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If you ease into the manual driving experience, you should be just fine. If you were getting the 5.0, my opinion would be different. You would not want to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to a manual transmission with one of those.

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I ride Motorcycles. Obviously we have to SHIFT them. The one thing you don't do is start off on high performance motorcycle as a new rider.

Driving is all together different once you enter a properly built car that is a stick...You're basically like a new rider on a BIKE.

I'll disagree with others that is a good car to learn on, easy to drive.

This is not a beginners car. Not the GT.

It's a serious weapon and needs to be wielded by someone with experience.

I bet there are tons of these cars wadded up by those who don't have the skill for them.

Old thread I know but it's Friday and I'm fishing in the back.

Yea...I disagree with this one. Say you are out jogging on a sidewalk that abuts a busy main street. Cars are whizzing by you, and you know that if you were to run out onto the street, you'd get tagged. But will you? Of course not! You're going to stay on the sidewalk and have yourself a nice jog (and get yourself some ice cream afterwords if you were me).

Same with driving this car. No one's making you use the throttle pedal as a leg press. Respect it and you'll be fine. If you're an irresponsible teenager then maybe it's a different story, as thinking rationally sometimes isn't in their skill set. But you get my point.

Traction control is there (and on by default...) for a reason. This isn't exactly a top fuel dragster; it's just a sports car with a decent amount of power.

As for driving these new manual tranny Mustangs: they are now like driving Hondas. Clutch engagement is smooth, clutch pedal is feather-light (hydraulic clutch), and the transmission is buttery (compared to Mustangs of the past).

I'd say learning to drive stick would be pretty easy to do in these cars.


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I ride Motorcycles. Obviously we have to SHIFT them. The one thing you don't do is start off on high performance motorcycle as a new rider.

Driving is all together different once you enter a properly built car that is a stick...You're basically like a new rider on a BIKE.

I'll disagree with others that is a good car to learn on, easy to drive.

This is not a beginners car. Not the GT.

It's a serious weapon and needs to be wielded by someone with experience.

I bet there are tons of these cars wadded up by those who don't have the skill for them.

Old thread I know but it's Friday and I'm fishing in the back.
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Yea...I disagree with this one. Say you are out jogging on a sidewalk that abuts a busy main street. Cars are whizzing by you, and you know that if you were to run out onto the street, you'd get tagged. But will you? Of course not! You're going to stay on the sidewalk and have yourself a nice jog (and get yourself some ice cream afterwords if you were me).

Same with driving this car. No one's making you use the throttle pedal as a leg press. Respect it and you'll be fine. If you're an irresponsible teenager then maybe it's a different story, as thinking rationally sometimes isn't in their skill set. But you get my point.

Traction control is there (and on by default...) for a reason. This isn't exactly a top fuel dragster; it's just a sports car with a decent amount of power.

As for driving these new manual tranny Mustangs: they are now like driving Hondas. Clutch engagement is smooth, clutch pedal is feather-light (hydraulic clutch), and the transmission is buttery (compared to Mustangs of the past).

I'd say learning to drive stick would be pretty easy to do in these cars.
i also disagree but with different reasoning. the motorcycle comparison is a match for a 16 year old starting driving, not switching to a straight drive. the tires may squeal a time or two until the driver gets used to trottle modulation, but it's not going to make them drive fast or peel out at every stop light. one of the main recommendations i hear for going with a... say... r6 over an r1, or gixxer 600 over a hayabusa is because they're slower so easier to control... this would be more likened to an inexperienced driver being recommended to get a v6 rather than v8. the straight drive isn't inherently more dangerous, and studies we've seen through the sbi at my department show someone driving a straight drive is more likely to pay attention to their driving since they have to constantly interact and not dwell.
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As for driving these new manual tranny Mustangs: they are now like driving Hondas. Clutch engagement is smooth, clutch pedal is feather-light (hydraulic clutch), and the transmission is buttery (compared to Mustangs of the past).

I'd say learning to drive stick would be pretty easy to do in these cars.[/QUOTE]

Maybe for the 1st 2k miles but beyond that forget smooth shifts. Time for new clutch or plastic flywheel replacement.

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I had no experience with a stick shift before this car. It took a weekend to be comfortable driving stick and after a few weeks it became so natural that it felt weird driving my wifes automatic RAV4.

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I learned stick on my '11 V6 PP.. I can start on hills and rev-match downshift pretty accurately now.

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