As mentioned in the RANDOM THOUGHTS thread, this dude in Shawnee, KS, tried to steal a Chevy Camaro but couldn't.....he didn't know how to operate a manual (stick) transmission. Hah!
Moments after I posted, chukky responded with a comment relating to that.
Time for a poll.
This Bear has had more than twenty (20) different vehicles in the many years that I have been driving (since 1964). Most of those vehicles had manual (stick) transmissions. The Toyota truck I drive now is automatic.....not because I like automatic. That's the only trannny available when you buy the extra cab.....at least in this here neck of the woods.
Automatic transmissions have really improved in quality in the last rwenty (20) years. Back "in the day", we stayed away from automatics because they always had problems.....and with a stick, if you have a starting issue you just get a push and pop the clutch. Presto!
I even had a 1961 Buick (or was it a 1962?) that had a manual transmission on the column. When the shift handle broke the dealer in Bowling Green, OH, looked it up and said, "Looks like only a couple hundred of this type were made by Buick. Good luck getting a part." (I used vice-grips to shift after that.)
So......enlighten us with you vote and enthrall us with your best and worst manual transmission stories.