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Old 01-29-2019, 08:37 AM   #31
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truck transmissions are a whole different ball game than SUV transmissions.

Fitment, more room for real transmissions in pickups, than SUV's
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Old 01-29-2019, 11:22 AM   #32
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The big issue with towing with a manual vehicle is the lack of torque converter torque multiplication.

Whereas a torque converter can happily slip as needed (ever drive an E53 X5 3.0?), you're using up the clutch whenever you do that. So you tend to have a lot more available power off the line in an auto.
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:49 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by rumatt View Post
I'm obviously a fan of manual transmissions, but I don't get why people seek them out in trucks or SUV's, particularly when towing.

a) I don't see myself excited about shifting when driving in those scenarios b) a torque converter has real advantages.
I had a Ford Ranger with a 5-speed manual, and I remember carrying some heavy loads with it. Using a clutch was a royal pain in the ass, because I had to let it slip more than usual.

Fast forward a number of years, and now I have 1/2-ton Silverado with an automatic. When it comes to towing my boat, especially around steep boat ramps, it's hassle-free.

IMHO, manual transmissions belong to cars that are fun to drive.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:15 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by 3LOU5 View Post
IMHO, manual transmissions belong to cars that are fun to drive.
I agree with this. I think she should just get an auto 4Runner or something.
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