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Toyota Manual or Automatic Transmission?

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I am thinking of getting a Toyota Tacoma that I would be bringing down to STT. Any ideas if you would get a manual or automatic transmission for driving there? I was thinking with all the hills there might be better with manual to downshift going down hills?

Pros and cons please?

Posted : December 3, 2010 3:52 am
Exit Zero
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I find manual trannys to be better suited up and down the hills - automatics - called 'mash and go' or 'two pedal's - are always changing gears going up and you are standing on the brake or in low with high revs coming down.
If possible buy a car assembled in the USA - less tax coming in.

Posted : December 3, 2010 4:02 am
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Correct, VIN # needs to be 1, 4 or 5 it is a U.S. car.

Posted : December 3, 2010 4:34 am
Marty on STT
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Another idea...we have car lots here...why go thru the hassle of buying up there, the money and hassle to ship it here and get it registered, when you can buy one from a dealer here, decide on the test drive which tranny would be best for you, and have the dealer go to the BMV for ya....just sayin'...

Posted : December 3, 2010 10:08 am
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The Nissan Frontier is built in the US and has a very strong V6. I thought the engine on the toymoter to be a bit buzzy and overall the truck seemed not as tough as the Frontier, although the interior seems a bit more plush. That was back in '05. I went with the NISMO Off-Road edition of the Frontier w/auto trans and couldn't be more pleased - when I can pry it away from the Mrs. Not so many steep hills here in STX but going down The Beast (big hill north shore) I simply drop a cog (downshift) on the slush box and she engine brakes nicely. 4WD is a real plus when you need it but most seem to get away without it.

Posted : December 3, 2010 1:39 pm
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I agree with Marty. You need to look real good at the costs involved. Go to tropical shipping and get an estimate. You will need to pay the shipping, a road tax and customs.

There are lots of cars down here. But the choice is yours.


Posted : December 3, 2010 2:15 pm
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I have driven there often but always rent a car when I am at my house there, the automatics take for ever to get the gears down. I have a settlement as my 07 Tundra got head on'd and need a truck here for the next 2 years.

I dont want to buy there, I have seen what the climate and roads do to cars there.

Posted : December 3, 2010 4:34 pm
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a standard shift is great for going down the hills. However they are harder in sitting on a hill, for either a light or traffic, if you have to slip the clutch to keep from rolling back. That is unless you are good at heel / toe on the brake and gas to start moving again. I don't have a problem but some do.

Posted : December 4, 2010 1:48 pm
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