Originally Posted by Steve_O113
Try climbing up a hill after having to stop at the bottom... going up a 3 mile climb in first gear sucks! Auto all the way, wether im going up snowboarding or finding deer iun the woods the 4.0 w/ the auto is the way to go. i drove my 2.3 w/ the manual for 3 years and ill take the auto over the manual every time.
You are comparing hill-climbs in a 2.3L I4 powered truck w/ a manual to a 4.0L V6 powered truck w/ an auto?! Are you positive having an engine w/ nearly 2x the displacement and a crapload more power has nothing to do w/ this?!
I've driven my manual trans LII up the Mt. Washington Auto Road
) which is 7.6 miles and has an average grade of 11.6%. I found myself using 1st a lot more than I would have expected, but the truck had no problems w/ the climb.
Those w/ autos are specifically recommended to shift into 1st anyway, so it isn't as if the autos are going to cruise up that kind of grade at lower RPM or anything.