Gen2 diesel manual trans for Equinox
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    Gen2 diesel manual trans for Equinox

    Hi,

    I have a 2018 Cruze "pepperdust" HB, diesel, 6-sp manual... and love it! Just wanted to see if anyone has the diesel Equinox and if anyone has thought of swapping the manual trans into the Equinox. I think it would be an awesome AWD with a 6-sp manual trans.

    any thoughts?

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    Sure, youll just need to get a flywheel, clutch, clutch release parts, trans, trans mounts, axles, shift cables, shifter, console , ECM and BCM tunes, wiring harness mods. You can get the Equinox manual specific parts from Australia/NZ, Caribbean, Central America and Europe.
    It's a pretty big undertaking. And AWD even more so.

    I'd rather have a Terrain with a stick. I think the Equinox is hideous.

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    The only SUVs anyone ever considers buying with a manual (and hence the reason they're the only ones really made with it) are...you guessed it...the Jeep Wrangler.
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    Don't forget about Subaru. I respect them for offering many manual transmission options to stubborn folk like myself.

    EDIT: Nevermind, even they have discontinued many of the offerings I was remembering. Very sad indeed. Soon they will stop selling them altogether, and I will be reduced to purchasing used vehicles only.
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    Mazda CX-5s come in manuals. Some CX-7s too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froyofanatic View Post
    Mazda CX-5s come in manuals. Some CX-7s too.
    Gone. No one bought it. And the 2 liter was slow AF

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    Yes the manual options are dying off rapidly which is a big part of why I pulled the trigger on my 2018. The Cruze in its final year has no manual available which is a shame.

    Difficult for me to believe but the BMW 3 series doesn't even offer a manual anymore! I get that automatics keep getting better and faster but some people still really prefer the stick especially on a sports sedan like that. Unfortunately not enough of us to keep them available though. It looks like the 2019 Mazda 3 sedan is also automatic only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armillner View Post
    Hi,

    I have a 2018 Cruze "pepperdust" HB, diesel, 6-sp manual... and love it! Just wanted to see if anyone has the diesel Equinox and if anyone has thought of swapping the manual trans into the Equinox. I think it would be an awesome AWD with a 6-sp manual trans.

    any thoughts?
    This would be a very difficult and expensive project. I have a 2004 Land Rover Discovery and considered a similar swap, parts are not the difficulty, the ability to program the computers requires specific tools that are quite cost prohibitive. It will be even more so for a 2018 car. I too would love to see more manual transmission options. That said the DMF on the Diesel is a weak link, and I don't think there is a single mass conversion out there yet for this application...

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    I have not come across a Mazda CX-7 manual.... that sweet. Were they available in the US?

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