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Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 14, 2023 08:04PM
[wtop.com]

An attempted carjacking in the parking lot of a Silver Spring grocery store was thwarted by the suspect’s inability to drive a stick shift, according to police.

On Monday, the victim was approached by a man at the Safeway in the 900 block of Thayer Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, according to detectives from the Montgomery County police’s major crimes division. The man displayed a knife and demanded the car keys from the victim, who complied.

Unable to drive because it was a manual transmission, the suspect then left the vehicle and ran away.







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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: February 14, 2023 08:34PM
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: gadje
Date: February 14, 2023 08:45PM
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I had the same reaction... but where can I buy a modern car with manual transmission these days?
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 14, 2023 10:27PM
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: February 14, 2023 11:27PM
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I had the same reaction... but where can I buy a modern car with manual transmission these days?

You'd be surprised:

[www.caranddriver.com]
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: davester
Date: February 15, 2023 12:08AM
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I had the same reaction... but where can I buy a modern car with manual transmission these days?

Only north america has this problem. Few cars elsewhere have automatic transmissions. Probably because fuel is much more expensive elsewhere.



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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 15, 2023 12:26AM
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Only north america has this problem. Few cars elsewhere have automatic transmissions. Probably because fuel is much more expensive elsewhere.

I know years ago a manual got better MPG, but Is that really still the case as automatics have improved. Here's the EPA MPGs for the 2022 Nissan Versa with Automatic and Manual, and the manual is 5 MPG WORSE than the auto in both city and highway.

[www.fueleconomy.gov]

And going forward into EVs, the manual is probably DOA.
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: February 15, 2023 12:33AM
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And going forward into EVs, the manual is probably DOA.

Yeah, the only EVs that will have a 'manual' are fakes that want to mimic the sound and feel of a manual ICE car (I think there is some talk about doing this though).
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: February 15, 2023 04:56AM
OTOH there was one car theft where the thief just left it in first gear as they ran from the police.

Wonder if the owner's insurance company covered a new engine?
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 15, 2023 08:41AM
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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: Acer
Date: February 15, 2023 09:12AM
I used to champion my old manual, but when I moved to Pittsburgh with its stops on hills and city traffic, the shine wore off. Next car was an automatic, and I haven't missed the manual--well, except that satisfying run up the gears pulling onto the open freeway.



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Date: February 15, 2023 08:20PM
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I had the same reaction... but where can I buy a modern car with manual transmission these days?

Europe

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Re: Carjacking thwarted by manual transmission vehicle
Posted by: gadje
Date: February 16, 2023 09:00AM
OK, there are cars with manual transmission in the US, but none that I would actually want to buy at this stage in my life.

I think my next car will be a Tesla without Full Self Driving software.
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