Fred 2011-05-18 21:44:17
Just browsing the Ford site I noticed that a 6-speed manual transmission
instead of a 5-speed comes standard. Usually an automatic transmission is
recommended for towing ( especially in the half tons ) but how about the
newer 6 speed in the ford 3/4 ton? Does it have a granny low first gear and
is it durable enough for heavy towing ( say 6-7000 1bs ) ? The powerstroke
diesel comes with an “HD” six speed. What is the difference between the HD
six speed and the regular six speed that comes with the gas engines?
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John t marshal 2011-05-19 03:57:53
For one thing, the 6.0L PSD puts out 560 lb-ft of torque.
Michelle p 2011-05-19 04:00:46
I have not towed anything that heavy with the truck yet. However, I can
tell you what I know. It does have a six speed transmission. 1-6, I
refer to it as 0-5. 1st gear is a “granny” gear. Lots of torque to the
wheels for getting moving. You can also opt for a 4.1 rear end. I have
5.4l gas engine with a 3.73 rear end.
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Adrian holt 2011-05-19 10:33:36
Bunnman 2011-05-19 16:01:47
I have a 2000 PSD 6-speed. Granted it is a 7.3 instead of the more powerful
and more efficient 6.0 but to comment on the transmission (which is likely
identical) it is awesome! I am a die hard gearjammer, the last 5 trucks I
have owned have been stick shift and this one is without a doubt the best
transmission I have ever driven. As Michelle stated there is a granny gear
which on my shift pattern is labeled “L” and then there is 1st – 5th. “L”
is a great off-roading gear when you really want to “crawl” in tight, tough
or limited visibility 4-wheeling situations. It is also useful for starting
up a steep grade when you are towing. I have done a lot of towing with this
rig and the upper five perform wonderfully for all normal around town and
highway towing work. I pull a travel trailer that weighs about 5,000lbs.
and have no trouble pulling in 5th gear at highway speed (65+). From my
place in Pasadena, MD (just south of Baltimore) I pulled to Lancaster, PA
using cruise control full time on the highway, 5th gear, AC for the whole
trip. There are a number of decent grades between here and there and this
rig only dropped cruise control on two of them. It drops the cruise if it
looses 5mph below set speed.