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#1326249 Sun Sep 15 2019 07:35 PM
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Jim Bow Offline OP
While watching the Seahawks game an ad came on. A gruff growly voice came on to sell a pickup truck. It boasted of " the largest available touchscreen and 5 USB powerports."

That's not a truck.

That's a corporate cubicle

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Kettle Custodian (pot stirrer)
Did the guy with the deep voice have a man bun?

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"Sell the sizzle, not the steak" worked long ago and continues working today.

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I am not smelling sizzling steak. I am smelling the foul odor of tofu slathered in cold beet soup.

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Do any of the major "truck" producers even offer a pickup with a manual transmission anymore??

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Jim Bow Offline OP
2019 Jeep Gladiator has 3 levels of luxury, each has a choice of manual or auto.

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Originally Posted by John Milliman
Do any of the major "truck" producers even offer a pickup with a manual transmission anymore??

a few . . . . and maybe none in the future

The automatic transmission are more reliable and more fuel efficient, and probably "stronger" than a manual transmission.

We went to the Mack Truck plant during the Macungie Truck Show a few months ago. These are "real trucks". The manual transmission is an uncommon special order part. Oh yeah, I think is is called a "automated manual transmission" - there is no clutch pedal.

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Sounds like the old ACVW auto stick.

Do they even use key switches anymore?

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Mixed Up
Still driving my old F-250 with the 7.3 six speed!
Just replaced the factory clutch at 200,000 miles.
It has a full load of rocks in the bed right now.
But! I may fire it up and be at Winchester?


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My wife's car has everything except a commode and bidet (available next year???) and the only body part that gets exercised is a finger tip---I HATE IT. My old 400k miles Ranger has windows with a crank, a seat you pull a lever and move with your butt, a clutch to push and a shift lever to move, and if it had a dimmer switch on the floor to exercise my left foot it would be perfect. If just the two of us I ALWAYS take the Ranger and leave the one that buys yachts for electronics bandits at home.

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