Originally Posted by JohnsD90
What does the transmission have to do with anything? The manual should be superior for long distance journeys as you can put the power down with less drivetrain loss.
Out here In the western mountains even on long drives I find inclines can require some shifting around to keep the power in the necessary band. Makes you work a little harder. In some cases this can happen over hours, not minutes.
I have the Exmoor matting in mine and it helps immensely, still a bit loud though. There is a lot going on. Not to say I don't have a whine or two associated with drivetrain and not the actual engine.