Well, I don't know about most cars w/a std trans? I figure if they want the car bad enough they will take it anyway, perhaps destroy the tranny or clutch in the process, but what do they care?However, I too have owned nothing but std shift cars for the last 38yrs (3-sps, 4-sps & 5-sps) and have enjoyed having them. But this Vibe has such a weird feeling, short throw clutch and plasticy feel in the shift mechanism that I cringe just a bit when I have to drive it. I almost always stall it out at least once during a short trip. It should be considered an anti-theft device when a well seasoned stick driver has this much trouble driving it.
FJ's Garage Thread "There is no tool you can buy that will replace experience." - Josh Mills, C.K.DeLuxe January 2011 GenVibe MOTM