Hello and good evening, would anyone be kind enough to possibly offer me some advice on a choice that needs to be made regarding a Hilux Invincible 3l . I've owned a Hilux Icon (2.5l) for two two years, I'm upgrading it to the invincible now though, so, I have to choose between the automatic gear box and the manual gearbox. I drive 1.5 to 2 k per month with weekly off road access work ( mainly rutted clay tracks etc)
I'm attracted by the convenience of the auto, providing it's not massively poor on fuel consumption, reasonable off road and reliable. The last Hilux I had has been great in many ways but finding the gears is a bit bumpy and can be quite annoying in trafic when in the rush hour etc...
Does any one have any real life experience of running one of these ? Fuel consumption ? Servicing costs ? Off road handling ? Reliability ?
Any thoughts on the potential choice would be happily received .
Kindest regards, Olaf