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Old 07-31-2013, 11:57 AM
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The 8 speed's ratios are spaced better than those of the 5 speed so you will have more available power while you are towing. It is also a tougher transmission with a higher torque rating than the 5 speed, and will get you better mileage.

Go test drive an 8 speed and you will see what I mean. Granted you won't be towing but you will still get a feeling for the better power availability with the 8 speed. My dad has the 5 speed in his '09 and the difference is night and day. The 8 does a much better job of keeping the engine in its power band, and the lower 1st gear makes starting with a load easier.
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