• Aug 6th 2009 at 4:00PM
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Ha ha ha! Look, what kind of carjacker are you if you can't drive a stick? The only one that pops to mind is Vincent Gallo's character in Buffalo 66 when he tried to unsuccessfully steal Christina Ricci's car, "I'm used to luxury cars. Have you ever heard of a luxury? That's what I drive. I drive cars that shift themselves." And that's essentially what happened when a very bad criminal tried to car-jack a nice nurse in Reno, NV.

Armed with a B.B. Gun, 23-year-old Kent Howard Boedicker allegedly attempted to jack a 57-year-old RN's Hyundai. After forcing the lady out of the car and climbing inside, Boedicker then got out and handed her the keys back stating, "I don't need these anymore." Thanks to his terrible non-existent driving skills, Reno police were able to apprehend Boedicker in a Save-Mart parking lot. Cheers to Mr. Mack for the tip!

[Source: RGJ.com]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how the article states that not knowing how to drive a stick means you have terrible or non-existent driving skills. I don't know how to drive a stick, never tried once, and I consider myself a much better driver than some of my self-shifting friends. Unlike a few of them, I don't text, talk on the phone, or eat while driving. So which would you consider the better driver?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which would I consider the better driver? Whichever one uses his turn signals, travels in the proper lane, and stops at yellow and red lights.

        If you can do that while eating and on the phone, great. Talk and chomp away buddy. If you can't do that even without anything else going on in the car, sell your car and buy a bus pass.

        Multitasking does not make bad drivers. Bad drivers just tend to multitask. It is your responsibility to determine what you're capable of processing behind the wheel. It is not the same for every person, every road, every conversation, every meal, or every traffic situation.

      • 6 Years Ago
      manual transmissions are the last holdout of a long past technology.... along with solid rear axles, leaf springs, drum brakes, carburetors, bias ply tires, voltage regulators with points that need constant cleaning and adjusting, hand crank starting, steam engines, manual chokes on the dash, manual air vents on the side of the car, hand crank windows, those little wing window vents, mohair seats and head liner, running boards, etc etc
      • 6 Years Ago

      Do not feed the trolls!
      • 6 Years Ago
      To be fair, neither of my parents can drive sticks, but they aren't carjackers either.
      It's really a shame how driving a manual is an endangered art.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jim, because it's fun, you gain more control over your vehicle, and manual drivers seem to be better drivers and more aware of what's going on.

        Also, from a technological standpoint, brushes and acrylic paints are ancient since photoshop and tablets do a "better" job at representing what an artist wants right. Fishing rods are ancient, get a net. Pianos are ancient, get a keyboard. Stoves are ancient, get a microwave. I can keep going on with this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It's really a shame how driving a manual is an endangered art."

        why? From a technological standpoint, they're ancient. Nostalgia is the only thing really going for them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would much rather drive a manual than automatic. I was taught to drive a standard 1st the I could drive automatic later. Reason. My grandfather wanted me to learn to pay attention when I was driving and not be lazy....He said you got at least a couple of ton of weight moving down the highway....you better learn to know what you are doing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My niece learned to drive a stick so she could intimidate her boyfriends ... it worked as planned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a few comments.

      First off, carjacker = epic moron. Not just for not knowing how to drive a manual transmission vehicle in the first place. Carjacking is a ridiculously stupid thing to try. You never know when your "victim" is going to pull a concealed weapon, or just simply beat the crap out of you. The cops will laugh...

      I find most "OMG stick sucks I don't wanna have to shift auto is better you suck" individuals to be close-minded, and most of them refuse to even consider the theories of the opposing point of view. The commenter who walked out of this thread earlier is quite exemplary, I must say.

      Now, before you slam me for being a hypocrite, I've considered your point of view, auto lovers. I've even driven an automatic car with some balls. I hated it. It felt slower, and it felt like a video game more than an actual drive.

      Not a good enough "excuse" for you?
      I saw my friend's car eat two automatics, no unusual amount of abuse.
      I saw my ex girlfriend's car eat its THIRD automatic.
      I saw my grandparents' minivan, which was never abused and ALWAYS maintenanced on schedule lose one.They found the rock in the transmission. A single, small piece of gravel, went completely through solid metal like a bullet through paper. I find that sad. Can't they build anything worth a damn these days? Where's the pride in their product?

      I watched my father, my sister, and a few of my friends have issues with GM transmissions. Torque converter lockout solenoid. Guess what? A manual transmission doesn't have a torque converter, and thus it doesn't need one.
      I'd had enough of them.

