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manual or automatic, which do you prefer and why?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by 2004TacomaSR5, May 3, 2011.

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manual or automatic?

  1. manual transmission

    60.1%
  2. automatic transmission

    39.9%
  1. Dec 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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    HarryTaco

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    Automatic. How else am I going to eat my sushi takeout with chopsticks. ;)
     
  2. Dec 1, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    2004TacomaSR5

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    Yeah, I hope to buy a cheap car that gets good mileage with a stick, but can still perform well, thinking on a older Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, or Ford Focus. In traffic though it does not bother me much yet, but I agree, sometimes it is just nice to get in my dad's '10 Honda Accord and just cruise through the traffic.
     
  3. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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    Owned a lot of cars and trucks 90% manual but, as of now I prefer automatic.
     
  4. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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    Never owned an automatic, but have driven plenty of them. I find manuals more enjoyable to drive and believe they offer better/more control of the vehicle, especially in inclement weather.
     
  5. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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    Manual cause I wouldnt be able to attemp to tow like I do, or get the gas milage I get, or slow down with the gears, and thats two more gears I get since I use compound low the minute I need 4x4. If I had lower gears and a posi I wouldnt use 4x4 1/4 of the time. Thank god for auto hubs in my case. I have a 5 speed extra cab 4x4 v6 3.4 on 35'' tires with stock gears and a welded rear diff. I have 4:88 in mind very soon. Didnt think the 35's would make it suck so much since I had 33s for so long with no issues at all, but now I have a faster crawling speed and I have blown up too many sets of front struts and my hole front end trying to fly up knarley stuff.
    I dont mind going slower on the freeway and launching off the line better. I am thinking Yukon R&P and any locker I have the cash for. Around $300.00 is what I am hoping to get a decent posi for. Not the best but somthing that gets the job done. I regret welding my rear diff till the second it rains or I hit dirt, then its on.
     
  6. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:48 PM
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    If I could drive a manual I'd rather have one. I get so tired of going around 55mph and then it downshifts into 4th gear, speed up to 60-65 to get it to go back into 5th... :rolleyes:
     
  7. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM
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    you don't have 5th gear
     
  8. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM
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    Right... I think that's a sign that I need to go to bed haha :eek:

    Time to edit that post!
     
  9. Dec 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM
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    steve o 77

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    lol
     
  10. Dec 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM
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    Leggo

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    I would rather do a fluid and filter once in a while than do a clutch, PP, and TO. bearing. I call it LESS maint. over the life of the vehicle.
     
  11. Dec 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM
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    steve o 77

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    I can see that, I didn't think about the clutch:eek:

    Although a decent driver can easily make a clutch last 200k or more.
     
  12. Dec 6, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    Agreed I have seen factory clutches last 300 k in some rigs nothing beats the factory equipment and OEM clutches never last as long
     
  13. Dec 6, 2011 at 6:44 AM
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    I enjoy a Manual, but since my truck is my DD and as many hills and traffic around here, it is alot less enjoyable to drive.
     
  14. Dec 6, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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    i think it totally depends on the type of vehicle and what kind of driving you do.

    for a dedicated off road rig - a manual no question. don't have to worry about overheating issues like an auto either. more control, too.

    for a daily driver, a little harder to answer. sports car no question a manual. for a commuter in traffic to work, auto.

    i've driven manuals my whole life, but just reached a point now where both vehicles i drive are automatics. maybe i'm just gettin old!
     
  15. Dec 6, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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    Leggo slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    I thought O.E.M. (ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER) was factory. which lasts longer, oem or aftermarket? (just curious)
     
  16. Dec 6, 2011 at 1:57 PM
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    maybe I am missing something here. How does one have "more" control with a manual trans. I can drive my auto in any gear I want and never have to worry about a stall out. I can also use the gears to slow down like mentioned earlier. Why more control with a stick?
     
  17. Dec 6, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    You don't .

    That's a perception of people that think you have to leave the truck in D and hope for the best .
     
  18. Dec 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    give you huge credit for driving a stick in sf, been there and all i know is if there was anyone within 8ft on some of those hills it would be cause for concern, i've seen a few fenderbenders that happened in the way you describe and it seems it always sides with the person in front as long as there's a witness. haha next time just let ur foot off the brake and tap the person that rides you!
     
  19. Dec 7, 2011 at 6:51 AM
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    Approaching a great looking truck and seeing a stick shift just makes it that much better.
    I like controlling gears, it's more "automatic" for me to shift on my own than worry with the truck throwing into lower gears or too tall of gears.

    If they introduced a stick shift that operated like an Automatic when accelerating in first gear but acted as a manual through the gears, it would be a huge hit.
     
  20. Dec 7, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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    not true in all cases. when i had my jeep, it came with a 6 speed manual. the auto was only 4 speed. in addition, first gear in the manual was more like a granny gear, you don't get that option with any auto i've ever driven. i could drive in a rock garden in 1st gear (with the transfer case in high, or low) and not touch the accelerator, and proceed ever so slowly over each and every rock. the ratio was different with the auto, no way you could have done the same thing.

    that's why i said you have more control with a manual. it's not just a perception, at least, not when the manual has more gears than the auto. :)
     
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