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Buying 2008 FX4 F250 -- Manual or Auto
This will be my first truck and first Ford. I am buying a 2008 F250 Crew Cab short bed FX4 diesel. I am trying to decide if I want to go with a manual or auto.
Let me give you my auto background and then my pros and cons and see if anyone can help me make a decision.
I currently drive a Subaru WRX that has basically turned into a unstreetable monster...although it is still tagged for street use in MD. The car is a manual with a straight cut dog box that is the sickest transmission I have ever driven. The car put down 507/510 at the wheels.
I don't like American cars but when it comes to Ford trucks I love the way they look and have heard great things about ownership. I want a big toy to tow my little toy to the race track plus be slightly more practical than my race car on the street. I love love love manual transmissions and am worried that I will be disappointed with an auto in my F250 diesel. Initially the truck will not be modded except for an exhaust and a bed liner. That will be the extent of it.
(1) Fun to drive
(2) less expensive
(3) Fun to drive
(4) More control off-road
(1) Possible resale value issues
(2) Friends will be scared to drive it
(3) Ease in towing might be compromised
(4) traffic can be a bore...but in the end manuals are second nature to me