View Full Version : Any one have a Chevy 2500 manual tranny?

Old Red
09-30-2004, 09:33 PM
Went to the dealers today and looked at the 2500 Dmax. I've got to do something, I'm afraid the 1500 w/ the 5.3 isn't going to hold up pulling the tractor up the local hills. I asked the salesman if they'd sold many of the diesels with a manual and he said no, not a one. Hard to know how they hold up. Anybody out there used the ZF 6-speed?

Eric 1
10-01-2004, 09:34 AM
Must be a new option, because until now you could only get then in the auto.

But that Allison (auto) should do FINE, they are a very good trans, or so i have heard.

I have a love/hate relation with my 5spd. It is nice to downshift and hold a gear to climb a hill.But it is rough on the clutch taking off on a hill with a heavy load.

10-03-2004, 01:54 AM
You'll have better luck asking the Ford guys since Ford sells more ZF-6's than Chevy does. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever seen a 99+ with a stick.

10-05-2004, 08:11 AM
I wonder sometimes how hard it would be to convert a Dodge auto tranny to a 6 speed. Never again will I buy an aoutomatic for pulling.............never..........ever. I got a rebuilt tranny in the truck outside that needs more attention. I'd gladly pay to have the conversion done just so I wouldn't have to keep dealing with these annoying issues.

10-05-2004, 01:26 PM
Sell it and get a real truck, a Ford. :cool2:

10-05-2004, 01:39 PM
Sell it and get a real truck, a Ford. :cool2:



10-05-2004, 01:43 PM
Needed some humor in here anyway, don't take that to heart--even though it would be an improvement! :D

10-05-2004, 02:58 PM
ford sells alot of the manual trans with the powerstrokes and the new 6.0's. Chevy is selling a ton of the allison trans because its a heck of a trans. When it comes to a diesel though i'd rather have a manual, yea you ahve to replace the clutch now and then but if you know how to drive thats not very often. I don't care how good an auto trans is its not going to keep up with a diesel with out a rebuild down the road.

Old Red
10-05-2004, 10:17 PM
I'm not averse to a Ford, or a Dodge. I'm just looking for more truck than I have now and I want it with a manual transmission. My first truck was a Ford, '72 1/2 ton with 2000 miles on it, paid $1800 for it. Then I got a wife, kids and was out of trucks for a while. When I got another it was a Chevy, another Chevy. Anyways I've stopped at a couple of Chevy dealers and they just don't have trucks with manual transmissions.

10-05-2004, 10:44 PM
I think you get a credit off the list price for ordering a manual.

P&C Lawn Care
10-07-2004, 11:32 PM
I have a 98 2500 manual tranny (gasoline) and it does well. I didn't know the Dmax was available with a manual. You won't have any problems pulling with a Dmax/auto trans. It is one sweet setup. My Father has an 02 that he pulls all around the country with no problems.