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Old 06-17-2016, 09:56 PM   #1
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So I'm in the early stages of "tire-kicking" a new tow vehicle (dangerous business, I know!), and have a question about the Tacoma.
When I replaced my old Ranger with a 2011 model, the manual Ranger was rated by Ford to tow 3,100 lbs, the automatic 5,560 lbs. So I reluctantly got the auto (I still prefer manual gears).
I note the 2016 Tacoma is rated by Toyota for 6,500 lbs towing with either the manual or automatic.
Any thoughts about the apparent discrepancy?
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:52 PM   #2
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So I'm in the early stages of "tire-kicking" a new tow vehicle (dangerous business, I know!), and have a question about the Tacoma.
When I replaced my old Ranger with a 2011 model, the manual Ranger was rated by Ford to tow 3,100 lbs, the automatic 5,560 lbs. So I reluctantly got the auto (I still prefer manual gears).
I note the 2016 Tacoma is rated by Toyota for 6,500 lbs towing with either the manual or automatic.
Any thoughts about the apparent discrepancy?
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:22 PM   #3
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The difference between the manual transmission technology in any Ranger and a 2016 Tacoma is more likely to be something like twenty or thirty years.

But seriously, the limitation relevant to trailer towing with a manual transmission is usually the clutch (not the transmission) - the clutch gets slipped a lot starting off and maneuvering. It seems likely that either Toyota just uses a relatively large clutch, or is less concerned that the driver will slip it a lot, so the limitation is something else (likely related to the engine).
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I still prefer manual gears
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I learned to drive with a stick (three on the tree) and I've owned several manual transmission vehicles. Today? I prefer an automatic. I guess that means I'm either lazy or old.

If I still owned a sportscar however, the only choice would be manual.


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Old 06-18-2016, 02:57 AM   #6
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Mmmmm times have changed .... if I had sports car ... it would be a single speed ( well all right.... 2 speed so it could have reverse) with an electric motor on all four wheels.

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Old 06-18-2016, 05:07 AM   #7
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I have to disagree with you Brian, when you've been shifting 18 speed transmissions for as long as I have an automatic is a real treat.
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I remember when we had 4 pedals, here was the extra one on the left for high beams...
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Also there was a 5th pedal on my 56 Ford, the windshield washer had a manual pump you used your left foot to pump the liquid out of a bag under the hood. But you had to be careful going up hills as the wipers were vacuum operated and would stop under a load.
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I have to disagree with you Brian, when you've been shifting 18 speed transmissions for as long as I have an automatic is a real treat.
And now even a lot of the big trucks are going to automatic transmissions too.

I like a manual tranny for most small engine cars, as it adds to the fun factor, and gets them up and going quicker. Still, in most vehicles fuel economy is better with an automatic, maybe 'cause the computers on board are smarter than we are.
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