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2013-01-29 04:21:41 PM

NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.


www.thesamba.com
 
2013-01-29 04:24:02 PM
www.robertmanni.com
"What da third peddle fo?
 
2013-01-29 04:24:32 PM
Here are some other products that can help you avoid theft.

www.aerojockey.com
A thief is going to take one look at this baby and move right on.  Very few criminals looking to do arithmetic will know how to use this calculator.

www.aerojockey.com
Imagine the hilarity when theives try to play their Snoop Dog CDs on this.  They'll leave this one behind for sure.

www.aerojockey.com
Know how you're always losing your pens? Have you considered that maybe you're not losing them, they're being stolen? Well, not any more. A thief needing to write a letter will quickly give up when trying to use this pen.
 
2013-01-29 04:25:52 PM
For those who say you can't multi-task while driving a manual, I strongly beg to differ. Back in the early 80's I was driving non-stop between Cincinnati, and Salina, Kansas. Along about Columbia, Missouri on I-70, I got the urge for some cock and ball torture. Pulling over wasn't really an option as I was pressed for time. So in between playing with the car, I was able to strip down to a red speedo, get out some nylon clothesline, and firmly truss my junk to the steering wheel, and proceed to have the most awesome wank, all with the knowledge that any sudden directional changes would lead to much pain, possibly up to castration. Let me tell you,...you haven't yet begun to live until you've masturbated at 65 miles an hour on the interstate with your cock bound to the steering wheel, especially in a car with a manual.

No a spentmiles wannabe, as the above CSB is not a work of fiction.
 
2013-01-29 04:26:04 PM

tricycleracer: [www.model-t-restore.com image 850x557]


I almost bought a Model T once in my youth. I think it would take me a while to learn to drive it.

Note that there's no gas pedal. Are you still supposed to drive with the left foot on the clutch?
My Mustang has a 5 speed manual. I bought ti because I thought the manual was much more responsive vs. the laggy automatic.

I was thinking it was about time I bought a stick, then I remembered that I've had 1970s Dart Sport 360 and a Datsun 200sx with stick and a VW beetle with auto-stick. Sorta like when you go to a restaurant and notice that you always order "a change of pace" that's the same thing as the last times.

I do cringe thinking about a kid porter at a repair shop trying to figure it out.
 
2013-01-29 04:26:49 PM

amundb: I am starting to get pissed at the people behind me at long lights who beep at me. I like to put the car into neutral and take my foot off the clutch while waiting. As soon as that light turns green, people do not understand the extra 0.00000554 second delay it takes me to put my car into first and start beeping at me right away. Sorry I ruined you day because I don't drive a crappy automatic.


Whenever I get to even the slightest incline at a red light I put the Jeep into neutral and let it drift backwards for a foot or so. It's amazing how quickly people behind me snap to attention and back off.
 
2013-01-29 04:27:03 PM

pounddawg: The automatic transmission was the first step in the downfall of western civilization.


No, that was the second step.

The first was the invention of the self-starter. If starter cranks were good enough for great-great-grandpa, they should be good enough for everyone.

Seriously, in my household everybody had to learn to drive manual before they were allowed out on the road. Period end of discussion. If you can only drive autoboxes, you can't really drive.
Now, years later, my oldest daughter is a car journalist who can drive pretty much anything with wheels and a motor. Naturally, she ordered her new car with a 6-speed manual. Her sister also bought a car with a manual because she's a poor student and it was cheap. Being able to drive stick gave her the option of spending her limited budget on a nicer car with a manual rather than a more heavily used one with an autobox.
 
2013-01-29 04:27:32 PM

amundb: I am starting to get pissed at the people behind me at long lights who beep at me. I like to put the car into neutral and take my foot off the clutch while waiting. As soon as that light turns green, people do not understand the extra 0.00000554 second delay it takes me to put my car into first and start beeping at me right away. Sorry I ruined you day because I don't drive a crappy automatic.


Sounds like you're on the east coast, where people drive aggressively and are focused on, you know, getting where they are going. :) If you're first in line, watch for the yellow on the other direction. If you're not first in line, you have lousy reaction time.

I live on the west coast. Trust me, you want aggressive drivers around you. When everyone dawdles and futzes, traffic blows chunks.
 
