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Car for beginners?

Discussion in 'General Automotive Talk' started by Sheryl, Oct 20, 2013.

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  1. Sheryl

    Sheryl Member

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    Hello car geeks!

    Any advice on what car suits the best for someone who just got his or her license, in other words a fresh, beginner driver :)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I think that most vehicles are ok for beginners unlike bikes. High powered sports cars not included.

    I learned to drive in full size cars and trucks. It mostly depended o. Your comfort levels. If large cars make you nervous then a smaller car would help you get over it.

    James
     
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    Chevrolet Sonic. Very very safe in crash tests, lots of airbags. Not so much power that you'll get yourself in trouble easily, but still decent amount of scoot around town. Easy to drive in the city, yet comfort like a big car on a long trip. If you're wanting to learn to drive a manual, I've found the 6-Speed Chevy Sonic to be one of the most forgiving manual transmission cars out there and have even used one to teach a co-worker how to drive stick.
     
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    My advice car for a begginer is an old, cheap and small car. A beginner will probably wreck the car, so a good car is not a good idea. A big car it is harder to drive, so a relatively small one would be better.
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    What is the clutch like on those? I hate the super light clutches that are being used in vehicles like the Santa Fe. Light clutch and a low power four cylinder isn't all that fun to drive.

    James
     
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    Maybe a small and cheap car is the best option for a beginner. If you have a heavy and big car you will have problems parking it and in heavy traffic. If it's very expensive you will be afraid to drive it in some situations and if you crash it... thousands of dollars on repairs. So a small Opel or Volkswagen will be the best choice for you.
     
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    I will suggest an old manual car since you're a beginner, so that if you make a mistake in your driving, it will not cost you much to fix the car but this will not be so for a new car which will cost you more.
     
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    It's pretty light, so it probably isn't for you. But a Sonic is a lot lighter vehicle than a Santa Fe so it may be fine. I recommend the Sonic to people who want to drive a manual because it is an easy car to learn on. Light clutch, good shifter, and tolerant engine that has decent low end torque for a 4-cylinder
     
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