We’re GuysWithRides and today we’re going to be showing you the basics of driving a manual Before we actually start driving, let’s get into the basics of things The first thing you’ll notice is that a manual car has 3 pedals instead of 2 The brake and the gas are in the same place but the pedal on the left is called the clutch In an automatic, the car changes gears for you, hence the term automatic but in a manual this is what you’ll be using to change between gears The next thing you’ll see is the gear stick Most cars will come in either 5 or 6 speeds and the one we’re in today has 6 Before you start driving, you should play around with the gear stick a little and make sure you know where all the gears are All cars will have the same basic setup with first gear to the left and up second to the left and down, third in the middle and up fourth is in the middle and down, fifth is right and up and sixth is right and down While this particular car has reverse all the way in the up and left many cars have reverse in different positions, which is why it is best to know your car before you attempt to drive it Lastly when the gearstick is in the middle, it is in neutral It is important to remember that the ONLY time your car can come to a complete stop without stalling is when you’re in neutral OR when the clutch is pushed all the way in Practice shifting through the gears with the clutch pushed in before you actually attempt driving Another thing you’ll notice is the parking brake Unlike in an automatic, manual cars don’t have a gear for park so to park this car all you need to do is pull the parking brake up and for extra safety you leave it in first gear Now lets start driving Make sure your seat adjusted so that you are in a comfortable position and you can push the clutch all the way in and make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted as well In order to turn on your car, you need to push in the clutch all the way in and either push the button or turn the key Some cars will actually require you to push both the clutch and the brake to get it started First release the parking brake and to back up you’ll push in the clutch and put the shifter in reverse Now you slowly let go of the clutch until you feel the car starting to move At that point you hold it right where it is and and very lightly tap on the gas to get you moving a bit more If you feel you’re going too fast then push the clutch back in and just feather it out slowly again When you’re driving in reverse, unless for some weird reason you decide to have a backwards race with someone you don’t ever want to fully let go of the clutch because that’ll cause you to launch backwards with much more force than you would ever want to YEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH Now comes the hardest part about driving a stick Getting going in first gear Before you start trembling in fear, don’t worry because we’ve got a secret to make it very easy for you Make sure you’re in an empty parking lot with lots of space to practice Okay now do this Push in the clutch and put the car in first gear Now WITHOUT touching the gas, slowly let go of the clutch At a certain point the car will start to move forward and at that point you hold the clutch in place That point where you are holding the clutch is called the catch or the bite point This is where the clutch engages the transmission What you want to do next is give it just a little bit of gas, keeping your RPMs around 1800 and the car will start to move a lot faster Now you slowly let go of the clutch until your foot is completely off of it The key here is to SLOWLY let go If you let go too fast the car will jerk, you might stall On the other hand, don’t give it too much gas because then you’ll launch the car To prevent this from happening the ideal RPMs would be around 1800 until you fully let go of the clutch Once your foot is completely off the clutch and you’ve got the car moving, you should just cruise around the parking lot in first gear stopping and starting until you get the feel of the catch point Remember, this is the hardest part about driving stick so be sure to practice this the most Once you’ve got this down, the rest is a piece of cake Now for changing gears So generally first gear is used only at very low speeds such as pulling out of your mom’s garage and parking lots Once the RPMs hit around 3500, you’ll want to push in the clutch and pull down the shifter into second gear Be sure to let off the gas when you push the clutch in Once you’re in second gear you slowly let go of the clutch while giving it gas at the same time just as you did to get started If you’re able to go this then you’ve officially learned how to drive a stick because the rest of the gears work the exact same way Once you’ve got enough practice you can go onto the road and try it out yourself When you’re coming to a stop, for now you can just put it in neutral and use the brake Eventually you’ll want to learn how to downshift and we’ll teach you that in a later video For now just practice what we’ve taught you and congratulations You’ve learned how to drive a stick and go impress all your friends If this video helped you out make sure to like it and subscribe to GuysWithRides If you guys want to see something explained better or want to see us post a video about downshifting just comment below and we’ll do it right away. Thanks A lot, Later YouTube!

