective purposes she's starting again almost from scratch. The XRunner clutch was actually a lot harder pedal, but the shifter was cake. C5 is opposite: stock clutch is very easy.

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Send her packing, no driving the vette.
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I think the C 5 (not cammed ) is one of the easiest manuals I have ever driven ??? ( and that's a lot of manuals)
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I taught my wife on a cherokee with a 6.5" lift, no sway bars, and a rear locked differential. Wasnt the easiest experience, but was doable and she loved it. I think you can teach her no problem as long as you spend ample time in a large parking lot with no speed bump. For the first ten minutes, stay in first gear and practice stop and go. Then practice shifting into second etc. Take your time, dont make her do too much at once.
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find a beater civic and learn on that lol, if I was in your shoes there's no way she would even be attempting to drive mine

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Get her an old vw . That c5 will get away from her in a heart beat
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Listen the the professionals...please.
Just say NO!
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I'm torn on opinion.

Maybe a pic of her in/on the car would assist us, "fence riders"?
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If you have a big parking lot with nothing to hit, and your clutch is reasonable, then it's a fine car to learn on. A bit nerve-wracking but overall okay.

Two points about me:

- I basically learned how to drive stick on my C5 (which has an MP112 unit, and also a rather fat-bore master cylinder for a very heavy pedal and very short engagement window)
- I literally bought a 1991 civic to teach other people how to drive stick, because it's such a better idea than trying to use my car.
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you have made a long list of reasons not to let her learn on your 'vette.

I say do it and it will either turn out really good or really bad.

Maybe you are afraid she will learn quickly and then want to drive all the time?
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I taught my daughter to drive mine in a parking lot and then she drove it home. She’s just over 5 ft and it has short shifter,no problem.
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My wife was driving a stick when we met. She drives the corvette all the time. That said, I wouldn't teach her or anyone else on it. Teach her on something else.
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As others have suggested, take her to a parking lot and give it a go. Tell her that the clutch is her friend. If anything is going wrong, depress the clutch and keep control of the car.

Have her practice the go pedal while in neutral so she understands the pedal's sensitivity. Have her raise the RPMs 500 at a time up to 2500 and back down. That is all the pedal she will need for most surface streets.

Quit for the day if she isn't having fun.
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I donít let anyone drive my C5 6speed . Man,women,
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