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BANGKOK 24 January 2019 11:15
kuma

New Truck Province Driving - AT or MT?

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Good day 

 

So looking at buying a new vehicle. In the fourth quarter now of this life (10:40 of 3rd anyway!), so could be final one I buy - if not second from last for sure (at least in LOS).

I have decided on just about all aspects - except Auto trans vs Manual trans. 

Interested to hear thoughts.

In my heart I would love to have another MT. Have never owned one in Thailand - and grew up driving on the "proper side" 😉 so it would be interesting from that perspective - and I always liked driving stick in the past at home.

But - I do think about how I might feel after ten years or so of driving - would it still be the novelty it was, or would it be a pain in the a$$? 
I no longer live in Bkk - would never think of it living there. Now in the South East, traffic is for the most part light, driving is mostly highway, and with a 6MT I figure 25% of the time would be 3rd gear, 60% 6th, so dont foresee having to grind thru them like a Bkk taxi driver, but interested to hear if anyone out there uses manual and how you feel about it.

So thats it for this thread, thanks for any and all responses in advance. Cheers

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Yes well consensus so far is AT. I am buying (if I go ahead) the same vehicle I have now which is 2.2L 6AT (Ford/Mazda) - it is a great powertrain and I know it performs well, but still pondering the MT - cost difference is ~30k so not a big factor, more about taking one last swing at MT and would I regret it or not.

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AT is the way to go,i will never get a stickshift again!

 

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Most of the A/T have the "Ricky-Racer" shift option if you really want the "driving" experiance...

 

Be sure to get you some driving gloves....

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We have 4 A/T & 1 M/T scattered about in 3 countries......

Prefer the A/T's most of the time.....The only time M/T really shows itself superior is under decel where the ultimate control is needed (ice, snow, some mud) & a free wheeling A/T or braking creates a disadvantage.....

Since most of the time that doesn't come into play here the A/T is just fine.....

The days of a difference of longevity is long gone.....

 

Only thing here is, real A/T technicians/rebuilders/diagnogtitions really don't exist.....

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Automatic.

And with the modern automatics the "higher fuel consumption" becomes a myth compared to the average manual driver.

Manual under the stop/go conditions in most cities? No way.

 

I found it interesting/surprising that the Toyota best seller car (Vios) isn't even offered with a manual anymore. I didn't check for other manufacturers.

 

 

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Great input, thanks.

I was looking at both the Ranger XLT and Navara Black Edition. I want an 'open cab' with the suicide (showing my age?) doors - and interestingly enough Nissan only has MT for the Black Edition with 'open cab' (they call it king cab), to get AT you need to get a four door....go figure.

I have a four door now, never use the back for passengers and often looking for more space in the bed so this time around getting the open cab with an extra foot of bed space, and still plenty of room in the cab for gear and the occasional passenger.

So if I was to go Nissan MT is the only option, but I am leaning Ford - it seems to be all round sturdier to the touch (top hat and interior). I think the Nissan has a good powertrain, but the interior does not feel right nor the fit and finish when closing the doors. So if it is Ford, then I can still choose between AT or MT, they offer both.

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Automatic is my strong advice. Firstly for all the pros mentioned earlier. Secondly (my favourite) is that many new cars come with anti collision and with that the acc (automatic cruise control) witch is a blessing when you're stuck behind another car or you just want a more relaxed drive. 

I just bought a Pajero Sport and are very pleased with the acc. If I want quick acceleration and not wishing high rpm, I simply shift on the pads at the steering wheel. Modern a/t are great and efficient. My 8 steps trany is gold (my personal opinion).

 

There are other other great cars out there. However, I don't have any experience from them, therefore can't really tell. 

 

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On 12/14/2018 at 8:23 PM, Hupaponics said:

Automatic is my strong advice. Firstly for all the pros mentioned earlier. Secondly (my favourite) is that many new cars come with anti collision and with that the acc (automatic cruise control) witch is a blessing when you're stuck behind another car or you just want a more relaxed drive. 

I just bought a Pajero Sport and are very pleased with the acc. If I want quick acceleration and not wishing high rpm, I simply shift on the pads at the steering wheel. Modern a/t are great and efficient. My 8 steps trany is gold (my personal opinion).

 

There are other other great cars out there. However, I don't have any experience from them, therefore can't really tell. 

 

Agreed Acc is a great option I have it now and drive hands only quite often. 

But would that not be an option w mt as well? If course you can speed up slow down only within a band depending on your speed, but I only use it on the highway at speed that would be Top Gear anyway. 

This week is decision time all around so see what happens

Cheers

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4 minutes ago, kuma said:

Agreed Acc is a great option I have it now and drive hands only quite often. 

But would that not be an option w mt as well? If course you can speed up slow down only within a band depending on your speed, but I only use it on the highway at speed that would be Top Gear anyway. 

This week is decision time all around so see what happens

Cheers

Be a REAL man and get the standard. Don't listen to all these pussies that don't know how to drive using a clutch!

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