I learned on a 1980 toyota corrolla (in 1997) LOL!! It was a total piece of shit and my friend who owned the car just through the keys and said "have fun"
It did not take long, maybe 5 minutes, before I had the hang of it. Just drive something with as little horse power as possible for 30 minutes and you'll be good to go. No need to buy something and drive for two years. MT's are extremely easy and only bad habits are a challenge.
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