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Old June 17th, 2011, 01:36 AM
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Couple of questions about the D90

Hello! I am a new D90 owner and I am soaking up as much knowledge as I can here. I have a few questions that I can't seem to find the answer to on here or other places on the web.

-on the 97 D90 ST which is the standard configuration for the back seats the forward facing bench or the jump seats? I have seen both and not sure which was the OEM set up.

-Also I can't seem to find the answer, but why did Land Rover decide to do the 97 D90 in the auto transmission only and only for the NAS model? Was there not a demand for manual transmissions? Which is preferred among the hard core off roaders?

Looking forward to your comments,

Michasel
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Old June 17th, 2011, 01:44 AM
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Most Land Rover owners are hindered by changing gears, hard to talk on the phone and drink starbucks.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 07:44 AM
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I think the NA market wanted the auto....
I think side by side .. 5 speed to the auto the auto will out sell the 5 speed
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Old June 17th, 2011, 08:06 AM
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Very interesting.

I am new to the truck market but well versed in the sports car area. As a purest the manual is the way to connect with the automobile and before the age of computer assist for almost everything the manual allowed you to really extract the power out of the engine. You could use the manual set up to feather the car or really tap into the torque to make it run.

If you look at the JEEP market would you say the same thing about the auto vs the manual transmission? I just wondered if there is an advantage to off-roading with either an auto or manual transmission?
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What did you search for? Search "offroading auto" and you'll find a bunch of discussions on it.

Example:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=23145
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-Also I can't seem to find the answer, but why did Land Rover decide to do the 97 D90 in the auto transmission only and only for the NAS model? Was there not a demand for manual transmissions? Which is preferred among the hard core off roaders?

Looking forward to your comments,

Michasel
Take a look at how many vehicles in the USA sell with a manual trans.
As for hard core off roaders, they choose their equipment based on the type of terrain and use they encounter. In many cases an automatic is actually preferable .

"Most Land Rover owners are hindered by changing gears, hard to talk on the phone and drink starbucks."

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