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Old 01-22-2011, 09:08 PM
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Perhaps this thread was already posted somewhere in frf but I was just wondering what your perspectives were on driving a stick vs the auto. I for one am a manual all the way, I just like the overall experience of the stick vs slush box. So far city driving doesn't prove to be a big enough negative to go with the uneventful auto. Just curious as to what you guys prefer and does your truck have your prefered tranny?
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:14 PM
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Both my rangers have manuals. My 97 started life with the 5spd auto trans, it shortly failed at 126k. I put in the 5spd manual and never looked back. I prefer manual over auto anyday just for the general reliability over an auto that will more than likely fail and cost alot of money to repair. Arguments will be made here about how the manuals in the rangers are not as strong as the auto's, however this is my opinion and I have never had a manual trans fail on me. I have had 2 autos fail one behind the 4.0 one behind a 2.5. Manual FTW!

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I also have 271k miles on my 96 that I plow with, still on original clutch/slave. Zero problems.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:17 PM
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here here! all of the autos I have owned (all cars, 99 Grand Am, 92 Accord, 02 Sonata) have shown some signs of weaknesses that left me wishing I had a durable Manual at my hands. Now that I was able to finally get a truck the way I wanted, the first hing on my list was manual and I dont plan on lookin back either. Have you ever had issues with the manual in your ranger?
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:28 PM
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no i never have. But I also switched out the ATF for synthetic Gear oil. I use 75w90, but my buddy tells me that syncromesh would be good for it to. Its a little stiff shifting in the morning during the cold months, but once the trans warms up its good.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:33 PM
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My truck is auto which I'm content with I guess, sticks are fun but after working late or driving home after a late hockey pracite I'm glad I don't have to worry aboat shifting.

I wish they had a setup where you had six speeds; 1-5 then a drive, so you could shift when you wanted but then when you want to drive auto you put it in drive. Idk lol just what I daydream aboat.

Sometimes I pretend my truck is a manual and I move my hand like I'm shifting; my freinds think I'm crazy
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:44 PM
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lol I think the only thing close to what your describing is a manumatic, which my 02 Sonata has. Its ok sometimes, but the shifts are abrupt and there is a slight lag between shifts. I think that its best to have one or the other (manual/ Auto) less issues when you have less techno gizmos. As for you pretending that its a manual, I do that too somethimes with my manumatic lol.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:47 PM
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I agree here in the real world it is better to have one or the other. I drove a chevy dumptruck this summer that had something similar where there was a m on the gear selecter and you pressed buttons to shift gears, it was an automatic at heart though. It was kinda fun sometimes but I'm glad I'm not the one paying the bill to get it worked on someday.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:50 PM
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I got to say tho, as far as shifting its almost instinctive, I have been driving manual since I got my license. I always find my self shifting air and pushing in an air pedal when driving the expedition! lol

I plow for a guy who was concerned I had a manual truck, he said my leg/knee would get tired after awhile of repetative back and fourth. I told him maybe for a guy who is used to driving autos, I have been driving manuals for 10 years, I told him my leg/knee has been "conditioned" and I would be fine!
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:51 PM
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thats a skill i hope to acquire lol.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:17 PM
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Manuals are for men.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:22 PM
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Hey pooleo how hard was that manual swap?
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:23 PM
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Manuals are for real Drivers. Try backing up a 20 foot trailer up a hill with a manual, That takes more skill then putting your tranny in 'D' and setting the Cruise
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:36 PM
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Manual, I originally learned how to drive on a old Frieghtliner, I went to Tennessee to find my truck in a manual, and from Jersey thats a pretty far ways away. Manuals just more fun to me, and as a plus, my dumb ass friends that suck at driving can never take my truck without me knowing.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:59 PM
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:34 AM
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Hey pooleo how hard was that manual swap?
It was actually pretty easy, ford builds these trucks to go either way, so all the parts are easily swappable. total cost for me was about 1,800 to buy all the parts. did the work myself. The only thing I bought from the dealer was the clutch lines/resivour bundle thingy. Got the pedals from the junkyard. The pedal bracket was the hardest part, there are 6 bolts I beleive, the two at the very top were a PITA to get at, but I got them. They even have the clutch neutral switch already there, they just got a "blank" plug in it so the cruise works. I just tied up the DTRS in a zip lock bag and duck tapped it up and stuck it behind the brake line that runs along the frame. It was a slow conversion for me, about 2-3 months putting in a piece here and there. But overall went really smoothly.
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