What's with the manual trans hype?

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I went with a manual because I've always driven a manual. I actually regret not switching over to an auto once and for all with the Bronco. Oh well.


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Stay strong, lol. The 2.7 and getting it this year trumps the manual, for this guy anyway. All bets are off if I get pushed though.
I'll take my 2.3 that isn't likely to grenade itself and my manual over the 2.7 ;)
 

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My old Jeep, and Pathfinder were MT (which I liked), so I went the same way with the Bronco. It’s only hype if you “hype it up”.
 

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I have a Ram 1500 Rebel for work, love the truck, but also have an A4 I'm going to sell that's manual so I can use it towards this beast.

I've driven Stick to NH and back twice, I driven it in all 5 boroughs, and the only reason I don't DD it anymore is I don't need a Sedan and have had new car lust forever, plus I never owned a brand new manual.

Why for me? Because you're in control, it's more engaging, makes you feel a bit like a Manly Badass Hero and because if I wanted an automatic, I'd wait for them to arrive on the lots and just settle
What I said there, but after owning it for 7 months and a road trip to Florida and back (1k miles too and another from)
 

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I went 7MT because a clutch is cheap and easy to replace, I enjoy a manual, automatic’s have cost me a small fortune over the years, and I hate the adaptive memory on the modern transmissions, I want it to shift like I want whether in poking around or or trying to kill it.
 

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Hype, couldn't get past the feel of the transmission. Way to much like a fwd manual and my brother's fiesta st. I guess I was spoiled with my last Nissan Manual and a few BMWs. Not sure why they put a cable shift transmission in.
 

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I just hate driving an automatic. No Manual in the Bronco and I would have bought another Mustang, or a stupid Taco.
The manual in the newer Taco is pretty terrible to drive, I test drove one in 2020 and ended up buying the automatic in 2021. The manual was slow, not geared as well as my Bronco, and there was a bracket that made it hard to fit my size 16 foot on the clutch pedal.

I agree, no manual no Bronco for me.
 

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I've had the following offroad rigs:
79 CJ5 -- 3 spd manual
82 CJ7 -- 5 spd manual
92 YJ -- 5 spd manual
95 XJ -- 5 spd manual
02 TJ -- 5 spd manual
79 F150 -- 4 spd manual
11 Ram 1500 -- 5 spd automatic
16 Tacoma -- 6 spd Automatic.
06 KJ -- 5 spd Automatic
95 Xplorer -- 5 spd automatic

Almost never have I been driving automatic and wished I had a manual. But there's been many times, especially when rock crawling with some of my more built rigs that I've wished I was driving an auto over the stick.

What am I missing here? Modern automatics are so much easier to drive on and off road.
Because I actually want to drive the car
 

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I personally feel out of control when driving an AT. An MT is far more predictable, and I feel mechanical and performance concerns can be identified earlier and easier.
 

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A manual transmission allows you to physically drive your vehicle. An automatic transmission drives your vehicle. No thanks, I prefer to drive my vehicles...
 

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For me there's several reasons.

1- Cheaper
2- Haven't owned a stick in years and since this will be my "fun" vehicle and doesn't have to be my daily driver, I'd prefer a stick.
3- In 5 years it'll be my current 11 year olds first car. With a manual he can't text and drive and most of his idiot friends won't be able to drive his car.

Just some of my reasoning.
These are the exact reasons I got a stick. I hope my son still thinks the Bronco is cool when I start teaching him to drive a stick. :)
 

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Ford doesn't have history of good Autoboxes. They seem to cut corners and I've had a few go out and one 5k outside of warranty. I plan on wheeling my rig and I'm sure I will brake things, I can rebuild a manual myself or replace a clutch.
 

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A manual transmission allows you to physically drive your vehicle. An automatic transmission drives your vehicle. No thanks, I prefer to drive my vehicles...
WTF is this nonsense? We all "physically" drive our vehicles.
 

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WTF is this nonsense? We all "physically" drive our vehicles.
I believe he is in the camp of having full control of the vehicle and keeping it in the gear he wants. Not letting a computer pick your gear.
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