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5 speed v-6 tacoma?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by xnanner, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Feb 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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    xnanner

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    im sick of my tacoma not being a 4x4, im selling and looking at a extra cab 5 speed V-6, should i get this or an auto?
     
  2. Feb 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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    5speed gets my vote.
     
  3. Feb 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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    the v-6 only has a 5spd auto or a 6spd manual option
     
  4. Feb 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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    1st gens didn't come in a 6 speed. Get a 5spd for sure, I love mine :D
     
  5. Feb 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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    Wild Card Truck yeah!

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    Yeah, he posted it in the 1st Gen forum, so I would assume he's asking about 1st gens, you know, the best generation! :D

    5spd is my vote. Easier to work on, less to go wrong, fun to drive, your friends will envy you, and someone trying to steal it likely won't know how to drive a stick...
     
  6. Feb 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    Very derp haha, but maybe he wants a new second gen????????????? they are way cooler! :cool:
     
  7. Feb 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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    5 speed FTW!
     
  8. Feb 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM
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    if they were so good no one would sell theirs :cool: haha :)
     
  9. Feb 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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  10. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    Having a 5-speed would be cool. If my trans ever goes out I'll replace it with a 5-speed. However, there are some downsides you should be aware of so you can make the decision.

    1) manual lean: the stick shift tacomas lean to one side. some people have been very annoyed with that. Im not sure if that's because the manual trans is heavier, causing it to sag on one side, or if it's lighter making the suspension too stiff on it's side... Either way, same effect.

    2) even though you have more gears, the final 5th gear still results in a higher cruising RPM than the overdrive 4th gear of the auto trans. So your highway MPG won't be as good. In theory, should accelerate quicker though :D
     
  11. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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    did know that about #1. #2 is wrong tho. the 5 speed gets better MPG IIRC
     
  12. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:27 PM
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    1st gen = manual

    2nd gen = auto

    for sure.
     
  13. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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    I was specifically talking about HIGHWAY mpg. I'm not wrong because a 5 speed taco in 5th at XX speed will be at a higher rpm than an auto in overdrive/4th gear, thus resulting in less fuel consumption. You can go 70, 75, 80.... whatever Mph you feel is appropriate. But if you had two identical tacos, one manual and one auto both running at 70, or both at 75, or both at 80... same result. The auto will be at a lower rpm and using less fuel.
     
  14. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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    At 75 i'm at 2200RPM roughly.

    I don't know why the trans causes the taco lean if it's on the axis of symmetry, I only know that manual trans tacos have a lean to them.
     
  15. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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    Learn something new every day... #1...

    Thats why my taco leans... was hoping it wasnt anything bad since she is fairly new to me, but it all makes sense now.

    Love my 5mt btw... will never drive an auto again. just love rowing gears.
     
  16. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    ive always read that the 5 speed gets better MPG. 5 gears vs. 4 gears
     
  17. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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    I STILL firmly belive that the automatic transmission is the downfall of American society. Choose wisely.
     
  18. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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    #1 is False, I know myself and a few other guys with AT that also have the Taco Lean and mine was pretty bad....
     
  19. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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    whos theory? mine or x2468?
     
  20. Feb 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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    Yeah i've been curious as to that as well. I believe they get better city MPG if you drive them conservatively, because you can shift at a lower RPM than the auto otherwise would. When you mix this better city MPG with the slightly lower highway MPG, you get a better average UNLESS you're like me and a lot of your driving is on the highway. If more of your driving is on the highway, the advantages of the manual trans diminish IMO.

    This is specifically for this truck btw, since i've never seen a vehicle that had a 5th gear that delivered a higher rpm at highway speed than the 4th gear of it's respective auto counterpart. Not sure how common that was in the automotive world. I would have assumed that it would make more sense to make the 5th gear, at the least, equal to the 4th gear of the auto... but I'm not an automotive engineer.

    In the end, it doesn't really matter. Like i said, if my auto trans ever went out I would probably get the manaul to replace it:D It's just more fun to drive. But, I figured the OP would like to know these things before he got the truck and then found out.
     
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