First off, I have performed a search but wanted to get some fresh opinions on the matter and ask a few questions that were never covered.
For those of you with the 2.7 5spd manual transmission - I would like some input on your driving style. I am trying to get the best gas milage without hurting the transmission. I am slow off the starts and do not have a lead foot (a little embarassing when the old lady in a Ford focus beats me in the imaginary drag race ), but once I am up to speed, I always wonder what cruising RPM would be the best to maintain. I could be in 4th gear and hold at 2K or if I head up to 5th, I will drop to 1400. Is one of these more preferrable than the other in your opinion?
Second: I live in a condo complex that has a lovely 15% grade driveway off the main road. At the top of the entrance slope, the driveway immediately levels off to the complex's distribution roads which is flat. Trees block the view to the right so I have to come to a rolling stop to ensure no one is trying to exit the complex before I make my left. 2nd gear causes a terrible lug while making my left because the rear tires are still on the slope, first gear does not want to engage because most of the time I never drop below 5 mph. Is this a time & place to try and rev match to pop into first to make my left hand turn?
Lastly, when you are at a stop and it's your turn to go, do you feather the throttle while releasing the clutch or do you just pop up the RPMs to 1200 or so and let off the clutch?
I know I am probably looking into this too much but the tranny on the Taco is a beast. My older tacoma was an auto and my other car is a manual subaru WRX which is in a completely different league all together.
Thanks for any input!