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bostonwindows30 08-16-2013 04:03 AM

Stick vs automatic
 
I am looking into buying a ford, v-8 etc. noticed I have been running into alot of stick transmission, I need 4x4 I pull small trailer from time to time.. What's the pros and cons about having a stick??? Is it better??? Worse when pulling something..???????? Help

RoyalAcresRod 08-16-2013 06:20 AM

I'm assuming you're talking about pickup trucks.

Automatic transmissions in cars have reached the point where their mileage is equal to or better than sticks - in cars.

But I haven't seen statistics on this in trucks.

You'll pay less for a stick truck, and have lower resale value. As far as towing ability, you'll find that info all over the web. If it's just a small trailer, you'll be fine.

It's mostly a matter of preference.

oh'mike 08-16-2013 06:55 AM

Rod summed it up nicely---

A stick will allow more controlled pulling with an extremely heavy load----especially on hills and mountains---but that is seldom an issue with the sort of towing done with light trucks---

I'd prefer an automatic but wouldn't pass up a good deal on a truck with a stick---

RoyalAcresRod 08-16-2013 07:21 AM

Thank you, Mike

bostonwindows30 08-16-2013 07:25 AM

I am looking to buy a pick up but some deals out there are great when it comes to a stick, that's the reason I am asking before I buy..

I haven't driven one in years, but I am sure I will get the hang of it, lol

Any more info would be greatly appreciated to narrow down my vehicle

RoyalAcresRod 08-16-2013 07:29 AM

A lot depends on how you plan to use it. Some folks, like me, like a loaded King Ranch F250.

Others really work out of their truck, and want rubber floor mats and a more utilitarian style.

One can never go wrong, methinks, with a heavy duty 250. You'll pay more, but it'll last a long time.

oh'mike 08-16-2013 07:50 AM

I was a confirmed manual trans driver for much of my life----But as time went on,I found that that automatic trans can nicely handle heavy loads and towing.

So I switched to automatic for my trucks and never regretted it.

But,like I said--if a great deal came up on a truck with a manual,I'd sure consider it.

raylo32 08-16-2013 07:59 AM

Autos are generally stronger and more durable than manuals, too. The hydraulic torque converter takes a lot of shock out of the loop. The other consideration is where you'll be driving. If a lot of traffic definitely get an auto. For me it is trucks: autos, sports cars: manuals.

47_47 08-16-2013 08:09 AM

If you plan on hanging a plow go with an auto.

bostonwindows30 08-16-2013 08:55 AM

Well automatic, it is,, thanks guys..

ukrkoz 08-16-2013 09:59 PM

Much less hassle with manual. More reliable. Much easier to repair. Under proper maintenance, they will overlast any automatic. More fun to drive. Much easier on repairs. Overall vehicle lighter weight=better mpg. Manual will still outperform automatic on mpg.
You eventually get tired of shifting.
Getting stuck, UPHILL, in stop and go traffic is a challenge.
Stopping at red light, on a 15% uphill, winter time, well......

oh'mike 08-16-2013 10:32 PM

It was a lot of rush our traffic that made me switch

I still enjoy the handling of a manual shift car or truck---

raylo32 08-17-2013 07:10 AM

Not sure I'd agree with this. Burned clutches, squealing throw-out bearings, slipping clutches, leaking masters.... You are almost guaranteed to have some or all of these sooner or later with a manual. But while they can also fail good automatics often go darned near forever with nothing but a fluid change. But I have had good and bad examples/luck with both manuals and autos.


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Originally Posted by ukrkoz (Post 1230254)
Much less hassle with manual. More reliable. Much easier to repair. Under proper maintenance, they will overlast any automatic. More fun to drive. Much easier on repairs. Overall vehicle lighter weight=better mpg. Manual will still outperform automatic on mpg.
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ddawg16 08-17-2013 07:44 AM

A $2 throw out bearing cost Andy Granatelli the Indy race in 1967....turbine car...2 laps to go....

raylo32 08-17-2013 08:15 AM

Yeah... I call them throw away bearings.

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Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1230389)
A $2 throw out bearing cost Andy Granatelli the Indy race in 1967....turbine car...2 laps to go....



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