Skip to comments.Manual transmission leaves carjackers on foot
Posted on 01/17/2014 5:58:35 AM PST by JoeProBono
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Three men who attempted to steal a Massachusetts delivery driver's car found their getaway impeded by the manual transmission, police said.
Springfield police said the driver was stopped to drop off an order around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when he was approached by three men, one of whom was armed with a knife, the Republican, Springfield, reported Thursday.
Sgt. John Delaney said the robbers took the food intended for the delivery and the driver's car keys.
"The trio jumped into his car and attempted to steal it, but not one of them knew how to drive a stick-shift car," he said.
Delaney said the men argued for a short time before fleeing on foot with the food.
I never really thought of having a manual as an anti-theft device, but I guess these days it is.
My family has a tradition of driving manuals — although my daughter, who drove a manual all through college, has yet to teach her husband to drive a stick. But it’s increasingly a skill confined to gearheads. Of my younger son’s large cohort of friends and associates, only one, who definitely qualifies as a gearhead, besides my son could drive a manual.
That shift pattern works unless it is 3 speed - in which case upper left is REVERSE!
(I learned from personal experience! LOL)
None of the big three even offer a manual in their ton and a half trucks. Only autos, what a crock.
I read recently that a manual transmission is the best anti-theft device you can have. I had my oil changed at a JiffyLube a while back. No one there could drive my vehicle (370Z) in or out of the bay. Had to do it myself, a violation of their safty rules.
My other half doesn’t have a clue how to drive a stick. But it’s nice to know she’ll never wreck my S10.
We have five drivers and five cars. The only car that is not a stick is my 2004 Yukon which does not have a third row seat and is just old enough that a thief might think it is not worth the effort.
My ‘97 Ranger had manual transmission. I miss it. My wife does drive stick (much), so my next car probably won’t either.
What the hell is MIT?
I don’t have to worry about my 5 speed getting ripped off. I’m wearing an air cast boot on my left foot. I’ve gotten pretty good at shifting without the clutch.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I had one with cruise control. I grabbed something on the passenger seat and somehow knocked the stick out of 5th. The RPMs started climbing, and I managed to hit the clutch before it went too high.
I love my manual transmission car and would definitely go for a manual transmission on my next vehicle. My kids however learned to drive with automatic transmissions and it was quite a project to teach my adult son how to drive a stick shift. My daughter just doesn’t have much mechanical sense and I have warned her husband not to even attempt to teach her to drive a stick shift.
I have two biological anti-theft devices for may car. The older one, who’s half pit and half black lab, weighs 85 lb. and the younger one is a 110 lb. Great Dane. Nobody’s tried to break into my Navigator while they’ve been there.
We taught our daughter how to drive in a manual then that’s what she drove for years. Recently she was telling me that none of her friends know how to drive one and laughed.
One the cretins there was going into his spiel
offering a transmission flush for $99
I told him “Idiot -its a manual tranmission.....”
“in which case upper left is REVERSE!”
Yep the good ole sound of the grind! That is if you didn’t get just right and every car had a different touch!
Nowadays if you try to buy a vehicle with a manual, the dealer will only have the stripper/entry level model of the car you want with a manual, if they have one at all. I wanted a model with a manual, and also a ‘premium’ package on it,and they had to order it from the factory since, according to them, “only people looking for the base model will drive a manual”.
How is anyone except you suposed to know it you illiterate bastard!
As a middle-aged lady, I find that driving a 1997 F-350 V-8 diesel dually with a stick is such a guy-magnet.
Good Lord, you should never let Jiffy Lube touch your car.
LOL! Our jeep wasn’t red and that looks like a toy jeep. Cute picture!
I couldnt get my recent SUV purchase with a manual. I prefer the better control driving on snow, but not a manual to be found....
When I was a state copper working in Cook County I was in Chicago in the Greektown resturant area when my partner and I monitored a Chicago Police Dept flash message about a car jacking that had just occured in the area within the last few minutes.
Just moments after we made note of it, we heard cars honking at a late model import that was moving slowly in the left lane, jerking and stopping as other cars swerved around it. Since it matched the description of the suspect vehicle, we made a felony stop, detained three suspects who had two pistols in the car, and notified CPD Tactical officers to meet us at the scene.
These suspects were subsequently identified as the offenders in the car jacking, and the reason for the erratic driving that had captured our attention was the fact that the ringleader couldnt drive the 5 speed manual transmission init very well. one of his accomplices was an 18 wheel truck driver who was entirely capable of driving it, but the boss said that he had always wanted to drive a stick shift and this would be his first chance, so he ordered his buddy to stand down and took the wheel himself.
We wouldnt catch so many of these clowns if so many werent so damn stupid.
Every car that I have bought since has a manual trans, as does my 2008 Hummer H3.
Sweet ride. I’m not a guy or anything, I just like your truck ;)
Yes, like that, but a longbed in a sort of motheaten camo red, with two tanks and a hitch in the loadbed for the GN.
About the mid 80s, the military threw in the towel and went with all automatics. Too few recruits knew how to drive manuals, and the service didn’t want to take the time to train them.