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Old 05-07-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I was in a bad place this week and some scary looking types were eyeing me and my car and walking through the cars stopped a a light towards me. I started thinking about getting car jacked. (light turned green).

How many bad guys can drive a stick? I am guessing pretty much none of them. If they pull you out of your car and try to drive off and have no idea how to operate the car, are they likely to shoot you becuase they are ticked?

While some car theives are knowlegable about cars, I think that car jackers are mostly just typical junkies desperate to get somewhere, or to grab a car to sell for a quick fix. So what do these guys do whent hey get into a car and have no idea how to make it go?

The prius is the same way. It takes a while to figure out how to make it move and you really need to be able to think and read.

It might be amusing to watch if you got far enough away. Guy jumps in your car and proceeds to stall it repeatedly and then what? Get out and walk away? Look for another car?

THis is both a puzzling and amusing thought. Anyoen know the answer?
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Would-be carjacking foiled by vehicle's clutch | Oakland Tribune | Find Articles at BNET

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Old 05-08-2009, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Earth
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So are you stereotyping that criminals are not only so dumb they have to steal but they're also too dumb to know how to drive a stick...???

Really I like this question...I don't know though....the jackers could know how to drive one....just all depends...

What kind of car do you drive that you were getting eyed down?
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:40 AM
 
Location: USA
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I would say few manual tranny cars get jacked or stolen compared to auto tranny cars.

It seems like nowadays that fewer than 20% of drivers know how to drive a manual. I used to drive a manual when I lived in a rural area, but where I live now, the highways are a parking lot just about 24/7, so a manual doesn't make a whole lot of sense for me now. It's a skill all drivers should learn (except thieves).
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:42 AM
 
Location: California
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Carjacking a Prius??????
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Wanna really throw somebody off, drive a car with a 3 on the tree. It's twice the fun if you don't have a clutch safety switch and you can crank the engine while it's in gear.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Wanna really throw somebody off, drive a car with a 3 on the tree. It's twice the fun if you don't have a clutch safety switch and you can crank the engine while it's in gear.
So true. When did they stop using the 3 on the tree by the way? It has been years since I saw one.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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They go to "bad guy" driving school before they get their carjacking on-- so they are all well versed in all types of transmissions.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Earth
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So true. When did they stop using the 3 on the tree by the way? It has been years since I saw one.
1980's sometime....for trucks.

Late 1970's....for cars.

IIRC the "newest" 3 on the tree's I remember seeing is a 1978 Nova and a 1980 F-100.

That would be interesting, seeing a thief trying to drive off in a 3 on the tree vehicle. Would have to be an old thief or one that actually grew up around one.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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So are you stereotyping that criminals are not only so dumb they have to steal but they're also too dumb to know how to drive a stick...???

Really I like this question...I don't know though....the jackers could know how to drive one....just all depends...

What kind of car do you drive that you were getting eyed down?
Just an old (1995) Z28, but it is red and in near perfect condition, so in Detroit it is prime. It sometimes gets more attention than a Porsche or Ferrari will. Detroiters love old muscle cars in good shape. These particular guys looked like they would be eyeing down any sharp looking car. It was a really bad area. (Livernois near Warren for those who know Detroit).
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