In What Big 3 Diesel Model Years Can You Get Stick Shifts?

November 2019 Ask The Expert Colin Peterson

Stick shift vehicles being on the decline has been a very common trend in the United States for years, and now it's really getting to us. None of the big three truck lines offer the stick shift anymore. However, of course there are plenty of used diesel trucks out there if you're in the market for a Power Stroke, Duramax, or Cummins with a manual transmission. While they're harder to come across, the manual transmissions offer so many benefits if used properly. For example, if you know exactly when to change gears and how to match engine speed, they can really help unleash your truck's full potential in terms of power and torque, which is great for towing. They're also cheaper to maintain. Plus, they can be a lot of fun to use. If you'd like specifics on what model years you can get a manual for the big three pickups, here they are:

  • The Duramax was the first diesel to drop the stick shift. The GM trucks had the manual transmission option until the new body style came in the middle of the 2007 model year. The powerhouses you can find with the stick include the LB7, LLY, and LBZ engines.
  • The Power Stroke was the next stick shift to go. The large Ford trucks were available with manual transmissions through the 2010 model year. That includes the 7.3L, 6.0L, and 6.4L engines. Beginning with the 6.7L trucks for the 2011 model year, the manual transmission was no longer an option.
  • Last, but not least, believe it or not, the Cummins recently dropped the stick shift option as well for the 2019 model year. The manual transmission has hung on well for both the 5.9L and 6.7L RAMs, and because of that, it's safe to say you'll have the best luck looking among the Cummins trucks for a stick shift if you happen to be in the market for one.

So there's your information on model years for manual transmissions. The manuals are going away, but they're more common in some trucks than others. Best of luck to anyone who happens to be searching for a pre-owned truck. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Photo credited to TruckTrend.com.

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