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Which would you rather have when wheeling offroad and why?

Just looking to hear others opinions on this. I really want a manual trans because I find automatics boring to drive but it seems like when offroad an auto would make it a lot easier to navigate some terrain. I don't really have any off road experience but I expect that to change when I get a Frontier.
 

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6 Spd manual for me. The Auto does have some advantages but once your clutch and gear skills are honed, the manual is way better, especially with the NISMO locker and 4LO.
MHO, WW
 

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Autoooo...all my manual friends say that it was fun in the beginning but it gets real annoying after awhile.
 

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Autoooo...all my manual friends say that it was fun in the beginning but it gets real annoying after awhile.
Do you mean it gets annoying offroad, or just in general? I've owned manual transmission vehicles for the last 10 years and I'm not annoyed yet. But I haven't been offroad with a manual.
 

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im not really sure?? haha All my friends that have owned manuals and then made the switch to automatic's say that it's such a relief to not deal with the whole shifting thing.
 

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Manuals can be a pita off road, but overall I'd rather have one.
 

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Automatic. Enough to worry when doing some hairy wheeling to not want to worry about clutch gas brake.
 

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the guy that built my truck drove stick until he bought an auto pathy and used it for crawling. for rock crawling, he says; "auto is the way to go." and it is what i prefer for crawling as well.
 

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I have an Auto, and I wanted an auto. I have had both manual and auto in both cars and trucks. Off-road an auto is easier for focusing on navigating, but when in the mud it is nice with a manual to be able to KNOW you will be in 1st gear as you go flying into a pit. For everyday driving an auto is so much nicer to just cruise with, but if you want to have "fun" you need a manual. For most cases off road, it is what you are comfortable with, and on the road it depends on if you want to shift or not.
 

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manual.. I had a hard time finding one. If you know how to drive one you get better gas mileage, and longer brake life. Yes they are PITA to offraod in when you first start, but once you get it down they are better to off road in. Try and rocking your way unstuck in an auto, Or slow down/stop by down shifting in one.
 

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I vote manual, but Beef brought up a good reason to not want manual. They will both do the same thing in the end.
 

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Thanks guys. I'm glad I won't regret buying a manual for off road. Got my eye on a manual Pro 4x just not sure I want to spring for a brand new truck.
 

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manual (and in the frontier it also gets you better gears in the diffs and a lower 1st gear)
 

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Auto all the way.... when in high school i went camping with a 4x4 f150 i got a hold of and went down a hill to the camp site but going up with a Manual was a b***h 45 degree angle with a loaded truck not fun at all..
 

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I like driving a manual, but in most conditions an automatic is easier offroad. However, I do miss the 73:1 crawl ratio that my 6 Rubicon had. All manuals are better for controlling your speed going downhill. The Rubicon was just expecially good because it had a 4:1 TC and a deep first gear.
 

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I was searching for a Frontier for 6 months and all the autos never appealed to me. The first manual I found/driven I bought right away. Have driven manuals for 8 years and wont make the switch to auto anytime soon (plus it means G/F wont be driving my cars).

Though to answer your question, I would rather have an auto for offroading. BUT, based on the percentage of time offroading vs. onroad, the manual still makes the most sense.
 

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I think it really comes down to preference here.
Both have their advantages/disadvantages on road and off road.

I personally prefer a manual because I have much more control of my gearing.
If you are inexperienced driving manual then an auto would definitely be the way to go for off roading, as someone already mentioned it would be one less thing to worry about when you "get in the hairy stuff".
I've never owned an automatic transmission in my 25+ years of driving and until the knees give out or I move to a city with mostly stop and go traffic I never will.

Plus a manual is just so much more fun (for me) and keeps you in tune with your vehicle as you drive.
What some people think is a burden I consider a pleasure (shifting).
 
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