True! but the autostick still lags compare to a true manual shift. I just don't get why Chrysler doesn't entertain the manual option for some of their vehicles, I'm sure there is a market. Take the V6 300, charger or challenger, they would be awsome cars to drive with the manual trans. Chevy and ford do that with their V6 cars. I just don't get it. I love my 300m but I was just thinking how much it would cost and if it was worth the effort to try something like this.
It would cost a fortune, if you could do it. Think what all is involved - adding a clutch pedal and linkage, adding a gearshift linkage,putting a manual trans on an engine that I don't think ever came with one. Of course emissions and engine computers are all involved with what gear the car is being driven in so your manual trans would have to communicate with a computer that is on a car that never came with a stick. Everything inside, under the hood and under the car is shoehorned into place. There is no spare room.
And even if it did work, you know what your (say) $4000 300M would be worth? Aftger sinking a ton of money and time into it, even if it worked, it would be worth almost nothing because nobody wants to buy someone else's Frankenstein mechanical project.
I once converted a car from an automatic to a 4 speed. It was a car that at least you could get the parts to do it with (because a stick was an option). It was rear wheel drive, pre-emissions with no electronics. It was a big car so there was room to work. In the end it worked pretty well but I regretted every dollar and every minute I spent doing it. A good shift kit and a stall converter for the original automatic trans would have saved me a ton getting the car done and would have been quicker on top of it.
Forget it. If you want a stick, buy a car that came with one. This idea isn't worth two seconds of thought.