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Evans is painfully rubbish and has always been, so the sooner the better.



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Originally Posted by bawlin View Post

For the love of God, Porsche, just release the fucking Panamera Sport Turismo already...



If they don't release that, they will have shot themselves in the foot even harder, than MB has with no E coupe/cab AMG.



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Originally Posted by Al9146 View Post


fwiw, if you watch the video of me driving on the last page, you'll see what I was saying a bunch of pages ago about hand position, etc. You'll do better learning how to drive a manual if you're already in the habit of driving the way I suggested. Just trying to help. biggrin.gif
 

I think most europeans will agree with me on this. Americans are way over complicating driving a manual. Hand position, seat position etc. etc. doesn't matter, I know people who learned themselves to drive manuals before they hit double digits.
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It's a more efficient way and definitely makes a big difference on the track. I think it helps on the street too (especially the hand position), but I agree isn't strictly necessary.

My father in law taught his kids to all drive manual but all they learned was to keep the car going where it needed to, and operate a clutch. My wife started at 16 and never learned the "proper" habits and won't let me teach her...but she can drive just fine
post #23013 of 26291
If you can do " that drum beat" you can drive a manual. Especially if you can roll on the snare drum, before you kick the bass and the high hat, returning to the drumroll. . . .
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I owned a wonderful Porsche 911 Carrera (996) for eight years but sold it and kept my beloved BMW E30 convertible, which I still love. I will never sell this car -- we are symbiotic.
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great looking car, reminds me of a guy I saw on the way to Newburyport last month; older, well dressed fella on the highway home from work in his 90's SL and just having a hell of a day

 

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It's a more efficient way and definitely makes a big difference on the track. I think it helps on the street too (especially the hand position), but I agree isn't strictly necessary.

The only time I have two hands on the wheel is when speeding through a roundabout or on a curvy on the on ramp. The rest of the time one hand is resting on the knob and the other on the gearshift.
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Originally Posted by sonick View Post

After 8 Miata-less years from selling my '90, just picked up a '99 NB1 Miata yesterday. Navy on tan leather with torsen LSD.

Pics!

What'd it set you back? Any plans for it?
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

The only time I have two hands on the wheel is when speeding through a roundabout or on a curvy on the on ramp. The rest of the time one hand is resting on the knob and the other on the gearshift.

No surprise there.

In all seriousness tho, I was taught that you shouldn't use your shifter as a hand rest and your hand should only be on it when you're shifting.
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

It's a more efficient way and definitely makes a big difference on the track. I think it helps on the street too (especially the hand position), but I agree isn't strictly necessary.

My father in law taught his kids to all drive manual but all they learned was to keep the car going where it needed to, and operate a clutch. My wife started at 16 and never learned the "proper" habits and won't let me teach her...but she can drive just fine

 

Truth :cheers:

 

 

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The only time I have two hands on the wheel is when speeding through a roundabout or on a curvy on the on ramp. The rest of the time one hand is resting on the knob and the other on the gearshift.

 

...and this type of driving is thoroughly dismissed in every single one of the advanced driving classes I've taken. Even by a professional European race car driver. :D While it's true you don't need to do any of those things I mentioned to drive a manual, what I was promoting is a better way to drive, where you are more able to react to situations and have a better chance of a positive outcome. Also, since rtc is in America, if he hires a professional instructor to learn a manual, it's quite likely the instructor will spend some time correcting any poor habits like steering with one hand. IMHO, it's better for rtc if he has good habits to begin with, so the instructor can spend more time on what rtc wants to learn. :)

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Pics!

What'd it set you back? Any plans for it?

Quick pic from garage this morning:



Got it for just over $6k CAD with 142k kms (88k miles), which is on the lower side price-wise for NB's but not a steal. NA's around here have been blowing up, clean low mileage examples going for $8k.

Owned by an old guy and wife over 13 years, bought second-hand from dealer. Very well maintained and clean body.

Only immediate thing needed to fix it to baseline is a tear in the driver's seat leather and spongy brakes (hopefully just needs a good bleed). It could use a new soft-top but this is a second car and I wouldn't take it out in the rain.

No plans aftermarket wise in the near term. Eventually once I get the bug will probably put some coilovers on it. I regret selling my NA and had always intended to get another Miata as a second car to keep for the long term when I had a solid daily driver.
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I really want an NA. Fuck it, I'm going to do it with the money I get from selling my bike if/when I do it. I'd rather have a car like that I can drive around everywhere when it's nice out instead of having to figure out when/where I can ride my bike and whether it will ruffle feathers if I do. 

 

NA's around here go for about 2500-6k depending on condition and mileage. I want to swing for one of the 95-97's to get the 1.8 engine and those lovely pop up headlights lol. 

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I really want an NA. Fuck it, I'm going to do it with the money I get from selling my bike if/when I do it. I'd rather have a car like that I can drive around everywhere when it's nice out instead of having to figure out when/where I can ride my bike and whether it will ruffle feathers if I do. 

 

NA's around here go for about 2500-6k depending on condition and mileage. I want to swing for one of the 95-97's to get the 1.8 engine and those lovely pop up headlights lol. 

 

A car from the south with service records.  Splurge a bit or have your parents chip in.  http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1993-mazda-miata-2/

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Quick, probably stupid question. I went +1 in wheels for my car. 205/55/16 from 195/60/15. Different wheels. Can I use one of the 195/60/15's as a spare? The overall diameter should be the same right? Car's an AWD subaru, so I don't want to blow up the differentials by doing something stupid because it's symmetrical AWD.

 

 

Re: Shifting, I've heard the tendency to play with the shifter if you rest your hand on it accelerates wear of the synchros.

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A car from the south with service records.  Splurge a bit or have your parents chip in.  http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1993-mazda-miata-2/

 

Not a 1.8.

 

Honestly, I'm going to be covered by loans for the next 3 years. My school is cheap and I came here because it was MUCH cheaper than my top choice, on the order of like 30K a year. I went there with the condition to myself that I'd worry a bit less about money and have some fun while I'm at it if I could afford it. Sure, it's financially smarter to not do this, but I'm not spending loan money on this (prior pithy leftovers from working).

 

The options would be to sell bike and buy a miata with the money or sell bike+car and buy a used WRX or something with everything. 

post #23025 of 26291
Yes to the question on tires. Overall aspect ratio is about the same. Of course, by "spare" I'm assuming you only use it for a minimum amount of time while you get the main tire patched or replaced
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