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Newbie question: 2.7L w/Auto a good choice?

Discussion in 'New Members' started by stevedidj, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Mar 3, 2008 at 10:07 AM
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    stevedidj

    stevedidj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello all, I'm in the market for a 2WD 2.7L Access cab. I will be deciding between a the manual transmission and the auto transmission. 80% of my driving is a one-hour, 20-miles-each-way urban commute (lots of start and stop). The other 20% is combo highway/city/dirt road/light hauling (no real offroad).

    My main concern is that for the driving I do, the auto would seem to be the right choice, but I don't want to sacrifice anything in terms of power and reliability by not choosing the manual. Any comments?
     
  2. Mar 3, 2008 at 10:10 AM
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    Mellow

    Mellow Well-Known Member

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    I actually looked for an auto 4 cyl and couldn't find one in the DFW area. Heck, it's hard enough to find a 4 cyl access cab around here. It was like there were only a handfull within the entire metroplex. The v6 is the big seller that's for sure.

    I can't answer your question other than to say I'm more than happy with the manual 5 speed.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2008 at 10:33 AM
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    Roland

    Roland My other ride has sails

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    If you like shifting the 5 speed is user friendly and gives you slightly more power and economy than the automatic.(your milage may vary) If you're not a fan of shifting you'll be happier in the long run with the automatic especially for city driving. My wife was disappointed that I bought the 5 speed because she hates shifting even though she loves the truck. That is another plus for me because I don't have to worry about her borrowing it unless she really needs to get something that won't fit in her Camry.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2008 at 11:16 AM
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    GTiVR6r

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    Welcome to TW.

    I came from an other pick up and got tired of shifting especially in traffic.

    I REALLY love the 2.7 with auto! Makes driving so much more relaxing
    and enjoyable. If I was still racing and wanted better control over the
    trany then I'd stay with the stick.

    The auto makes driving while texting, drinking, eating and talking on the phone so much easier. :)

    - M
     
  5. Mar 3, 2008 at 11:16 AM
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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Moderator

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    Exactly what Roland said except I couldn't get the manual because my wife doesn't know how to shift (and I am sure as hell not going to let her learn on my truck)
     
  6. Mar 3, 2008 at 11:17 AM
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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Moderator

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    yeah, 90% of my posts are while I'm driving!:eek:
     
  7. Mar 3, 2008 at 11:45 AM
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    stevedidj

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    Ah - you're on to me - it's all about the "texting, drinking, eating and talking on the phone" while driving! For the last 10 years, I've been in an F-150 w/auto, and now it's time replace it. Doing the math on the 10-year vehicle life makes the 4 cylinder much more palatable (something like $12,000 difference assuming $4.00/gal gas!).

    Thanks for the responses, guys!
     
  8. Mar 3, 2008 at 11:54 AM
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    Roland

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    Any time. Let us know what you buy!
     
  9. Mar 3, 2008 at 12:10 PM
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    concrete jedi

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    Welcome to TW
     
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