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4 x 4 trucks - manual or automatic?

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I have been looking at some low mileage 2nd hand trucks but most seem to be automatic.

I have never owned and automatic so I was wondering how autos were off road?

Would you or wouldn't you have an auto that was going to be used (albeit less than 20% of my usage) off road?

 

Thanks

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I've driven both and would definitely choose automatic. In the most challenging conditions and if you are really good you may have more control with a manual. But an auto with a torque converter is very easy and well controlled off road with the feeling of more power when needed. But then these days I would choose an auto for everything.

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Auto, always.

In low box off road use the manual selection and hold and they are perfect.

Unless you're going down a steep hill or climbing seriously difficult terrain most manual boxes you just pop in low 3rd and drive anyway. Might as well be auto😁

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Auto all day long

I have have undertaken professional training for serious off road and auto is by far the best in all conditions with modern electronics, hill descent control, locking diffs etc.   Having regularly driven on really rough terrain, snow, soggy tracks and wet fields I feel that you get better overall control with an auto and you never have the risk of traction loss if you need to change gear in a manual which can cause loss of momentum.  Looking at trucks of these 3 my choice in order would be Navarra, L200, Toyota Hilux.  I have not driven the Amorak off road, but it should be good.

I actually converted one of my Defenders to an auto! Awesome vehicle. I have also owned 6 other Defenders, Freelanders, Discovery, Range Rover etc The overall key is skill level and tyre choice which will keep you moving 

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We run a small fleet of navara's at work, and there are not many jobs that I haven't done on them apart from an auto gearbox. So they seem reliable.

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If you would have asked five years ago I’d have said manual , these days the auto boxes are so good and reliable I’d say auto , 

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My terios is an auto and I was worried about it . Now I’d pick an auto over a manual.

i chuck it in low and just drive around at 2-3 mph . I’d be slipping the clutch to go that slow normally. It goes anywhere I point it and we end up laughing in shock. 
ive been converted 

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