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Old 14 September 2014, 17:12   #11
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Got both. For what it's worth the auto is fantastic for towing, easy and eats the miles stress free but lacks the fine control of a manual when launching or on the beach even with having the low range.
I tend not to fret about the mpg but it may be more of a consideration if you use it a lot !
Utter nonsense. Towed boats & caravans on single & twin axles with both over the last 40 odd years & the autobox - currently in my case a 1986 RRC which I've owned for 20 years & now towing a 4 wheel trailer - is vastly superior esp in awkward manouevering. No mucking about with bite point & clutch slip issues.
You'll find that many who compete seriously offroad prefer the autobox precisely for fine control balancing the box against the brakes.
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You'll find that many who compete seriously offroad prefer the autobox .
...and many more who prefer manual.

I've been towing 3500kg regularly for 20 odd years. I've never known clutch slip.

This is really all about opinion and personal preference, no need to rubbish another guy's opinion.
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Indeed. Bowlers come in either. Autos easier when fiddling through tight course gates - one less pedal & stall risk to worry about. And the 'creep' in gear of an auto can be very useful for very tight spaces. I often use low box in mine on those occasions & very useful it is too.
Much is down to personal experience. Although I've yet to see an auto burn a clutch out recovering on a steep slip - something I can't say for a manual.

ETA. Or rather it attempted to recover on a steep slip. Ended up with the car having to be pulled up the slip & then the boat on its trailer.
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I've yet to see an auto burn a clutch out recovering on a steep slip - something I can't say for a manual.
Only if the clutch is already on it's last legs or the vehicle totally unsuitable.
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Only if the clutch is already on it's last legs or the vehicle totally unsuitable.
Or the driver isn't the cleverest.
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Or the driver isn't the cleverest.
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Cheers for that paintman, just come in from 3 hours driving my defender shooting rabbits in low box 2nd gear. Something I've been doing as a job for the last 40 years, used Toyotas, Subarus,everything Landrover have produced, Mercedes etc etc. When you really work them most autos do start to play up at constant low speeds, I'm not talking about your 5 minutes a week launching your boat once a month............
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I've competed on a national level off-road/winch challenges - I (as do most the competitors) run autos

My daily hack ( ford ranger ) auto

Weekend play thing M3, 420hp auto / DCT

All by choice

Most modern manuals run dual mass flywheels which are expensive to replace and can be troublesome, I'd personally always have a auto box over a stick
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My current car is A5 Quattro 3.0l diesel auto. This is my first auto and I will never go back to a manual. My nearest coast is 125 miles away and it is so much nicer to tow than my previous A6 2.0l manual diesel. When it comes to recovery there is no need to use the brakes with the hill start and no need to find the clutch bite. Pure effortless and it has been on some steep slippery slips pulling my RC585. It is obviously not designed to be a towing car but with the hard suspension it takes out all the momentum bounces from the trailer back to the car and you forget there is a boat on the back.


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