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Old 06-10-2014, 01:42 PM
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Manual Transmissions ??

Just wondering how many out there are unhappy about not being able to get a Manual Transmission anymore in a new truck. I'm not even sure what the last year of a Manual was offered, but was surprised to learn that a short while back.

I've been shifting gears for 44 years straight now and have to have a Clutch in everything I drive, lol.

But as much as I hate to see it, it's OK with me as I can't afford a newer one anyway.

I'm still driving the old ones.

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Old 06-10-2014, 01:53 PM
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Based on sales figures, only about 1 to 5% are upset, depending on vehicle line.
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I grew up on a manual-only family. Never even drove an automatic until I met my wife. But now that I've owned several vehicles with good automatics, I don't think I'd go back. It's one less thing to worry about, especially when handing the wife the keys. And it's a lot nicer driving an automatic in city traffic.
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I still have a manual in my truck. As somebody who looks at the newer trucks a lot in hopes of buying one once they're 5 or 6 years old, I was pretty miffed when Ford 86'ed the manual...especially after all the flack I gave my Chevy friends because GM had done the same in 06.

But I think i'm over it. Sometimes it's nice to be able to just accelerate smoothly and quickly.
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i shift gears all day long in the big trucks. the last thing i want to do is have to shift gears on the way home.
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i shift gears all day long in the big trucks. the last thing i want to do is have to shift gears on the way home.
I used to drive them myself. Had a 10-Speed Road Ranger in my Tandem Flatbed Dump. Talk about shifting, I used to ride in my friend's R-700 Mack with a Twin-Stick Quadra-Plex.

Still love to shift though. I'm nearing retirement age and wouldn't have it any other way.

But I know I'm in the minority though, lol.

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i rowed a quad box for years, that is what i learned to drive on at 13 years old. my current ride is an eaton fuller 8LL. same trans is in the other two trucks. the low boy has an 18 speed.
i cant wait till we buy a few big trucks with automatics..


if i am still around by then..
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what are you talking about, I have a truck I bought new in Nov 2012 with a manual transmission..

here's the engine/transmission/transfer case setup in it..

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lol.congrats on your new ram truck dundonrl,but this here is the ford forum.

i used to drive manual trans trucks.it's ok for bit,but when driving rural and so much,when you can shift several hundred times per day,enough is enough ya know.the auto's are nice.since i switched,i'd never buy a manual trans....anything again.don't miss it.
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lol.congrats on your new ram truck dundonrl,but this here is the ford forum.
well, the OP was asking about manual transmissions in new pickups.. didn't say that it had to be a Ford (yes I have one of them as well, a 92 F150 300" six with manual transmission)
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Ram ? as in Dodge ?

Does Dodge still offer a Manual ?
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they did, but last i heard they were doing away with them for either the 2014 or 2015 trucks too.
it is all about the emissions rulings. with a manual trans, the computer can not control shift points, reducing the emissions output at high rpm's
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it is all about the emissions rulings. with a manual trans, the computer can not control shift points, reducing the emissions output at high rpm's
Yeah, I'm not really surprised that the government is in on this.

I've even got to buy a new Weed Trimmer every other year or so because the government won't let us adjust the carburators anymore.

...what will be next ?

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I've even got to buy a new Weed Trimmer every other year or so because the government won't let us adjust the carburators anymore.

...what will be next ?

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Buy an adjustable carb and retrofit it? Can't be that hard to do. Or cannibalize one from a chainsaw.
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