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I would highly recommend NOT starting out in second gear. You run the risk of premature wear on your clutch. First gear is there for a reason.

That being said, the idle RPM is extremely low at about 600, which makes it difficult to guage how fast to let out the clutch. Pair that with a lag in response time from the accelerator pedal to the throttle, and it's tough to get going somtimes. I've had my manual xB for almost 2 years now, before that nearly 30 years experience of driving stick, and I STILL stall out on occasion.

"Stick" with it, it does get easier.
Here's what bugeye was talking aobut:
http://newscionxb.com/do_it_yourself/open_directory_of_scion_xb_shop_manual_pdfs_tell_me_what_you_want-t850.0.html
 
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