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    Default Hilux D-4D 4 x 4: Auto vs Manual

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    Was just wandering why there are Hilux D-4D 4 x 4 D/C Automatics readily available While we are waiting for our manual, we have been offered automatics, so far just about any colour, with a huge discount, practically full house, off the floor.....

    Looked at the technical data on the Toy website and very much the same performance, yet cannot think that an automatic can be good as a towing vehicle....and performance off road?

    Why would one want to buy and automatic....in this case a Hilux?
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    Tum Tum, why do you say this, "cannot think that an automatic can be good as a towing vehicle....and performance off road?

    I am just interested. I refering to a pajero 3,2 DID, which I think is very good in auto.
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    Tum Tum, quite the contrary, an automatic is 4x4'ing made easier. I drive an Isuzu 4x4 Auto and do all kind off trails with it and it performs brilliantly.

    Don't do a lot off towing though, but can't see any issues there either?
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    Go for the auto. I dont think the manual box is up to scratch and its going to give you trouble in the long term. search d4d gearbox wine, clutch isssues. After 52k my d4d already had clutch shudder(did a lot of towing) and I really think the engine too powerful for the gearbox they using. If I had to buy one again I would only consider a auto, much better for open road and offroad.

    BTW THe Hilux has a tall 1st gear that can make it a bit hard to tow especially in stop start conditions.
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