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Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by fishhead, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Jan 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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    fishhead

    fishhead [OP] New Member

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    Well, my left knee is acting up, and I was wondering what you folks think about how well an automatic tranny will do on the sand?

    Now, it's not just any sand, but Assateague sand, which is nothing like Daytona sand!

    I love manual transmissions, and have driven them exclusively since the early 80s, but if an automatic is pretty good on the sand then I am game.

    What I DON'T want, is to buy my very first Taco and then have to trade it in just to switch from a manual to an auto if (or when) the knee tells me enough is enough :eek:

    Thanks for any feedback in advance ... I am looking to buy my Taco no later than the end of February, so I've entered the "information gathering phase" before pulling the trigger :D

    Regards,
    Bob
     
  2. Jan 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    The auto trans does great in all situations. If you need it to hold a gear just pop it down to that gear and it will stay no matter what.
     
  3. Jan 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    Rebeltac

    Rebeltac hillbilly ways, outlaw style

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    my auto is awesome all the time:D like he said
     
  4. Jan 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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    DDD

    DDD Shine bright like a hymen

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    I am not sure what Assateague sand is but a auto trans with 4wd and the rear diff locker does great on sand. Just lower your air pressure to 15 psi and you can go up most sand dunes.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2011 at 2:31 AM
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    Assateague sand is usually very soft. Some say it's the most difficult sand there is to drive on. I've only done Hatteras sand, which is very similar.

    Thanks for the info though!
     
  6. Jan 25, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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    Works better IMO... Less chance of spinning a tire and getting stuck! All three of my Tacos are/ were autos. and deep sand was the primary 4WD use!
     
  7. Jan 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    steve o 77

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    x2, autos are a bit better in sand since you can effectively "slip" the clutch without actually hurting it like you would with a manual which helps in starting off in deep sand.

    I usually just dump the clutch in 4wd and sit there waiting for it to grip lol.
     
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