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Want the Auto tranny!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by RelentlessFab, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Jan 10, 2009 at 4:27 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Got a little bored yesterday afternoon and couldn't seem to force myself to focus on Homework so..... decided to go down to my Toyota dealer and look at the '09's. I got the salesman to let me test drive one with an auto and now i really want the auto in my truck! I can really see where the MPGs would be better. At 60mph it was around 1750rpms or so and my 6pseed sets me at 2100 or so. Also kicks down into 5th at around 40mph and sits just over 1000rpms, now thats somthing you cant do with the manual very easily.

    That tranny shifts perfectly and almost exactly where/when i'd expect it to. Its very smooth and really makes the truck seem much nicer. I'm considering looking for a used TRD OR packaged truck used with the Auto and maybe even a DC, i'll have to see. That is unless anyone thinks it's possible to swap in the auto to my truck without a ton of work and cost since i do have to pay for school and stuff.....:confused::cool:
     
  2. Jan 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    ^ I don't blame you. It's probably the best a/t I've owned. Only thing missing is autostick/manumatic.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2009 at 4:35 PM
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    nvdeserted

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    My 09 AC TRD is the first automatic I've owned. Love it. I don't think I'll be going back to manual... especially since the new autos can shift way more efficiently than I could, why bother shifting anymore?
     
  4. Jan 10, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    Yeah I love the auto transmission! Not that I'm lazy but was never a real manual fan.:cool:
     
  5. Jan 10, 2009 at 4:53 PM
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    Nada, Zip, Zilch, Nothing
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    The MT guys are gonna kick you out of their club for saying that... lol

    but ya... the AT in my 06 is nice... I like it... :D
     
  6. Jan 10, 2009 at 4:56 PM
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    chris4x4

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    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Toyota got it right with the auto in the Tacoma/4runner. Its by far thebest Ato tranny I have had in a truck.
     
  7. Jan 10, 2009 at 5:28 PM
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    pittim

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    well that makes one of us...

    MT >>>>>>>>> AT :p
     
  8. Jan 10, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    nighthawk87

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    that sucks, I hate my AT. It always seems to shift very rough and at wierd times. I've been to the dealer and just get the "normal operation" crap.

    1-2 shift just really really sucks and more than half the time is a rough jolt.
     
  9. Jan 10, 2009 at 7:22 PM
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    chris4x4

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    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Go to a different dealer. Thats not "normal".
     
  10. Jan 10, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    I love the Auto in my truck. Only way I'd consider a manual Taco is if they made it full time 4x4 like they have in the FJ.
     
  11. Jan 10, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    my shifts felt like they smoothed out dramatically with the TRD exhaust and intake install. It was like it wasn't working as hard
     
  12. Jan 10, 2009 at 7:57 PM
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    The AT in my '09 Access is smooth as silk. But when getting on the interstate, I will manually keep it in 2nd up to 3500, then third to 3000, then move it to OD. I know it hurts my mileage, but it feels better.
     
  13. Jan 10, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    I dont know, never drove an Auto... Had my heart set on 6spd from the get go. Even had my truck delivered exactly the way I wanted it. Sometimes I do think to myself, maybe the Auto would of been better... Even more so with the annoying T/O bearing chirp issue. But, even with all this going on I know I will miss the feel of shifting through the gears at my control... The grass is always greener on the other side. I always think of the wifes trailblazer, rides smooth, shifts normal, yeah it's an SUV, not a Taco, but just wanted to share my experience of how bored I get when I drive Auto. So yeah spend that money, put in that Auto trans. In the end, your wallet will be lighter, with no difference in performance gains, and you will be like, "damn I miss the feel of going through the gears in my 6 spd"..

    The choice is yours, but Im sure it aint a cheap one... Good luck
     
  14. Jan 10, 2009 at 8:17 PM
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    My 08 is the first auto trans I've ever owned, and at 53, I,ve had more than a few cars and trucks. I thought I would miss shifting, and every now and then I find myself looking for the clutch when I'm slowing down, but this tranny is just about perfect.
     
  15. Jan 10, 2009 at 9:11 PM
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    What year is yours? My '09 only has about 600 miles on it and does the same thing shifting from 1st to 2nd. I'd guess it's rough 2/3 of the time. Other gears feel fine though. I haven't taken it back to the dealer yet.
     
  16. Jan 10, 2009 at 9:17 PM
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    I could say the same about 4X4. Or the TRD Sport Package. Or the TRD OR package. Or aftermarket wheels and tires. See my point?
     
  17. Jan 10, 2009 at 9:18 PM
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    That's how I feel, especially post back surgery. There was a time prior to back surgery when I had trouble pushing in the clutch pedal because of sciatica. No more manuals for me, just in case.
     
  18. Jan 10, 2009 at 9:42 PM
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    I too have always been a fan of DIY shifting, but since the Double Cab PreRunner was only available with auto, I had to settle for the auto. I have had it since May 08, and I love it. When I was shopping for the truck I test drove an X-Runner with a stick, and I am sure that the auto was the right choice. I have a motorcycle if I feel like shifting.
     
  19. Jan 10, 2009 at 9:47 PM
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    If you're up for an experiment I'd love to do a swap!!!!



    I learned how to drive with a stick.... this automatic makes me sooo bored
     
  20. Jan 10, 2009 at 9:52 PM
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    I am not talking about this Option off the lot. Talking about a conversion swap, Or, did I misread the OP thread. Hey if you got the AT from the get go, you're good. Just like I feel about my MT. To pay for a swap after is to me a waste of money, and means someone did not think all the way threw before making a puchase... ie.. test drive and all.
     
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