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  1. ross

    ross Three Time F1 World Champ
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    i am looking for a car for my son to improve his manual transmission skills.
    criteria is that it should be running, clean title, and less than $3k.

    preferences are japanese - miata, Z car, accord coupe etc.

    thanks
     
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  3. ttforcefed

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    not sure if they can be found for 3k but i plan on teaching my kids on my 2017 fiat 500 abarth
     
  4. GrigioGuy

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    500 Sport with the stick shift. Early ones are really cheap. Fun cars, build quality is terrible.
     
  5. vdm9

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    I bought the kids a used base Mini Cooper manual, easy tranny, light, great visibility, lots of fun. If you look hard you may find one in that range but high miles and such.
    vdm
     
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    Anything Honda, that is what I learned on (a CRX to be exact).
     
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  8. Shark01

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    We bought our daughter a new Kia Soul for less than $15k.....it will take her through college.....now it’s 4 years later and she handles the MT very well.

    It’s easy to shift, and kinda fun even for me to drive.
     
  9. CarbBoxer

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    CRX would be perfect to learn on but no longer available for cheap prices!
     
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  13. Smiles

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    I’m only interested in Laurie...

    :)

    Matt
     
  14. Shark01

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    She was really cute in the 70s.....did not age well :(
     
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  15. Ryan S.

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    I learned on a 1st or 2nd year miata. Very forgiving. For safety in today’s world I would stick with something accord size.
     
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  16. ross

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    went to look at a few of these....unfortunately what we found in our price range was basically parts held together with rust and hope
     
  17. Ryan S.

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    Maybe early wrx? I was a passenger in one that hit a tree going very quick and walked away fine. Lucky but the car was also very safe.
     
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  18. F11

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    Are you buying this car just to have him learn manual or will this be his primary vehicle? If just to learn I would recommend renting a car or having him do a manual trans driving school / lesson. You'd have to go through all the insurance/registration and then have a crappy car you'd want to get rid off in a week.
     
  19. jimpo1

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    ross Three Time F1 World Champ
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    thanks jim.
    he panned those :rolleyes:

    he had a V6 honda accord with the v6 that he thought was sporty enough, but that was wrecked a couple weeks ago.
     
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  22. sidtx

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    There's lot's of Fiat 500s around.

    Those things are a lot of fun to drive.

    Sid
     
  23. TexasF355F1

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    I learned on a 93 Eclipse. I don't believe that car is the best option. lol

    I think the 350z, aside from visibility being a concern is a great car to learn on from what I remember driving one.
     
  24. BigTex

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    Amanda had a Saturn Sky base engine with MT.

    I still miss that car.
    Not $3K but probably getting close, if not the Red Line power train...
     
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  26. ross

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    nowhere.
    i told him to just get his honda accord running and use that - which he did.
    and he has applied to several schools out of state for starting in the fall - and presumably in person.
    so he will be leaving tx within 6 months anyway, and i will just give him something from the stable that works - and we can junk the accord and have him focus on studies (wishful thinking?).

    but i am still looking for a cheaper manual for him, in case anybody has one for sale nearby.
     
  27. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Whats wrong with the Accord?

    My tech just lost his car to Loop pileup (pre freeze)

    A neighbor is looking to offload his Subaru it's a standard and AWD.
     

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