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Old December 11th, 2009, 05:50 PM
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5 spd VS Auto

I am new to the defender world and I want to start by saying I love this truc. I have one big question. I took my truck to a local unpaved dirt road and it seems like an auto would be a lot better for off road, any of you who have experienced both types have a preferrence? I plan on doing a lot of offroading and I'm already planning on selling this one to buy a 97.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 05:58 PM
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Depends. I do better with manual, but lots of people prefer auto. All what you are used to and comfortable with and each has their pluses and minuses (ie decents and climbs are easier in a manual, whereas crawling is easier in an auto).
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Old December 11th, 2009, 06:14 PM
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what Ron said- or if you have issues. I had a total knee 6 years ago, and switched everything to auto, and both have +/-'s.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 07:12 PM
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I've had both. I would an a crawler to the 5 speed. For me this was the most all-around useful set-up.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 08:04 PM
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The 5 speed is much more enjoyable to drive than the automatic.
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You have a lot of options for either transmissions... Everything depends on how your are going to use the truck. You can change gears in the diffs and/or in the transfer case and even get and under-drive.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 09:56 PM
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5 spd-less dependent on brakes, more driver control, more fun IMO.
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5 spd-less dependent on brakes, more driver control, more fun IMO.
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I don't know, I have never been offroad.

But if I ever get to try it, I would imagine that the manual would put power to the ground infinitely better than the automatic. I would also imagine that it would be much easier to really crawl and pop out of drive fast for steep ascents.

One day I hope to try it.
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I've owned both and prefer the manual on and off road.

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I don't know, I have never been offroad.

But if I ever get to try it, I would imagine that the manual would put power to the ground infinitely better than the automatic. I would also imagine that it would be much easier to really crawl and pop out of drive fast for steep ascents.

One day I hope to try it.
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I don't know, I have never been offroad.

But if I ever get to try it, I would imagine that the manual would put power to the ground infinitely better than the automatic. I would also imagine that it would be much easier to really crawl and pop out of drive fast for steep ascents.

One day I hope to try it.
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I have both and prefer manual. But you don't say why you think an auto would be better. What occurred on the dirt road that made you think this? If you explain maybe we can give better opinions. Personally I can't imagine any difference between dirt road and pavement driving with either. Are you planning on greenlaning, mud bogging, rock crawling or what?
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After listening to you guys I'll keep my 5 spd. I just thought an automatic would allow me to focus more on negotiating turns and stuff instead of shifting but I guess I was nervous on my first try.
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After listening to you guys I'll keep my 5 spd. I just thought an automatic would allow me to focus more on negotiating turns and stuff instead of shifting but I guess I was nervous on my first try.
Are you only planning on running dirt roads?
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After listening to you guys I'll keep my 5 spd. I just thought an automatic would allow me to focus more on negotiating turns and stuff instead of shifting but I guess I was nervous on my first try.
Get some experience with the manual and then revisit it. Sounds like you just need some practice. And hook up with some other rover owners and try an auto sometime. But there are lots of other things like suspension and tire differences that will affect the feel of the vehicle as well.
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After listening to you guys I'll keep my 5 spd. I just thought an automatic would allow me to focus more on negotiating turns and stuff instead of shifting but I guess I was nervous on my first try.
I might be doing it wrong but the times I go out I have the truck in low range and use 1st and 2nd for the trail. Maybe a higher gear if it's a fireroad. I also get in gear then plant my left foot on the floor in the middle near the brake pedal.

The only time I find manny tricky is in when I'm stuck and getting started in a weird spot. But I think it adds to the fun of driving off road.
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After listening to you guys I'll keep my 5 spd. I just thought an automatic would allow me to focus more on negotiating turns and stuff instead of shifting but I guess I was nervous on my first try.
the 5 speed is awesome, i learned to drive stick on the R380 and it was great, a little rough at times but after a few runs it was a piece of cake, and i was the only one who could shift it correctly.
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I am new to the defender world and I want to start by saying I love this truc. I have one big question. I took my truck to a local unpaved dirt road and it seems like an auto would be a lot better for off road, any of you who have experienced both types have a preferrence? I plan on doing a lot of offroading and I'm already planning on selling this one to buy a 97.

I am sure the dirt road would be a deal breaker for me too.
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