i know it is not economical for ford to research and design a manual transmission that could handle the 800 ft-lbs of torque from the new diesle engin but why not offer the old zf-s650 6 speed manual that used to be with the 7.3 powerstroke and mate it to the new 6.2 or 5.0 or even the eco boost non of those engines break the 520 ft-lbs the transmission was designed for and the only cost would be in adapting it in to the current truck design. I know ford thinks the seleca shift satifies thoes of us that want a manual but it does not just being able to select gears is not enough we want a clutch that we can feather out. i know i never thought i would ever go to dodge from my ford but ford is no longer taking care of me or givving me the selection i want so my only choice is to get the ram 2500 diesel to get a manual. I wish ford would rectify this and offer a manual in their trucks again but i know they wont because from a company standpoint its all about the numbers and because people are lazy and or just dont know how to drive any more. those of use who still remember how to drive or that still want to drive a manual because its fun have to suffer and go with out or leave ford and go to a ram 2500 or larger diesel. i know this post will make no diferance to ford but i will have the piece of mind that i tried every thing in my power to get a manual from ford prior to leaving for a ram.
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