2013-01-29 04:34:19 PM
My HHR/SS is a 5-speed stock, her Exploder is an automatic. My bike is kick-start only & shifts with the right foot. Built-in theft deterrent.
 
2013-01-29 04:34:30 PM
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2013-01-29 04:35:07 PM
i love driving stick. so glad i don't live somewhere hilly or too congested. automatics make me feel like i'm constantly braking. and bored.
 
2013-01-29 04:36:07 PM

NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.


I would sell you my '98 Kia Sephia 5-speed manual, but it's too much fun to drive, even for a little 4 banger. Plus I'm saving it for my daughters. If one of them wrecks it I may shed a tear or two.
 
2013-01-29 04:36:13 PM

Wellon Dowd: MindStalker: In before Manual/Automatic argument!

There is no argument. Unless you're both a spastic and an idiot, manual is better.


In all fairness, there's not anything _wrong_ with being bad at driving, I'd rather the people that are bad at driving have some machinery covering the basics for them. It's not like all such people are rich enough for chauffeurs or live on convenient bus routes, so some of them are going to have to drive anyway.

God knows if my mother had to perform rote actions to switch gears in addition to paying attention to the road, I and all my siblings would have died in an exploding fireball as kids. We almost did several times even with an automatic.

aerojockey:
A thief is going to take one look at this baby and move right on.  Very few criminals looking to do arithmetic will know how to use this calculator.


I would hope that anyone stealing a calculator can do logarithms, so actually they probably can. It's not rocket science, man, ln(a)+ln(b) = ln(ab), that's literally the entire trick to working a slide rule.
 
2013-01-29 04:36:46 PM

vodka: Plus driving on ice/snow/hills gets annoying real fast with a manual.


Never understood the problem driving in snow. Second gear, enough gas to get the wheels just spinning, sidestep the clutch. Steering wheel pointed in the direction you want to go, keep adjusting the throttle to keep the rest of the car reasonably behind that. It doesn't necessarily need to be straight. Throw in some e-brake in FWD cars for more control setting up for turns. Oh, and NA Miata's with a proper set of 4 snow tires are awesome in snow up to 4-5 inches. Perfect balance. You haven't lived till you've made a parking lot look like a helicopter landed upside down in a top down Miata.
 
2013-01-29 04:37:04 PM

Lsherm: tricycleracer: [www.model-t-restore.com image 850x557]

Years ago I looked at picking up a restored Ford truck from 1915 or thereabouts and it took me 25 minutes just to get comfortable enough with it to drive it 1/2 mile.


I work with someone who is doing a full restore on a Model T (1914 I think). He's been going slow and steady, and cataloging everything with plenty of pictures. It's pretty cool to watch his progress.

I know, I know, CSB.
 
2013-01-29 04:40:21 PM

OgreMagi: tricycleracer: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

No old GTIs or Miatas in your part of the world?

Miatas are great little cars. I'm on my second one. I convinced a friend that a Miata is the best possible choice for his teenage daughter (with the addition of a roll-bar). It's not actually a fast car, though it is nimble. It only seats two! The intelligence of teenagers is inversly proportional to the quantity of teenagers, so when in a car you want to keep their number to a minimum. Used Miatas in good shape are readily available and reasonably priced. Finally, despite the limitations, getting her a Miata makes you "the coolest dad EVAH!" At least for the next hour or so. Teens are fickle and have a short memory.


That is absolutely brilliant and I plan on saving your post for when my daughter reaches 16.

/4 years to go...
 
2013-01-29 04:40:38 PM
I recently got back into a stick after 8 years of driving an auto. People tell me that they can't deal with a stick because of traffic, but I live in Atlanta (ITP) and I haven't complained in the two months I've been dealing with it. I didn't before either, but even at my advanced age of 37 I don't seem to mind.

It took my wife about 2 days to relearn after an auto for 10 years. Once you learn manual then you're pretty much set for life with it.
 
2013-01-29 04:41:25 PM
that happened to me once- a couple of kids tried to steal my jeep. They managed to get it out of the driveway but couldnt get it out of reverse and into gear so they just left it in the middle of the street
/CSB
 
2013-01-29 04:42:45 PM

shanrick: It's hard to hold your beer and work a stick shift.


