Stick shift anyone?

Elkman

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All my trucks for many years had manual transmissions. But for towing an automatic transmission is far superior. Even with professional cross country tractor and trailer rig drivers the ones with rigs with automatic transmissions get 2-3 mpg better fuel economy. When these rigs get 6-9 mpg a savings of 2-3 mpg makes all the difference in the world.

Drag racers switched to automatic transmissions in the 1960's as they got faster times than the guys with manual transmissions. And every vehicle I have owned, cars and trucks, provided the ability to select the gear myself. I guess those that do not realize this have never bothered to read the vehicle's manual.

The only advantage of a manual transmission is to be able to use engine braking in off road situations and to be able to slip the clutch when "walking" a vehicle ups a grade with loose dirt or rocks where torque needs to be moderated. Even in this situation 99% of drivers would do better with an automatic transmission with grade control or hill assist or other machine assistance. Raptors and Power Wagons and similar trucks are marketed to such off-road novices.
 

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I was going to say, I thought they ended the G56 in '18. I ended up with a '12 3500ST with the G56 when I was looking high and low for a 2500/3500 truck with a manual transmission. That's when I learned Ram was the only one left making a manual and that Ford had stopped their V10 gasser with the manual.

Someone hit the nail on the head when they said they want to actually drive the truck. I was new to the full size trucks when I got my first truck camper and shortly owned 2500 with the 5.7 hemi had plenty of power, it drove me crazy searching for a gear climbing through the Rockies. Once I made it to AZ I sold it in a heart beat and started my search for a manual. Five years later I still have my 3500 and am glad I tracked it down. Living in the mountains, I want to actually be able to drive and control the truck by activating the clutch and picking a gear
Something you should consider about dodge and stick shifts.

Read the factory warrantee. In it you will find an addendum for manual transmissions. It says - At no time is the clutch or any clutch components covered under the factory warrantee.

What that means - the clutch, the pressure plate, the flywheel, the pilot bushing, the hydraulic throw out bearing system, the clutch pedal itself are not covered the very moment you take delivery of the vehicle.

If you want a stick, buy anything but dodge unless it is used and already 4 years old.
 

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Shifting a manual transmission keeps me more engaged w my surroundings when I’m driving. I used to drive a 13 speed K-100 Kenworth, and now most semis have AT’s. With a manual trans in a semi, you are always listening to the engine, and always anticipating the slightest of grades. Is it no wonder there are more crashes involving semis now-a-days? Driving a semi w an automatic would be BORING, and of course out you right to sleep!!
 

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Hard to text with a stick shift!!!! We have cars with beds! Wish we still had a choice, we can't even find CDL truck drivers who can drive a manual, we offer more pay if they can drive a manual. You ask, "Can you drive a manual" you hear "Duh, I usually keep mine in the glove box." Oh boy, going to be a short test drive! Never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. Something most guys could do by 10 years old before, now grown men can't. I know...... times are different......... So. Lol
I learned to drive on a manual shift three on the tree. I can even drive a 10 speed, drove cross country another lifetime ago. What part of NC are you in? Are you hiring drivers? I've been thinking about getting my CDL, I could have grandfathered from my special chauffeur to a CDL, but at the time I didn't think I needed it. Boy, when you're young, you make stupid decisions.
 

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My 2006 2500 4x4 is manual. I really like the manual transmission but not so much in Houston rush hour traffic. On the occasional times I take it in for maintenance I always get a few people asking if I want to sell it. With only 62K miles I will be holding on to it for a long time especially with the Carli Lift and upgraded '09 steering kit and two shock setup! I have a company vehicle and don't drive it that much.
 

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There are still standard transmission cars like the Hyundai Kona. It just that the computer does the shifting....:33:

7 speed dual clutch transmission on N-line and limited models.........
 

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There are still standard transmission cars like the Hyundai Kona. It just that the computer does the shifting....:33:

7 speed dual clutch transmission on N-line and limited models.........
You can still get 6 speed Challengers with a 5.7 or 6.4,but apparently the 6 speed Hellcat is no longer available as of this year.
 
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Hard to text with a stick shift!!!! We have cars with beds! Wish we still had a choice, we can't even find CDL truck drivers who can drive a manual, we offer more pay if they can drive a manual. You ask, "Can you drive a manual" you hear "Duh, I usually keep mine in the glove box." Oh boy, going to be a short test drive! Never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. Something most guys could do by 10 years old before, now grown men can't. I know...... times are different......... So. Lol
After 20 years of driving cdl my 15 year employer just bought me an 18 speed automated kw .... I know off topic sorry just sayin.... can't find a f##kin stick shift anymore
 

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You can still get 6 speed Challengers with a 5.7 or 6.4,but apparently the 6 speed Hellcat is no longer available as of this year.

It's also kinda bad for a muscle car stick. Easily the worst feeling one of the GM/Ford/Mopar competitors. GM's 6 speed is still the bestest for standard issue, although I hear sexy sexy things about the Mach 1 Mustang's version as well. No way to try one out for me, unfortunately. Probably for the better, last thing I need is another sports car.
 
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