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6 MT vs 5 Auto for DC TRD 4x4

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by K2ufl, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Dec 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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    K2ufl

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    I know this subject has been beaten to death, but a lot of the threads are older and I am looking to get a 2012 Tacoma DC 4x4. Only thing is I can't decide whether to get 6 speed vs. the auto. My 2010 is a 5 speed and enjoy it, but don't necessarily need it or have anything against an auto.
    I'd like to hear from those that have newer model 6 speed DC 4x4 how they like 'em and what sort of mpg they are getting. I get avg 19 with my 5 banger 4x4 access cab and Im hoping I'd get something near that for the double cab 4x4. If the autos are getting better than that, that would be enough for me to get one.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    OZ-T

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    5 banger ?
     
  3. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    chris4x4

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    It has a miss.....:confused:
     
  4. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:22 PM
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    whippersnapper02

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    The 6 six speed isn't very good while the auto is very good. In the end get what you want.
     
  5. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    singlefin

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    My 6MT is seeing about 16mpg with KM2's....this is daily driving thru the city not trying to conserve fuel. An auto in my case would probably see 18mpg.
     
  6. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM
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    joneill03

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    Doesnt chevy make a 5 cyl?
    I love my 6 speed. Mpgs are not why i bought the truck.
    Oh and i prob get about 15.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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  8. Dec 3, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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    You can check my fuelly badge in my sig to get an idea of the mileage of DC 4x4 6MT.
     
  9. Dec 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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  10. Dec 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM
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    Thanks for the info! I'm gonna go with the auto then.
     
  11. Dec 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    i just bought the manual version of this truck. I like it... im sure if i would have bought the auto i would be thinkin i should of bought the manual an visa versa... bottom line if u dont plan on towing and if mpg is important to you i would get the auto.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    an ive seen as high as 18mpg and average 16.5- 17mpg. odo=4000 miles
     
  13. Dec 6, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    crawldad

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    I'm looking at the 2012's and thinking of getting a manual. It's the only way I can afford a TRD offroad. When test driving one I liked it but noticed the revs seem high on the freeway. I was hoping some 255/85/16's might help that. Anyone else have any input on the 6speed?
     
  14. Dec 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    Don't get it and if you are going to upgrade the truck, skip the offroad package.
     
  15. Dec 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM
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    6 speed is great aside from the mileage. makes the truck a blast to drive. when i test drove the auto i hated it. hated how it searched for gears and the long delay between the gear change reminded me of an auto civic or small car.

    personal preference.
     
  16. Dec 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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    I'm not sure what auto you drove but the Tacoma auto does not search for gears and there is no shift delay. But as you said it is personal preference. I preferred not to have the crappy 6 speed.:D
     
  17. Dec 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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    drove 3 different ones, all v6 and they all did the same thing. hated them.
     
  18. Dec 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    kirkofwimbo

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  19. Dec 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    The autos have what is called a locking torque convertor. When you drive it will sometimes unlock and lock depending on throttle input and terrain. Also the system learns your driving habits so of course it will seem crappy to you at first since it is relying on the stock shift pattern.
     
  20. Dec 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Huh ,

    never had this issue with my auto
     
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