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(Orlando Sentinel)   If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvette   (orlandosentinel.com ) divider line
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2013-02-14 05:57:37 PM  
3 votes:
If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvettebe on the road.

If you can't drive a manual, your driving ability is suspect, at best.
2013-02-14 06:33:43 PM  
2 votes:
My previous car had the perfect anti-theft device:  a manual transmission.

/when I dump my SUV in the next few months - I'm going back to one
2013-02-14 06:09:14 PM  
2 votes:
lolsheaven.com
2013-02-14 05:54:05 PM  
2 votes:
Umm, most corvettes are autos.
2013-02-14 11:18:25 PM  
1 vote:
Girion47: Automatics are the AOL of the automotive world.

That's beautiful... *sniff, sob*

/I would like to buy that bumper sticker very much.
2013-02-14 10:26:13 PM  
1 vote:
transmissions rated from best performance to worst performance:
double-clutch
electronically shifted manual
sequential shift manual
h-pattern manual
automatic

transmissions rated from most fun to least fun
h-pattern manual
sequential shift manual
double-clutch
electronically shifted manual
automatic

performance is governed by the speed at which the shifts are accomplished and the efficiency of the power transfer (clutches are better than torque converters)

fun is governed by the degree of driver involvement first, and performance second.
2013-02-14 08:27:53 PM  
1 vote:

rustypouch: If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvettebe on the road.

If you can't drive a manual, your driving ability is suspect, at best.


if it's an automatic you're not driving, you're just steering
2013-02-14 07:46:00 PM  
1 vote:

Lawnchair: rustypouch: If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't be on the road.

If you can't drive a manual, your driving ability is suspect, at best.

So, exactly how is one supposed to learn?  I've asked about 20 people (basically everyone I've ever known with a manual car since I was 16).  It always goes the same way.  First, they look at you like you asked if their sister would do outcalls.  Then, usually, they feel a little bad about it, but stammer for a minute and say "mutter mutter, my clutch is umm..., mutter".  Okay, there is also the jerk who makes fun of you endlessly for not knowing how, but also refuses to let you try on his ride.

Needless to say, I'm in my 30s, and have not yet  touched a clutch pedal.  This is with asking 20 different people, looking for a manual rental (don't exist), checking driving schools (out of 10, one could offer stick lessons... if I provide the car), asking at used car lots, etc.


Like everyone else. You buy a car with a manual. Have a buddy get you and it somewhere safe. You grind the hell out of your own clutch for a while. You learn to love it.
2013-02-14 07:31:22 PM  
1 vote:

loaba: URAPNIS: toby34a:

Well, the new 'Vette is a 7-speed.  So there's that.

Clearly for no reason.

If Group B Rally cars from the 80's (putting out 600+ hp) were happily confined to 5 gears, I have to imagine today's 6 and 7 speed transmissions are largely for marketing purposes.


Gas mileage
2013-02-14 06:50:17 PM  
1 vote:

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? I can drive a stick with a cup of coffee in my hand.
2013-02-14 06:47:16 PM  
1 vote:

Kraftwerk Orange: peewinkle: Deathray187: Umm, most corvettes are autos.

About one-third produced are auto. I think the new ones have paddle shifters, I didn't get a good look at the one at the Detroit Auto Show this year.

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Damn that is ugly. I realize the car is built primarily for the driver and not the passenger, but it looks like the designers forgot they were making a two seater and just tacked the second seat on.
2013-02-14 06:44:46 PM  
1 vote:
A life of crime is probably also ill-advised if you're too stupid to know about surveillance cameras, credit card tracking, or the fact that cell phones can be located. But then, if you're stupid, you probably don't know what you don't know.
2013-02-14 06:36:52 PM  
1 vote:

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


I can shift and change the channel at the same time. I mean, like, is that some kind of special talent or what? What I don't do is text are snarf down a burger or slurp on big gulp.

Driving is my special time, where I like to get pissed off at the other people on the road. Don't fark with that, man!
2013-02-14 06:29:58 PM  
1 vote:

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


If you're doing it right, it takes all of 2-3 seconds to shift a gear in a good vehicle. It's not a big deal to drive stick. I learned to drive manual in an 18-Wheeler, never wanted to go back to automatics, even in my regular car after that.
2013-02-14 06:21:16 PM  
1 vote:

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


My minivan has a stick shift and steering wheel radio controls.
2013-02-14 06:09:35 PM  
1 vote:
Automatics are the AOL of the automotive world.
2013-02-14 05:56:32 PM  
1 vote:

Deathray187: Umm, most corvettes are autos.


About one-third produced are auto. I think the new ones have paddle shifters, I didn't get a good look at the one at the Detroit Auto Show this year.
2013-02-14 05:55:01 PM  
1 vote:

Because People in power are Stupid: Does the Corvette even carry a spare tire?


Not anymore, they have the run-flat tires installed.

/also, they produce Corvettes that have automatics
2013-02-14 05:51:37 PM  
1 vote:
I read this story like a month ago. I swear, same state and same situation but not a repeat story.
2013-02-14 05:30:27 PM  
1 vote:
If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvette
2013-02-14 05:11:42 PM  
1 vote:
Ah so this story has a happy ending after all.

I hope that Big Mac was worth the felony attempted car jacking charge, genius.  Let the fond memory of that hamburger warm your heart as you get repeatedly raped in prison in the coming years.
2013-02-14 04:41:23 PM  
1 vote:
Birth by fire!  The only way to learn.
 
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