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Which is better: automatic or manual transmission?
These little trucks came with a 135 HP engine. That's not much. An automatic is nice, but it draws 10 to 15 HP just to operate the torque converter, so you take a slow truck and make it slower.

Also, the automatics in the Hardbody trucks are reliable, but they still require more servicing than the manual transmission.

The biggest benefit to the automatic transmission is that these days most people have no idea how to operate a vehicle with a clutch. I've even seen it referred to as an anti-theft device these days. :)
 
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