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    Hi Steve,

    Yes, the manual could be had with either the basic cargo model or the passenger model. I was looking at the mid-trim model (I think that was the SL) so the manual was available at least that high, if not on the top-of-line LT. The manual option wasn't mentioned in any sales brochure, but it was on the detailed option list that the dealer uses and it had no must-delete hooks. That's one thing I like about the domestic brands - you can custom-build your new car right at the factory.

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    Originally posted by davedrivesody
    Hi Steve,

    Yes, the manual could be had with either the basic cargo model or the passenger model. I was looking at the mid-trim model (I think that was the SL) so the manual was available at least that high, if not on the top-of-line LT. The manual option wasn't mentioned in any sales brochure, but it was on the detailed option list that the dealer uses and it had no must-delete hooks. That's one thing I like about the domestic brands - you can custom-build your new car right at the factory.

    - Dave
    Thanks for the info, Dave. I agree, it's nice to be able to option out your new car "just" like you want it instead of having to simply take what the manufacturer gives you.

    OTOH, speaking as one who used to work in a Lincoln dealers parts department, I can tell you that "finding" certain oddball parts that were put on 200 cars out of 20,000 car production run can be a total PITA!

    I don't always like the way Honda (and other manufacturers) divey (sp?) up the features on their various trim levels but I can certainly understand "why" they do it!

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    Re: Re: Manual tranny minivan

    Originally posted by Intrepid175
    I didn't know that Chevy ever offered a manual tranny in the Astro? The only minivan I remember seeing with a manual was an early model Ford Aerostar.
    A manual tranny could also be had in the first few model years of the Toyota Previa, and I believe it was also only on their base model.

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    For a manual van, you could also look at an older model (up to 1989) VW Vanagon (e.g. see www.gowesty.com) or it looks
    like the 1993 Eurovan had a manual:
    http://www.poptopheaven.com/about_eurovan.asp

    I read somewhere the Eurovan is still made in Mexico in 2004 but not sure-can't find anything about this on the web now.

    If you want a manual V6 SUV,
    the 2005 Porsche Cayenne comes in manual version for a base retail price of $41,100 with no options.

    I too like manuals, just more fun to drive. And because others don't like them as much sometimes you can get a deal buying used cars that a re manual.
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    Originally posted by umfan866
    If you want a manual V6 SUV,
    the 2005 Porsche Cayenne comes in manual version for a base retail price of $41,100 with no options.

    I too like manuals, just more fun to drive. And because others don't like them as much sometimes you can get a deal buying used cars that a re manual.
    Along those same lines it is a shame the Caddy SRX does not come in a manual. The V6 engine hooks to a 6-spd manual in the CTS so I would have thought they would have carried the option through. Too bad, that would really be fun because that V6 is very entertaining to drive. Though I might be biased since I helped develop it!
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    Originally posted by SLVR6
    Along those same lines it is a shame the Caddy SRX does not come in a manual. The V6 engine hooks to a 6-spd manual in the CTS so I would have thought they would have carried the option through. Too bad, that would really be fun because that V6 is very entertaining to drive. Though I might be biased since I helped develop it!
    Sometimes it's hard to determine "why" the manufacturers make certain decisions. However, if their statistics indicate that only 3 people out of 1000 will opt for a given option or configuration, you can bet they won't bother offering that option or configuration. I just looked at Cadillac's web site to refresh my memory on what the SRX and CTS are. I think I can understand why they wouldn't bother with a manual on an SUV style vehicle. I also noticed that their XLR roadster only comes with a 5-speed automatic. I would have thought that car would be a natural for a manual transmission but obviously, Cadillac didn't agree.

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    Originally posted by Intrepid175
    Sometimes it's hard to determine "why" the manufacturers make certain decisions. However, if their statistics indicate that only 3 people out of 1000 will opt for a given option or configuration, you can bet they won't bother offering that option or configuration. I just looked at Cadillac's web site to refresh my memory on what the SRX and CTS are. I think I can understand why they wouldn't bother with a manual on an SUV style vehicle. I also noticed that their XLR roadster only comes with a 5-speed automatic. I would have thought that car would be a natural for a manual transmission but obviously, Cadillac didn't agree.

