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V6 manual transmission... new vehicle

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by saskcan, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. Aug 6, 2009 at 7:44 PM
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    saskcan

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    Hello all

    I ordred a 2010 tacoma double cab sport with manual transmission.
    I have never owned a manual vehicle but have drove a few manual vehicles.

    any advice with this transmission will be great. I will adapt to it quickly but would like some knowledge that might help me along the way.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Aug 6, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    Manual > Auto

    In my opinion at least. :D
     
  3. Aug 6, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    Borrow somebody else's car to learn on! Don't want to wreck the new clutch on your Taco!
     
  4. Aug 6, 2009 at 8:31 PM
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    Did you test drive a manual taco?

    Mine is the first automatic I've ever owned, everything else has been a stick, just didn't like the feel of the 6-speed and I was set on one before driving em.

    Lot of people still like em though.

    I don't think you need too much advice :p Just drive and learn. The truck has enough torque down low that you aren't gonna stall out too easy so it should be simple to learn on/get used to. Once you find the sweet spot it'll be second nature.

    I did notice in my test drives that this truck has a pretty significant RPM surge when you push the clutch in when shifting, people on here said it was normal but it can be annoying at first.
     
  5. Aug 7, 2009 at 4:36 AM
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    OK so you've driven a stick, just never owned one.

    You probably had practice on cars before, the clutch pedal travel is a bit long like most trucks but engagement is in a small window of about 70-80% of the pedal being released. 1st is geared short, so stalling off the line shouldnt be a problem. Just drive and practice on level ground then add hills.

    Accelerating, most shifts can be done at 2K-2.5K rpm. Crusing under 2K is where you'll get your best mileage.
     
  6. Aug 7, 2009 at 6:04 AM
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    completely different than a manual car!! I had a 07 trd manual and traded for an 06 auto. auto is great, but hope you like the manual, I also notice that the auto is wayy better on gas, like 150 kms a tank better, the manual's rpms were very high at highway speeds 2300-2400 at 110 km/h vs 1900 - 2000 with the auto... anyways hope you like it!
     
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  8. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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    Auto vs Manual isn't the topic here peeps.

    If you have access to another beater manual, I'd practice on that a bit first. However, every car feels different, clutch release position is different, ect. I laugh when I see people jump in any random manual vehicle in a movie and drive it like they've owned it before.

    Keep in mind, these transmissions have syncro's and they are designed to rev-match the transmission gear to your engine speed. That said, still try to keep it somewhat close. Do use the clutch every shift, it's meant to. I'd practice it on some back roads for awhile when you get it first. One thing I have found in the past, it seems easier for me to drive balls to the wall than slow and calm with a stick... but it's also just in my blood lol.

    Downshifting... well to do it properly will take some time to figure out rev matching to do it proper. That said, the syncro's will take care of it for you, so don't worry to much about getting it perfect. Just make sure to downshift to the right gear and not go from 6th to 1st or something (not that you'd probably be able to engage it anyway).

    From what I understand, the URD shifting kit is a must. It sounds like it vastly improves the shifting experience (reduces/eliminates the slop and gives you a better tactile feeling). It'd be the first thing I do if I had a manual taco. Link: http://www.urdusa.com/product_info.php?products_id=1230100023

    Also, never sit on a hill, at a light, or anything in gear with the clutch down... keep it in neutral until just before your'e ready to go. If you don't have the clutch fully disengaged you'll wear it out faster. Also, on a hill doing the two foot balance (clutch/gas to rock back and forth to stay in one spot) you're just putting a lot of strain on the clutch for no reason at all. Not worth it :p

    Also, if you have it and you're on a hill/stuck you can use clutch/start/cancel to bump the starter in gear to move forward through a sticky situation.

    Above all though, have fun :D



    And wow I failed... didn't even look at the post date... Why was this even resurrected?
     
  9. Apr 4, 2010 at 2:22 PM
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