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Old 02-06-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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Automatic vs manual?

Any thoughts? I've driven a manual maybe once or twice but never on a regular basis and I'm gonna buy my first jeep soon. Which is better for something as far as a daily driver but still can be used for light mudding/trails?

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I am 18 and always had an automatic car. I blew the engine racing it and had an urge to get a bright green manual wrangler and it's more fun to me to drive than anything. I've test drove trucks, audi's and BMW's and nothing like a jeep man! Will be a great purchase

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Old 02-06-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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It is all personal preference. If you do not mind rowing gears in heavy traffic then go with the manual.
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:25 PM   #4
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Heavy hard off road auto has advantages and stop and go slow traffic jams auto also has an advantage but normal daily commute or mild off road manual is fine and for many more enjoyable

My personal preference is manual but just get what you want
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I bought my 2012 Sahara last August and it was the first manual I had owned in over 10 years. I was worried I would get tired of it. I work on an Army base and entering the base every morning for ID check is stop and go traffic. So far i am not tired of it. I especially like the 19.5 - 20 MPG I am getting!
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What year is yours Kendrick? And what's the MPG on manual v. Auto?
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:12 AM   #8
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There are times where I would love having an automatic on slow, technical rock areas where my manual forces me to go a little faster than I would like but as a daily driver, I would never trade for an auto. I just enjoy driving the 5 speed too much.

Most if not all serious competition rigs will run automatic transmissions but for the trails you want to run, they would be no different. Remember, you can go in deeper mud or water with an automatic because you don't have to worry about ruining the clutch surface with dirt.

All personal taste really.
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Ugh, this horse hasnt just been beaten to death but the horse that this horse rode on in was beaten to death. Everyone is gonna have their own personal views. Some say auto, some say shift. For me, I personally hate autos. Gimme a shift tranny over an auto any day.
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ugh, this horse hasnt just been beaten to death but the horse that this horse rode on in was beaten to death. Everyone is gonna have their own personal views. Some say auto, some say shift. For me, i personally hate autos. Gimme a shift tranny over an auto any day.


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Old 02-07-2014, 08:20 AM   #11
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i havent heard a single jeep person say automatic yet
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:54 AM   #12
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Read the responses again.

Auto for heavy traffic and hard rock crawling. Manual for lighter work.
Each have their advantages, comes down to personal preference.
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For your purposes take your pick, but offroad there is nothing that a manual will do that an auto won't do better.
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Yeah, I've come to realize that through the replies
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Auto if your lazy and want to drink Pepsi at any giving moment. Manual if you like to be an extra part of the driving experience. Higher top gear for highway. My wife can't drive a stick so my Jeep has never been wrecked. Some car thieves can't drive stick. Only reason Auto is better is lazy or lack of skill. Nothing else. Can make it sound sweeter but that's it. And here is my response to "it's easier for rock crawling" before it happens. "It's lazier for rock crawling same as highway". Sticks require skill and can do more. As much as one touts autos here and at the same time gear ratios I could throw away my 5th and never regear lol. Be just as good. But have an extra useless gear. Just drive around in 4th which is the same as the top gear in the auto for my year 2000.
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Auto if your lazy and want to drink Pepsi at any giving moment. Manual if you like to be an extra part of the driving experience. Higher top gear for highway. My wife can't drive a stick so my Jeep has never been wrecked. Some car thieves can't drive stick. Only reason Auto is better is lazy or lack of skill. Nothing else. Can make it sound sweeter but that's it. And here is my response to "it's easier for rock crawling" before it happens. "It's lazier for rock crawling same as highway". Sticks require skill and can do more. As much as one touts autos here and at the same time gear ratios I could throw away my 5th and never regear lol. Be just as good. But have an extra useless gear. Just drive around in 4th which is the same as the top gear in the auto for my year 2000.
So much ignorance in one post lol. Autos are better/easier for rock crawling. Just like lockers are better/easier for rock crawling. Just like 4L is better/easier for rock crawling. There is little to no skill involved in shifting gears. If you prefer it that's fine but don't try and act like it takes skill. My 15 year old sister can drive a stick. Whoopty ****ing doo.
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Skill is working the clutch. By easier you are referring to torque converter. Easy to you lazy to me. Better no.

Edit to reiterate autos are better if you want a lazy driving experience with as little evolvement from you as possible. A manual can do everything an auto can and more with your help. Can't really argue it. Accept say easier instead of lazy.
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So much ignorance in one post lol. Autos are better/easier for rock crawling. Just like lockers are better/easier for rock crawling. Just like 4L is better/easier for rock crawling. There is little to no skill involved in shifting gears. If you prefer it that's fine but don't try and act like it takes skill. My 15 year old sister can drive a stick. Whoopty ****ing doo.

Couldn't have said it better.
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So guys why are they better other than laziness? More power? More gears? More control? Nope lazy.
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Auto if your lazy and want to drink Pepsi at any giving moment. Manual if you like to be an extra part of the driving experience. Higher top gear for highway. My wife can't drive a stick so my Jeep has never been wrecked. Some car thieves can't drive stick. Only reason Auto is better is lazy or lack of skill. Nothing else. Can make it sound sweeter but that's it. And here is my response to "it's easier for rock crawling" before it happens. "It's lazier for rock crawling same as highway". Sticks require skill and can do more. As much as one touts autos here and at the same time gear ratios I could throw away my 5th and never regear lol. Be just as good. But have an extra useless gear. Just drive around in 4th which is the same as the top gear in the auto for my year 2000.
Wow. Just wow. You say "easier" rock crawling.....but you should have said "more control" which means....YOU HAVE MORE CONTROL of your vehicle. Why would anyone want LESS CONTROL?!?!? Your post makes my head hurt.
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I counteract the lazyness by getting out and hiking up and down the trail. Then I get back in the Jeep and with my freehand pound a beer.
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I can't figure out how you all are gaining more control from a torque converter. I guess if you have one it needs defended. Although it slips and loses power. Where as you could control it with your foot if you had a clutch.
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So guys why are they better other than laziness? More power? More gears? More control? Nope lazy.
Manual vs Automatic for Rock crawling??
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I counteract the lazyness by getting out and hiking up and down the trail. Then I get back in the Jeep and with my freehand pound a beer.
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The whole post is stating lack of skill lol. It's easier. I know it's easier. I'm saying it can't do something a stick can't.
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I can't figure out how you all are gaining more control from a torque converter. I guess if you have one it needs defended. Although it slips and loses power. Where as you could control it with your foot if you had a clutch.
No one is saying you get more control from a torque converter....where did you pull that idea out of?? Here is an easy way to explain it: Manual = 3 pedals, auto = 2 pedals, humans = 2 feet. Now you do the math.

My jeep is a manual, yet still I'm ok with saying I would have more control, especially in extreme situations, if I had an auto.
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It was fun I have said all I can. I like synthetic. It does not count on the polymers that make conventional oils able to use multiple weights.
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