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2007-06-19 11:30:02 PM  
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2007-06-19 11:30:47 PM  
NOICE.

Who the hell can't drive a manual?
 
2007-06-19 11:32:08 PM  
"It's a bit comical, but you're right, it's definitely something serious," said Cobb Police Officer Wayne Delk. "Armed robbery, always something serious."

Ya think?
 
2007-06-19 11:32:24 PM  
"WTF? Where's the P, D and R?"

(That's from a movie, but I forget which.)
 
2007-06-19 11:32:39 PM  
Wow, I thought everybody knew how to drive a stick shift.. Guess not.
 
2007-06-19 11:33:32 PM  
Nightjars,

Why would you think that?

Something like 1 in 30 cars built today are stick.
 
2007-06-19 11:34:01 PM  
NOICE.

Who the hell can't drive a manual?


This guy.
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2007-06-19 11:34:34 PM  
Who the hell can't drive a manual?

Anyone who learned to drive in Driver's Ed in high school.

/didn't take driver's ed
 
2007-06-19 11:34:59 PM  
Subby, I think the "Dumbass" tag should have been used, but oh well.

Will this end up on the next "World's Dumbest Criminals"?
 
2007-06-19 11:35:03 PM  
OMG INITIAL STATEMENT!!!

Failure. Go home.
 
2007-06-19 11:37:50 PM  
AlanHoward

Shrug.. Of all the people I know, most all of them I know of a time when they drove a stick shift car.

My car's an auto, I've owned several manual transmissions cars over my lifetime, though.
 
2007-06-19 11:38:46 PM  
More importantly, who the hell sits in a stationary car while his victim runs back inside, perhaps to get a gun or at least call the cops?

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2007-06-19 11:39:16 PM  
Cue the Nelson HA-HA pic. Twice.

Once for the dumbass carjackers, and once for FoxholeAtheist, who got pwned and denied his attempt at forum-kiddie shenanigans.
 
2007-06-19 11:40:51 PM  
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2007-06-19 11:42:48 PM  
People that can drive a manual generally drive better overall...what kind of car did they try to steal? Never saw a manual Caddy.......

/yes, playing stereotypes
//wondering the car in question had rims
///wondering also if they dude was bobbin his head while trying to start the car
 
2007-06-19 11:44:45 PM  
Yes, I'm buzzed...please forgive my poor grammar above.
 
2007-06-19 11:45:23 PM  
I was expecting these thieves to be women.
 
2007-06-19 11:46:29 PM  
FoxholeAtheist: OMG INITIAL STATEMENT!!!

I thought forums had been around long enough to phase out this nonsense.

/oh, and manual beats automatic
 
2007-06-19 11:50:25 PM  
I tried to teach my ex-husband how to drive a manual. It was a lost cause. He wasn't the most intelligent or coordinated person I've ever come across. He was purty, tho!

/yes, I figured out what was wrong with that
//now they have to be purty AND smart
///which means they're probably gay
*sigh*
 
2007-06-19 11:53:38 PM  
Anyone who learned to drive in Driver's Ed in high school.

Yeah... in the 1950's.

/Drivers Ed 1988, and instruction on manual transmission was a thing of the distant past.
//At least I know how to now.
 
2007-06-19 11:53:44 PM  
I learned to drive stick almost a year ago because I couldn't afford a car with automatic. Now I'm better than everyone else.

/suck it plebes w/ automatics
//ha ha, I wish I could've seen their faces when they realized it was a stick.
///go learn, it's not that hard. Takes like two hours tops.
 
2007-06-19 11:53:54 PM  
And he would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for those meddlin' engineers!
 
2007-06-19 11:54:23 PM  
majindan

Who the hell can't drive a manual?

Hi.

Nightjars

Wow, I thought everybody knew how to drive a stick shift.. Guess not.

Joe Q. Driver has no need to learn to drive a manual, at least in North America, since most cars here are automatic. Most people don't bother learning stuff they have no need for. I suspect that the majority of drivers on the road today don't know how to drive a manual.

In fact, in this case it seemed like the carjackers had never even heard of a manual transmission. If they'd known what a manual was, they'd have probably taken off right away.

/doesn't know how to drive a manual
//doesn't have any interest in learning
 
2007-06-19 11:55:49 PM  
test...
 
2007-06-19 11:56:07 PM  
excited a bit easily, aren't we, foxhole?
 
