well i had alot of problems out of my old one, but i learned to drive a stick on my old truck, so i was probably the culpret of some of the issues, it you know how to drive a stick it should last forever
they do offer a 5 speed with a manual trans but its only the very basic XL package. i looked all over trying to find one in an XLT but ford never made them. i thought about converting it when i blew mine up but it wouldve costed A LOT more than an auto. so instead i got the high performance trans for $1900.