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I really miss the Gear Shift Lever

Discussion in '4th Gen - 2018 - present' started by armoredsaint, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. TobyU

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    Quite a few cars have had the autostick for many years but I think what he's talking about is more like a traditional manual shifter. It's really not nearly as much fun just to bump it to the right each time you up shift or bump it down to downshift. I think the paddle shifters were a little bit more fun than that but what he really wants is a shifter that actually moves in an H pattern so you start in low and then you actually move the shifter 3 or 4 inches down to Second and then up and over to Third and back down to Fourth up and over the fifth etc.
    Of course then you would really need a fake clutch pedal because your left foot would be pushing on the floorboard or feel very left out.
    Maybe at the manufacturers would just give us the shifter then aftermarket could make a fake spring-loaded pedal 2 bolt to the floor over there.
    If they really wanted to do it right and cover all bases they can put an electronic clutch pedal that literally disengaged the transmission or torque converter when you pushed it and where you had to push it to change gears with the shifter. So it would be the same activity as a manual transmission but it would be performed inside the transmission electronically.
    A lot of people would absolutely love this but the problem is the added expense makes it where they're just not going to do it or even try.
    You could literally have the best of all worlds though.
    You could flip a switch and have to drive it like a mangle or put it in auto and just use the gas pedal.
     
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    I see now. When Maverick said "leave it in high gear and let the transmission decide", I thought he meant something else.

    Yeah, I don't see enough customers wanting such a system in an Expedition.
     
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    I love a manual gearbox, but NOT in this big suv. I'd put it in every sports car, etc but not this gigantic SUV.
     
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    I thought the rotary dial was weird and I didn't really like it. But now I'm use to it and after have a column shift or center console lever, actually finding the change OK.
     
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    Every time I get back in my wife vehicles with a mechanical console floor style gear shifter, I remember how much I miss that gear selector!
     
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    Tobyu understood what I was trying to express. I do like his idea for the spring loaded 3rd pedal to keep the left foot involved and also disengage the transmission or torque converter when you pushed it. My comment about leaving it in 6th would be the equivalent of "D" and the computer know that it has control. Doesn't seem too far out since the trans is already electro/mechanical in by design.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, does anyone have the factory wiring diagrams for the 6R80?
     
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    Had a '63 Chrysler 300 with shifter buttons on the dashboard... It worked with a cable.
     
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