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Old 07-13-2005
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manual or automatic 4.0?

which is the better of the two for doing some off roading, the manual or the automatic transmission?

Any pros and cons wouild be apreciated.

I am about to purchase a a 2002 xlt with the 4.0L engine,4.10 gears, factory off road package,auto tranny, also has the towing pack oh and it is a 4x4 as well.

Is this a good vehicle to do some off roadign with?

Thanks in advance
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Old 07-13-2005
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That sounds like a great truck !!
I prefer the automatic for towing and off roading
At low speed and when starting off you do not loose energy to the clutch plate
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Old 07-13-2005
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i would probably get the auto. in my opinion, shifting gears is considered sporty and i can't imagine wanting to shift gears in a truck...that's why mine is an auto
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id say auto, but i sure do miss my manual.
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Old 07-13-2005
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I have had both, and definately the automatic is the way to go.
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Old 07-13-2005
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Purely offroading automatics will peform better. They are also better for towing as well. What your buying there is basically what I have, thier nice trucks, get it!

Thats not to say that driving a manual cant be fun, I enjoy my 5 speed in my jeep.
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your looking at the same truck i have!

Its great offroad...well, as good as it could be with stock tires
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