Originally Posted by rangeritis
My only dilema is if I should find a manual console or just stick with the automatic!
That's not an easy task at all. Manual Third Gen Explorers were only offered in 2002, and less than 1% of the total 2002 production were Manual trans equipped models. I was lucky enough to stumble across mine in my local junkyard, although at the time I had no idea how rare these consoles were.
It's pretty interesting to see the different variations in the third gen consoles through a four year period. I've seen manual trans versions, versions with no rear A/C vents, and even a version that had extra cupholders where the rear A/C vents would go.