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Waited at the dealer while some new tires were put on. Dat M6 competition (fortunately without those ugly ass stripes) drool.gif
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Great find!  I might bring my wife up there to improve her manual shift driving skills.  She has learned the basics, but some additional help would be worth it!  

I did a couple hours with this guy before I bought my first manual car. He's a good teacher, and having the experience was definitely reassuring when I got behind the wheel of my CTS-V for the first time.
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Great find!  I might bring my wife up there to improve her manual shift driving skills.  She has learned the basics, but some additional help would be worth it!  

 

 

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I did a couple hours with this guy before I bought my first manual car. He's a good teacher, and having the experience was definitely reassuring when I got behind the wheel of my CTS-V for the first time.



Proper instruction is always a good thing - and when it comes to teaching a wife, best to let anyone except the husband do the teaching. lol!

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Oh awesome, I'll look into that. A friend had mentioned it yesterday, but didn't remember the name so I found it this morning and then read the thread and your guys' reviews.

AND THE CAR IS A 2015 WRX. Cool. 

 

How long do you think is reasonable for something like this? 4 hrs of instruction. Probably take an hour to get used to it and 2-3 hrs to actually start being anything resembling what could be called proficiency.

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@ridethecliche: there is so much support for the Miata, both with owners and aftermarket parts, that you can do pretty much anything you want. Figure out your needs, and if your parents will be using it a lot each year - see what they want too, and then go from there. Maybe the Miata works, maybe not. It isn't the best car for snow. lol!

Ultimately, if all you want is to learn a manual, then dump the car for good, there are other options out there. Good luck!

 

The reason I'd brought up the miata is because it's a desirable car, i.e. it'll get bought at some point. I have a solid car for the winter, my 02 subaru TS so I'm not really worried about that. I was offering it to my parents because I thought my mom would get a kick out of driving it around PA once a week or two.


I'm in school and there's a garage here and I can have access to it for like 200 bucks for the year or something. I can just leave it there in the winter or swap out cars if it's nice out, so storage isn't a problem. Plenty of street parking here as well. But the garage would be a decent option for storage.

 

I'm reading that of the first gen NA models, the 96-97 are the best of all worlds since they had the engine upgrade for a bit more power and torque at a slight weight penalty, making them the best bang for buck in that class. I think the pop up headlights are hilarious and I'd like to see those.


Then again, I just found this sucker and I'm sure I could get it for 2500. If I decided to turn around and sell it this time next summer, I'm sure I'd get like 2-2.5k for it if I did an oil change or two provided it didn't need anything. I'd probably pay a guy a hundo to have the car looked at to make sure there's no rust or gasket leaks etc.

 

https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/cto/5642716701.html

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I did a couple hours with this guy before I bought my first manual car. He's a good teacher, and having the experience was definitely reassuring when I got behind the wheel of my CTS-V for the first time.

Great to hear he's a good teacher.  It could save me a lot of stress, headaches and a clutch! 

 

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Proper instruction is always a good thing - and when it comes to teaching a wife, best to let anyone except the husband do the teaching. lol!

+1 

 Trying to teach a spouse to drive a manual could practically be grounds for divorce ;)   All kidding aside, I started teaching my wife before we traded in our last Porsche.   She started to get the hang of it, but its probably much easier and less stressful when spouses are not the teachers and its not on your own car!  I might as well let a pro finish the job.

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 I might as well let a pro finish the job.

That's what she said!!!
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Learning to drive a manual auto always comes with some funny stories so I will share 2:

 

1.  My wife learned to drive stick shift from her mom and her mom told her that she should never use the final gear unless you were going 80mph+.  When we first started dating and my wife would drive, she would routinely be driving in 5th gear (in a 6-speed) on the freeway keeping the revs fairly high as that was how she was taught to drive a manual.  It took her a couple of months of me pointing this out that she would shift into 6th and save herself some gas.  I cringe thinking they shared driving like this from Sacramento to Nashville in the 128i we used to own.

 

2.  When I bought my Acura RSX it was the first manual transmission car I owned.  I borrowed a buddies Honda Civic the night before to practice before I made the purchase.  Well the car was parked outside and I just had to drive off into the sunset.  I get in, start the car, try to go, and stall hard.  I brush it off as learning a new car so I try it again and stall.  After 3 times I realize the parking brake had been on so I disengage that and voila!  A few more stalls on the drive home but I made it in one piece.  

