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Manual Drivers, Can you convince me?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MRCapps, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM
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    MRCapps

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    I am on the fence about which tranny to get and it is coming time for me to order mine! I had a 97 manual and loved it, never had problems at all. But after reading some of the threads on here, seems like the manuals are getting a pretty bad rap! I know that MPGs are worse on the interstate, would larger tires help with that (any experience)? I am not too worried about MPG, it is a truck!!! But I dont want horrible fuel economy!!! Anyways, I will be doing a lot of off road (sand and mud), towing ( my 88 camaro) and highway driving! I know, I know, before the hate messages come in, its all up to what i like! But I like to hear what others have to say about there's. I also know there are a lot of threads already on this but not one that answers all of my questions!

    Also, is there a different tranny (manual) that someone has thrown in theirs that has worked better for them?
     
  2. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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    Isthatahemi

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    Get an auto, no reason to go stick when the auto is technically better, and I have a stick in mine.....
     
  3. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM
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    Kappes03

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    Every car I've owned has been a stick and always will be. I just prefer it. Bigger tires won't give you better gas milage, but like you said, it is a truck and it's not gonna be great.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM
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  5. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM
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    I'd buy a standard next time

    you just can't stomp on it when you want to,... big delay before it roars
     
  6. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM
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    Other than an extra pedal, I don't know an benefit a manual transmission offers over an auto.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:56 PM
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    bigger tires=increased rolling resistance=worse fuel mileage.

    Your selection is going to depend on your driving habits and preferences. If you live in stop and go traffic on a normal basis then a manual might not be your best selection. If you do a lot of multitasking while driving then a manual may not be the best choice. If you like a long stick in your hand then select the manual.
     
  8. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:57 PM
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    x2! I learned how to drive with a manual I have enjoyed it ever since. Get a manual.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:58 PM
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    I had to google Carbondale, western slope eh? Nice and green I bet haha. I've never been in that area, only Glenwood Springs and farther west. Sorry to thread jack.. back on topic! Ahem.. Manual:p
     
  10. Sep 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM
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    its all a personal prefrence. only you can decide !
    unless your married, then go ask your wife.
     
  11. Sep 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM
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    get the auto - its more reliable than the stick. Anyhow i'm a believer that sticks belong in sports cars....unless you drive semi's of course
     
  12. Sep 15, 2009 at 5:02 PM
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    I like to tow my car with a manual tranny. You can select the gear you want. Brakes will last longer, just by being in gear 2 slow down. One thing I dont like is being in traffic.Been driving stick for 7 yrs and love it
     
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    Manual trans for me, especially because I have a 4-banger. IMO, you get more control of the power band with a manual. (shrugs) I don't plan on doing a lot of towing or offroad; if I was going to then I probably would have got the auto.
     
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    Even semi's are switching to autos because of better torque transfer and long term reliability.
     
  15. Sep 15, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    Whaaa... thats odd, though with a jake break guess a manual/auto wouldn't matter as much as far a braking. Without a jake they're burn through breaks like no other.
     
  16. Sep 15, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    HAHA wifey says auto...... but thats so she can drive it...... i may get a manual just for that reason:p!
     
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    I would imagine that they could downshift, just like any other auto. ???
     
  18. Sep 15, 2009 at 5:09 PM
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    Right in stop and go.... Right? Larger diameter less turns? Would cruising mileage be increased? What about changing the diff ratios? anywone dont this?
     
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    i wanted a manual. but got an auto. for one its easier for the wife to drive if and when she needs to. also the rpm's in your final gear in the auto tend to be lower than the rpm's in a manual i believe. so i say auto.
     
  20. Sep 15, 2009 at 5:13 PM
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    Thats what i was thinking! BUT isnt manual better for off road and towing? Dont hate me, just asking!
     
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