2007-06-19 11:56:09 PM  
I can drive stick shift...but only when playing Hard Drivn'... :(
 
2007-06-19 11:56:51 PM  
The quality level of criminals these days just isn't what it used to be. Showing up for work without adequate training means they're not only unable to get the job done, but also leaves them vulnerable to getting arrested.

/let's not forget: don't do the crime if you can't do the time
 
2007-06-19 11:58:43 PM  
i drove stick before automatic. Even took my road test in a stick (go '83 Renault Alliance!).

I'll never forget the look on the DMV proctor when I show up with my stick. No one in New York City takes their road test in a stick. She was quite incredulous that I'd do such a thing.

I passed on the first try. I know plenty of people who failed in an auto (my sister and my niece, for example) and I get to lord this over them.

/Currently drives an '03 VW Passat Wagon V6 with a stick. Had to special order it from Germany this way.
 
2007-06-20 12:00:41 AM  
Like what the hell were the thugs thinking?

Dude1: Hey, this shiat won't start.

Dude2: Huh, what? Get this biatch started so we can ghost ride this whip.

Dude1: Like hey, there is like this stick thing, and it's all wobbly, moving side to side. How the hell do I stick it into drive?

Dude2: I've seen this in movies, you just push this button....(presses the a/c button) and it's all good ya'll.

Dude1: Damn, this shiat is just ain't workin', push another button fool..

Dude2: nubian pleaze relexz, let's crank some NWA on the speakrz and just chill

etc.etc.
 
2007-06-20 12:04:28 AM  
OMG everyone! Quick, point and laugh at aerojockey!

... Okay, just kidding.

/I once forgot how to drive manual
//Only once
///Nothing bad happened thought
////It's just that I grew too acostumbed to my automatic that I forgot
 
2007-06-20 12:05:19 AM  
"Is this a shifter car? I cannot drive a shifter car, alright, so we got a little situation here. I can't drive these kinda cars! What the fark is goin' on! You think that's funny? Would you like to know, smartass? Would you like to know why I can't drive this kinda car? I'll tell you why, I'm used to *luxury* cars. Have you ever heard of a luxury car? You know what luxury means? Ever heard of Cadillac, Cadillac Eldorado? That's what I drive. I drive cars that *shift* themselves."
 
2007-06-20 12:05:25 AM  
I know how to drive a stick in theory. They had the instructions in the drivers training book back when I took it (mid 1990's), but the last manual I've been in was when I was 10 or so. I'd buy a used one since they tend to be cheaper, but I can't find one and don't have the money now.


/at this point I'm trying to find a job first and then worry about transportation
 
2007-06-20 12:05:46 AM  
VW GTI, 5-speed manual, best decision ever to make my first car a manual. Know why?
1. I can now drive any non-commercial vehicle on the road if I need to.
2. I am a more skilled driver because a manual transmission requires more attention to your speed and upcoming road/traffic conditions, it keeps your mind on the road, which is better than learning from mistakes.
3. It's a hell of a lot more fun than an automatic, it makes driving a more engaging activity.
4. Finally, manual > auto for performance by a long shot for similarly powered cars, you shift faster!

DSG is the future of manual, while it may not be as engaging, it stills has all the other benefits of manual, and it shifts faster than any human can, and keeps both of your hands on the wheel. If you're lucky enough to own a Ferrari, you've known about this a while, but now VW's GTI MkV has it as an option and soon to be an option on many more German cars (I believe the M6 has it now too?). It's pretty cool, I test drove a GTI with it and it shifts ridiculously fast. It would be far better for someone who races their car, and not to mention (hopefully) it will be the end of burned out clutches and slippy gears caused by learning/stupidity.
 
2007-06-20 12:05:48 AM  
Is this a shifter car? I cannot drive a shifter car, alright, so we got a little situation here. I can't drive these kinda cars! What the f*ck is goin' on! You think that's funny? Would you like to know, smartass? Would you like to know why I can't drive this kinda car? I'll tell you why, I'm used to *luxury* cars. Have you ever heard of a luxury car? You know what luxury means? Ever heard of Cadillac, Cadillac Eldorado? That's what I drive. I drive cars that *shift* themselves.

/y'all are slipping
 
2007-06-20 12:06:24 AM  
Oh, I see I am too late.
 
2007-06-20 12:07:43 AM  
I'm thinkin' if this asshat were SMART...he wouldn't have been carjacking in the first place.
 
