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Old 01-05-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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I don't think so. Trucks are made to have standard transmissions, not a girl type transportation in my eyes. I want tough hard core mud slinging gravel grabbing gears I tell when to change. Do not need the fancy plush and flashey crap. Just a plain truck with rubber flooring and leather seats which make it easy to wash out with a water hose. A crew cab for party room and other things. At least a v-8 or better. And standard non-automatic transmission.
I have a girly automatic in my F150 and love it
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:38 PM
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Location: Michigan
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My 2005 Silverado has a 5-speed. It was the last year Chevrolet offered manuals in non-HD models.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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Why would it be sad?
A Corvette is hardly a comparison because at least that looks good going down the road or even parked. I just think trucks should be used, and in my area itís not uncommon to find used full-size trucks that have never even seen dirt.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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A Corvette is hardly a comparison because at least that looks good going down the road or even parked. I just think trucks should be used, and in my area it’s not uncommon to find used full-size trucks that have never even seen dirt.
The point of the analogy is, who are you to dictate what a person does with their own property, whether it's a Corvette, Pickup Truck or Schwinn Bicycle. My son has a friend that has a lifted Dodge Ram truck that must be 4 feet off the ground and it's never been off road. He customized it to his liking and that's all that counts to him.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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I don't think so. Trucks are made to have standard transmissions, not a girl type transportation in my eyes. I want tough hard core mud slinging gravel grabbing gears I tell when to change. Do not need the fancy plush and flashey crap. Just a plain truck with rubber flooring and leather seats which make it easy to wash out with a water hose. A crew cab for party room and other things. At least a v-8 or better. And standard non-automatic transmission.
I'd forgo the leather and go with vinyl covered seats. Just sayin!
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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My son has a friend that has a lifted Dodge Ram truck that must be 4 feet off the ground and it's never been off road. He customized it to his liking and that's all that counts to him.
I think they call those mall crawlers here in CA. That's even more sad then the 50 year old lady driving her King Ranch to the nail salon.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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I have a girly automatic in my F150 and love it

me too! i would not want to shift gears manually as quick as the truck goes through them! Auto's shift much faster!
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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me too! i would not want to shift gears manually as quick as the truck goes through them! Auto's shift much faster!
I'm with you. I will say that there are probably situations where a person would want a manual trans. In my case, I've had a number of F-150's all with automatics and never had a problem. I even had a 91 F-150 with the E4OD trans and it was problem free when I sold it with nearly 150K miles. I tow my car (1970 Duster) occasionally and did tow a boat years ago that weighed aprox. 4200 lbs on the trailer. Never a failure in any trans, just keep them serviced and make sure you have a trans cooler if you tow.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:22 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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I can only speak from the Toyota side of things, but consider the V6 Tacoma. It is the 5-speed automatic that is proving to be the reliable one. The 6-speed manual has had all kinds of problems with syncros, shift forks, and most notably throwout bearing issues. And thanks to it's lockup torque converter, the 5-speed gets better MPG both in EPA tests, and real world .. check the Tacoma forums & see for yourself. The idea that manuals are by default longer lasting than a properly cared for automatic isn't true either. There are quality automatics and there are problematic manuals, and vice versa.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:32 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I have never been able to successfully 'push-start' an automatic on a mtn trail or pasture. The places I get my truck, it is not like you can get something in there to jump it (occasionally a dozer or tractor).

Towing HEAVY (I'm often over 25,000# with pickup and trailer) in the mtns and off-road can make you REAL glad to have a manual tranny.

And yes there are plenty of wimpy manuals, and automatics too. I just wish the pickup makers didn't use 'Married' Transfer cases. Adding a 'Brownie' Auxiliary box would be beneficial. Gear vendor o/d's are really wimpy and Fuller 10 - 18 spd truck trannies are a bit too big to fit under the tunnel in a pickup.

I need a few more gears. 5spd + 2 spd transfer case, is just not the right combo.
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