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Thread: Buying a M35A2 or M35A3?

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    Default Buying a M35A2 or M35A3?

    I've had a M37 and currently have a M151A2. I am toying with the idea of also getting a deuce. I like the M35A3 but the auto trans makes me nervous. Would you recommend an A2 or A3. The A2 has a manual transmission and I'm guessing less problems to maintain. So, my question is what yould you guys recommend, a M35A2 or a M35A3 and why?
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    I would go with the A2, just for the fact of parts availability, and prices.
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    relatively speaking, A2= simple and cheap, A3= complicated and exspensive.


    Unless money is not the main concern. If one has the money and can pay to have it fixed when it breaks then the A3 might be easier to drive.
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    I went through the same decision and went with an A2. My reasoning was this: The A3, in my opinion, does not have a significantly better powerplant, and parts are not nearly as easy (and cheap) to find.

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    Second that, parts and easier to work on. I have had experience with the A3s and I perfer the A2 any day. My suggestion is, if you can, pop the hood on a A3 and then an A2 and choose which one would be easier to work on. Because no matter which one you get, you will be working on it sooner or later. Now, the A3 is easier on the ears and has the electric windshield wipers along with power steering and a few other features but the A2 is just a hardy truck and cheaper than the A3s if you are going to bid on one. What I did was went to the screening before the sale and looked at what was up for bid and I pick the best one. Then, I placed 5,000 dollars to ensure I won the one I wanted. I did this becasuse most auctions do not go that high and I did not want to settle for one that I had to tow home or buy parts right off the bat. That is my 02.

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    From what I've seen, the A3 better than the A2 when in new condition. As the saying goes though, "Parts left off don't break," and on the A3 (especially the CTIS) that seems to happen a lot. A2s also can be had for a few thousand less than the A3s.

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    I like the M35A3 but the auto trans makes me nervous.
    Go with the little voice in your head....the A3's were a failed (and expensive) attempt to modernize the deuces and allow them to keep up with the HEMMT's and HUMVEE's.

    The CAT motor is underpowered and the automatic prevents push starting the vehicle in case of starter failure. Any engine painted yaller is going to cost you money when it breaks.

    Don't get me started on the Central Tire Inflation System.

    IMHO they were designed by an idiot after a long consultation with a group of morons.
    Somebody in the gooberment realized the taxpayers were getting a (slow) ride for their buck and put the brakes on the project.

    Uncle Sam then bought the LNTV, a far more complicated and expensive vehicle for the money.....then he paid to up-armor them after the fact.

    There seems to be a pattern here.

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    Yes listen to the voice in your head! A2 all the way
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    Get an a2.
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    I just got a A3 cheap. Come to back it off.. wouldn't move.
    Auto trans failure,, Hummm. Thanks GL.
    This would not been the case with a stick.

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