Originally Posted by genxer36
Why do people say they are more fun to drive? Just curious what makes it fun. I had a 5 speed & sitting in bumper to bumper traffic during a commute on a daily basis, is not fun at all. That is why I gave up on 5 speeds & have had automatics ever since.
Personal preference. Some people like to shift gears and decide when the transmission shifts instead of letting the computer do it for them. I personally like driving a vehicle with a manual transmission and do think its more fun, but there are also instances where a stickshift can be a pain and an automatic has it's advantages (such as when backing up a trailer or when doing slow-speed off-road driving).
As to why the OP couldnt find an auto-tranny Tacoma, good question. About a month ago I called around to several Toyota dealers in my area, inquiring about a base model 4x2 reg cab Tacoma with a 5-speed manual tranny and there were only 2 Tacomas within a 500-mile radius of where I live and both of them were automatics. All 3 salesmen informed me that most Tacomas nowdays are built with automatic transmissions and that I would likely have a difficult time finding one with a 5-speed.
Part of me thinks they just wanted to sell a truck that was already sitting on someone's lot as opposed to requesting one with a 5-speed from Toyota or making me wait for an '09, but I could be wrong. The car market has definetly shifted away from manual transmissions.