how do you guys (especially you LTed guys) like this combo? how does it do in sand and loose dirt? i know how the 5spd is but what about the auto??
yeah i also live in the higher elevations for a portion of the year in snowmass, co (just short of 8000ft), another reason i am skepticali drove a friends double cab with auto and compared to my xtra cab 5 speed, it felt underpowered. we do live around 7k feet and lots of hills tho.
i am that guy you are claiming doesn't know how to drive an auto in the sand.:flipoff1: And i assure you that it's not because i'm an idiot. The auto transmission has fewer gears which means they are going to have to be taller to achieve the same cruising speed as a 5-speed. You put 33's on it and it only makes the final drive ratio that much taller. You put a genius behind the wheel it's not going to dig itself out of the sand any better. I'm not trash talking the automatic trans, i just think it will take a bit more money to get the same power out of it.The problem is your friend not knowing how to drive then........Mine has 4.10's and 32's and I make several trips to the dunes each year and never have a problem.........hell when i take the 4runner which has a 5 speed I spend the entire trip fighting it cause it always seems to want to be right in between gears (2nd is too low.....third is too much......with t-case in low) where as the auto has enough rpm range and flexability that you don't ever run into this.
One other question...........you say you like to be able to run higher rpm's and keep your momentum up with the 5-speed..........who says you cant do that with a auto???........if you pull it back into 1rst you can run the dam thing to the rev limiter and hold it there if you really want.
Sounds like you just aren't geared right. And why would you put your tcase in low?when i take the 4runner which has a 5 speed I spend the entire trip fighting it cause it always seems to want to be right in between gears (2nd is too low.....third is too much......with t-case in low) where as the auto has enough rpm range and flexability that you don't ever run into this.
Lets see, better gas mileage, cheaper to maintain and repair, and more controll...The auto is great.........why anyone enjoys fucking with a 5 speed is beyond me.