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What I get all the time when I switch from a standard to an automatic is what I call the phantom clutch syndrome. I'm always stepping for the clutch even when its not there. At least I don't do it the other way round, lol.
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Worse yet... I've hit the brake thinking it was the clutch... twice in a row... thank God it wasn't my car :-D haha
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^^HAHAHAHA!! I do that everytime i drive my parent's Lincoln Continental. Oh...and Trevor's truck! lol.
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I got to drive a Porsche and lemme tell you... the solve-all problem... the trans. in most of the German cars have this system where it is auto by default, but if you want you can swap over to full manual and shift via paddle shifters or the stick... BMW calls it "M" mode I think Lambo. calls it "Enthusiast/Sport" mode, I think that would be great!!!
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Those are autos with manual shifting capabilities. Electronic signal telling it to shift when you pull the paddle. '06+ Duramax's have that too...but not in paddle form.
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never manual shifted an auto? from low 1 ,2 then drive? could also get a tach w/ shift light to tell u when to shift, but overkill in a ranger imo....though ALOT of stock civics seem to have them and alot of those are auto
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I guess I'll be buying a Toyota Truck then!
Xrunner time

Now don't get me wrong, I love my truck, but Id consider one of these if it was the only small/midsize truck I could get with a manual in the future.

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I like auto's, I tow alot and most of all fish quit a bit. Some of the ramps here with the low water I wouldn't even attempt with a manual. I don't miss the fresh smell of a burning clutch in the morning lol. Alls I know is one of the grain trucks we have is a pain in the *** to shift, try to double clutch it with 50,000 pounds of grain and using the browny is a different story...
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What I get all the time when I switch from a standard to an automatic is what I call the phantom clutch syndrome. I'm always stepping for the clutch even when its not there. At least I don't do it the other way round, lol.
i get this too when i drive the wife taurus lol also looking for the shifter
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I got to drive a Porsche and lemme tell you... the solve-all problem... the trans. in most of the German cars have this system where it is auto by default, but if you want you can swap over to full manual and shift via paddle shifters or the stick... BMW calls it "M" mode I think Lambo. calls it "Enthusiast/Sport" mode, I think that would be great!!!
I've driven/ridden in some of those... I find them best for the people who wish they could drive a manual but can't... I don't like them at all
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I have my ups and downs with manuals and autos.

I like the ability to go through my own gears, downshift and upshift when I want, and getting better gas mileage because of that. However, with the job sites I go to, a lot of my driving has been through high traffic areas, or road construction, where the auto in the Ranger is a hell of a lot nicer then the manual in the Dodge. Plus, I like not having to shift when I'm wheeling, too.

I will NEVER own an automatic full size truck. But I really am not a huge fan of the manual.
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It hasn't mattered to me since the big three wouldn't allow you to get manuals with the big V8's in there trucks. In a F150 you have to have a V6 to get one, and as someone who drove a 4.2 V6 F150 with and without a manual for 5 years delivering auto parts it is one of the worst tranny's out there.

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I've done the pressing the break looking for the clutch in an auto too. I ended up having my head slam into the roof. Not so fun, damn volvo breaks.
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its bs that you cant get a manual anymore with a v8 truck, but hey i guess enough *******s bought quad cabs that only plan on usin em for the fam and never put anything n the bed of the truck

over the summer the camp i worked at had a 90 f150 xcab 8ft bed with the 351 v8, 5spd manual, and a manual transfer case. I enjoyed drivin it even with the clutch goin out
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that 90 would have been a nice truck.
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its bs that you cant get a manual anymore with a v8 truck, but hey i guess enough *******s bought quad cabs that only plan on usin em for the fam and never put anything n the bed of the truck
our crew cab only had 150 miles on it and it was towing the trailer about 500 miles.. then it had about 750 miles and it went from mich to tx towing the trailer and back lol...

got to love the people that never use trucks unlike us, brake it in like how its gonna be used
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ive driven both, i prefer the auto actually. less hassle. also the auto transmissions are just getting better and better.
Define better. Less power loss and MPG loss? Yes. Are the shifts speeding up and firming up? a bit.

But let me know when they make a transmission with intuition.

Of course this doesnt matter for truck in most cases, but it can help.
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I like auto's, I tow alot and most of all fish quit a bit. Some of the ramps here with the low water I wouldn't even attempt with a manual. I don't miss the fresh smell of a burning clutch in the morning lol. Alls I know is one of the grain trucks we have is a pain in the *** to shift, try to double clutch it with 50,000 pounds of grain and using the browny is a different story...
If you know how to drive, towing is no more difficult with a manual.

If you dont know how to drive well, using the parking brake when starting out up the ramp can help a lot.
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i LOVE the 6spd manual in my focus... I guess it depends on the person and the vehicle.

my sister is shopping for a scion tC (bleh) and if she sees "manual transmission", she IMMEDIATELY moves onto the next ad, regardless of how good the deal is.
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Honestly my favorite part about my manual trans is less brake usage... you're not back and forth back and forth in traffic... pretty much I'm either gas or coast... love it
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ive heard so much bad stuff about autos in the ranger chassis that i would never have one. if a C6 could be put in, it would be better. boat ramps? no problem. i use 4 low for that stuff. my favorite manual was in my '92 3/4 ton. NV4500, creeper 1st, 5th overdrive. that was a tough trans.
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