      My car has 139,6XX miles on it, original clutch. The gear oil change interval was three years or 30,000 miles. I got the car with 135,000 miles on it. When I changed the gear oil, it came out as a foamy grey sludge. The transmission is still absolutely fine.
      If you never changed an automatic's fluid and filter for 135,000 miles, would it still be absolutely fine?

      No fuel economy advantage? I have a 2.2L I4. EPA highway mileage is in the mid 30s.
      If I'm traveling 90 miles in one day, and I only use 1/32 of a tank of gas, there's no way in hell I'm not beating 35 mpg. That's highway mileage. I'm talking an almost even mix of the two. Ever seen a car do 80 mph and barely use any gasoline? I haven't.
      Try cleanmpg.com, and see what they have to say. You may be surprised.
      Hypermiling is easier on a manual transmission car. Furthermore, I haven't had the spare money for a tune up since two months after I got this car. Dirty air filter, plugs, old wires, it needs an oil change again, so... No mileage advantage?

      Furthermore, do any of you know what DFCO is? Complete fuel cutoff on deceleration under certain conditions. So, if they can't have cylinder deactivation with a manual transmission, how did they accomplish this?

      So, can you make a valid, rational, argument against these points without any name-calling or immaturity?

      Oh, one more thing. Cost benefit is ridiculous with a stick. Gas + maintenance cost given to me from a fellow Cavalier enthusiast with an automatic is saddening, considering $20 gets me from 1/4 tank to above 3/4, and over a week later, doing at least 70 miles, three days, in city and highway conditions, I'm still above 1/2 tank.
      Clutch? Never needed one. It's still fine. Fluid and filter? Ten dollars gets me enough gear oil for a change. ATF? Sorry, denied. Have a Chrysler? Brand name ATF +4 is going to cost you at least $20, more like $25, then you have your filter, and probably a gasket. I've never had to do ATF, or fluid filters, or a gasket, just to change my gear oil. 20 minutes, and I'm done. My dad's Dodge truck? Over an hour. Brings a tear to my eye...
      • 6 Years Ago
      There was a similar incident around here, except that the embarrassed criminal got so angry at the poor guy that he shot him in the face. Stupid idiots, scum of the earth.

      Carjackers should be drowned in the sea after conviction.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My uncle just barely survived a carjacking like that. Got in his el camino in a dark parking lot, and didn't even realize someone was in the passenger seat until he heard the revolver's hammer drop right next to his head (the bullet was a dud). Well, he took the gun from the carjacker and beat the ever-loving **** out of him with it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The inability to drive a stick is, if not a reprehensible offense, is at least embarrassing. With 3 kids, I'm limited in my automotive options and I'm arguing with my wife for a Mazda5 (which is a very economical and reasonable choice of motivation). However, I want the Sport with a manual transmission. She balks, claiming she "can't drive a stick". Honestly, if I'm willing to cope with a baby minivan as my main ride, she can surely deal with a stick-shift that she'll perhaps drive 0.01% of the time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Boedicker? I hardly knew her!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Got rid of a 95 BMW840 auto last year and got a 5 speed Mazda 3. Guess which car I prefer? The Beemer was very pretty and very dull. Kinda like Kathy Ireland. Automatics in Mustang GT's and Camaro's should be outlawed. If you can't drive a stick, you should go ahead and get your AARP card and a Buick and check into the nursing home. Every clutch I ever owned outlived the car by the way. I don't consider it a wear item unless you are speed shifting. Since I don't drive Le Mans, it's a nonissue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am a manual driver converted from an auto. Here is why I prefer a manual:

      No acceleration lag. There is a second after gassing in an auto that the power from the engine lags to the wheels. This never happens with a manual.

      For the complaint about traffic, don't stop and go. Just gas a little and let momentum carry you along. It also saves gas and brake pads. Most of the time, my car would be in neutral as it coasts at 2mph in traffic. If using the clutch is not second nature to you, then it does become tiring.

      Manuals are lighter. The best example is the VW R32. The DSC is 50lb heavier than its predecessor with a manual. No matter how you want to spin it, it is +50lb.

      Manuals are simplistic in design. There is nothing wrong with a legacy technology if it works. The ICE is over 100 years old. Refined, yes. But it is still 100 years old. The clutch is cheap and easier to maintain compared to an auto. If there comes an even more simple solution, I would switch, too. It might be when electric motors mature to the point where we do not even need the transmission, perhaps.

        • 6 Years Ago
        That's my whole point of wanting a manual shift car besides the fact that I just like driving them more. Maintenance is going to be less, overall wear and tear on other components such as brakes is going to be less. Plus I'm just afraid that one day you go out to drive that automatic and it won't move, then it's about a $3000 or better fix.
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