Not really.
 
2013-01-29 04:44:04 PM
This is a high performance car compared to other cars, so if they had gotten it, they might have hurt themselves in it."

Alternate Headline: Corvette Owner Reinforces Stereotype
 
2013-01-29 04:44:46 PM
I used to have a Saab 96, like this one:

www.angelscars.se

It had a "FOUR ON THE TREE", and the model was famous for having bad synchros (the Three on the Tree model had NO synchros).

It was so ugly that a mexican fellow I worked with - who lived in the barrios - asked me not to park it in front of his house, he thought it lowered his property values. (I put some foam dice on the rear-view mirror and some fuzzy bathroom carpet on the dash and he was alright with it then)

Shifting it was an art form.
// Did I mention it was Front Wheel Drive?
 
2013-01-29 04:44:59 PM
It's got 6 forward and 2 reverse

www.in70mm.com
 
2013-01-29 04:45:19 PM

Rapmaster2000: I recently got back into a stick after 8 years of driving an auto. People tell me that they can't deal with a stick because of traffic, but I live in Atlanta (ITP) and I haven't complained in the two months I've been dealing with it. I didn't before either, but even at my advanced age of 37 I don't seem to mind.

It took my wife about 2 days to relearn after an auto for 10 years. Once you learn manual then you're pretty much set for life with it.


I live OTP now, but when I lived in Atlanta, I drove stick. I would probably fall asleep waiting in traffic on 75 if I had an automatic.
 
2013-01-29 04:45:52 PM

Noticeably F.A.T.: shanrick: It's hard to hold your beer and work a stick shift.

Not really.


Yeah, I once managed to drink a beer, smoke a cigarette, and take a phone call while shifting in a Saab of all vehicles.
 
2013-01-29 04:46:22 PM
lmao @ people who find driving stick to be even remotely hard

sorry about your defective brain I guess
 
2013-01-29 04:48:53 PM

The Angry Hand of God: Rapmaster2000: I recently got back into a stick after 8 years of driving an auto. People tell me that they can't deal with a stick because of traffic, but I live in Atlanta (ITP) and I haven't complained in the two months I've been dealing with it. I didn't before either, but even at my advanced age of 37 I don't seem to mind.

It took my wife about 2 days to relearn after an auto for 10 years. Once you learn manual then you're pretty much set for life with it.

I live OTP now, but when I lived in Atlanta, I drove stick. I would probably fall asleep waiting in traffic on 75 if I had an automatic.


I've been driving stick ITP for well over a decade now with no complaints.
 
2013-01-29 04:49:08 PM
Some of the newer manuals (MINI Cooper) have hill hold. Works better than an auto on a hill. The only problem is when I swap to the older MINI and forget the hill hold isn't there.
 
2013-01-29 04:49:43 PM

aerojockey: Here are some other products that can help you avoid theft.

[www.aerojockey.com image 558x152]
A thief is going to take one look at this baby and move right on.  Very few criminals looking to do arithmetic will know how to use this calculator.

[www.aerojockey.com image 338x450]
Imagine the hilarity when theives try to play their Snoop Dog CDs on this.  They'll leave this one behind for sure.

[www.aerojockey.com image 300x400]
Know how you're always losing your pens? Have you considered that maybe you're not losing them, they're being stolen? Well, not any more. A thief needing to write a letter will quickly give up when trying to use this pen.


You forgot about the theft-evasion potentials in the business world; is your ipad constantly being stolen? No one would think about stealing a typewriter. Run a doctors office, and find that your meds sometimes disappear? Switch over to drills and leeches, you'll be set!

//I prefer manual...if I have to drive a car
//harley go vroom!
//err...it's manual too, as it so happens...
 
2013-01-29 04:50:46 PM

Tigger: Fun Fact:

In the UK if you take your driving test in an automatic you get a special (emphasis on special) licence that allows you only to drive an automatic.


A friend of my SO insists that he has an automatic license only because, on the day he was going for his test, the instructor's manual car broke down, so the friend had a choice, rechedule, or take it in an automatic.

And for some reason he's never re-done the test.

