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Re: Wife drives ///M for first time. (archive)

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Posted by wizzard on September 21, 1998 at 16:50:15:

In Reply to: Wife drives ///M for first time. posted by David D. on September 21, 1998 at 16:32:48:

I had the exact same expience with my 2.8. mrs wizzard understood (after some rationalizing) that she would drive it after the breakin period and after she took a couple lessons in a parking lot and on back roads before here solo flight.

Others she told about the plan thought I was crazy for suggesting it (she thought the same for awhile). Only after the lessons did she realize the need. She also hasn't drivin a stick for a few years...and has never driven a rear-wheel drive car. The rear wheel drive factor was more of a surprise than driving with a stick again (the Z3 stock shifter or smoother than any car she's driven before). She wasn't aware of how much of a difference there would be until I sharted showing her over-steer and under-steer and the other characteristics of rear-wheel drive cars.


4/'98 2.8l Drk Grn/Beige/Black - 17" - sport bun warmers - Wood steering wheel, brake handle and trim - Dinan chip, strut brace, and free-flow cold air intake snorkle thingy, modified theBaba/Mike K. Borla Turbo Muffler & Inter-Cooled Tips exhaust - yada, yada, yada - and no power top (real roadsters don't have no fuggin' power top!)

: Well,since my wife's first words to me were "where are MY keys?" when I brought our new ///M Roadster home, I knew I was in trouble. Since she had driven a manual only 3 times before (over 20 years ago!)I was a little apprehensive. But we found a BIG empty parking lot, and the lessons began. She stalled it about 1/2 dozen times, but no grinding of gears or smell of burnt clutch plates. She practiced for about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes before she was ready to call it a day, but you should have seen the smile on her face and the brightness of her eyes. I don't recall seeing her this excited since we got married. She giggled all the way home, and STILL has that smile! Going camping next weekend, so lesson #2 will be the weekend after that.. My only wish is that I had the $$$ to get her one for herself.

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