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Old 01-07-2016, 06:42 PM   #31
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looks like a reman zf-6 is about $2000.00.i was not going to pay much more than that for the truck. i would think a stick would be harder to sell this day in time if i got it running good and did not like it.
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:01 PM   #32
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One more comment...as stated here. Automatics are VERY complicated these days...do you trust...joes transmissions to repair it? Me either. So my solution is new...that changes the ball game. Ram doesn't offer a diesel 3/4 in manual as far as I know. For me Ram would be the only purchase...so auto it would HAVE to be.


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Old 01-08-2016, 07:22 PM   #33
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That is false.

The CUMMINS is de rated behind a manual.

As of 2015, 660 ft lbs manual

If you have the aisin trans, auto, you get 865.

Big difference....


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No that is true on the truck the OP asked about. Ford did not detune the manuals and the specs are identical unless measured at the rear wheels then the manual has more because it can put it to the ground without power loss. With the new diesels I have no doubt that the manual trans is detune day because that have so much more power people would not be able to control them if not carful or would rip the drivetrain out of it all the time.


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6spd or auto trans

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No that is true on the truck the OP asked about. Ford did not detune the manuals and the specs are identical unless measured at the rear wheels then the manual has more because it can put it to the ground without power loss. With the new diesels I have no doubt that the manual trans is detune day because that have so much more power people would not be able to control them if not carful or would rip the drivetrain out of it all the time.


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Not on the old trucks the op was talking about, but was posted in reference to a post about all manuals making more power than auto.

With the technology in the new autos, I see no reason for manuals in anything under a 4500.

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Old 01-08-2016, 07:47 PM   #35
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Not on the old trucks the op was talking about, but was posted in reference to a post about all manuals making more power than auto.

With the technology in the new autos, I see no reason for manuals in anything under a 4500.

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I just don't trust autos. I have replaced to many in my career. New, old, doesn't matter which, the one thing they have in common is they will fail, and much quicker when towing. The last truck I had was manual, 400k, original trans, 3 clutches due to hydraulic issues not worn out. The truck before that was a dodge with an auto, 3 transmissions in 2 years, not sure how many miles. Bad taste in my mouth won't own another dodge. My dad had the identical dodge, 4 transmissions in 60k. He has had a manual ever since.


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I just don't trust autos. I have replaced to many in my career. New, old, doesn't matter which, the one thing they have in common is they will fail, and much quicker when towing. The last truck I had was manual, 400k, original trans, 3 clutches due to hydraulic issues not worn out. The truck before that was a dodge with an auto, 3 transmissions in 2 years, not sure how many miles. Bad taste in my mouth won't own another dodge. My dad had the identical dodge, 4 transmissions in 60k. He has had a manual ever since.


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Well, I guess you'll never buy a new truck then!
I think dodge is the last manual in an hd truck.

But yes, the 545/65 dodge trans were not known for their reliability.

I have high hopes for the new aisin trans. ( mostly because dodge didn't build it)


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True the one thing about dodge is there trans have always been there weak point.
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Well, I guess you'll never buy a new truck then!
I think dodge is the last manual in an hd truck.

But yes, the 545/65 dodge trans were not known for their reliability.

I have high hopes for the new aisin trans. ( mostly because dodge didn't build it)


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My current truck is automatic but you are right I will not buy a new truck for cost reasons. I will let somebody else take the depreciation hit and I will pick it up slightly used. Being a tech it makes sense because repairs are not a big deal if it has a few issues. It is disappointing that you don't have the option anymore but I understand why the manufactures went that direction.


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My current truck is automatic but you are right I will not buy a new truck for cost reasons. I will let somebody else take the depreciation hit and I will pick it up slightly used. Being a tech it makes sense because repairs are not a big deal if it has a few issues. It is disappointing that you don't have the option anymore but I understand why the manufactures went that direction.


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I was a Chrysler and Ford tech.
Now I teach automotive technology.

I'd rather spend time with my family, then fixing a truck.
I will always buy new. When warranty is up, trade it in ( or sooner)

I won't spend the big bucks to keep an older diesel on the road.
My neighbour just put 12 grand into his early 2000 f250.
The truck is only worth 15.
Makes no sense to me.


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I was a Chrysler and Ford tech.
Now I teach automotive technology.

I'd rather spend time with my family, then fixing a truck.
I will always buy new. When warranty is up, trade it in ( or sooner)

I won't spend the big bucks to keep an older diesel on the road.
My neighbour just put 12 grand into his early 2000 f250.
The truck is only worth 15.
Makes no sense to me.


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You have to be smart about what you spend to fix the older trucks. I don't think I have $600 in maintenance and repairs in my truck in the 5 years I have owned and that includes a rear end over haul. I work to hard for my money and these new trucks at 60k+ are just a bit to rich for my blood. I will get the rest of the goodie out of the truck when they are discarded out of warranty.


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