/nobody believes him
 
2013-01-29 04:51:18 PM

TomD9938: Random Anonymous Blackmail: I have owned manual and automatic transmissions and the pleasures of driving one or the other depend solely on the vehicle in which contained.

Yep. Auto for the daily mind numbing 5mph stop and go rush hour grind and a manual for Sunday fun in the country.


These.
 
2013-01-29 04:51:29 PM

garumph: Some of the newer manuals (MINI Cooper) have hill hold. Works better than an auto on a hill. The only problem is when I swap to the older MINI and forget the hill hold isn't there.


my mom's mini once wouldn't open the car since there's no actual key and it's just a button. she was pretty cold that night until someone could pick her up.

i don't get why cars are now computers. i miss the days when a few guys with a beer in one hand could easily fix your car for cheap. now you need a computer technician just to open the door.
 
2013-01-29 04:51:33 PM

Bit'O'Gristle: Hmmm.. dont they usually give a description of the perps so that the public can assist in capturing them?


Not if they're black.
 
2013-01-29 04:51:50 PM

garumph: Some of the newer manuals (MINI Cooper) have hill hold. Works better than an auto on a hill. The only problem is when I swap to the older MINI and forget the hill hold isn't there.


Yeah, my 328i has manual hill hold, and I'm WAY slower in getting off the clutch than I was in the past. It holds for 2 seconds. I would probably farkup if I were to go back to a car without it.
 
2013-01-29 04:51:55 PM

powhound: NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.

I would sell you my '98 Kia Sephia 5-speed manual, but it's too much fun to drive, even for a little 4 banger. Plus I'm saving it for my daughters. If one of them wrecks it I may shed a tear or two.


Look for a base 2001-2002 Cavalier. As with any car, make sure the tin worm hasn't attacked it. Check that the cooling system is in good condition (without regular coolant changes every couple of years it tends to silt up and lose cooling capacity). Other than that, they are mechanically very solid, cheap and relatively easy to maintain and are about the only cars in their price range with ABS brakes. Both my daughters had one of these as their first cas. Both got years of reliable use out of them. As a bonus, if there's snow around, they are surprisingly adept at getting unstuck. Very good value for money, and your son will never try to show off to his friends.
 
2013-01-29 04:53:20 PM

ItchyBrother: I used to have a Saab 96, like this one:

[www.angelscars.se image 850x566]

It had a "FOUR ON THE TREE", and the model was famous for having bad synchros (the Three on the Tree model had NO synchros).

It was so ugly that a mexican fellow I worked with - who lived in the barrios - asked me not to park it in front of his house, he thought it lowered his property values. (I put some foam dice on the rear-view mirror and some fuzzy bathroom carpet on the dash and he was alright with it then)

Shifting it was an art form.
// Did I mention it was Front Wheel Drive?


At least you didn't have the two-stroke model...
 
2013-01-29 04:53:40 PM

tricycleracer: Wellon Dowd: maxximillian: does this story stink to anyone else? I think I'm going to call BS. Why did the owner try lifting prints on his own?

Because Florida.

"Stand Your Ground" gets all the press, but "Do Your Own Police Work" is actually a much worse and lesser known Florida law.


Bugs Meany's gonna walk
 
2013-01-29 04:54:38 PM

rangercheese: I've always thought of the stereotypical Farker as someone who:

* drives a manual,
* drinks only microbrews, and
* runs Linux.

/1 out of 3
//long way to go to win the Fark Triple Crown


2 out of 3, I like lager

2 different versions of linux though, so 2.5?
 
2013-01-29 04:57:02 PM

rangercheese: I've always thought of the stereotypical Farker as someone who:

* drives a manual,
* drinks only microbrews, and
* runs Linux.

/1 out of 3
//long way to go to win the Fark Triple Crown


I hit the trifecta. Score!
 
2013-01-29 04:58:02 PM

garumph: Some of the newer manuals (MINI Cooper) have hill hold. Works better than an auto on a hill. The only problem is when I swap to the older MINI and forget the hill hold isn't there.


the BMW i ordered has this. the dealer never even told me (they never sell manuals). i had no idea what it was doing the first time i tried a hill start in the thing. now, of course, i love it, but i do feel like i'm cheating a bit...
 
