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Old 07-17-2013, 01:07 PM   #11
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A manual has pretty well no advantage over the new automatics and it's pretty well impossible to get a stick shift in any newer truck.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:29 PM   #12
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A manual has pretty well no advantage over the new automatics and it's pretty well impossible to get a stick shift in any newer truck.

Not to be rude but that is a completely ignorant response...

A stick has many benefits! It is more efficient, gives the driver a better feel of the truck, better control of what the truck does, cheaper, stronger and I could go on and on...

Also, impossible is a far cry from the truth as to whether you can get a manual transmission on a new truck...

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Notice it being an option?


One last thing, if there was NO benefit why would vast majority of the over the road tractor trailers have a manual trans???
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:29 PM   #13
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you can get a dodge and put a manual valve body in and then bang gears without a clutch....sweet.....
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:15 PM   #14
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Not to be rude but that is a completely ignorant response...

A stick has many benefits! It is more efficient, gives the driver a better feel of the truck, better control of what the truck does, cheaper, stronger and I could go on and on...

Also, impossible is a far cry from the truth as to whether you can get a manual transmission on a new truck...

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Notice it being an option?


One last thing, if there was NO benefit why would vast majority of the over the road tractor trailers have a manual trans???
Tractor trailers aren't 3/4 ton trucks so your comparison is laughable. Wow, you found one specific model of truck from the big 3 that has a manual option. Boy, is my face red.

I stand by my opinion. And that's what it is. An opinion.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:27 PM   #15
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Not to be rude but that is a completely ignorant response...

A stick has many benefits! It is more efficient, gives the driver a better feel of the truck, better control of what the truck does, cheaper, stronger and I could go on and on...

Also, impossible is a far cry from the truth as to whether you can get a manual transmission on a new truck...

2013 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Pickup Truck | Build & Price Your New Truck | Ram Trucks

Notice it being an option?

One last thing, if there was NO benefit why would vast majority of the over the road tractor trailers have a manual trans???
I love it when a posted says "not to be rude" and then is. LOL
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Tractor trailers are NOT the same you are correct... but if there wasn't any benefit behind having a manual transmission why on earth would someone driving a rig designed to pull regularly choose to have a manual? Would it have anything to do with the reasons I suggested earlier? I would have to think so...

I simply posted the link proving that it isn't IMPOSSIBLE as you stated to get one... Also, no where was it stated he was looking for a brand new pickup, simply said he was looking to upgrade from a 1997...

simply put your "opinion" was not expressed as an opinion but as facts, as facts they were WRONG!!!


FYI... I have been dealing with Verizon Wireless' customer service for the past 2 hours... so sorry...
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:36 PM   #17
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I am sure this thread will start some debate. I am looking up upgrading my truck. So here are the facts. 36' 5th wheel, 15,000lbs, the truck is going to be a 1 ton or better. I like my Chevy but the Ford and Dodge also look interesting. It will be a diesel and the box will be turned into what I call a western hauler box.

Having said all this I am wondering if I should stick with a standard or auto. I drive truck for a living so banging gears does not bother me at all. Input from others out there would be nice..!
What do you want to drive, stick or automatic. Buy what you prefer. Personally I donít like stick shift, especially when driving through a major city with traffic slowdowns or in a two mile line of traffic inching along as you approach a traffic accident.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:52 PM   #18
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I think everyone should be able to agree that manual transmission have certain advantages from mechanical simplicity and maintenance standpoint. They have less moving parts to go wrong and lubricate. For some drivers, they can offer more control. However the market has shifted away from manual transmissions.

I truly miss my old Dodge 5.9 6 speed manual. I loved shifting my own gears and the torque curve (or complete lack thereof) made is so simple to drive in traffic. I would love to have one again.

However the computer controls on the newer automatic transmissions gives the driver a great deal on control over the way the transmission works. And they are more efficient than they used to be which means there is very little difference in overall efficiency.

Sounds like you have decided to go automatic for the same reasons most people end up going automatic, they are just plain easier to drive.

Sorry for trying to smooth oil on troubled waters. We can now begin the flame war on which brand is better...
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:08 PM   #20
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Tractor trailers are NOT the same you are correct... but if there wasn't any benefit behind having a manual transmission why on earth would someone driving a rig designed to pull regularly choose to have a manual? Would it have anything to do with the reasons I suggested earlier? I would have to think so...

I simply posted the link proving that it isn't IMPOSSIBLE as you stated to get one... Also, no where was it stated he was looking for a brand new pickup, simply said he was looking to upgrade from a 1997...

simply put your "opinion" was not expressed as an opinion but as facts, as facts they were WRONG!!!


FYI... I have been dealing with Verizon Wireless' customer service for the past 2 hours... so sorry...
I qualified my statements by saying "pretty well" which means close to or almost.

Anyway, it's all good as these places are suppose to elicit differing opinions and suggestions.
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