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Old 01-23-2011, 03:03 PM
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Well Shit! I spoke to soon about my manual trans. I jinxed myself. Today on my way up north about 30 miles to plow, I noticed at the top of gears 3rd-5th it felt like I was loosing traction at the back wheels and spinning. Well the roads were dry. My clutch is slipping. Still got good grip at the bottom end of the gears, still plowed good. Just the top end. I could only go about 45 on the way home in 4th gear, 5th would just rev out.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:04 PM
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Well Shit! I spoke to soon about my manual trans. I jinxed myself. Today on my way up north about 30 miles to plow, I noticed at the top of gears 3rd-5th it felt like I was loosing traction at the back wheels and spinning. Well the roads were dry. My clutch is slipping. Still got good grip at the bottom end of the gears, still plowed good. Just the top end. I could only go about 45 on the way home in 4th gear, 5th would just rev out.
I hope you resolve this issue before it gets out of hand. keep us posted.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:44 AM
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I personally prefer a manual transmission. I think the driver is in better tune with what the vehicle is doing with one and can react to driving conditions better as a result.

From other discussions on this forum, the auto transmission seems to be more robust when it comes to towing. How much of that is opinion and how much of that is fact, I couldn't tell you.

Now, if I were one to be driving into the city every day, I would definitely get an automatic. Rush hour traffic with a stick is miserable. Aside from that, it's a stick every day of the week!
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:59 AM
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I use to have an 02 4.0 4x4 auto and with compairing the two trucks, they behave completely different.

Personally, I think the auto is geared alot better than the manual. My 02 seems alot faster than my 03. But that auto was a pos and I started having issues at 50k. I like the manual alot better becuase it is more reliable.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:02 AM
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I use to have an 02 4.0 4x4 auto and with compairing the two trucks, they behave completely different.

Personally, I think the auto is geared alot better than the manual. My 02 seems alot faster than my 03. But that auto was a pos and I started having issues at 50k. I like the manual alot better becuase it is more reliable.
I just checked and the auto and manual are geard differently, I never even considered test driving the auto, When I saw how responsive the clutch and shiter was, I knew I was Sold, If the Manual was crap, I think I would have look at an early 2000 Tacoma or Frontier Manual.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:38 AM
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I'm a manual transmission guy all the way. I don't ever want a vehicle w/o one. Shifting in town isn't an issue. W/ the 4.0 the Ranger has enough power to take off in 2nd and you never really need to shift much while in town. At stop lights, I put it in neutral (like you are supposed to) so i'm not holding the clutch. A lot of times i'll shift 1-3-5. Not a problem at all. I also have a Dodge Neon R/T w/ a 5 speed and a short throw shifter. Now that is a lot of fun to drive. I wish they made an STS for the Rangers. I've also had a couple of vehicles w/ automatics, and both were showing signs that there were going to be some issues. Never again. But then, manual transmissions are getting phased out in the USA so it may come to the point where we have no choice. You can't purchase a new F150, F250, or F350 w/ a manual transmission. I believe Dodge is the last maker to offer a manual in a full size truck, and someone said this is the last year for that. People began using trucks as their family cars and now they are glorified grocery-getters. I read only about 5% of vehicles in the USA are manuals, while over 80% of vehicles in the UK are still manuals. I've studied up on it some because i'm concerned that I won't have the option of a standard transmission. Driving a vehicle w/ a manual transmission is a driving experience. It's fun and enjoyable. Driving a vehicle w/ an automatic is removed from the experience of driving, which I find enjoyable. I don't want to be removed from it, for the sake of convenience. And I know 80+ year old farmers who still drive manual transmission trucks.

Jason, it sounds like your slave cylinder is leaking. Pull the inspection plug on the tranny and see if it's slobbery in there.

Andy, I've seen folks on the Frontier forums complaining about the manuals in their trucks, mostly the shifting. Not so much as a mechanical problem, but more of a common dislike/issue.

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Old 01-26-2011, 09:49 AM
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Sometimes I pretend my truck is a manual and I move my hand like I'm shifting; my freinds think I'm crazy
lol my friend does that with his 99 Buick regal i think its hilarious
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:15 AM
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Both my Rangers were autos and I preferred that when wheeling. My car is a stick, not sure if I will keep buying stick though. I would like to mainly due to cost, usually at least a $1000 less. Plus the fiance cannot drive stick...hehe
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:31 AM
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having owned 4.0 rangers in both auto and manual id have to say i prefer auto, especially with a tuner. i know people say manuals are for real men blah blah blah, i say BS! the autos just plain do a better job for what i use the truck for (towing, wheeling) the 5 speed auto is a slick shifting trans to begin with and it only gets better with a good tune. i enjoyed the manual trans for everyday driving but i still prefer the auto for all around use. the ranger manual transmissions are known to be weak when used for towing and a properly maintained auto trans can be just as dependable as a manual, at least from my experience. the only auto trans i had major issues with was the one in my 86 but that was the super weak A4LD auto that was designed for a 4 banger but they used it that year behind the new 2.6 V6, mix that with an inexperienced 16 year old driver (me) and a heavy foot and it was bad news for that trans. lol my 96 and 01 4.0 auto trans have worked great, 96 had 140,000 on it when i sold it, 01 has over 90,000 (hard but well maintained miles). the 93 4.0 manual i had went through several clutches, many throwout bearings and 2 gear boxes in its 240,000 mile lifetime. just my 2 pennys.
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:23 AM
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i wish my 05 f150 was manual
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:55 AM
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I didn't buy my truck for towing, I bought it more for the rugged feel as well as the fun factor off rowing through 5 gears of 238 Lb feet of torque, YEAH! I can't wait. Picking it up tomorrow night after work.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:24 AM
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I like manual alot more than automatic. one because u are actually controlling the car alot more. Two because with manual u can controll your traction much better than automatic... especially on the trails. I practically refuse to own an automatic vehicle. PLUS its much more satisfying to just rip through gears haha.

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Sometimes I pretend my truck is a manual and I move my hand like I'm shifting; my freinds think I'm crazy
lol my friend does that with his 99 Buick regal i think its hilarious
Have you ever driven an automatic and accidently tired to press the imaginary clutch pedal? happens to me all the time lmao
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:56 AM
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Have you ever driven an automatic and accidently tired to press the imaginary clutch pedal? happens to me all the time lmao
sort of...except I usually do it on on ramps to the freeway and the imaginary clutch pedal turns out to be the ginormous brake pedal! scares the crap out of me and everyone else in the car...only funny when no one is behind you though.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:31 AM
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sort of...except I usually do it on on ramps to the freeway and the imaginary clutch pedal turns out to be the ginormous brake pedal! scares the crap out of me and everyone else in the car...only funny when no one is behind you though.
BWAHAHA ive never done that but yes it would deffinately be halarious if nothing bad came of it.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:50 AM
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I've definitely gouged for a non-existent clutch pedal before.
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