Originally Posted by Jimsc
The reason I was saying the the 2007 is not better than the 2010 is that through evolution of the model improvements are made and things that were a problem in previous years get fixed. There have been several improvements to the current 2nd generation model most being in the 2009-2011 model years. I only listed the auto LSD, but there other things like side air bags/curtains and stability/traction control standard.
I've had both mechanical and Auto LSD. Auto LSD is much smoother in operation (no grabbing on hard right turns under power). It also works when one wheel is on ice and the other is on dry pavement (mechanical doesn't)
Not saying there is anything wrong with 2007 they are great trucks too, but the question was are they better than 2010 and my answer was no.
Its matter of personal preference I guess but
1. I prefer mechanical Limited slip over auto :
a. It works all the time because it does not have to "sense" which wheel is slipping
b. That wheel chirp on the turn is what improves MPG because mechanical sends power to inside wheel (or whichever wheel turns slower)
c. Its independed of tire presure, and perfectly capable functioning with one flat tire. It will save flat tire because it will power up good tire and flat will roll along instead like open diff (auto-limited) powering the flat tire until rubber tears apart.
d. Mechanical limited slip is designed for continuous slip and will never overheat or loose performance as long as oil in diff can handle it (thats why synthetic is the way to go)
d. Factory Hino limited slip handles one wheel on ice perfectly fine. Mine did that since day one and I should have made video this winter to prove it so this statement does not get repeated over and over again.
2. Traction control is not improvement to me. More expensive parts to break, more limits what can be done with the truck, more trips to dealer and more money spent.
3. NUMMI employes knew in 2009 that they loosing their jobs. Do you think they had put the same amount of effort as they did for 2005-08 trucks? Would you ?