Manual transmission Taco

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  1. Weedhopper

    Weedhopper SILVER Star

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    I am looking at a 2017 Off Road Taco on Carmax. Six speed, only 6K miles. I am thinking someone bought it and did not like the manual transmission. Nice truck, but it’s 2400 miles away so I can’t test drive it.

    Anyone have experience with the manual ?
     
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    I have an 07' with a six speed, and love it.
     
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    I found one local, will run over and drive it.
     
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    Same powertrain as my FJ Cruiser. Love it. Redline MTL vastly improved the shift quality.

    As far as the motor - on paper it looks about equal to the motor in a Wrangler. But I've driven both and it is way more motor than the Jeep - not that you were considering one just sayin'.
     
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    I think it’s gonna be a manual. I have read too many automatic transmission stories lately concerning the Taco to scare me away. I like the manual anyway. Pretty bulletproof if it’s taken care of.
     
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    I have a '17 AC Sport with MT and certainly enjoy it. Popping into first at stop lights is occasionally a little clunky/sticky (feel like the plant didn't fill the transmission fluid up all the way, only 1.5k miles on it so maybe just breaking it in still!) but it's solid. We aren't going to win any races off the line but I've always felt comfortable merging, responsive for sure. The gearing overlap of 4th/5th took a minute to get used to (meaning I've found myself going 50mph+ without noticing the need to upshi all in all, I love the MT.

    Is it an import- didn't know OR w/MT was an option!
     
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    It is an option, but as mine is 10 yrs old, I can only hope that it stays an option.
     
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    Still an option on Sport and Off Road trucks. Saves a couple grand $ too.

    Reading the forums there were a lot of complaints concerning the auto. Lots of people selling. I was wondering why there were so many Taco’s for sale on Carmax in the 6-10ak mile range.

    I’ll go to the dealer and see if I can order exactly what I want. Some color choices are “ out of stock “
     
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    Love my 6MT!

    @usgrant Mine is also notchy/clunky, but I'd rather it be this way with low miles than be buttery smooth out the gate and all worn out in no time. I plan to switch to Redline MT90 which makes the 6-speed Lotus transaxle I have in my Supercharged MR2 shift amazingly smooth.

    Averaging just over 17 MPG on 40s :)

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    Plus having a manual makes it easier to do fun things like this:

     
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    2017 6MT Tacoma Sport. Same transmission as the OR. Very happy with it. The 1st and 2nd gear ratios are an odd match to get you the torque you need at low rpms and take some getting used to while shifting. But the overall tranny has been great for my needs ~12,000 miles so far.
    I have run heavily loaded with mulch in 2wd and 4HI no problem. Towed and launched my boat (16ft Sylvan) without issue from Pittsburgh to Erie many times, literally well over a thousand miles with how many times i have done it boat and trailer is under 2500 lbs, though the bed is usually full of stuff ~500 lbs. Now towing my uncle's larger boat (crestliner 2160) is more of an issue, it is around 5000 lbs (according to him, I do not think it is that heavy) with the motors and trailer and all his gear in it. The tacoma still pulls it better than my old ridgeline and old pilot did. Just have to think ahead for braking, his trailer and mine both do not have brakes. Now his Ecoboost F150 does tow his boat better, obviously.
    Also as expected gas mileage does suffer while towing, but I mean you are towing a boat...it suffers whether its my Tacoma or his F150, each has its strengths.

    Some have complained about the gear ratio in reverse, especially when towing. I have not had any issues, just have to remember to go easy.
     
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