Thanks - my company Jeep Patriot is a CVT with a manual shift mode. I've used the manual mode a few times - there are actually 6 steps or ranges in the CVT transmission. I could not get it to shift into the 6th (not really gear - range?) unless I put the lever back in D. I had 2 Honda Accords with 5 speed manuals. They've always made a great shifting transmission - meaning easy and smooth for us to shift. Some companies are no longer offering manuals on their premium models. I wonder why - is it that much more complicated or more cost effective on the assembly line not to?
Yesterday I was looking for inexpensive pickup trucks online. I can't get one yet since as I currently don't have a good place to park it but one caught me eye - a 1990 Ford F150 with the 4.9L straight 6 - or back in the day known as the 300ci 6 - with a 5-speed manual. My neighbor had one of those for years. It's so rare even finding a used truck with a manual.
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