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Just how good is the Tacoma Auto

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by First Taco, May 21, 2012.

  1. May 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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    First Taco

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    I really like the Automatic teamed with the V-6.
    The manual which I always buy and love.
    Is replaced in this truck. This automatic cannot be out done by a stick.
    The engine and tranny are supreme in this truck! 2011 access cab!
    Yes I get almost 20 mpg also!
     
  2. May 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM
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    OZ-T

    OZ-T Quite an experience to live in fear , isn't it ?

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    Manual trannys are for old men and race cars

    And guys that can't say no to their friends that want to borrow their truck

    AUTO FTMFW BITCHES
     
  3. May 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM
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    Jetfixr

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    You must be terribly misunderstood!!!
    "old men and race cars"???? WTF!!!!
    I love my 6 speed if you want mileage, 20+mpg, keep the revs under 2.5k. If you want "spirited" drive appeal, let it eat!!!!
    Jet...
     
  4. May 22, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    the auto may be fine, but does it pull chicks like no other?

    :D
     
  5. May 22, 2012 at 12:22 AM
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    Amo-cat3

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    I manuallly shift my auto?
     
  6. May 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM
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    Blacktacoma23

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    Love my auto!
     
  7. May 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
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    aznutx

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    my left foot gets to rest in traffic, that's all i gotta say, i've done manuals before and no more for me, maybe when im 50 and go thru my midlife crisis but til then i enjoy the nonshifting part
     
  8. May 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

    BuzzardsGottaEat "Pick up some speed.. You'll make it."

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    And 4 cylinders and first gens, otherwise, agreed.
     
  9. May 22, 2012 at 2:23 AM
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    The Traveler

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    7.5 years of driving a manual replaced by 2 weeks so far of an automatic...I will never turn back to manual on my DD...

    However, I'd love to have a sporty manual weekend warrior along with my auto truck :D
     
  10. May 22, 2012 at 2:25 AM
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    coffeesnob

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    Manuals are fun as a second vehicle, but in everyday stop n go traffic an auto is the way to go.
     
  11. May 22, 2012 at 5:17 AM
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    Glocker23

    Glocker23 Rubber Side Down

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    I had a standard for 5 years prior to this. I love having an automatic especially as a DD. Although I have to admit sometimes it shifts in the wierdest spots. Down hill especially.
     
  12. May 22, 2012 at 5:25 AM
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    A_Ninja_Racer

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    If I was driving the 4 cylinder Tacoma I would have a manual. With the V6 the auto is just fine. Plus its not my daily driver any more. I got a sporty little manual Celica for that.
     
  13. May 22, 2012 at 5:29 AM
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    A_Ninja_Racer

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    I would also like to throw out there that there is a lot of maintenance that an automatic requires that most people don't do so if I was buying used I would have a really hard time buying a used automatic. That's why when I was looking at a small daily driver I was looking at Celicas.
     
  14. May 22, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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    Amo-cat3

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    What else should we do besides a trans fluid change or flush for maintenance?
     
  15. May 22, 2012 at 7:57 AM
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    knucklehead

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    This seems to be a common perspective... and one that I just plain don't understand. I've driven auto and manual, and have always absolutely hated auto in heavy traffic. When the traffic is light, it makes no difference as it goes into overdrive and just cruises, but when you really need control over the transmission, that is when the manual is far superior.

    In traffic, auto shifts around like a retard, never in the right ratio, so maybe you try awkwardly to force the ratio, which is never a convenient operation in an auto.. traffic slows down, you need to use the brake. So much easier with a manual, never need to touch the brake unless you need to come to an absolute dead stop. Never have to change pedals, cruise easy, maintain a low gear ratio for engine breaking and superior control.

    Different perspective obviously, but that's mine.
     
  16. May 22, 2012 at 8:02 AM
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    DEEVON911

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    :crazy:
     
  17. May 22, 2012 at 8:02 AM
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    neonlazer

    neonlazer Mechanically Goofy

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    +1 :D
     
  18. May 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM
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    mirraman

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    I think it all depends on where you live. High traffic area, auto. If you don't have to deal with stop n go, manuals are way more fun. Also, for those of us who know how to drive them:D, our manuals will leave you nothin but the tail lights;). I'm sure many auto's will argue that they are just as fast, but i lined up with my buddy, both of us with 06 Prerunners. both silver, his auto, mine manual. His tires 275/65/16, my tires LT285/75/16. Took him off the line and he never caught up. Then at freeway speeds(70+) he punches it and I down shift n leave him behind. The manuals are faster. With regard to what is better, like I said it has to do with where you are. I have been in gridlock before and it isn't fun with a manual. Would I get rid of it? No, I'd have to let my wife drive my truck all the time then;)
     
  19. May 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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    BlueT

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    True for some cars but Auto in 2gen is great in heavy traffic. 2nd gear holds until stopping point so almost always truck stays in that gear. I am not sure about 6 speed manual but my 5 speed 1gen was hard since 1st was too low and 2nd was too high most of the time.
     
  20. May 22, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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    BlueT

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    You talkign about shift patterns. One cable disconnected and 2gen auto becomes manual shift tranny. Its in FSM. :D
     
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