I have not been able to find this question on the forum. I am going to purchase a new Tacoma 4x4 dbl cab TRD Long Bed 6 cylinder. My questions is, should I get the manual or the auto? I have always driven a manual tranny mostly because they have better gas mileage and generally don't break after 60,000 miles. (i understand mileage is currently better with auto trans)
Seems like most of the people I know who have cars or trucks with auto trans seem to at one point or another have to spend big bucks on getting the tranny rebuilt, replaced or overhauled, often before they get to 100,000 miles.
Currently I own a '98 Tacoma 4x2 4-banger with a manual tranny and this vehicle has been trouble free for over 160,000 miles (same clutch).
Since 95% of Tacoma's here in California are auto tranny's I was curious as to what the expectation I could expect for the longevity of this trans. This is my dream truck and I fully expect to get the legendary Toyota 200,000 plus miles from the motor, but its the auto trans that I have concerns about. Any thoughts or insights would be much appreciated.