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Old 04-03-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. Police in eastern Pennsylvania said two men tried to rob and carjack a pizza delivery driver but were defeated by the vehicle's standard transmission. Fountain Hill police said the Domino's Pizza driver had stopped at a red light early Friday when a man ran up to the vehicle from the rear and grabbed her by the throat and shirt. He demanded money while a second man tried to open the passenger door.

Police: Carjackers foiled by manual transmission - Yahoo! News
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:58 PM
miu
 
Location: MA/NH
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I prefer the title of this news article of the incident. The pizza delivery driver was a WOMAN!!!!

Stick shift thwarts hijacking of deliverywoman - mcall.com
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Too bad my wife is physically unable to drive a manual transmission. Because of this, I have no choice but to only buy automatic transmissions. When stuck in stop and go traffic i don't miss the stick. Get to a winding open road and I really miss the stick.
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:20 AM
 
Location: USA
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I think I read somewhere recently that only about 25% of drivers know how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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We've had SO many problems with the automatic transmissions in our big trucks that I heard that my company's newest truck buy has all manual transmissions. I'll be thrilled if our fleet gets some of 'em!

Miu, I'm sure that their male friends will REALLY rag on 'em about being defeated by a woman. (That is, when they get out of jail...)
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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I guess my car is safe. Just bought a 2002 ZX3 with manual transmission. Of course it would probably be safe regardless (very basic model). People are suprised that I can drive a stick. I'm still trying to get used to driving it in rush hour traffic though.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:44 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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You never really get used to driving them in rush hour traffic.. I live in an area where 10-15 minute waits at metering lights are a fact of life. If you go out of your way to avoid them, you'll still get stuck in an equal amount of stop-and-go, so you come to resign yourself to your fate. I think my left leg is getting stronger..
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I guess my car is safe. Just bought a 2002 ZX3 with manual transmission. Of course it would probably be safe regardless (very basic model). People are suprised that I can drive a stick. I'm still trying to get used to driving it in rush hour traffic though.
This. I HATE manual transmission in traffic. In Seattle, there's 1:4 hills to contend with too in places, WITH traffic. Most drivers are courteous, but there's always a Toyota or Honda driver or SUV driver coming up my rear and stops about 4 inches off my bumper. If I see one coming, I roll backwards to give them the message.
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I dont know, for me it doesnt matter what I drive in rush hour traffic. Yeah, a leg might cramp a little when I'm driving stick in heavy traffic, but I pay attention to what an automatic transmission does when I drive one, and I hate when it kicks down and shifts when I dont want it to (maybe depending on the car of course). Its almost equally annoying to me. Of course, in rush hour on a downhill, in my car I just keep it in nuetral and let it coast!
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