Sat Dec 27, 2003 10:16 pm

Jim,
Let me know how you like that.
I'm loosing my company van and getting an allowance for a vehicle. I have to sacrifice a little muscle for gas mileage but at least a pickup is approved in the company's scheme of things. I've had 7 Fords and never a Chevy but the new Fords don't come with a standard tranny unless you get the "Legacy" (old body style) series. Looks like I'm in for a 1500 Silverado. I'm moving to Charleston, WV.......I hope a Chevy can handle the hills :roll:

Sun Dec 28, 2003 12:00 am

Manual transmissions in light trucks are getting impossible to find. Chevy has gone to all automatics on 1/2 ton trucks too. You have to go up to a 2500 to find a manual transmission. Even on the 2500HD, the rare manual transmissions I found in stock were on stripped down "work truck" models. The only manual shift truck I located that was even close to what I wanted was near Little Rock, nearly 400 miles away.

Since I was out of time on ordering one with a manual before the current rebates expired, I went with an automatic.

Sun Dec 28, 2003 7:06 am

I used to hate automatics, but these new electronically-controlled autos are pretty slick. I think you'll like it, Jim.

Sun Dec 28, 2003 5:53 pm

When my dad (the CEO) was looking at new trucks he found that the autos had more towing capacity. His best friend had a st transmission, and got poorer mileage that dad with his auto.

Sun Dec 28, 2003 7:50 pm

Hey Jim, What power-plant does your new truck have in it and is it gas or diesel?.

Sun Dec 28, 2003 8:33 pm

Jim,

Your Christmas present makes my Farm Show CD pale by comparison. I'm sure it will take me years to get through it, if I ever do. There is a lot of interesting stuff packed into 25 years worth of articles.

Sun Dec 28, 2003 9:58 pm

The engine is a 6.0L gas. I'd never drive it enough to get the extra money back out of a Diesel.

The Farm Show CD should take years to read. After all, it took years to write. Owners Manual for the truck will take years to read too. Looks like about 500 pages.