The reason a dealer lowers price to get you to buy on the lot is because it typically is $1000 cheaper for us... Savings we can pass to you. Additionally most customers are liars and its not unheard of for them to shop elsewhere or attempt to renegotiate after we have spent the money to bring them their car. Its risky business. With a healthy deposits most dealers will order you a car which doesn't cost us any more than on the lot. You just have to be patient. Also with Ford if the rebates go up we can pass the new ones on to you.
This looks like the last year for manuals on the f650/750 so mark it as the official last year for Ford US manual trucks.
I knew that in some European countries it was OK for the passengers to drink alcohol but no amount of blood alcohol toxicity was tolerated in the driver. It was a major offense if the driver even smelled of booze when stopped by the police.
...never owned an automatic in a Ford pick-up...
"Frankenstein" 94 F150 4X4 XLT with 92 5.0 and 89 ZF542
Ford pick-ups I have owned:
63 F100 SWB 292 V8 3 speed w/od
72 Courier 1.8L 4 speed
85 F150 Std Cab LWB 300 I6 4 speed od
Sorry if I'm late to the party. I just came across the article by Manuel Carrillo III about no more stick shifts. Had to share my two cents. That is/would be a travesty, personally, if no more cars with manual transmission were made. I'm a 44 year old female. My dad taught me to drive when I was 12, on his pickup truck - three on the tree, if you will. I picked it up quickly, and NEVER looked back. Every car I've EVER owned, to this day, has been a 5-speed. I HATE driving automatics. I always avoid it when possible. Friends cars, rental cars…HATE it. To me, driving is not driving unless you have a stick and a clutch. I felt that way as a kid, and I feel that way now. Don't care if it's open roads, or rush hour in the city, bumper to bumper. I feel in control of the car with a stick and a clutch. I feel that you're not really driving unless you have a manual. My whole life I've been into cars. I'll see some sweet multi-hundreds of thousand dollars worth of car, sports cars, I'll get all excited, look in it, and THUD. The disappointment of not seeing a gearshift. How could someone drive/know/APPRECIATE a $300,000 automobile that's an AUTOMATIC?!?! What a waste! To each his own, of course. But I think its a shame that hardly anyone these days can drive a stick! The thought is just surreal to me. And the fact that any make or model of car that has a manual transmission shifts differently, that the gears and/or clutch work differently, that there are 3 speeds and 6 speeds and 4 speeds and 5 speeds... - that's part of the beauty and the art of driving a stick! The fact that they are all so different has always been a fun exciting new thing to me. If you learn how to drive a manual, you can drive any manual! It's always a fun experience for me to drive a different car for the first time. Sure, it may take a few miles to adjust from a 1982 Honda Accord to a '65 Mustang to a Ford F-150 to a Porsche Boxter. whatever. but you'll get the hang of it. To me, the clutch is second nature. I've never thought about shifting gears. It's as natural to me as lifting a glass to my lips to take a drink. On the other hand, when I've had to drive an automatic, I have had to THINK about it. I have to consciously remember to sit on my left foot or have it back against the seat. Otherwise, I'm likely to slam on the breaks, thinking it's a clutch. Attention "opposite problems", I guess. LOL. Yeah, to me, give me a clutch and a stick ANY DAY. No other way to drive.
Welcome Michelle. When I met my wife in 1983, she was 32 years old and the only cars she had ever owned were sticks. She worked in TV and would always ask to drive the 18 foot box trucks that they rented to go out on shoots (they were also sticks). My son, now 27, also has owned only stick shift cars and is almost too militant about refusing to drive an automatic. My Ford van has an auto (they didn't make a stick) but my Subaru Forester daily driver and my '91 BMW garage queen are both sticks.
Maybe you're a long lost relative
Sadly, I don't think that sticks are not gonna make a resurgence, though.
2002 E150, 4.6, 3.55 axle with Eaton posi, 125k miles
Full size van driver since 1986 (and F100 pickup for 8 years before that)
Manuals are probably staying in sports cars for the foreseeable future. I think the only new trucks with them Chevy Colorado/Canyon twins, Toyota Tacomas and I think 2500/3500HD Rams with Cummins turbo diesel. Automatics have become more efficient fuel economy wise in the last ten years. Some of them have a double OD which manuals lack. Like I had said months ago on this thread manuals will probably end up being paddle shift only or auto with a manual mode like they have been doing.
-History is written by the victor, history is filled with liars.
-1999 F150 5.4L V8 auto XLT Ext. Cab long bed 260,000 miles Bridgestone Dueler Revo 2 265/75/16
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