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Anybody regret buying a manual transmission?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by L33T35T Tacoma, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Apr 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM
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    L33T35T Tacoma

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    On April 30th, 2012 I was in a bad wreck (not my fault) in my 2003 Tacoma. Thanks to some awesome insurance, on May 10th I was able to score myself my dream truck, a 2012 Tacoma DC 4wd Offroad edition with a 6 speed manual. I was on a cloud with truck of my dreams. My old truck was an automatic and I always wanted a manual. I also had an automatic MR2 that I was planning to convert to manual if the ever tranny died. I used to have an 85 4Runner that was manual; I didn't drive it much because it was purely for off-road use.

    Now fast forward 11 months and 8,000 miles. I think I'm getting sick of it. I'm sick of the squeaky clutch, I'm sick of using 2 feet, I'm sick of shifting, I'm sick of that awkward point between 1st and 2nd, where you have to decide if you're going to rev up to 1st and jump around or bog down in 2nd. What really disappoints me is that the manual gets WORSE gas mileage than it's automatic counterpart. I just assumed the manual would get better gas mileage when I purchased it. It wasn't till after my purchase that I realized the gas mileage was the lowest out of all the Tacomas!

    Am I just crazy? If I am, please tell me. Do I need a psychiatrist? ha ha

    Has anybody else ever regretted getting a manual transmission after wanting one for the longest time? At this point in time I only have some rock sliders, Michelin A/T2s and a CB, but selling it and buying an automatic would be such a hassle.

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    The Silver Bullet, RIP :(
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  2. Apr 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    Nope. Never will regret it. I love being a man.
     
  3. Apr 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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    BigOly

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    oh man, the carnage on your first gen might end up giving me nightmares tonight :eek:. Sorry for your loss.

    Well damn, you live in the OC, last I checked, stop n go traffic is the equivalent to hell in that area, literally. When I am stuck in bad traffic over here in cushy norcal I simply remind myself that I'm not in "LA" traffic. I could probably get away with a manual over here (I still wish I had one) but completely understand why you are bitching about having the manual.

    I would go with your gut before you start dumping mucho $ on your rig and swap over to an automatic. Also do this before your left leg muscle becomes larger than your right, unless of course you're already training to becoming a professional kick boxer.


    EquinsuOcha - Haahaa, funny comment about "I love being a man", I get it.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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    Andres

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    Man this makes me appreciate my Automatic taco a little better = ]
    I'm having second toughts about my Automatic transmisison, Driving around the street I have no problem but when I think about taking it off-road man I like the manual a lot better. No complaints about my Auto, but Manual seems more fun at times. Sorry to hear you don't like your auto, you can always sell it and get exactly what you want.
     
  5. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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    joneill03

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    bog down in 2nd while moving? I can take off from a standstill in 2nd :notsure: not very fast, but still done.
    I love having a manual transmission, even in this horrible DC traffic. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
    Your truck took a hell of a hit man. Looks like the car across the street did some major damage too. Glad you're ok.
     
  6. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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    Rupp1

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    Well, if I'm being perfectly honest, some days I wonder about my decision. I've had mine about 1 year now. Before that had my 06 for over 6 years with an Auto. Some days I just don't feel like driving it. I haven't had any issues with mine, just getting a bit bored. Wife knows I've been detouring through the car lots a little lately. That could be trouble........................................................
     
  7. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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    aficianado

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    anytime i find myself at the end of a huge traffic jam..i love my auto.

    in the wide open, a stick would be fun.
     
  8. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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    Kind of, i like it then i don't. i totally feel you on the first to second thing. i think ive found a medium, but its a very clunky transmission other than 4th and 5th being smooth as butter on mine. 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd is terrible. if i had to choose, and i could have whatever tranny i wanted, i would go with a Semi-Auto with paddle shifters for when i wanna feel cool. LOL
     
  9. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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    it's 2013...
    it's not a sports car...
    why in the hell would I need to shift for my truck when it can do it all by itself?
    arms and legs flailing...
    not to mention I live in the city... stop and go traffic.

    hell, why not put a crank starter on the front so I can manually start the car too? :p you know, like a real man. :eek:
     
  10. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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    The Silver Bullet, RIP :(
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    looks like you're on Brookhurst there...
     
  11. Apr 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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    ^^ LOL. Had a feeling this thread would go in that direction...
    This is why I said "different strokes for different folks"...
     
  12. Apr 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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    I liked the IDEA of the 6 speed when I bought the truck. Now I'm facing the reality of my decision. I have an 80 mile round trip commute to DC and back. Most days it's not a big deal, unless there is traffic. Now my clutch pedal has started to squeak.

    Also, IMO the shift points are all over the place. I get tired of the head jerking when I'm trying to get up to speed.

    But don't get me wrong, I like the manual... most of the time.
     
  13. Apr 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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    I've never seen traffic like you guys talk about, I can't imagine what you go through...
     
  14. Apr 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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    love a manual

    I had an automatic for awhile and it was boring to drive and i didn't like where it shifted

    i'm sure it's a preference thing and we all have different preferences

    sell it and get an auto
     
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    The only time I regret it is when I'm sitting in traffic... and that's not all that often.
     
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    Urd short throw changed the game for, me likes way better
     
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    Well hell. If never regretting it makes one a man, then I love being a man too.

    I learned how to drive in a stick. I don't get tired of using two feet because I use two feet to walk. It's second nature. And going from 2nd to 1st? I never do that. Just flip it into neutral. Squeaky clutch? Nothing a little grease didn't fix on mine. Tired of shifting? It's better control!

    But sure, get the auto if it makes you happy. If I had an auto, I'd get the stick. :)
     
  20. Apr 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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    I've had mine for a little over a year. I still love it. I've heard the auto is gutless though (haven't been in a 2nd gen auto before). I know there is a tsb for that squeaky pedal, damn near lost my mind with all that squeak.
     
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