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2017 Ford Transit - manual transmission?

Someone I know delivered a load of parts to the Transit assembly plant in Claycomo, MO last week. Waiting to get unloaded he started chatting with a worker there and the conversation turned towards the 2017 redesign. He mentioned the addition of retractable running boards, woodgrain interior, 6 speed manual transmission, bulkhead, and 4WD...

What caught my attention was the 6 speed manual transmission since I am a diehard manual fan. Do you think he spoke the truth? I guess we will find out for sure in a few months.

If this is true, it will make my decision very easy in the Transit vs. the others contest. I might just have to retire my trusty Sprinter. Poor thing is getting old, 12 years and currently 767,476 miles.

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It would be sweet to get a 6 speed manual Transit. Should be a 20+ mpg full size van. Couldn't believe it when U.S. only got automatics - Just the opposite of Europe! Still disappointed they dropped the Front Wheel Drive too. That combo ultimately became a deal breaker for me. Europeans get to choose FWD, RWD, or AWD!

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I think it's all a part of the selling strategy. They'll roll out the AWD version in about 5 years, after they've sold a million of the current model...Transit getting old?, time for the newer, nicer ones.

The "rumor" of a dedicated manual for '17 is dead wrong...I'd bet we never see that here in the states. Besides, the manual mode with the current tranny works just fine, you're just pushing a button instead of throwing a shift handle.

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Do you have a reason why you say that the rumor is wrong, or just your opinion?

Automatics surely work fine. But I want the extra pedal. Lol.

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Do you have a reason why you say that the rumor is wrong, or just your opinion?

Automatics surely work fine. But I want the extra pedal. Lol.

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It was just last week that Ford announced what changes there would be to the '17s...a walk thru console option, power running boards, heated cloth and leather seats and some extra/relocated power points and upfit switch changes. Just google 2017 Transit and you'll find it. It's somewhere on this forum, too. This place would have blown up good if there was even a mention from Ford about that.

I'm 53 and grew up with stick shifts. I miss them too, but to me it's not critical. I had a girlfriend who drove a 2004 Ram 4.7 with a stick...more fun to drive than my F-150.

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I guess I'm just an oddball... (Heck, I knew that already - this is just another example...!)

I've driven stick since I got my license - started with a VW SuperBeetle, several econoboxes, and now my S10. I don't *mind* manual transmissions for the most part but...

I'm so SICK and TIRED of SHIFTING IN TRAFFIC! Ugh...

I'm REALLY looking forward to the automatic in the Transit! Hey, I can put it in manual mode and pick the shift points if I really want to but I'll LOVE being able to let it do its own thing when I'm stuck in stop-and-go traffic!

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I'm so SICK and TIRED of SHIFTING IN TRAFFIC! Ugh...

I'm REALLY looking forward to the automatic in the Transit! Hey, I can put it in manual mode and pick the shift points if I really want to but I'll LOVE being able to let it do its own thing when I'm stuck in stop-and-go traffic!
I'm with ya there!!! I played with manual mode a little after I first got it...too much thinking involved so I just cruise around in auto brain dead mode.

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Didn't see anything about manual transmission or 4WD

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huh, wow,,April 4th is only 3 days away and you can order a 2017,,,Now I know why my dealer has been pressuring me on a '15 250 130 WB Cargo he has on the lot,,,

But now that I know the '17's will be changed, I am curious about exactly what this newly designed "Walk-through center console " looks like,,,,

Can't find any pictures online,,,,Anyone know if there will be a live reveal online somewhere maybe on the ford website or youtube or somewhere?
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