I was misremembering, it was a Caravan, not a Voyager.
They made them up until about 1995. I think mine was the last model year. The dealers would get one so they could advertise a super-low price to get people in the door. They never thought somebody would walk in and just BUY the thing.
The shifter was a pretty smooth 5-speed, actually. I learned on an old Ford panel van with a 3-speed on the column, so the Caravan looked pretty good by comparison.
As recently as 2010, you could get a minivan with a stick. Check the last two items in this:
I had a MPV with a manual transmission, bought it new in 1989. It was the only stick shift MPV the Mazda mechanics had ever seen in the five years I owned it. Had a great big stick shift, more robust than the thin stalks that VW buses used. Had a straightforward layout - V6 in front, tranny behind that, rear wheel drive. Beefy little van.
First vehicle I drove was a 5spd (thanks pop-pop). Then from there I owned mostly automatics; 7 out of the 9 have been auto trans. Ford doesn't make an Expedition in manual. I never liked pedal shifters. I feel like that takes away from the experience, of actual shifting. To each their own.
Here is a case of an automatic transmission beating a stick shift. I drive allot of city....
Originally Posted by VetteOwner
id rather have a failproof normal manual tranny, why did automakers pretty much stop making them?
Nine years ago, I got a CVT transmission(after driving manuals all my life) & 2+ years ago I got a nice 6speed automatic. With feather footing & understanding, both trannies delivered excellent mpg, that a manual tranny might not have beaten. As the unwarranted CVT vehicle aged, falling in value & knowing the extreme expense of CVT repair, I saw that CVT repairs to a low valued car wasn't an economy for the future. That's why I got the strongly warranteed 6speed auto. However, my wife's mom's 19 year old car gave up the ghost. Now, she has the auto 6speed, & my wife & I purchased a same make & model, well warranteed 6speed.....manual. My wife loves it.....despite her bad stop & go traffic. At one point, she thought she would have to get an auto tranny because of increasing clutch leg problems. However, she re-balanced her medications & her leg problem went away. So hopefully, any (distant?) future tranny problems will be less expensive......& my wife's medical problems will always be manageable!!