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Replace a 5-speed with an automatic?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by trdracing5, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Apr 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    trdracing5

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    How hard is it to replace a 5-speed transmission with an automatic transmission?

    My wife's father passed away and we inherited his 1992 Toyota pickup. The truck is in good condition and only has about 85,000 miles on it.

    There is ZERO chance she is getting rid of it. In order to get more use out of it I would like to put an automatic transmission in it.

    Is it possible to replace a manual transmission with an automatic?

    (I know it probably isn't cheap to do so but....) has anyone ever done this?
    How difficult would it be?
     
  2. Apr 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    Anything is possible. The easiest way to approach this is to find a donor vehicle (parts truck) with an auto in it, then swap. Everything you would need would be on the donor, including the harness and ECU.
     
  3. Apr 21, 2010 at 3:42 PM
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    YotaDan

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    Why do you want an auto?
     
  4. Apr 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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    jefferson

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    i took an auto out of a subaru and put in a 5 speed. It was rather easy considering we had a doner car. Just swapped things out
     
  5. Apr 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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    desertdude59

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    I would personally learn to drive the stick shift. Im not sure if toyota uses different gears for the rear ends for manual or automatics. You might kill the output of power. I have a 1991 toy v6 with the manual tranny. I wouldnt trade it for an auto. I heard the auto's don't have much power and if its a 4 banger I really wouldnt do it. Plus you'll have to get the tranny computer for the ecu.
     
  6. Apr 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM
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    x2. Why the HELL would you want an automatic? Unless you are similar to my best friend's father, a paraplegic, who obviously can't very well (but still has on occasion).
     
  7. Apr 21, 2010 at 9:45 PM
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    auto's suck!
     
  8. Apr 21, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    5 speed ftw.
     
  9. Apr 21, 2010 at 10:51 PM
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    like others have said. if your decently mechanical get a donor auto and just swap shouldnt be too bad.
    if it were me i'd just learn to drive it tho. 5 speed is the sh*t
     
  10. Apr 21, 2010 at 11:24 PM
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    That truck would turn into a CURSE and not the blessing that it is now. Just learn the stick, it's easy.
     
  11. Apr 21, 2010 at 11:53 PM
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    If you can learn to drive stick take that route (Its easy). If not find a donor truck. ;)
     
  12. Apr 22, 2010 at 12:37 AM
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    x2 i was driving stick shift trucks since I was 14
     
  13. Apr 22, 2010 at 6:10 AM
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    Barnone

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    trdracing5 didn't ask for wise ass remarks about how great a stick is over an auto.
    Who gives a shit about how long you macho dudes have been driving a stick?

    I think his wife wants a auto but wants to keep her dad's truck. I understand the feeling for the truck. Maybe given some time she will get use to the stick but if not find a donor truck.
     
  14. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:44 AM
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    ALL FATHERS WITH CHILDREN OUT THERE........

    LISTEN TO THIS QUESTION!!!!

    When you teach your children to drive....TEACH THEM ON A STICK SHIFT.

    THATS THE ONLY TIME THEY WILL CARE TO LEARN. ESPECIALLY GIRLS.

    I taught both my kids to drive a stick at the beginning and they never looked back. My daughter got a job parking cars at a fancy restaurant during the summer because she could drive a stick.

    Didn't mean to hyjack this thread but I had to say this.

    I feel bad sorry for your mother that cant drive a stick. She just never learned and now she has no desire to.

    A 15 year old that wants to get his or her license HAS THE DESIRE AND THE WANT TO....PERIOD.

    Listen to this young parents or you will regret it in the future.
     
  15. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:48 AM
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    X2

    Its not hard at all. And it actully makes you feel one with the truck/car. Insted of just putting it in D
     
  16. Apr 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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    In Australia, if you don't take your driving test in a stick, you are not licensed to drive one. I don't see why someone should be allowed to take a test in an auto and then 5 minutes later drive out into traffic in a manual if they have never driven one before. This is the reason why there are hardly any manuals in North America and hardly any autos in Australia.
     
  17. Apr 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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    man if your truck was a 96 si would give you a auto tranny for your 5 speed. I HATE AUTO!!!
     
  18. Apr 22, 2010 at 9:33 AM
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    That's how it should be here as well. Half our drivers can't drive a stick to save their lives. Even if a future health emergency might require it.
     
  19. Apr 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Barnone

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    Hey the original poster just asked about changing out his stick for an auto.
    Save the sermons for the off topic forum.
     
  20. Apr 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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    It can be done. You will probably need an Auto tranny engine harness, the pedal assembly, transmission w/ torque converter and an auto tranny flexplate.

    Or you can learn to drive a stick for free.
     
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