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Question How difficult is a stick-shift Challenger?

Hello, I have been driving an automatic 2000 Subaru Outback for a good while now. Recently though, I learned to drive my dad's manual 94 Mustang. I have now changed my mind from going with an automatic Challenger, to wanting a manual instead. How forgiving are Challengers with new stick-shift drivers? Are new manual transmissions easier to shift than old ones? Finally, any tips for driving these beasts? Thanks!
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The clutch pedal effort is very low (hydraulic clutch), as is the shift effort (1 > 2 is a bit notchy when cold on Tremecs, but this diminishes as more miles of wear in take place).

The main 'trick' is getting used to the take-up point with the clutch, as many that are accustomed to older cars have to get used to the high engagement point. Other than that, they're very easy to drive.

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I owned three late 80s early 90s Mustangs with manuals. This Tremec trans is far lighter and smoother than the T5s in the Mustangs. So you should have no problem.

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Figuring out where the stick travels in relation to the cogs takes some getting used too. Once you get that down, and find the friction point of the clutch, it just takes practice, practice, and more practice. Hill assist is a great feature of these cars, to reassure that you won't roll backwards at a light or something.

Hold on your foot lightly on the gas in lower speed driving in 1st and 2nd, otherwise you will get the herky jerkies.

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Shifts nice and smooth, especially compared to the old Chevelle with a heavy pressure plate and Muncie 4 speed. Took me a little while to get used to the clutch. When it grabs, it GRABS. Also took a while to get used to the electronic throttle. Seemed like it was harder to "feel" how much gas I was giving it.

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OK, gotta mess with you guys. If you want to go fast, get an auto tranny.

if it was easy to drive a manual, why does it NOT reflect in peoples 1/4 mile time slips with an M6?

again, just messing with you all.

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like other's have stated, the hardest part is simply finding the engagement point which is the same on any manual.

once you find it, the challenger is extremely smooth for a beefy v8 and doesn't wear you out in stop and go traffic.

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I've said it before:

I bought the 6-speed 'cause I don't know how to drive an automatic.

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. . . Also took a while to get used to the electronic throttle. Seemed like it was harder to "feel" how much gas I was giving it.

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