It can't be just because a manual pkg. car has been driven into the ground that it has no balls (take off speed), right? I'm a newbie (4-1-13), but 4 up from "bottom bitch" at my center now & always seem to get stuck w/ these while drivers below me get manuals w/ balls. Sure makes it dangerous while having to pull out in front of people to make it to a different part of each days splitty. 1 of these has no rear shocks. Why would anyone even think of making a pkg. car w/ no rear shocks? A few weeks back, the brackets that hold the gas tank on literally fell off. I wonder how long I'd been draggin' that sumbitch. Lucky I discovered it while making a delivery. That was quite an event, 25 miles from the center no less.