Alright. I'm considering biting the bullet and forking out some cash for a Dodge Diesel. I know manufacturers spend their dollars on automatics as that's where the market is, but I'd very much like to be able to shift for myself. Obviously first gear at 6.29:1 is very low. I'm considering a dually as well, for the extra capability and now that I've widened my driveway. Dodge wants $2K for the automatic here in Canada, and to me, Dodge should be paying me to select that on the options list, not charging me for it. Anyway, I'd just like to get some feedback and perhaps some pros and cons in terms of reliability for those who have a manual transmission and use it for plowing. Even if it's in a higher weight class, that's fine as well. I drove transport for a while with a 13 speed as well as a later model Volvo with a 12 speed auto. The auto sucked all power out of the truck and the company went with automatics across the board so I found a desk job driving one speed pencil sharpeners (think CVT!). I know the Ram's top gear is a 0.79:1 ratio which is a touch on the high side when compared to the auto at 0.67:1 but I'm not buying it for fuel economy. Capability only. Again, any feedback would be appreciated, more or less on the durability side of things! I'd really like to get a stick shift before they become obsolete.