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Manual or Auto for off roading?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Rucas, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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    Rucas

    Rucas [OP] 1st gen > 2nd gen

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    Im looking at 1st gen tacomas, and am wondering what would be better for offroading?
    I know theres pros and cons to each, but what would be best?
     
  2. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    Auto, no clutch to burn up.
     
  3. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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    I prefer a manual but it's hard on the clutch if you don't know what your doing.
     
  4. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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  5. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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    Auto, no clutch to burn up.


    x2


    Says the kids :D real off road rigs have a manual gear box and duel transfer cases
     
  6. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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  7. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    Also for 1st Gen Manual all the way I can crawl in 1st 4low and just about stop without stalling.
     
  8. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    Descending a Steep hill + 1st gear + 4LO + not having to touch the brakes = priceless

    I usually start off in 2nd gear when I'm in 4LO to make it a little smoother and less jolting when starting off.

    If you know how to drive a manual well, the rolling backwards, stalling, and clutch slipping aren't really as much of an issue.
     
  9. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    :thumbsup:
     
  10. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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  11. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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  12. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    I prefer a Manual. But I've never wheeled in an Auto.

    1st gear + 4Lo = Unstoppable!
     
  15. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM
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    less work and takes the fun out of it your not missing much.
     
  16. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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    You guys are taking the wrong approach to this answer. The best transmission for offroading is the one you're already best at driving.

    If you're an AT guy - go with that. Left foot brake/right foot gas works awesome as you're rolling off of rocks and obstacles. And torque-converter torque multiplier at full stall is cool.

    If you're already good at driving stick and love driving stick - well then driving stick offroad is just one more feather in your cap. Heel & toe braking for fine control - starting in gear with clutch cancel switch on a steep hill - these are all cool.

    But we just had the thread about the guys who griped about the taco 5 speed "not being able to go into first" :rolleyes: above 5mph in rush hour traffic. Driving a stick is a talent like anything else. It has to be studied and practiced in order to get good at it. There's already enough going on in a challenging offroad situation. You shouldn't have to give an extra part of your brain over to operating a transmission you're not familiar with just because "someone on the internet said it's the best one for offroading."

    What answer were you hoping you'd get? That's what you should be driving.
     
  17. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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  18. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    I have a mt but for off road I would prefer to have an auto.
    Have seen other members wheel with manual....
    Let's say I know what it's like to sit in stop n go traffic on I 95...:rolleyes:
     
  19. Feb 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    you gotta link that, now given ive been driving for 11 years, and out of 6 vehicles only the third one was an automatic, and i only kept it for 1 1/2 yrs cause the trans blew up

    but unless 5lugger 4cyls come with 3:73s or something, ive found that my 3.4l v6 powered truck on 4:10s does great in traffic, i just leave a little distance in front of me for the stop and go and i hardly have to push in the clutch .... my old truck 4cyl mazda on 3:73s still was ok but the lower gears do better in traffic.
     
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