2007-06-20 12:09:31 AM  
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2007-06-20 12:10:01 AM  
interesting amendment proposed by waxman (same guy investigating the administration over this scandal i think) to revoke an executive order Bush mandated just after sept 11th that would let him claim national security double secret probation on the presidential records

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Records_Act_Amendments_of_2​0​07M
 
2007-06-20 12:10:37 AM  
I can imagine those guys when they saw the clutch-- "What's with all these pedals?"

--

/ Learned on an automatic
// Drove a stick a couple on short trips around town, pretty badly
/// Drove an off-road motorcycle with a clutch
//// Haven't been able to drive for over 10 years due to ill health
 
2007-06-20 12:10:49 AM  
oops wrong thread
 
2007-06-20 12:11:11 AM  
I am always amazed about the fact that the overwhelming majority of cars in the U.S. are automatic. Everywhere else in the world the overwhelming majority are manual. I read an article about a year back that said that only 1 in 11 cars in the U.S. is manual while 1/11 in Europe are automatic. I generally have no love of the Europeans, however, they are right on this one. Manuals have lower initial cost, require fewer repairs, cost less to repair, and cause less parasitic power loss (and therefore generally accelerate faster). Ten years ago I would also have been able to say that they get better mileage but with computer controls an automatic can beat almost any manual driver in gas mileage. The rare exception being somebody who has an upshift indicator and follows it religiously.

Despite the above being the most rational argument for a muanul, my biggest gripe is that automatics are just plain boring. Its not driving. You might as well be on a bus or the train.

The repair cost issue would be my second biggest gripe. When an automatic fails you often have to replace the entire thing. Replacement of an automatic trans often exceeds the value of the car. They can easily run 2 to 3 grand. An ex-roommate of mine once had a taurus that was only 7 or 8 years old. He bought it for $2,000. When the trans died, the quoted replacement cost was $2500, so he scrapped the car. Admitedly a more intelligent person would have gone to a boneyard and picked up a used one for several hundred and installed it themself but many of us dont have the desire and/or ability to tackle that job. You can replace an engine for less than $2500 in many cases. Generally the worst that happens in a manual is the clutch goes out. Typical cost maybe $500.
 
2007-06-20 12:11:22 AM  
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Yo, good luck wid' dat.

Yo.
 
2007-06-20 12:12:48 AM  
alostpacket

you in the wrong hood.
 
2007-06-20 12:12:59 AM  
Who do you guys think you are kidding, most people today can't drive period.
 
2007-06-20 12:13:24 AM  
P, R, N, D, L.....L=leave.

/from some movie not sure which
 
2007-06-20 12:14:04 AM  
Veggies:

4. Finally, manual > auto for performance by a long shot for similarly powered cars, you shift faster!

Not true. Automatics shift faster, which is why most fast drag cars use autos with a stall converter, you will actually be slower if you shift yourself in the exact same car. Manuals are preferred by most in road racing/autocross...but it's not because you can shift faster it just gives you better control over the car.
 
2007-06-20 12:15:01 AM  
ultraholland
yeah but at least i wont get carjaked here
 
2007-06-20 12:15:51 AM  
I hate driving autos. I always reach for the shifter and its never there!

/drive a 1991 Jeep Wrangler with a stick
//driving an auto makes me feel naked
 
2007-06-20 12:17:38 AM  
Ima4nic8or: Despite the above being the most rational argument for a muanul, my biggest gripe is that automatics are just plain boring. Its not driving. You might as well be on a bus or the train.

This is the main reason we need more sticks in the US. Maybe if drivers actually had to concentrate while driving, we wouldn't have as many accidents. But, that won't change. Soccer moms these days need to able to gulp their Starbucks while yapping on the phone about crap that can wait an hour.
 
2007-06-20 12:20:34 AM  
Veggies: DSG is the future of manual, while it may not be as engaging, it stills has all the other benefits of manual, and it shifts faster than any human can, and keeps both of your hands on the wheel. If you're lucky enough to own a Ferrari, you've known about this a while, but now VW's GTI MkV has it as an option and soon to be an option on many more German cars (I believe the M6 has it now too?). It's pretty cool, I test drove a GTI with it and it shifts ridiculously fast. It would be far better for someone who races their car, and not to mention (hopefully) it will be the end of burned out clutches and slippy gears caused by learning/stupidity.

My brother's Jetta TDI has that.
 
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