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Manual or automatic?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Keith120286, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Apr 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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    Keith120286

    Keith120286 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I used to own a 2006 X-Runner. I loved the 6 speed but didn't like much else about the truck. At the time I wanted a truck but didn't have much use for truck utility. The X-Runner seemed logical so I got it. Soon after I found myself having a need to pull a trailer and hauling stuff. Also, alot of places I wanted to go wasn't practical for the X. I sold the X a year ago. I don't miss it specifically but I miss having a truck, especially a Tacoma.

    I've driven both automatic and manual tacomas. I've never owned an automatic vehicle but I know Tacomas with certain features are near impossible to find with a MT.

    I want to be able to pull a small Jayco TT occasonally on mountain grades. I'll occassionally have the need to pull a 1992 Nissan 240SX flat on the ground or on a light aluminum trailer. I never see myself pulling over 5-6K lbs so I don't think about a full-size truck.

    I want to have an effective offroad vehicle too. I'm thinking a 3" lift with BFG T/A KO tires. Definately ARB lockers front and rear. I'd only use the front locker in rare occassions without getting on it too much because of the IFS. I don't plan on going rock crawling or submerging most of the truck in mud. Just the occasional snowy Colorado Rocky Mountains trip and a stroll up Rollins Pass. Or an impulse off-roading session out on a friend's property. Getting struck will not be an option.

    I'm rather set on what I want. Seeing as how it will damn near impossible to find a Double Cab Long Bed TRD Sport 4x4 Radiant Red 6-Speed, I'm on the hunt for one of the following two:

    Double Cab Long Bed TRD Sport 4x4 Automatic Radiant Red
    or
    Access Cab Long Bed TRD Sport 4x4 6-Speed Radiant Red

    I'd also be leaning towards a TRD supercharger one day.

    Thoughts, input, suggestions, criticisms...go go go!
     
  2. Apr 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    jeremy_283

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    Whatever you prefer..

    I like my Automatic though....
     
  3. Apr 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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    2004TacomaSR5

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    Keep the manual alive, go with one! One day I fear we won't be able to get them in the US anymore, that is why I am holding on to all of mine!
     
  4. Apr 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Automatic

    Manuals are dinosaurs
     
  5. Apr 4, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    JTaco386

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    I ordered a manual a couple days ago. Its hard to find them in the color and options that I wanted.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    Taco227

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    The 6speed manual is clunky... I do like it and I have no regrets...but one day, I will replace the clutch with an aftermarket.

    Gotta love bangin through the gears! :)
     
  7. Apr 4, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    If they are dinasaurs they would have been extinct by now! ;)
     
  8. Apr 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    speaking of dinosaurs....
     
  9. Apr 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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    Jester983

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    Go with the manual! It sets you apart from the "norm". After driving the automatic and manual back to back, same identical truck. I found the automatic to be quite a dog. Now this was on a brand new truck, but still I just wasn't impressed with the automatic personally. It does suck that the manual gets worse gas mileage then the automatic though.
     
  10. Apr 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Soon

    Eh FU


    Yup
     
  11. Apr 5, 2012 at 4:40 AM
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    Kind of Mad Maxish ... :cool:

    That's some funny shit ... :rasta:
     
  12. Apr 5, 2012 at 4:52 AM
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  13. Apr 5, 2012 at 4:55 AM
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    Kelson

    Kelson My Truck is Cuter than Yours

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    manual

    because race car.
     
  14. Apr 5, 2012 at 7:05 AM
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    Manual.

    It even has the word "Man" inside it.
     
  15. Apr 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM
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    WHHHHAT? pfff new ferrari's are weak then. not the same.
     
  16. Apr 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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    I guess I'll get the first one that I come accross of my 2 choices.

    I'd be willing to settle on an automatic if it was in a double cab long bed.

    If I'm going to have to go with the smaller access cab, it will have to be a 6-speed.
     
  17. Apr 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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    You can get 4 door manual but there hard to find
     
  18. Apr 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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    Not in a longbed you can't
     
  19. Apr 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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    You mean a "one foot longer" bed, right? ;)
     
  20. Apr 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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    MANUAL !
     
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