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Manual or Auto w/ Truck Camper?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by romaso, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Jan 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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    romaso

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    Would y’all suggest a manual or automatic transmission? I plan to carry a truck camper, and fully loaded I’ll be close to the maximum payload (luckily my wife is skinny). I currently have a 4 cyl, regular cab 4WD.

    I’ve never owned an automatic, but it seems I might get better mileage with the computer shifting, as I’d be likely to cruise at high rpms to compensate for the load.

    However, I’ve also read here that some autos have trouble ‘searching’ for gears. I’m in mountainous country here, so that’s a factor also.

    I plan to keep the truck forever, so if the weight would wear out the auto trans faster, I’d be better off with a manual. I’ve heard that auto trannys these days are built so well that they’re often cheaper in the long run, rather than replacing clutches, but I have no experience with them. Thanks!
     
  2. Jan 5, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    kbaum08

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    Auto with tow package would be my suggestion. Can you even get that in a 4 cylinder?
     
  3. Jan 5, 2010 at 4:09 PM
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    Crom

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    My advice is to test drive one and see for yourself. Also, I'd opt for the auto. Some of the 09 and 10 auto's had issues with the searching of gears, mine did not. Toyota did release a software optimization update to fix that.

    Did you know that if you add the tow package with the auto tranny, it will include a cooler for the tranny and oil?
     
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