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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:10 PM
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Automatic Transmission for off road use?

How well do auto transmissions work off road? Looking at a 110 that has had a 4.6 and an Auto transmission swap after an engine fire.

So I am curious how well they work for serious off roading?

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Old July 1st, 2010, 12:39 AM
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They are actually much easier to drive. The ZF will hold a gear, just like a manual. The only downside is that they are not quite as good on downhills using engine braking. It will hold first, but it is not as aggressive as a manual.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 08:53 AM
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Personal preference really - I love both. Completely depends on terrain and your driving style.

That said the majority of the time it *is* easier to drive gently and a little more relaxed with the automatic as you can pay more attention to the line you're taking, what's happening etc and less about gears/clutch.

However there are times the manual offers better control like during decent and also when you need a certain tire spin and don't want to have the automatic shift on you.

For most of the time on a trail I prefer an automatic if given the choice so long as it will hold gears OK and has decent feel. On the street a stick is much more fun.... and a Series Truck should NEVER have an automatic - defenders are fine.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:11 AM
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I feel the ZF in these does a really good job off road.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:12 AM
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I agree it's personal preference. I prefer stick shift on the trail myself, but the auto is nice on the street if you drive in traffic.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:14 AM
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I have a 3.9 and a zf and had no problems in MOAB.
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Wow, another 110? You definitely have a collection going. nice.
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Wow, another 110? You definitely have a collection going. nice.
An intervention might be needed...along with a redistribution of 110 wealth, let's spread it around to North Georgia.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 12:08 PM
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Please share the secret! Single iirc, but there has to be more...
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Old July 1st, 2010, 12:14 PM
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after years of driving rocks with a manual I converted my D90 to an Auto, but it really is terrain and personal preference specific.
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Please share the secret! Single iirc, but there has to be more...

Well, it's the not the red-headed girlfriend factor. I have one, and still only have one Defender.
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Well, it's the not the red-headed girlfriend factor. I have one, and still only have one Defender.
Horsey, you know what color his girlfriend's hair is??? I see a restraining order being issued in the near future...
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Horsey, you know what color his girlfriend's hair is??? I see a restraining order being issued in the near future...

There were pictures in the thread where he brought the white 110 home.

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PS I have a redheaded girlfriend too. Lots of rovers = crazy = like crazy redheads
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Horsey, you know what color his girlfriend's hair is??? I see a restraining order being issued in the near future...
She's from FL too

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There were pictures in the thread where he brought the white 110 home.

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PS I have a redheaded girlfriend too. Lots of rovers = crazy = like crazy redheads
Totally offended at the red head comment
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