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Old 04-29-2015, 04:44 AM   #21
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Dodge 6 speed manual

I tow with a 2012 Ram 3500 with a 6 speed manual. Looked for months to find one available with a manual tranny. Works great for me and my wife as well but my father hates the clutch action on this truck. I will say it is a odd feeling clutch at first and takes some time to love.

After driving mine, my pops bought a 2013 3500 with the Aisin and it is a sweet setup. Pulls like a beast and downshifts perfectly. He can pull me on hills slightly but has a few more hp's to the rear wheels with his setup.

Either one works well it really just depends on what flavor you like.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:52 AM   #22
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I have both. 2 ram 3500 duallys. 04 with 5.9, 6 speed manual and an 07, 6.7, 6 speed suto. I actually pull rv's for a living. Both trucks have WAY more miles than the average person would put on. I would go with the auto. The 6 speed auto can be shifted manually and with the engine brake there are no problems in the mountains.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:22 AM   #23
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Bottom line is there is no demand for manuals ............ I even got better deals on my used 2000 & 2010 Mustangs because they were straight drives , the dealers were having trouble selling them. Taught both boys to drive on straight drives.......... a 86 Mustang & a 94 Ranger..... One son still has a Honda with a manual but the other had to give his Mustang up because the DIL would not drive one. My 70s F150s were manuals but gave up trying to buy my trucks with them. (I rarely buy a new truck usually buy used.)

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Old 04-29-2015, 07:11 AM   #24
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Can't believe no one mentioned the advantage of a TOAD with stick shift??
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:22 AM   #25
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Can't believe no one mentioned the advantage of a TOAD with stick shift??
What advantages?
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:32 AM   #26
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Good post.
We currently have a manual shift Pontiac solstice and before that Ms amy had a manual shift jaguar.
In my household "7" of us, if you can't drive a "stick" you can't drive a car till you do.
Needless to say they all learned how to drive a std gear box!
My first car was a 72 nova ss 400 sb manual.
With all that being said I love a std gear box but not for my tv.

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Old 04-29-2015, 07:47 AM   #27
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What advantages?
A stick shift car can be towed with a tow bar- all wheels rolling. Right???
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:49 AM   #28
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My first truck was a "57" Apache, long bed, step side, with an in line 6 and a column shifter. I loved that truck. I wish I still had it. It wasn't much for towing but fun to drive.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:21 AM   #29
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Out of our 3 vehicles, 2 have manual transmissions......our truck having the only automatic. I like having that extra pedal on the floor.

When truck shopping for our 1 ton (hopefully buying within the next year), I found that Ford and Chebby/GMC no longer offer manual transmissions in their 3/4 and 1 ton series. It is a sad day when you can't get a manual in a heavy duty truck. Ram still offers a manual, but as others stated the tow ratings are down-graded.

I would still love to have a truck with a manual transmission, but regretfully I have to think years down the road. Advanced age tends to work on knees and backs, where driving a manual is not as comfortable as driving an automatic.
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I will say it is a odd feeling clutch at first and takes some time to love.

I always heard that about Toyota clutches- they are just weird. But, I also used to believe if you could drive a Toyota stick shift, that you could drive any. Worked for me for a long time.

Being about to drive a stick shift let me drive my wife to some school dance in her Mom's Supra. I loved that car.
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