I've heard people say that they do not downshift to slow down or stop, but rely on the brakes alone. The idea is that "brakes are cheaper than trannies or clutches". What is the general concensus on this? Six weeks ago, I traded in my 1997 2.7 Tacoma with the 5 speed for a 2004 3.4 with an automatic. It's the first auto I have owned in 12 years. I have always downshifted with the manuals, and I'm finding it hard to break the habit. I'll first shut off the overdrive, and if necessary, pull it into second. My father who hasn't owned a manual since the sixties recommended against it using the logic quoted above. Does the tranny not downshift on its own when braking? I'm just making it do it sooner to get some engine braking... Am I alone? I'm mostly curious about you guys with the auto, but I'm curious in general if you downshift.