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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:22 am
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I've been thinking about getting a Civic Hatchback Type-R. I do not know how to drive a manual though. Is it going to be hard to find it with an automatic transmission? and how does it drive? Any good sites that have reviews on it?i also want to let you all know that my dad is a machanic, my 1st car was a 1972 Cutlass Supreme w/ 350 rocket. I know enough about cars to where you dont have to talk to me like one of those girly girls who doesn't even know what a dipstick is. I know my cars. Just thought you should know.does anyone else think "BigDaddy" sounds like an ASS??!! 120 pounds isn't fat, sweetie. whose the one with "big" in their name?? Appologies to everyone else. its just pisses me off when people get on this to do childish things as that.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:24 am
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Sorry but Type-R DOES NOT come with an Automatic Transmission...Also an Si. :/But you can always get an EX...close to an Si.Also stick is very easy to drive, there are 3 pedals, gas brake and the new one, clutch. The clutch is pressed to start the cars and change gears. To start the car, you press the clutch, and hold it down, then start up the car, and put the stick shifter in Neutral (Middle) and then you slowly release the clutch while pressing the gas, then put it in 1st gear. Give it a little gas, rev up to between 2000 and 3000 rpm, if you give it higher rpm to the redline, the car will get more power and "burn rubber" and that is a called an oversteer. If you give it too little, it is called an understeer and you will lose gas efficiency. To change gears, press the clutch and change from 1st to 2nd and so on. NEVER start the car without pressing the clutch or else the car will "Stall"...which is bad.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:27 am
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Here are a few review sites for the type R.http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do.../1382/It's currently not available in the US but some dealers import it and modify it to meet emissions standards. I believe it is only available with the 6 speed manual. You can check the UK honda site to build one and it only gives an option for manual transmission not automatic.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:31 am
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Sorry, the type-r only comes in manual - and it's not even available in the US (although, for all I know you may be elsewhere!). Your dad should be able to teach you a manual easy enough if he's a mechanic. It's really not that hard and Hondas are easy to learn on - high gear ratios, although the type-r might be different since it's a 6 speed. You'll stall and everything, pretty badly at first, but you stall, you laugh, you turn it back on and try again. I think the part that scares people the most is the fact that in a stick you roll backward and not forward like in an automatic. I couldn't tell you when you need to switch gears - my honda didn't have a tachometer so I just had to do it the old fashioned way and listen to the engine. The hardest part is getting into first gear - once you get that, you're golden and everything else is easy enough. The scariest part will be the first time you roll backward down a hill. You can do what my mom and I did on my car - put a sign on the back windshield that said "Learning to drive a manual: tailgate at your own risk". And I know what you mean about guys talking down because you're a girl - none of the guys in my family will take my advice when I tell them something is going wrong with the car. $800 and a new transmission for an automatic Jeep Cherokee later, my dad is still a bit upset for not listening to me when I said he needed some new liquid down there.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:33 am
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You sound pretty fat. I would get a van.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:39 am
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The short answer is you can't miss with a Honda. I love my Civic. I taught my wife to drive a stick and she is the girliest girl of all. She prefers a stick now and you will too. You can learn so I'd recommend finding someone to teach you on something older and once you have mastered the stick go buy the Honda. You will be in car heaven!
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 11:42 am
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Don't listen to fat daddy. If you worried about driving manual transmission learn from your dad. If he's a mechanic he probably has an old car sitting around his shop.
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