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Old 07-09-2018, 09:52 PM   #1
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I had a decent shape hardbody, 4cyl, manual 2wd and it was a blast! It was the 3rd in the herd and then my wife also had a vehicle so I traded the truck off for a badass Honda xr600r. I am now down to 1 vehicle - my 7.3idi flatbed and while I love the truck for work, its leaving a lot to be desired in terms of a daily driver.

My debate is over an auto or manual trans. The 4cyl manual was a blast to drive, but i commute into Austin for work and im leaning towards auto.

Will the auto trans be a slug?

I have decided to look for a v6 this time too. A v6 4x4 king cab would be cool...

Anyone looking to sell/trade off their truck feel free to message me!
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there arent many here who are fans of the auto trans. i have a d21 with an auto trans, but it is not running. maybe one day i will solve that problem.
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If you're open to either trans then maybe let the condition/price make the decision for you.



I don't like autos in minitrucks, but bench seat with column shift is nice.
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I've driven a V6 auto and a V6 manual. My truck is a 5 speed and when it was "stock" it was faster than my buddies 89 with an auto and a 300ZX motor and some custom stuff in the trans. I had long tube headers at the time on a stock motor. Now its much faster than before.... Until I run lean on fuel.



The V6 is nice with more torque. You can just lug around all day. No need to rev it out.
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My dad’s 95 xe-V6 wasn’t horrible when it was an automatic. It was much nicer when we swapped a 5 speed into it though. I think you’ll like a V6 4wd 5 speed
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Going with Alabama on this one. Nissan auto trans can be a bit sluggish. But if you're going to go with one, maybe have a professional tranny shop install a shift kit into it. Makes it shift more positively.

Sounds like you're fixed on getting a truck, but Pathfinders with automatics (96-98 are good ones) are not bad as commuters and the one I picked up recently shifts really good. Just saying. You can see farther down the road in them than the trucks, which is a plus on the freeway.

But...I can see where the truck would work, too. Both are good.
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I am not dead set on an auto, and availability + price will definitely dictate which I choose. I really dont see getting another 4cyl when my last one got the same mileage i can get out of my 7.3!

Thanks for the replies and the warm (possible) welcome back! I should have kept my truck and bought the dirt bike outright - hindsight being 20/20 that is
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I am not dead set on an auto, and availability + price will definitely dictate which I choose. I really dont see getting another 4cyl when my last one got the same mileage i can get out of my 7.3!

Thanks for the replies and the warm (possible) welcome back! I should have kept my truck and bought the dirt bike outright - hindsight being 20/20 that is
Put a shortcut to your local Craigslist on your desktop. Go there and do cars and trucks (by owner) searches. Narrow by name, year, mileage, whatever. Hot deals come along all the time, but they go fast. The good ones, that is. Just make sure paper is good and don't be afraid to say 'pass' after checking one out. All of my best Nissans have come off Craigslist. Just assume everyone there lies and is out to cheat you...unless proven otherwise.

And welcome to Infamous. Or welcome BACK...if you were here before. Nothing like a good Prodigal Son story. See my signature below if you need anything like that. On a side note, it's good when folks come back to the hardbody. They haven't made one in the USA for twenty years, yet they still have a frickin' ton of fans. See the entertaining review of a D21 at YouTube:

https://youtu.be/eO1sQI0AHaU
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Sifi, you have a typo in your signature. KA24e. You are missing a 2.



The V6 may get slightly better MPGs. If you drive like my aunt it'll get worse. If you drive like an old lady it'll do pretty good. I do 17MPG out of my TBI VG33 right now and my TBI VG30 did 20-23MPG pretty easy.
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Thanks, Deerhurst. I did not spot that typo. Fixed.
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