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Old 03-14-2014, 04:25 PM   #21
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When I test-drove my first Taco, they had two nearly identical '06 2.7s that were part of a fleet purchase. Side be side auto and 5-speed. I drove them both.

Honestly I couldn't believe they were the same truck. The auto was *such* a dog, comparatively. Night and day difference.

I think some stats I came across recently have manual transmissions down to under 10% nationally. Sad, that.
I agree. As far as I know, there are no longer any manual transmissions available in a full size pickup.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:33 PM   #22
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I've been wondering when the stick will finally die. Very few cars are even offered with it any more.

Don't know what would make the 4 cyl auto better. I think a lower first gear and maybe fore gears would be the ticket.
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It's a great engine/trans combo, but I would not tow with it.

I have a 5 lug, which has smaller tires and different gearing than the Prerunner/4x4, but I do not find it lacking in power under any conditions. It is able to easily accelerate up grades that left my '94 with the 22RE losing speed.

But it does not have the reserve for towing, and a manual trans would not make a big difference.
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It's a great engine/trans combo, but I would not tow with it.

I have a 5 lug, which has smaller tires and different gearing than the Prerunner/4x4, but I do not find it lacking in power under any conditions. It is able to easily accelerate up grades that left my '94 with the 22RE losing speed.

But it does not have the reserve for towing, and a manual trans would not make a big difference.
I know I've had ~1400 pounds in the bed and not lacked power getting up to speed on a couple I95 onramps, but she was givin' pretty much everything she had to do it.

Breaking distance was my biggest issue that day. And, yes, I *did* blow out the back shocks doing it Happy to replace them considering how much money was involved as cargo value.
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