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7th Jan '17 7:52:38 AM Ereiam
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** Becomes a BrickJoke [[spoiler:when Truman escapes by the sea and orders are given to go after him]]: the same thing happens with the ferry's gear and the actor explains that he can't drive it because he's just the bus driver.
5th Jan '17 5:34:04 AM tkzv
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* Most Soviet cars had gears arranged like the on the left trope picture. Except Zaporozhets, which had trunk swapped with hood and gears positions flipped upside-down. There's a [[UrbanLegend supposedly true story]] about thieves stealing a 15-years old run-down Zaporozhets in Lvov, Ukraine, around the year 2000. The sound of engine kept attracting police, the engine kept stalling and the car kept jumping in random directions. The thieves used 2nd gear instead of 1st and 3rd instead of reverse. Because of their hilarious driving and since the car [[TheAllegedCar cost its owner around $50]] the thieves became the laughing stock and the car got nicknamed "Challenger".
10th Nov '16 5:37:36 AM REV6Pilot
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** {{Inverted|Trope}} in Brazil, in at least [[http://g1.globo.com/pr/parana/bom-dia-pr/videos/v/bandido-trapalhao-causa-acidente-por-nao-saber-dirigir-carro-com-cambio-automatico/2495408/ three]] [[http://piranot.xpg.uol.com.br/2015/06/28/noticias/brasil-noticias/estado-brasil-noticias/sao-paulo-brasil-noticias/localidade/piracicaba-e-regiao/piracicaba/ladrao-bate-carro-desiste-de-assalto-e-foge/ known]] [[http://g1.globo.com/sao-paulo/sao-jose-do-rio-preto-aracatuba/noticia/2016/06/ladrao-abandona-carro-automatico-apos-roubo-por-nao-saber-dirigir.html cases]]. Justified in that manual transmission is ubiquitous in the country, and automatic shift is not covered in driving school at all.
2nd Nov '16 8:00:56 AM KayEss
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* The 60 mile Orenthal "OJ" Simpson slow-speed chase was so slow because the driver of the Ford Bronco (Simpson's friend Al Cowlings) was unable to shift gears.
2nd Nov '16 5:37:06 AM KayEss
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** This can also cause the driven wheels to lock. Anti-lock brake systems do not help in this case - it's not the brakes, but the engine which is braking the car. A car can easily spin out of control that way. A motorcyle will react even more unpleasantly.
21st Oct '16 7:48:25 AM Viira
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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': Mulch Diggums steals an LEP shuttle and flies to the rest of the group's rescue. Once back in the pilot seat, Holly is horrified to find out he was in first gear the whole time, Mulch answers he didn't know it ''had'' gears, and thought it was automatic.

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': Mulch Diggums steals an LEP shuttle and flies to the rest of the group's rescue. Once back in the pilot seat, Holly is horrified to find out he was in first gear the whole time, time. Mulch answers he didn't know it ''had'' gears, and thought it was automatic.





























































16th Oct '16 8:04:10 AM smittykins
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** Another sticker, seen on a VW Bug: "Learning Stick With 40 HP."
22nd Sep '16 6:30:14 AM Wereboar
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For the most part this is a [[{{Eagleland}} US-only]] trope, as automatic transmissions are very widespread in the North American continent, but aren't as popular in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, or the Far East[[note]]manual transmissions tend to be more fuel-efficient, and gasoline is ''way'' more expensive in other countries than in North America. Even with automatics becoming more fuel-efficient, they're still more expensive to buy and maintain[[/note]]. Another reason for it being uncommon in European shows is that most countries require a different class of license to drive a manual - if you take your test on an automatic, that's all you'll be legally driving. This system is also used in Japan, even though automatics are even more dominant there than in North America. In many other countries around the globe, the law even states that driver's education ''must'' be given on a manual transmission car.

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For the most part this is a [[{{Eagleland}} US-only]] trope, as automatic transmissions are very widespread in the North American continent, but aren't as popular in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, or the Far East[[note]]manual transmissions tend to be more fuel-efficient, and gasoline is ''way'' more expensive in other countries than in North America. Even with automatics becoming more fuel-efficient, they're still more expensive to buy and maintain[[/note]]. Another reason for it being uncommon in European shows is that most countries require a different class of license to drive a manual - if you take your test on an automatic, that's all you'll be legally driving. This system is also used in Japan, even though automatics are even more dominant there than in North America. In many other countries around the globe, the law even states that driver's education ''must'' be given on a manual transmission car.
car. It should be also noted that people accustomed to a manual transmission can still have a hard time getting used to a car with a different gear layout, especially with the reverse that may or may not require pushing the lever down or rising a retainer ring up before shifting.
13th Sep '16 1:27:21 PM DoctorTItanX
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* Used as a plot point in one ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' episode: Speed suspects (rightly) that something is wrong with one of his competitors because his racecar has an automatic transmission. Turns out [[spoiler:his arm was permanently paralyzed by gangsters he double-crossed]].

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* Used as a plot point in one ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' episode: Speed suspects (rightly) that something is wrong with one of his competitors because his racecar has an automatic transmission. Turns out [[spoiler:his arm was permanently paralyzed by the gangsters he double-crossed]].
22nd Aug '16 11:03:01 AM DarkHunter
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* Inverted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': when [[TheDitz Caboose]] is asked if he can drive, he replies that he can only drive stick, not automatic. Washington starts to ask how that even makes sense, before deciding to just roll with it because they're in a hurry.
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