Originally Posted by kf4rca
There have been so many times I am thankful I drive a 5 speed Ranger. If its not the battery , its the starter that has gone out.
I can always find a small hill around here to park it on, so I can roll start it.
One of the great things I like about my Tracker is its ability to be push started on 20 feet of flat road. I've had a few times where I had just barely enough battery power to start the computer and fuel pump and a push was all it needed for the alternator to take over.
Because of that however you are not the first person to wonder if you could add a crank start to a newer car. You would certainly need a release that would safely disengage the crank once the engine fires but on a small car like mine with the extra pulley for an optional AC compressor it's extremely tempting to try.