How To Drive A Stick Shift For Beginners (pt. 1)

100 thoughts on “How To Drive A Stick Shift For Beginners (pt. 1)

  • June 24, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    instructions unclear, dick stuck in toaster.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    This shit look retarded af

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  • June 25, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    As a driver trainer I have to say that you have got this down pretty good. I love the BMW.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Im learning on an old suzuki. Let me tell you this thing doesnt show rpm😭😂 so i just gotta i ball it

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  • June 27, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    I dont have a BMW… great, I bought the wrong car

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  • June 28, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    Instructions unclear, turned preschool into a bonfire.

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  • June 28, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    This is going to be tough. My car doesn't even have a tachometer.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    so are all those fast and furious movies when shifting is just bad for manual because to me it seems they just let the clutch go and floor it

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  • June 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Most grown american men still cant drive a stick shift.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    It really isn't hard after you have done in a few times.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    And this is why we use automatics it causes way less deaths

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:22 am
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    False. The hardest part about driving stick is taking off on a hill. Seeing your from a flat suburbia you wouldn't know that lol Come drive in Pa for a few years you'll be a pro between the mountains and snow lmao

    Been driving stick since I was 12, about to teach my gf at age 26. Wish me luck 🤣

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  • July 1, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Why does everyone say 1st is the hardest gear its definitely not..

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  • July 2, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    That slowly release the clutch and have the car move forward on its own helped a bunch💪🏼

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  • July 2, 2019 at 6:50 am
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    This helped… Quick and straight to the point.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    oh god change ur mats, getting stuck on the clutch from 2:40 to 2:50

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:22 am
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    Step one make sure molly isn’t there

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  • July 4, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    lol this was a nightmare when i first started. i learned to drive a stick shift 10 speed manual tractor trailer.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    Guggggggggggggggggg

    Read more

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  • July 5, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    Guys wish me luck tommorow I’m driving my grandpas 1969 camaro and I’m afraid

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  • July 5, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Watched this video, got it the car, crashed into a fire hydrant. Where's part 2 ?

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  • July 8, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    im gonna strap a matress to the back incase i launch threw my neighbours house trying to back up

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  • July 10, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    I don't even own a stick shift or ever plant on driving one but in the case of an emergencies info may help me.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    Who drives a Manuel and is still watching this?

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  • July 12, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    teaching my son – this was helpful

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  • July 14, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    NEVER LISTEN TO DRIVING ADVICE COMING FROM A BMW DRIVER

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  • July 15, 2019 at 7:10 am
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    Easy trick: Rev to 1500. Slowly let out clutch. Once you take off the first time, you'll get a feel for it, eventually synching the clutch and gas pedal to perfection.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    Yea, I’ll stick to paying $1500 extra for automatic. Cuz trying to learn this shit will cost me years in therapy

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  • July 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    i had to learn manual by myself the only thing i knew is abt let go of the clutch n press accelerate frm fast n the furious😂

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  • July 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    So to slow down do we go down gears

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    I think I'll stick to automatic…

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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    Pt 2 down shift

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  • July 22, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    Fuck that this sounds so fucking hard

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  • July 22, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    I have a question about coming to a slow down/stopping. Do you press the clutch when going from the gear to neutral to stepping on the break? TIA

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  • July 23, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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    I don't know why but I think you just made it more complicated🤣🤣🤣

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  • July 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    So, more or less, just be gentle with it until you have a feel for things…kinda what i was planing on doing anyway, but ok 👌

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  • July 24, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    Your tutorial is too fast. Please be steady.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    I had a stick shift rav4 before my current (automatic) one, it’s inconvenient as hell and I didn’t really enjoy stalling. At least with my automatic I can eat some Burger King while driving

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  • July 26, 2019 at 3:56 am
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    Um I'm gonna need a couple thousand more of these videos to learn this.😂 my whole family knows how to drive these things

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  • July 28, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    i've never liked so many top comments before

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    Ended up driving onto the roof

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    Guys it seems too complicated but trust me when you learn and master it, it just becomes 2nd nature

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    shits hard man..

    i thought i would breeze through driving a manual because i knew how to drive an automatic lol

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  • July 31, 2019 at 5:16 am
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    I have trouble letting go of the clutch and the gas

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  • July 31, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    This honestly helped me out so much! Thank you.
    I could probably use a downshifting video lol

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    tbh i just started learning how to drive stick and FUCK. its pretty difficult in the beginning.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    Wonder if you use your blinker

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  • August 4, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    These instructions are insanely complicated, I swear it’s not that complicated

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    “Gear Stick”

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  • August 4, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    This guy dosent use his turn signals

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  • August 4, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    You have such a long shifter gets a short shifter shit!!