2013-01-29 04:58:05 PM
I've driven my dad's manual back in the day, but my inherent laziness meant I preferred to let the car do the work and purchased an automatic.
 
2013-01-29 04:59:59 PM

garumph: Some of the newer manuals (MINI Cooper) have hill hold. Works better than an auto on a hill. The only problem is when I swap to the older MINI and forget the hill hold isn't there.


I didn't know that was a feature for the first, say 8 months of having my Mini Cooper. I go up a steep hill that has a cross road right at the top, plus where I grew up in the states, the main road had a stop light on a hill, so I'm quite used to hill starts.

I love hill hold.
 
2013-01-29 05:03:00 PM
The only reason I like stick shift (these days...racing when younger) is because if your battery dies, you only need a good hill or a strong push to get your car started again.
 
2013-01-29 05:03:48 PM

chairmenmeow47: garumph: Some of the newer manuals (MINI Cooper) have hill hold. Works better than an auto on a hill. The only problem is when I swap to the older MINI and forget the hill hold isn't there.

my mom's mini once wouldn't open the car since there's no actual key and it's just a button. she was pretty cold that night until someone could pick her up.

i don't get why cars are now computers. i miss the days when a few guys with a beer in one hand could easily fix your car for cheap. now you need a computer technician just to open the door.


um, there is a key (at least on mine there is)

There should be a little silver button at the back of the fob, near the top of the circular fob and the bottom of the "handle" for lack of a better word. Press that, pull up on the "handle", and you should now have a key in one hand, and the fob in the other.
 
2013-01-29 05:04:06 PM

NASAM: My son just got his permit and I've been looking for a car for him. My three stipulations: $5k or less, 4 cylinder, and manual. Can't find anything anywhere.


Try a used Chevy Aveo.
 
2013-01-29 05:09:02 PM
I am a truck man, but I eventually plan on having a fuel saving car as well, and that will definitely, most assuredly, and positively be a stick shift.
 
2013-01-29 05:09:05 PM

SpiderQueenDemon: And the moral of the story is, 'don't try to smoke baggies of leaves you find in 1987 Hondas that do not belong to you.'


You just got favorited. That story rocked immensely and made my afternoon!
 
2013-01-29 05:10:20 PM
Every year this thread rolls around and I recall when my 6-speed sentra spec-v was stolen in Newark. Big surprise, I know, 6 gears instead of 5. But here's the thing, the kid who stole it knew how to pop the window out of the door, then unlock the car without damaging anything at all. Then he removed the entire ignition key-lock assembly from the steering column, exposing a tiny area with a slot that could be rotated with a flathead screwdriver, and TA-DAA the car would start! He was a very talented and detail-oriented gang banger undergrad, but he didn't think his cunning plan all the way through; the clutch and transmission boggled his teenage brain. The car was on the end of a block, he only had to pull forward. Yet he somehow managed to back into the car behind him several times before making a right turn onto the cross street. There he stalled for the final time, bailing out and leaving the car in the middle of the road with driver's door open. I had to push it to the curb in the rain with the help of Newark PD. In my PJs. At 2 in the afternoon. On a Saturday. To be 27 again. But I digress - the point is that he would've gotten away with the car if he could drive stick. And I kind of wish he had - the insurance check would've been better than my trade-in. But he left the Creedence so I can't complain.

/CSB
 
2013-01-29 05:11:02 PM

WhoGAS: The only reason I like stick shift (these days...racing when younger) is because if your battery dies, you only need a good hill or a strong push to get your car started again.


The lack of field current in the alternator to create the magnetism for electrical generation would beg to differ. Unless you're going old school with a permanent magnet generator...
 
2013-01-29 05:11:21 PM
That 3rd pedal's the EXTRA EMERGENCY brake...
it's for when you have to stop REALLY FAST!
 
2013-01-29 05:12:40 PM

aaronius: WhoGAS: The only reason I like stick shift (these days...racing when younger) is because if your battery dies, you only need a good hill or a strong push to get your car started again.

The lack of field current in the alternator to create the magnetism for electrical generation would beg to differ. Unless you're going old school with a permanent magnet generator...


It's been a long time, but I had a 1989 Ford Escort and we used to hill jump that farking thing all the time.  It had a short in one of the rear tailights so the battery would go dead all the time.
 
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