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Old 05-03-2012, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Manual 4-Wheeler Transmissions

This article disturbed me. I don't seek out manual transmissions because I think they improve the performance of my vehicle or because I think they produce better mileage. I just like the damned things. My vehicles since 1985 (all pickups) have been stick-shifts.

Sometimes when I'm stuck in traffic or my back's out and it hurts to push in the clutch, I think, "Oh, I suppose an auto trans would be nice" but to me, part of the fun of driving is shifting gears.

I mean, Apples to Oranges, but wouldn't riding an auto-trans KLR be kind of boring?

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Old 05-03-2012, 04:46 PM
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I'm with you planalp. I just bought a brand new 2012 Tacoma: 5 speed manual gear box.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:16 PM
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Well from a brief skim of that, sounds more like they mean manual clutch, not manual transmission. I'd hardly consider the modern DSG gear boxes, automatics.

Yes I take great pride in my ability to heel-toe, but if the vehicle I want has better performance with a computer controlled DSG, then that is what I'm going for. Then again, until they force me to buy a bike with no clutch lever, I don't see it really being an issue for me. Two wheels only!
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by NH Thumper View Post
I'm with you planalp. I just bought a brand new 2012 Tacoma: 5 speed manual gear box.
My '03 Tacoma has the 5-speed. I'm gonna keep it on the road as long as I can (currently at 155,000: shooting for at least 300,000) but I'm gonna hate it when it expires. The newer ones are a hell of a vehicle, but I'm partial to the little ones and I think mine was the last year they made 'em.

Awhile back, my neighbor let me drive his '90 Peterbilt road tractor. Gotta admit, that's a little bit too much shifting for my tastes!

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