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reply to post by BABYBULL24
driving a manual is not as important today since most vehicles are going automatic. Especially trucks today.
I have always preferred a manual.. the simple ability to jump start is more than enough reason.
Problem is that it is HARD to find a manual in a desirable used vehicle, that hasn't been thrashed.
Sometimes, the manual vehicle commands a hefty premium on the used market. And the way auto transmissions fail in a very orderly KAH-CHING$$$ fashion plays a big part.
in the Dodge/Cummins and Ford/PSD used truck arena, having a 6 speed will SIGNIFICANTLY increase the value.
sometimes the difference between a $10,000 truck and a $20,000 truck is whether it is a manual.
And that is IF you can find a manual at all. 100's of automatics vs. 3-4 manuals. and that is a nationwide Autotrader search!
example, a Diesel truck with a manual trans can go 100's of thousands of miles and be just fine. same model truck with an auto will require $3-5,000 rebuild every 150k miles.
an automatic transmission is DESIGNED to wear out. that is how it works.