I just visited my local dealer and test drove a new 2002 crew cab 1/2 ton. Very impressed. I discussed availability of the options that I wanted and was surprised to find out that they weren't building any manual transmission equipped trucks yet. I wanted the 4.7L with the 5 speed. I've run manual transmissions in my trucks for many years and had hundreds of thousands of miles with no trans troubles. Don't want to have to put up with auto trans repairs and maintenance. Wouldn't a rebuild of one of the newer truck auto's cost $2K+? I usually drive my trucks 200,000 miles with quite a bit of towing and rough use before replacing. Does anyone know when Dodge will build these trucks with the 5-speed? TIA.
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