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Old 08-25-2007, 05:56 PM   #1
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Manual vs. Automatic

So I've been debating on replacing my 2002 Frontier with a new truck, preferably something full size. I'm having a heck of a time finding anything that comes with a V8 and a manual transmission. Seems like my only option is a Dodge 1500 with the 4.7 Magnum V8 (no I'm not going to even consider the one with the Viper engine). Well I was telling my friend at work about the problem I'm having finding one and he seems to think that manual tranmission vehicles are stupid and a waste of effort.

Both of my vehicles have been manuals and I really don't like to drive my wifes car cause it's an auto... am I the only one who likes to drive manual transmission cars and trucks anymore?
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:59 PM   #2
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may want to chekc the new tacoma. I know its a v6 but man that thing is fun.
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mechanically better, depends if you're gonna be hauling/towing ....

just for example, If it was a ranch truck or fleet truck, def manual ... easier maintnance and more reliability..... tranny flush is $79-130 and to change manual gear box fluid is $35 ...

plus better gas mileage,

it's just alot of trouble to drive 'constantly' in rush hour ..

I would put up with it, if I had a sports car (like my nissan 300zx)
plus I had a 1100 hp diesel ... was 5 spd ..

but I also had a drag race truck that was automatic, best way to drag race..

Somedays I love to just get in my wife's car and relax and not worry about shifting or anything like that

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are you going to be doing city driving or just long commuting between your ranch and houston?

get the auto for a truck and manual for a car
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auto for work truck or 4x4 or tow truck .... that transmission is gonna explode and work harder than it should ...

unless the car is a sports car or you're trying to get some awesome gas mileage, go automatic ....

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are you going to be doing city driving or just long commuting between your ranch and houston?

get the auto for a truck and manual for a car
Shoot, I only put about 75 miles a week on my Frontier right now... the Park N Ride is about 5 miles from my house, I take that into downtown.

Not going to be towing too much, just my bike/trailer... maybe some jet skis in the future, but nothing too heavy.
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Manual's are for people who enjoy driving or are doing it for a purpose (towing/off-roading/gas mileage)

if you dont fit either of those, go automatic ..

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I've had autos in both of my tow rigs; a 3/4 ton Dodge 4x4 and a 1 ton Dodge 4x4 dually.
The auto is easier to drive, and I can typically accelerate faster both loaded and unloaded compared to a standard, I get the same / better mileage, and it's less hassle.

As far as trucks, IMO, if you're going to get a full size, buy a diesel.
They'll typically get better mileage and will last much longer than their gas powered counterparts.
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I've had autos in both of my tow rigs; a 3/4 ton Dodge 4x4 and a 1 ton Dodge 4x4 dually.
The auto is easier to drive, and I can typically accelerate faster both loaded and unloaded compared to a standard, I get the same / better mileage, and it's less hassle.

As far as trucks, IMO, if you're going to get a full size, buy a diesel.
They'll typically get better mileage and will last much longer than their gas powered counterparts.
haha patrick just hit the G-spot on both subjects, dodge and diesels are the exceptions ...

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2 out of my 3 are auto, but I still like standard better. sucks in traffic though.

in my experience auto just go out and leave you on the side of the road just about. my manuals have always given me lots of warning when it was going to need a clutch.
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for city driving auto is the way to go, unless you got extra energy every day for the stop and go traffic of houston
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Shoot, I only put about 75 miles a week on my Frontier right now... the Park N Ride is about 5 miles from my house, I take that into downtown.

Not going to be towing too much, just my bike/trailer... maybe some jet skis in the future, but nothing too heavy.
then why get a v8? my little i-5 colorado can haul all over the above stated and isnt too shabby on gas nor is it going to break the bank... , but it is auto...
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:55 AM   #15
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I have a load of cars and the standards are deffinately my favorite, unless you are going to be stuck in traffic then they suck but for a country drive or a quick jet through the forest standard is the way to go.
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for your purposes go auto. I love shift which is what i got in my car but for a truck get auto.
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i've never owned an auto in my life. manual ftw
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i've never owned an auto in my life. manual ftw
Manual FTW!

I'm the same way other than a deal on my 1-ton that I could not pass up.

If motorcycles only came with an automatic tranny, I would have to find a new money pit!!
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So I've been debating on replacing my 2002 Frontier with a new truck, preferably something full size. I'm having a heck of a time finding anything that comes with a V8 and a manual transmission. Seems like my only option is a Dodge 1500 with the 4.7 Magnum V8 (no I'm not going to even consider the one with the Viper engine). Well I was telling my friend at work about the problem I'm having finding one and he seems to think that manual tranmission vehicles are stupid and a waste of effort.

Both of my vehicles have been manuals and I really don't like to drive my wifes car cause it's an auto... am I the only one who likes to drive manual transmission cars and trucks anymore?
the dodge is a great Idea I own a dodge with the manual and love it every truck i have had has been manual and i wouldnt have it any other way

plus with the new dodge you get the 6 speed transmission it really helps the gas milage alot stick with the manual bro and get the new lifetime powertrain warranty from dodge it is great great great and i repeat great
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my wife's car is an f250 with a manual I have an f350 with a manual and a miata with a manual. Neither of us has learned to drive an auto if you are in a car with an auto with either of us you can feel every shift that thing makes. If you are in the f250 with my wife driving you most likely can only hear the shifts. When I drive her car I will be a little rougher with the shift as her gear ratios are different then my f350. She keeps a truck log as I do she has avg over the last 250k miles better then 22 mpg. I am at 16 with the f350 and if I drive her car it is 21 for me.
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