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Learning to drive a manual auto always comes with some funny stories so I will share 2:

 

1.  My wife learned to drive stick shift from her mom and her mom told her that she should never use the final gear unless you were going 80mph+.  When we first started dating and my wife would drive, she would routinely be driving in 5th gear (in a 6-speed) on the freeway keeping the revs fairly high as that was how she was taught to drive a manual.  It took her a couple of months of me pointing this out that she would shift into 6th and save herself some gas.  I cringe thinking they shared driving like this from Sacramento to Nashville in the 128i we used to own.

 

2.  When I bought my Acura RSX it was the first manual transmission car I owned.  I borrowed a buddies Honda Civic the night before to practice before I made the purchase.  Well the car was parked outside and I just had to drive off into the sunset.  I get in, start the car, try to go, and stall hard.  I brush it off as learning a new car so I try it again and stall.  After 3 times I realize the parking brake had been on so I disengage that and voila!  A few more stalls on the drive home but I made it in one piece.  

 

I've had my bike since last august and it's taken me all this time to get up my driveway without stalling the damn thing. It's a really awkward street->curb->driveway transition and I had shitty clutch control and was scared of giving it too much gas so I'd always hit the driveway part going too slowly, pull in the clutch, and stall. I'd hear laughter from upstairs because my housemate has a clear picture of the driveway from his room and rides as well. 


He still makes fun of me for it. Rightly so.

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How much trouble is a higher-mileage 95 C2 going to give me? Currently has 130,000 miles on the clock. As per the seller, new at 98,000 miles:

-clutch kit
-all engine gaskets
-ignition wires
-chain guide and tensioners
-slave cylinder / master cylinder
-valve guides
-dual mass flywheel & pilot bearing
* MO30 suspension kit (Bilstein HDs, ROW MO30 coil springs,
drop links and sway bar).
* New A/C evaporator and expansion valve
* New fuel pump and relay
* HID (zenon) front headlight kit (Carnewal)
* Hella driving lights
* Clear turn signal lenses & TTS air scoops (Carnewal)
* Scrape bar

Anyone with experience with 993s?
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How much trouble is a higher-mileage 95 C2 going to give me? Currently has 130,000 miles on the clock. As per the seller, new at 98,000 miles:

Anyone with experience with 993s?

993s are nice cars and are well built.  However, you are talking about a 20+ year old car, and not everything that wears out or needs replacing is just based on mileage, some of it can be age related too.  When was the last time the fuel lines and brake lines were replaced?  When were the tires last replaced (IIRC, tires on the rears have a rather short life depending on driving style). Also AC/Heating units can be expensive to repair/replace if they die.  Are you going to wrench it yourself or have someone else work on it...as that can effect the cost of your ownership and convenience.  My Dad owned a few air cooled Porsches years ago, and although  he liked them, he found it annoying to have to bring the car in the day before just for oil changes (as they needed the car to be cold to do it).  Is it something you would use as a daily driver or just a weekend fun car...as that can also affect the cost of ownership.  You should check out a dedicated Porsche website like Rennlist or Planet 9 for detailed info ownership costs and things to watch out for.  

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I've had my bike since last august and it's taken me all this time to get up my driveway without stalling the damn thing. It's a really awkward street->curb->driveway transition and I had shitty clutch control and was scared of giving it too much gas so I'd always hit the driveway part going too slowly, pull in the clutch, and stall. I'd hear laughter from upstairs because my housemate has a clear picture of the driveway from his room and rides as well. 


He still makes fun of me for it. Rightly so.

 

Shifting a bike is more difficult to do smoothly than shifting a car.  I already had a bike for when I took out a 5 speed Jeep for a test drive so I was armed with a little more than theory.  That thing bucked like a rodeo bull but I felt comfortable enough to buy it and take it home that same day.   You'll be fine

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Shifting a bike is more difficult to do smoothly than shifting a car.  I already had a bike for when I took out a 5 speed Jeep for a test drive so I was armed with a little more than theory.  That thing bucked like a rodeo bull but I felt comfortable enough to buy it and take it home that same day.   You'll be fine

 

Doesn't help that my shifter is in a really awkward position. I've been too lazy to adjust it. Should probably do it this week.

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Hope you have a good urologist
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