A manual transmission should be classified as an 'anti-theft' device!

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A manual transmission should be classified as an 'anti-theft' device!

Postby kostby » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:00 pm

Tell this to your insurance agent next time you renew your policy:

Two carjackers in Florida eventually fled when they discovered the intended vehicle had a manual transmission neither of them knew how to drive.

Same thing a few weeks ago in California.

Full article from LA Times:
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Re: A manual transmission should be classified as an 'anti-theft' device! (kostby)

Postby TONY TAT2 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:46 pm

Good 1/lol
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Re: A manual transmission should be classified as an 'anti-theft' device! (kostby)

Postby tpollauf » Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:03 am

Nice ALL my personal vehicles have been manual trannys for the past 35 years And YES it is a nice feature when somebody wants to borrow your vehicle and you tell them it's a stick, which they don't know how to drive, then they go bug somebody else!
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Re: A manual transmission should be classified as an 'anti-theft' device! (tpollauf)

Postby 06pvibe » Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:33 am


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.

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Re: A manual transmission should be classified as an 'anti-theft' device! (kostby)

Postby star_deceiver » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:56 am

45 year old guy and his 23 year old girlfriend..... Sooo many comments could follow that!
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Postby jake75 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:08 am

Quote, originally posted by star_deceiver »
45 year old guy and his 23 year old girlfriend..... Sooo many comments could follow that!

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Postby beemerphile1 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:52 pm

Some years back my Nissan 300ZX was stolen. It was found three days later sitting in the middle of an intersection with the clutch gone.

Insurance paid for the clutch, cigarette burns to interior, and some minor body damage.

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Re: A manual transmission should be classified as an 'anti-theft' device! (kostby)

Postby morbay » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:15 pm

Never understood what is so hard about the manual transmission. I learned when I purchased my VW Beetle, and jumped in and drove it home. However I had some time to take it easy, I was not in the middle of a felony.
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Postby Gandalf » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:21 pm

My 05 Vibe is my first car with an automatic transmission, ( 7 prior cars with MT) and I'm glad I bought an automatic.

I have to drive in rush hour traffic on the freeway, frequently, and I'm sure not getting any younger.

I still have a 5 speed '88 Toyota Celica, (that I bought new...) but I drive it fairly seldom, these days. I like sitting up higher in the Vibe. I like that is has ABS brakes, and air bags.

I read somewhere that only 5% of the cars sold in the USA have manual transmissions, and this was probably 3 or 4 years ago.

There are quite a few cars that get better mileage with an auto transmission, than the manual transmission, according to the EPA.

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Postby tpollauf » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:47 am

Gandalf wrote:
There are quite a few cars that get better mileage with an auto transmission, than the manual transmission, according to the EPA.


You are correct about the better mpgs with certain automatics. Cautious driving & smart shifting still make the manual more efficient than the auto when it comes to our Vibes. Even though the EPA has both auto & manual (at least with the bigger 2.4l engine) listed as the same mpg numbers BUT my manual clearly is a notch better than the auto. Primarily due to smart driving :D
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