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Old 04-28-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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Lack of Manual trans on new trucks

Has anyone noticed that there seems to a difficult time finding a TV with a manual transmission? Many tractor trailers have manual transmissions that are built for the long haul. Unfortunately when one tries to find a TV with a manual transmission it is hard.

Any idea why the industry is going away from these? You would think the increase in mileage and durability would prompt the industry to build more of them.

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Old 04-28-2015, 09:32 PM   #2
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Automatics are pretty dependable and if you can believe it, there is an unbelievable number of people that have never driven a vehicle with a manual transmission.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:33 PM   #3
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I have always been a huge fan (and purchaser) of vehicles with manual transmissions. But, we had 1 F150 with a 5 speed manual. Loved it but it was a pain in the butt for towing. Have to admit that the automatic is a preferable choice for me on the F150.
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People can't drive

I can drive a stick shift but when it comes to stop and go- manual transmissions SUCK. Given where I live, I'll never own one. Heck, I still don't *like* it even when I'm not in stop and go traffic.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:01 PM   #6
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Has anyone noticed that there seems to a difficult time finding a TV with a manual transmission? Many tractor trailers have manual transmissions that are built for the long haul. Unfortunately when one tries to find a TV with a manual transmission it is hard.

Any idea why the industry is going away from these? You would think the increase in mileage and durability would prompt the industry to build more of them.

Thoughts?

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Believe it or not,automatic transmissions are available in the big over the road big rigs now. The last car I had with a manual transmission was a new 1967 Chevelle that I had to special order to get it.

As mentioned here,many people have never used a manual transmission and the market just isn't there for the average driver/car buyer plus the resale value is less.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:01 PM   #7
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Hi love my F350 dully 5 speed manual 4.10 gear. My first car was a manual trans also. The biggest down side to a manual trans is that it will lower the tow rating of the truck. Not sure why but believe it due to the friction/torque the clutch can produce. The biggest up side is that is hard to destroy it. It also gives you much more control in the mountains.

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Ram still has an available 6 speed manual transmission available with the Cummins. The engine power is derated when sold with the manual because the factory clutch can't handle the power without the computer managing the torque supplied to the transmission. I actually enjoy manual transmissions but my wife can't drive one so auto was the way I had to go.
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Only thing we had when I learned to drive in the early 50's. Standard tranny's were great for hot rodding. First new car was a 64 Malibu with 3 in the tree with over drive. LOVED IT, 6 speeds forward. First automatic was a new 67 Malibu with a 327 & powerslide. All new ones after that were automatics. Towing with a standard tranny is a chore, wouldn't have one. But to each his own.
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Last manual I had was a C5 Vette. But for playing in the mountains, I'll take an auto any day.
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