That's why an auto has more than forward and reverse. Use it wisely my friend, MikeI have always had a Manual....Until Now. So I always have my hand resting on the shift. It just seems to be natural. On some occasions I use the transmission just as I would a Manual...downshifting for braking on downgrades, hillclimbing, etc. Old habits are hard to break I guess. TacoGuy
That's a bad habit, as it will cause extensive wear. It was pointed out in pretty much every vehicle's manual I've owned (all stick shifts), but I don't think it's listed in the Tacoma's manual.I have always had a Manual....Until Now. So I always have my hand resting on the shift.
I do the same thing. I use 4th for anything below 50Mph. Anything consistant above that I bump the shifter to OD. I find in OD my taco carries too much momentum, has trouble finding the right gear and is easier to control the speed in 4th (it's easier on the brakes around town too ).Around town I actually use "4" more than "D". My tranny hunts a lot less for the proper gear by keeping it in "4". My reasoning for doing this is because I've seen what driving around in OD can do to a transmission when used for city driving. 99% of the guys I work with don't turn the OD off in our cruisers, and after about three years the tranny's are absolutely shot. Obviously, there are other factors there as well, but all the mechanics remind us that OD off will prevent alot of this damage. The "D" on the Tacoma transmission is actually the overdrive. Overdrive is meant for long steady drives where the tranny is not constantly switching through the gears. Anyway, that's my $.02.