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Hey, I've never driven dodge until I got my '13 express and now I want to look at trading up for a newer one. I don't like the dial gear shifter on the dash. I believe another thread stated that means you have the 8 speed transmission which is better that the 6 speed option. But I can't stand the dial. Is there anything aftermarket I can do to change the dial shifter to one on the column? I know it'll prolly have to be electronic like the dial instead of cable like the traditional column but I just can't stand the dial. Any options I just don't know about yet would be really helpful before I make a decision on what truck to buy.
 

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Just get the dial. In a week you don't even think about it. Its not girly or anything like that. In fact your newer column shifter is still linkageless. The dial is a sign of the times. It actually cleans up the dash. JMO.
 

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There is nothing to change it to. I am curious why you hate it so much that it would keep you from buying a truck. Column shofters get bumped by middle seat passengers' knees and IMHO are not as easy to get positovely into ppsition by feel. Floor shifters on trucks with consopes take up unnecessary space.

Have you driven one with the dial? I got used to it in about a day; I don't even look at it to shift. The clicks are positive and even if you don't like it then its an auto so you only interact with it when you start and end your drive. I do think its easier to use backing a trailer too
 

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It wouldn't stop me from buying a truck, just dictate which truck I bought. I have no issue with middle seat passengers bumping it and I prefer the feel of the column shifter, although since I never have middle seat passengers I could go for a full center console with the console shifter I suppose. I'm just doing my research before I buy. I'm actually hoping to wait till they come out with the 1500 mega cab version for 2017. I heard there was a leak that they're working on one.
 

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I really like the dial shifter, especially when plowing; it's a quick, intuitive shift from reverse to drive and drive to reverse- I don't have to look to change it. I also like the cleaner look without the column shifter, but everyone's different.
 
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Welcome to the Ram Forum " Z " Family cjhudson2 :wavey:
 

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I understand you're feelings about the dial. Thought it was weird at first myself, but not enough that it stopped me from getting a RAM instead of a Ford or GM truck. I'd heard where people accidentally turned it instead of the radio volume since the two knobs are so close together. We've only had our RAM for a little over one month now, and can honestly say that even after a couple weeks it became second nature with no problems. Definitely saves space and works well, just different than anything else we've ever driven. If you hate it, you're certainly entitled to feel that way, and no one should fault you for your opinion. Just saying that it grew on myself and rest of the family drivers in a short time and we have no regrets with our truck so far.

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The dial's proven so popular that apparently it's being discontinued for the upcoming Ram generation.
 

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I understand you're feelings about the dial. Thought it was weird at first myself, but not enough that it stopped me from getting a RAM instead of a Ford or GM truck. I'd heard where people accidentally turned it instead of the radio volume since the two knobs are so close together. We've only had our RAM for a little over one month now, and can honestly say that even after a couple weeks it became second nature with no problems. Definitely saves space and works well, just different than anything else we've ever driven. If you hate it, you're certainly entitled to feel that way, and no one should fault you for your opinion. Just saying that it grew on myself and rest of the family drivers in a short time and we have no regrets with our truck so far.

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Dan, I appreciate it. It just seems so awkward and like it belongs in a mini van or sedan than a truck. And it wouldn't make me go for a GM or Ford, merely slightly older dodge without one.
 

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It was in the Rams before it was in the Durango and Pacifica; I associate the dial with trucks. The old 6 speed style "floor shifter" in the console I associate with sedans and vans because its what my parents' Odyssey, Accord, and Neon have/had
 

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I like the dial, easier to use and doesn't take up any space. I notice other vehicles are going to it. The new Expedition has a dial, wouldn't be surprised to see it on upper trim F150's going forward.
 

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The dial is no issue. To me, it is a great idea and works well. I haven't had an issue with any shifter, though....even the Charger shifter that has had so much bad press.
 

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except for having to lean forward to turn the knob when parallel parking, the knob is just acceptable

The shift UP/Down buttons on the steering wheel on a winding country road can be a pain
I escort semi trucks & the truck driver controls our speed

a Super Load that i escorted over a 2 lane country road !!!
thankfully it was a fairly straight road

 

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The dial is no issue. To me, it is a great idea and works well. I haven't had an issue with any shifter, though....even the Charger shifter that has had so much bad press.
I did not care for the bump-matic shifter, but yeah I think the bad press was overblown. Just because somebody died does not excuse their carelessness for getting in front of a moving vehicle after not setting the parking brake and not paying attention to what gear it was or was not in.

except for having to lean forward to turn the knob when parallel parking, the knob is just acceptable
I have short arms and I do not understand this. If the seat is adjusted so you can reach the steering wheel then its easy to reach the knob. The only thing I have to lean forward for is the tune button on the radio, its sort of far to the side.
 

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I have short arms & a big belly, so my seat is set back & my arms are comfortably straight

Its the fault of the COORS, not the truck :)
 

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I have short arms & a big belly, so my seat is set back & my arms are comfortably straight

Its the fault of the COORS, not the truck :)
Don't let bubba33 see that; I'm sure you've seen the hard time he gives Morbid611 for drinking Coors by the keg.:LOL:
 

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Screw Bubba33. I like Coors, I like Bud light and I like girly Smirnoff Ice. As long as it has alcohol it's good.

You will get use to the dial shifter, if you can't...oh well...you will just have to deal with it. Or buy a crappy GM or Ford....and I have 9wned both in the last 4 years.
 

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Now when I get in my wife's vehicle I try to turn the dial on the dash, and it ain't there, it's a console shift. Didn't take long to get used to it, and I like it.
 

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Now when I get in my wife's vehicle I try to turn the dial on the dash, and it ain't there, it's a console shift. Didn't take long to get used to it, and I like it.
My wife's vehicle has a dial...but its on the console rather than the dash
 
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