Originally posted by Ralph Curry:
Creeping up a hill with a manual you can better manage traction by modulating the throttle.
Yea, but on the other side of that coin, what about long steep hills where you need to mantain momentum? With a manual, you'll be required to change gears in the middle of the climb to keep up momentum... often resulting in a lose of momentum. But with an auto, smooth application of the throttle the whole way up can mantain momentum.
Whats my opinion on this whole topic?? I'm not sure, the jury is still out. But I think, stock for stock, I'd rather have an automatic for the torque converter, it would crawl much better without risk of burning the clutch.
However, stick a manual tranny in front of an atlas or dual cases and some low axles gears, I'd rather take that... but you're looking at some money for that setup.
Another thing about auto's, you won't see them with insanely low crawl ratios because you want be able to stop the thing! It will roll right threw the brakes. Of course, there are a few exceptions, and yes you could add a pinion brake to fix the problem... but if you wanna crawl super silly slow, manual is the only way to go.
And then you're other factors such as auto's are nicer in traffic and daily driver applications. Manuals are easier and cheaper to repair/maintain (I can replace my clutch but no way would i try to rebuild an automatic). And towing is pretty much a tie, you'd either want a manual w/ granny gear or auto w/ tranny cooler.
1995.5 Isuzu Rodeo - SAS'd and SOA'd, sitting on 36x12.50 TSLs, D44 front, 14bff rear, locked by OX and Detriot, suspensions by Jeep and Chevy, high steer conversion, 5.13 gearing and Teralow in the case.