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manual 'hard' to drive?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tozir, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM
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    tozir

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    i haven't driven many manuals, ive driven a 93 tercel, 79 chevy, and an 07 dodge cummins. the only one i didn't stall out was the diesel. my friend says its the size of the transmission. so i was wondering if the tacoma is 'easy' to get started as a fairly new standard driver. i hope yall know what i mean by this question, just asking, because ive been considering a dodge diesel manual, and thought might as well think about a tacoma manual as well. my biggest problem is getting a standard vehicle started, so thats what im wondering. thanks for any info, and if the question sound somewhat incoherent, im extremely distracted and apologize.

    btw it would be on a v6
     
  2. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM
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    steve o 77

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    My first gen v6 is one of the easiest manuals I've ever driven.
     
  3. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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    AvsFanTRD

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    They are easy enough to get going. There's enough torque from the truck that if you let the clutch out slowly in 1st gear it will start rolling withoug any gas.
     
  4. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:42 PM
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    chaz834

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    Tacoma manuals are really easy! My dad has a 2001 dodge turbo diesel 6 speed I like to drive it every now and then ton of torque you can be in 2nd gear let the clutch out given it no gas and it takes off like an automatic would...
     
  5. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM
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    sachou

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    A truck is definitely easier to learn to drive a stick on for a couple reasons:

    The engine has more torque so you can get it going without giving it too much gas (I can get my truck in motion from a stop just by engaging the clutch slowly).
    The clutch is bigger and heavier duty than a car's so you won't wear it down as fast while you're getting the hang of it.
    The clutch is less "precise" than a car...the "friction zone" is a little larger I have found.
    If it's a Toyota, you're not going to kill the truck, no matter how many times you stall it ^_^.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:51 PM
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    I got my tacoma in manual and had never driven stick in my life. I had it down in about 2 hours. Only tricky thing for me was starting on hills... seemed like the heavy truck wasbe a bit harder to get going than a lighter car would be.

    But as stated above, these trucks are extremely durable and can take the abuse of you perfecting your technique
     
  7. Mar 20, 2011 at 8:27 AM
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    Avsguy33

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    One of the easier clutches I have driven. Lot of forgiveness for beginners. Or you can always use the rev and dump method to get going. :D
     
  8. Mar 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    im 16 and i can drive my 5 speed manuel soo odds are you could probably do it
     
  9. Mar 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    A Tacoma with a standard transmission will be a good vehicle to learn how to drive a manual in.
     
  10. Mar 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    Its easy, had it donw in about 5 minutes :D

    You shouldnt have any problems!
     
  11. Mar 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    Real easy... Jumped into my Taco after not driving a manual in 25 years and had no problems at all... Piece of cake! Oops was not paying attention to which thread I was on... Mine is a 2nd Gen...My only other Toyota manual experience goes all the way back to my 85' 4wd reg cab 5 speed...Also real easy to drive.
     
  12. Mar 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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    x11tybillion on easy to drive :)
     
  13. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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    No problem...learned to drive in a manual '94 Toy and I loved it! Fast forward 5 years (without a standard) to last fall when I found a 99 Taco for my dad and I took it for a quick test drive. I did kill it a couple of times :eek: but it all came back to me very quickly. These are very forgiving trucks!
     
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    No problem driving the 2 gen Model manual.
     
  15. Mar 21, 2011 at 3:20 AM
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  16. Mar 21, 2011 at 3:26 AM
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    I have owned both a 1st gen and 2nd gen manual transmission and both were easy to drive.
     
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