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Old 11-15-2010, 08:04 PM
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I've been told it is an emissions issue. Each engine-tranny pair has to be extensively tested and rated (that's where you get the EPA est. for MPG, etc... that goes on the sticker). This testing is extremely expensive and must then be averaged into the cost of the vehicle. The more combinations that are offered that higher the cost. The popularity of manual transmissions has been declining for years. I had to look long and hard to find my last manual back in 1998. Most people wouldn't know what to do with a stick anymore so the manufacturers are phasing them out. It sucks but that's what happens when no one teaches the kids how to drive stick (just a general statement! Don't flame me that you' taught your son/daughter, please.)
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Strictly a sales issue. Dodge said a year or 2 ago that the 6 spd they now offer with the diesel is probably the last stick they'll offer because over 80% of the buyers opt for the automatic.
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