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first-time stick driving on Insight

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I just bought an '01 5-speed Insight on e-Bay, and I have to fly down to Anaheim this week to pick it up. Problem is, I've never driven stick before. Is the Insight an easy car to learn on? It seems like the Auto-Stop function would make stalling I right? Are there any other quirks and foibles I should know about manual Insights?

Much appreciated,

-Igliashon Jones
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Auto stop kicks in (I believe) when you have taken the car out of gear and are braking and get below a specified speed. Being a manual transmission driver for many years now, and also in the process of teaching my son to drive, I have found that most stalling is a result of forgetting to depress the clutch when decelerating. Therefore, I think that stalling is still possible, and even likely unless you remember to take the car out of gear when coming to a stop.

As for ease to learn on, what I have found in the two days that I have owned my new Insight, is that the car is very smooth from one gear to the next, and thus seems to give less 'feedback' to the driver as to whether or not you are in the right gear. Also, the dash indicator seems to want me to shift much sooner than I think necessary based on my previous experience. Then again, maybe I have been driving around 'wrong' for the last 25 years :lol:

Chris in Washington, NH
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