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    NA Manual or Turbo Automatic ???

    I'm buying a new car from Japan early January.

    I can buy a 1994 Automatic toyota supra Twin Turbo with 62k miles
    I can buy a 1993 Manual toyota supra manual with body kit and all with 85k miles

    I'm a fairly new driver so learning manual is something I want....

    Twin Turbo seams very temping to have, don't know what to do.

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    Turbo Automatic by a landslide.


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    agreed. dont learn to drive a stick in a supra..

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    I don't think there's any real comparison personally, you'll fall in love with the boost.
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    To this date my NA 5 speed was my funnest Supra. Unless it's a built auto on a large single my vote is for the NA.


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    Swapping TT Auto to TT 6-speed = much easier than swapping N/A 5-speed to TT.

    TT FTW.

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    And even if you swap NA to TT, I doubt the 5-speed will hold to the rigors of your modding like a 6-speed down the line.

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    If you want a manual car, wait and buy a turbo 6-speed car.



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    OP I am trying to decide the same thing as you... You up in Canada? Its great, 8k for a nice 5spd n/a or 11k for a nice auto TT... I can't choose either. I also love how all the jdm's have such low low kms...

    IMO, you can get a NICE 6spd TT for 16k with everything (customs, shipping, gst, duties ect.), thats only 5k more than a TT auto... Save 5k more, I probably will.

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    low k/m or roll backs haha, most of those JDM are in crap shape and the other half have "un trust worthy" odo's.

    Just wat i was told from someone in the import bizzz. Save up and buy one that is made for our streeets. They should stop importing RHD cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sound Performance View Post
    Turbo Automatic by a landslide.
    Couldn't agree more!

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    ^ I third that ;P
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    Given that choice...
    TT Auto, period! It's a total no-brainer!

    The 5-speed tranny in the N/A Supra is NOT any better (or not much better) than the auto tranny for power handling capability. It is NOT the same tranny as or anywhere near as strong as the MkIII Turbo Supra's 5-speed tranny, it's the same somewhat weak tranny the N/A MkIII Supras got! It's crazy reliable, simple and smooth to shift, and it'll still usually hold almost double the N/A's stock crank power numbers for a while before it breaks, but that's about it.

    The N/A 5-Speed MkIV is quicker than the N/A Auto but they're both a slug at stock power levels, even compared to a Turbo MkIII, and they're extremely limited for N/A modding without GE-T'ing it or GTE swapping it compared to even a bone stock TT Automatic MkIV Supra... and by the time you Turbo an N/A correctly you could've usually bought a TT auto, fully serviced it, and BPU'd it too.
    Of course there are exceptions but you'll be MUCH happier with the TT auto, TRUST ME!!!

    You'd be better off with an IS300 than a N/A MkIV for the money, power, and handling that you get imo, although the Non VVT-i years of N/A MkIV engines can be turbo'd for a lot of power as-is and the IS300's (all are VVT-i) need bottom end work to get around BPU TT power or better reliably without throwing a rod...

    I've owned every type of every gen USDM Supra except the PP MkI and the N/A MkIV and I've come to the conclusion that the N/A MkIV was created for people who don't care about power, they just love the style of the MkIV Supra.
    If you care about power and performance, buy the TT, even the TT auto...

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    TT auto hands down, I would even pick an auto over a 6 speed car... Oh wait I did...

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    Get the TT auto then when u get bored of not shifting ill trade u my NA 5 speed!

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    A good friend can get his hands on good supra's in Japan, and that's what hes doing for me. So they will be Japan spec... the turbo japan model has less HP (287?). Anyways the price I was given on the auto is 6k more happens to be now... I think I'll pass. I can always sell and buy a turbo in the future.

    85K miles for a well serviced late 93 model supra isn't much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSBTTSUPRA View Post
    low k/m or roll backs haha, most of those JDM are in crap shape and the other half have "un trust worthy" odo's.

    Just wat i was told from someone in the import bizzz. Save up and buy one that is made for our streeets. They should stop importing RHD cars.
    This is mostly true, but then again you can always get your hands on good ones.

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    Get the auto TT, I got mine instead of a 6spd because of the traffic. You'll get cramps 100% driving around in my country. If where you live there isn't much traffic, then I'd think about saving up for a 6spd.

    Whichever way you go, you'll love your supra to death, so I don't think it matters (As long as you got turbo or have a pimped out NA imo )
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSBTTSUPRA View Post
    low k/m or roll backs haha, most of those JDM are in crap shape and the other half have "un trust worthy" odo's.

    Just wat i was told from someone in the import bizzz. Save up and buy one that is made for our streeets. They should stop importing RHD cars.
    Thats why you make friends in Japan who can go to dealers and find you a Supra that has all maintence records and was driven by an old man. Jimmy Bailey and Josh Obst both have JDM's like that... both very mint. My uncle is currently looking around at dealerships for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S&W 500 View Post
    If you want a manual car, wait and buy a turbo 6-speed car.
    i agree with you the most probably ..
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    if you have the $ get the 6 speed, otherwise get the 5 speed NA and go NA-T if you want boost...

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    My first Supra was a TT Auto and I loved that car!!! Go with the auto TT and don't look back.


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    Or you could buy the SZR (april 96 - 02)non turbo with the 6-speed and turbocharge it. (if your looking for the cheapest option.)

    Best bet would to get the TT 6-speed if you want a manual transmission.
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    Buy a POS to learn to drive with first.

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    Auto TT FTW... Nothing wrong with learning how to drive a 5spd supra.. The same with any car,just dont kill the clutch. GL!
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