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I'm taking delivery of a 2002 RS next week and I'm shitty at driving stick and have problems in first gear, please help me out,,
 

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At least you aren't also dealing with it having a lightweight flywheel :eek: .
The thing to remember is you want to get used to approximately what point you begin to feel the clutch engage then start to feed in the gas slowly. You can tell that as the car will start to lurch slightly that is when you begin to feed alittle throttle and let out on the clutch (you want to try and get them to be smooth and simultaneous).
If you need to find a parking lot to practice in for a few minutes just driving around that will get you used to it relatively quick.
 

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MY fiance had never driven a stick before when she bought her OBS 5 speed a few months ago. She got used to it in about a week, and is now pretty decent at it. I am certain with practice, especially if it is your daily driver, you won't have any problems after the first few days.
 

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Deja Vu!!!

I talked my buddy into buying the 2000 STS national Champ's car and he couldn't drive a 5spd either! MYPREZA is right in that you should get the feel for where the clutch actually starts pulling the car along and add gas as necessary to keep the rpms stable while letting the clutch out more. Also, parking lot practice will have you rowing gears like second nature in no time. Just remember that if you get into trouble...both feet to the floor...clutch and brake! Drive off the lot with confidence! Jumping in and just doing it will help you get the hang of it faster than sitting there watching someone else drive it while you try and imagine what it's like. Sink or swim baby! One more thing...being agressive with the gas and clutch will help you more than excessive slipping, bogging, bucking and stalling!
 
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