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  • August 5, 2019 at 5:13 am
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    Been practicing driving stick i got the hang of it, only thing is i take too long finding where the clutch bites. Only practicing will i get faster at it

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  • August 6, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    Here’s a better solution GET AN AUTOMATIC TAHDAH

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  • August 6, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    How to drive stick 101:
    click away from this video
    find a friend with a stickshift car
    Go to empty parking lot
    Destroy clutch
    Brag to friends that you can drive a stick

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  • August 6, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    dont learn from someone who wear vans and high socks 😂

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  • August 6, 2019 at 6:03 am
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    Don’t use this for learning stick, so many things that need to be explained better

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  • August 8, 2019 at 4:44 am
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    Thanks.. or why I would never want to drive a manual car 🙂

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  • August 9, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    I thought I was rite lol

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  • August 10, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    Im late what’s the module is that bmw and what year is it

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Put them on a hill and tell them to come home

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:30 am
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    It's actually a hand brake

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    Jeez i just wana go on a cruise ride

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    There should not be more then one video for explaining how to…… nevermind

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    I know how to but I just want to watch hahaha

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    Video was great until you started revving your bimmer

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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    Instructions unclear , ended up fucking up the clutch.

    😂

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    Naaah bro I'll uber

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    Ah yes, the manual trans. The best anti-theft system in America.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    Car model ??

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Im driving a manual for the last 10 years. After seeing this video I can't drive anymore.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    90% of the high schoolers smoking weed, they think that’s cool

    Me & the remaining 10%: Driving a manual is cool

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  • August 18, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    Why am I watching this I know how to do this

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  • August 18, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    all the dislikes came from people that couldnt learn how to drive a manual

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  • August 18, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    I’m 15 did my first time yesterday and it was in mountains on a dirt road lol

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  • August 19, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    I never will drive a stick shift

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  • August 20, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    1.1k Americans don’t like this video

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    Should have more subs. You guys are legit

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    Thanks GWR

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    Lost Art…slowly being phased out of existence….I'll fight to the death to keep manual alive! 💪🏾 Hail to the Shifters forever!

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  • August 25, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    I'm watching these kinds of videos like I plan to drive in Europe or borrow my uncle's corvette

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    My dad taught me how to drive a manual transmission and to this day I drive a manual transmission. It's super duper easy and it almost makes every car you're in feel like a race car lol

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  • August 28, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    Wait…you're going too fast…

    How long are the eggs supposed to cook again?

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    i know im late to this but home come yours has an oil temp gauge and not an mpg gauge ?

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  • August 29, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    That floor mat is a death trap

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:25 am
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    Seems really easy thanks man

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  • August 31, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    First off, you should teach drivers of this BMW is in fact the signals work and if so, how to friken use them!!!

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  • September 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    It’s like a motorcycle

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  • September 1, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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    Bruh

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  • September 2, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    I just realized that 97% Americans use automatic transmission. Only 3% use manual. Study in 2016. Just saying. Btw, I recently got manual transmission for my 1995 Ford F-150. Because automatic issues twice! In three months 🙁 I will swap next weekend because hurricane situation. 🙂 Hope manual transmission resolve and running long lasting! 🤞

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  • September 2, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    I learned driving manual at 16. Before that my mom had already thought me an automatic transmission and I though it was a piece of cake but then my dad was like, “that’s too easy, let me teach you something a bit more challenging”. At my first lesson I stalled the car like 6 times until my father told me “it’s enough for today”. The second time to my surprise, I didn’t stall the car not once for around 40 minutes of driving and parking. Moral of story, don’t give up just because you think it’s hard at first.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    When he said leave it in first gear after pulling the parking brake 😂

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  • September 3, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Dad giving me his car so im here lol

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    What car is that?

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    Thanks

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    كل زق

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  • September 6, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    I’m in the group type that says,”forget it! This is for Martians”👽

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    I’m 12 the closing thing I’ll get to driving anytime soon is my Logitech g29 and shifter sim racing setup and city car driving.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 4:40 am
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    What car model is this?

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  • September 10, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    That backwards race shit was funny as fuck 😂😂 when I was first learning out how to drive I reversed and did it too fast and almost smashed down the neighbours fence haha

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