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Old 07-15-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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Standard vs. Automatic

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..!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:40 PM   #2
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I would go standard for sure, especially if you are used to shifting anyway.
Less to go wrong, better gas mileage, and you decide what gear to run in, not some stupid computer!
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:21 AM   #3
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I donno. I thought my 99 f350 with the 6 sp manual was awesome until I got the 2007 Chevy with the Allison auto. Can't imagine going back.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:13 AM   #4
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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..!
Ford and the General no longer offer a stick'n clutch in their light duty pickups (2500, 3500, Super Duty etc) - Chrysler is the hold-out but that offering is not mated to their high output combo.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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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 age range are you looking at? If new - then the only stick is a Dodge but you can't get their highest capacity combo unless you go auto.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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I would go standard for sure, especially if you are used to shifting anyway.
Less to go wrong, better gas mileage, and you decide what gear to run in, not some stupid computer!
Not totally true as Ford has had since 2011 a 6 speed auto that has a full manual mode that you select on the shifter and up and down shift buttons on the shifter handle to change gears. Believe me it will stay in what ever gear you have selected even from a dead start as I have started a few times in 3rd gear and wondered why it was soo sluggish till I realized what gear I was in. It is a very nice tranny and I imagine with the diesel and exhaust brake it would be very cool to use.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:43 AM   #7
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I love my 2012 F250 with the 6 speed auto and manual shift option...exhaust braking is also very nice..todays auto transmissions are getting darn close to what a manual trans would get in mpgs.. think about resale (in the future) and stop and go traffic..
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #8
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I was dead set on the stick, till my wife said she wouldn't ever drive the truck and camper combo with the stick. She said she wouldn't be comfortable with both, she can drive just the truck fine... So rather than arguing we went with the auto in case I were to be hurt and she needed to drive for whatever reason...

I would much rather the stick... but the new trans with all the manual gear selection really takes a lot of the advantages of the stick out of the argument...
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Not that my opinion matters, but I gave up driving stick when I was 17 when my first car died. I can drive it and I'm glad for that, but I'll never willingly buy a vehicle that has it.

I will say, my Dodge/Ram has the same manual override of gearing that the Ford was described as having. I used it when descending some small mountains in the area that the exhaust brake wasn't holding me back enough on to do the insanely slow "trucker's over 20,000 gvw" speed of 20mph.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:50 AM   #10
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I like both old and new trucks....there are advantages/disadvantages to both in my eyes...I like both of these...!

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