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Old 08-23-2013, 09:16 AM
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Sounds like, bottom line, floor-mounted shift lever versus column shift lever versus rotary shift knob is a matter of personal preference.

The 6-speed trans is standard on the ST models only for 2014 (not available on other models), and the floor shifter is packaged with bucket seats, only with the 6-speed trans.

The 8-speed does not use the existing column- or floor-mounted shift levers, because (as noted) it is fully electronic - there is NO mechanical shifter cable connected to it (the existing shift levers are for a mechanical cable). So any kind of switch (rotary knob, pushbuttons, touch screen, or shift lever that was merely electronic) can work with the 8-speed. But before you start wishing for a console-mounted shift lever for your 8-speed truck, take a test drive in a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, or a 2012-2014 Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300, with the 8-speed trans. They all have a console-mounted shift lever that is, well, less than optimal (to put it mildly, in my personal opinion).
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