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I think im starting to hate the 6spd...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MachoTaco10, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Mar 1, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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    MachoTaco10

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    I know there have been a couple of threads about this before but...I really dont give lol

    When I decided to buy a tacoma one of the selling points to me was the 6spd 'manual. I always loved manual tranny's as I like to have complete control of my vehicle and usually enjoy shifting. However I have encountered a couple of the problems with the tacomas 6spd that I am beginning to hate.

    1.) There is little to no room down there for my big ass work boots, Toyota seems to have designed the pedal room for a little man or foot. So I find my foot slipping of the clutch every once and a while, and have a hard time finding a place to put my left foot when cruising.

    2.) This is probably the most pussy clutch I have ever used. Way too light and has a horrible feel.

    3.) it clanks and slaps with the slightest mishap of the pedal.

    4.) I have burnt it on about 5 different occasions. (I dont drive hard).

    5.) It gets worse gas mileage than the Auto.

    SO, long story short I am definitely kicking myself for not getting the auto. Though at times it can still be fun to drive this truck with the 6spd, most of the time it just pisses me off.
     
  2. Mar 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    joerussell610

    joerussell610 When all else fails read the directions

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    Imagine my friend trying to drive that with size 18 shoes. Thata why I got an auto. :taco:
     
  3. Mar 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    huh... and here i was kicking myself for not getting the 6spd...
     
  4. Mar 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    I KNOW I WOULD HATE THE 6 SPEED BUT LOVE THE AUTOMATIC I HAVE
     
  5. Mar 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    I wonder if anyone has ever swapped in an auto transmission? Probably way too much money to even consider but would be interested to see if has been done.
     
  6. Mar 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    I traded my 6spd for the auto.
     
  7. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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    Tacoma831

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    I hate the manual too; its a total piece of shit. That was also a main selling point for me but it is a pain in the ass to drive. My throwout bearing just started to squeal every time the truck is cold too and I only have 35k miles. Every other manual I've driven tops this one.
     
  8. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM
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    ditto, i got the auto so that the wife could jump in and drive and I didn't have to worry about dumping the clutch and smacking someone or something. Now it sounds like I should be happy I had her for an excuse....but don't tell her that:cool:
     
  9. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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    HuntnTruk

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    I only have 1300 miles on my manual taco and still really like it but I also have issues with it.

    It is extremely hard to get a smooth shift.

    No matter how hard I try I havent gotten a smooth start from first

    I also feel like my foot will slip off the pedal sometimes but that just comes with more driving time I think.

    Reverse is warp speed so I feel like Im destroying the clutch by slipping it that much.
     
  10. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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    yotamikez

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    Ive put abouit 6k on my truck since I got it and the 6 speed doesnt bother me, I like it. But my neighbors auto double cab long bed gets better gas then me =/ that upsets me, kinda wanna trade my acces cab for a auto double cab! But dont wanna loe money.
     
  11. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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    When I first bought the 6spd, I searched high and low for the configuration that I wanted. There was only 2 available in the whole state and I bought one of them. My TOB started making a whirring noise at 28K miles. Only a matter of time before it squeaked like the pedal. Then we bought a few bikes, needed a long bed and now I have an auto. I do miss driving manual but not the taco's manual. clunky!

    From this...
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    To this...
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  12. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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    I don't own a 6 speed but I totally agree w/you about the boot situation.....
     
  13. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    I HATE my 6-speed. I love driving manual but hate mine. First gear is too ridiculously short and second is gear is just too long to make using it from a stop impractical. I get worse mileage than an automatic too. I bought a tacoma because I liked the idea of a 6 speed and, while I love my truck regardless, I regret getting this tranny.
     
  14. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM
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    Hondarider08

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    I really like my 6 speed....

    No throwout bearing problems...

    No squeaky pedals...

    Shifts were rough at first but once I figured out good shift points it seems pretty smooth...

    55,000 miles...

    The only problem I have is the gas milage compared to an automatic.
     
  15. Mar 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    i made it ten months with my 6 speed till i traded it for an auto
     
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    I want to trade mine for an auto but I don't want to lose money...and my truck would need some paint etc...for me to get top dollar. I blew it by not getting a DCLB Auto! FFFcuckk!
     
  17. Mar 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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    The gas mileage sorta sucks...but its only a minimal difference between the auto vs manual.

    Driving it took a little getting used to but i'm used to it now and can drive it smoothly with no problems. I also went from a Honda Accord 5spd to this so there was a big difference.

    The throwout bearing squeak can be annoying..but most of the time the radio is turned up so I don't hear it. My throwout bearing squeaked in my Accord too so I was used to it.
     
  18. Mar 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    I dont have any issues with my 6 speed and I have had it 3 years now
     
  19. Mar 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    LOVE my 6Spd, like absolutely love it. Wouldn't trade it for the world. Sorry to hear another manual enthusiast gone to auto. Do what you gotta do
     
  20. Mar 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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    Going from a 97 5-spd to an 05 6-spd, I have witnessed the difference between the two generations first hand. The older '97 clutch was better and had more control, but I believe thats attributed to a longer clutch cable driven throttle vs. the newer d-b-w system. I don't know why people are complaining about starting in 2nd gear being a problem. With the newer 4.0L vs the 3.4L, starting in 2nd gear is a breeze. BUT, about trying to get a smooth start in first? Almost impossible. Every time I'm stopped at a light next to a some Honda ricer, and just try to start in first, they take off thinking I'm trying to run them. So I constantly have fart cans taking off next to me.
     
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