I like Manual, it feels more mechanical. Both my TJ and my DD Honda Prelude are manuals. Wouldn't have it any other way! Stop and go traffic doesn't even bother me anymore. I get bored outta my mind driving my wifes auto Liberty.
I understand clearly and answered my preferance and why.
You asked the question fine...gets asked here every other day and are MANY threads over manual or auto transmission.
If you want only one answer well that's just to hard for me to give you. I've love driving sticks and my current jeep is a manual. But after offroading for more than 15 years. The jeep has proven to off road better with an auto trans due to the torque converter and the fact it's just easier to control two foot pedals than three. The manual trans is easier for your common joe to work on the auto more difficult to work on.
The type of wheeling you do also take affect on what I would choose at I posted above.
If it's just your daily driver...well doesn't matter. Just one's PERSONAL want.
I'm trying to say to pick what you need look at everything...what you will be using the jeep for? what conditions? and what do you want?
Sorry I joined the forum a few days ago. Didn't see anything on this question.
I'm looking to buy a TJ (haven't decided on the year) and I'm trying to find out the pros and cons of manual and automatic. Going to be more of a daily drive with off roading every now and then. Thank you for your input !
No problem bud and don't worry about it. Just giving you a little insite on the wheeling differance. And the two responces you first got is going to be the just of the responses to come. You are going to have your die hard manual guys that think they are the best and the same with the auto guys. And it doesn't matter what you tell some people they are going to think they are correct.
As far as what you should get well.. this is your daily...when you do wheel what type of wheeling will you be doing? What type of daily driving will you encounter? Alot of stop and go, traffic lights and a manual can get to be a pain.
Just trying to get you to think about just how you will be using the jeep to help you choose.
Still it's your choice.
Well its the notchiest transmission I've ever had, and I don't like it. I have to double clutch it many times to convince it that I really want it to go into x gear. and just in general its a POS. I'm going to try switching fluids again, mainly to prove to myself that I need to swap.
I'm used to quality synchronized manual gearboxes, and I realize this isn't a sportscar, but It still should work better than it does. Maybe its the fact it has 120k on it, but to me that's no excuse for the frustration I get from this transmission.
so if you find one I'd go automatic (unless you like playing submarine - as you will kill an auto doing that.)
i like driving both. my first car was a little 5 speed pontiac. i prefer automatics in stop and go traffic and offroad. let off clutch, shift, brakes, clutch again, downshift, let off clutch, shift, now i just got cutoff, brakes, stall...it sucks in traffic. offroad i have too much to watch and do than worry about that damn clutch.
now normal driving i love a manual. autos are boring then. upshift, downshift, launching, burnouts, freaking out passengers rolling backwards down hills. i like it.
oh yeah i forgot. my jeep is my DD/toy. automatic. i do too much traffic plus i wheel it. it's a no brainer for me