Oh, I get WHY the manufacturers are removing them as an option. A good percentage of people who buy trucks don't tow with them--they're more of a grocery getter/status symbol than a workhorse, and those people certainly don't want manuals. Look at the Lincoln Mark LT--no one buys that to tow with, but they sold a lot of them over the years as overpriced F-150s. So in order to cater to those people, FoMoCo is removing the option to try and sell more trucks. But again, as Mtn Guy stated, I like being able to have my truck shift when I think it needs to, not when a computer tells it to. Shifting has become so ingrained in my brain and in my leg and arms, that I don't even think about it anymore, it just happens. Try to teach that to anyone under 30--they have no idea as a generation, for the most part, how a manual even works, and they're soon going to be the ones with all the buying power.
I'm not belittling anyone--I'm just telling you its better for towing.
If you'd rather take the shifting out of your equation, that's what autos are for. Me, I'll keep the shifting in my equation. It just sucks that the equation is going to have to change soon for the masses that don't seem to think shifting your own gears is a desirable or useful thing.
And +1 on the wing windows--those things were awesome, had them on my '79 Jeep Cherokee Chief. I miss that truck...even if it was an auto.
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