Contact the racing crew in the video I mentioned in this thread. They have adapted the Acura 6 speed tranny to their Ody.Originally posted by scoutmasterdave
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:
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.