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    They probably took a que from the Corvette guys (since the vehicles were co-developed) and only offered the automatic because something like 90% or more of corvettes are autos! Pretty sad when you think about it. They main reason I thought they may have offered the manual in the SRX is because the CTS and it are on similar platforms and they share the engine configuration. Though they still might offer it in the future because the CTS is only coming out this year with the 6-speed manual behind the new V6 (and I hear it is a blast to drive).
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    I first learned to drive a manual in a minivan! My parents owned an '87 Nissan Van (that was all it was called in those days) w/ a 4cy; and 5-speed. That thing was actually a blast to drive! Lighting up the tires in 1st, 2nd, and sometimes even 3rd gear was fun, and not to mention the surprised looks on the guys face in the sports car in the next lane. And it wasn't a stripped version either!
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    lol sweet van sega

    about the manual van, it's actually not that hard to do. if you have the time and money i say go for it. you can use a 6sp from C series engine but they are really expensive. im sure the 6sp from accord coupe aren't hard to swap. you'll need to cut a hole on the floor to mount the shifter and reprogram the ecu according to the tranny. the shifter are controlled by cables so u can pretty much mount them anywhere. I say f what everyone thinks, u'll be the first guy in NA to have a manual honda odyssey! maybe you'll get on genis world record for the most manul tranny loving guy in north america. lol. anyway good luck.

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    stop hating i would dream of an odyssey wit the tl 6 speed.... blow the hell away from a helll of a lot of cars lol.... if i had da money it would be somethingi would do, the racing odyssey has the tl 6 speed tranny.
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    Originally posted by SlateGreyOdy
    stop hating i would dream of an odyssey wit the tl 6 speed.... blow the hell away from a helll of a lot of cars lol.... if i had da money it would be somethingi would do, the racing odyssey has the tl 6 speed tranny.
    Here's a good vid of that racing Odyssey:

    Try this url...

    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...rch_type=&aq=f

    Top video is the one to watch...

    Enjoy!

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    Originally posted by chiody
    The URL contained a malformed video ID.
    BTW, this thread is almost 4 years old (well it will be in about a quarter or so). I bet the the haters are long gone.

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    Changed the url, seems to direct to correct search vids now....

    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...rch_type=&aq=f


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    I find it humorous that some of you cannot see the value of a manual transmission in a minivan, even telling the poster to "grow up". It's not a juvenile thing to want a manual transmission.

    I had actually sworn off automatics for life; every automatic my wife and I had owned had croaked at some point, and I'm tired of having to worry about it. We seriously considered the Mazda5 (75%-scale minivan), and one of the major reasons is that it's available with a manual. The Odyssey eventually won out because it has more cargo space and the Mazda A/C system is not adequate for three-row seating, but I view the auto tranny in the Odyssey as a significant drawback.

    Let's examine the pros and cons of an automatic vs. a manual:

    Pros: convenience

    Cons: relatively poor reliability, limited control over gear selection, maintenance, cost

    I just don't see the value of an automatic, and if a simple swap were available, I would seriously consider doing it when my automatic bites the dust.
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    I beg your pardon, I did not tell him to grow up, I told him he was a grown up. With kids and a mini van. Kids that barf in the back seat. I also pointed out that how vehicles are configured has to do with the EPA and some very stringent emissions rules. Manufacturers are not going to do millions of dollars of R&D for so few buyers. And putting a stick into a computer controlled vehicle is not the swap out of yore. I suggest keeping a stick shift vehicle around for when you need a fix. Honda make really great stick shifts. And used Civics, for instance, are quite cheap. Everyone is looking for an automatic for their college bound daughter. That and people think a stick would have been abused.

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