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Old 09-07-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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Auto or Manual which one do you prefer?

I have owned my YJ since 1995.I bought it brand new and I have taken good care of it since.......
This car has given me joy since the day I have bought it but I have been having issues with my gearbox(TF-6 transmission) for the last year (auto transmission slipping and vibration ).

I recently got the gearbox rebuilt and 6 months later the same problem.
I am thinking of changing my 3 speed Auto transmission to a 5 speed manual but it is very hard to make a decision.Please share your thoughts ,I am confused,plase help............

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my 04 is 5 speed, and i love it. however it is diffucult sometime in the rocks while wheeling, but you just have to get used to it. I think it makes you more intuned with you jeep. but that's just me.

good luck on your decision.

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Old 09-07-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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I have a 94 2.5L 5 speed and am very pleased with it. Not the best on road, but off road it's still a beast. And personally, i would never buy an auto jeep.
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Does your transmission have any warranty left? I would check before I changed it out. They both have their pros and cons, whichever you like best is the one you need.
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I have had both. Had problems with both. Good luck
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Thanks for the quick reply guys))))
unfortunately there is no warranty left ammoniaman......
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:19 PM   #7
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I prefer the manual...pretty much word for word what Rawson said. I also agree with Kohrs, i wouldnt want an auto jeep.

If you've got a good friend with a manual jeep, see if he or she would let you borrow it for half day or so...see what you think

Good luck with your decision
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my 04 is 5 speed, and i love it. however it is diffucult sometime in the rocks while wheeling, but you just have to get used to it. I think it makes you more intuned with you jeep. but that's just me.

good luck on your decision.


How does your manual feel on mud terrain.Is ir diffucult like the rocks.thanks for the advice))
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I prefer the manual...pretty much word for word what Rawson said. I also agree with Kohrs, i wouldnt want an auto jeep.

If you've got a good friend with a manual jeep, see if he or she would let you borrow it for half day or so...see what you think

Good luck with your decision
thanks for the advice))
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:24 PM   #10
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Does your transmission have any warranty left? I would check before I changed it out. They both have their pros and cons, whichever you like best is the one you need.
thanks for the advice))
can you tell me a bit about the pros and cons???????
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I have a 92 5-speed, & love it! I prefer my wranglers to be manual. It just doesn't feel right with auto, but it's ultimately the driver's preference.
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i dont really play in the mud that much, but the little that i have done, its not bad. you just have to think more about your driving with manual trans in those situations, and i dont think thats a bad thing. Eventually it becomes second nature and becomes more and more smooth and simple.
personally I think manual is just a lot more fun

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thanks for the advice))
can you tell me a bit about the pros and cons???????
Automatics are a lot easier in the rocks. Sometimes you need to use your brake, clutch and gas pedal all at the same time, but a hand throttle can be used to make it easier. Automatics build a lot of heat with heavy use and it shortens its life.
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My daily driver has a Eaton Fuller 18 speed trans, so I when I get in my Jeep I don't want to do any shifting. That the reason I have a auto.
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pros: 1. makes you take your time while driving
2. more fun ( my opinion )
3. makes you a better driver ( again my opinion )
4. brag to your jeep friends that you did the same thing with one foot on the clutch one
on the gas, and braking with same foot


Cons: 1. if your not used to it, it could be difficult at first
2. playing on big rocks might take a few attempts until you are very comfortable with feathering the clutch and usage of gas and brake.
3. sometime climbing can be a little hard depending on incline if you have to back up and take another line




another thing that makes manual easier while on rocks is a hand throttle.
mine works wonders for me.

before you make a decision though like owen TJ said borrow a buddys and try it out.
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pros: 1. makes you take your time while driving
2. more fun ( my opinion )
3. makes you a better driver ( again my opinion )
4. brag to your jeep friends that you did the same thing with one foot on the clutch one
on the gas, and braking with same foot


Cons: 1. if your not used to it, it could be difficult at first
2. playing on big rocks might take a few attempts until you are very comfortable with feathering the clutch and usage of gas and brake.
3. sometime climbing can be a little hard depending on incline if you have to back up and take another line




another thing that makes manual easier while on rocks is a hand throttle.
mine works wonders for me.

before you make a decision though like owen TJ said borrow a buddys and try it out.
Thanks ,I have been considering to switch to a manual gearbox for quite some-time now.....whats hand throttle???
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My daily driver has a Eaton Fuller 18 speed trans, so I when I get in my Jeep I don't want to do any shifting. That the reason I have a auto.
good reason )))
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basically just like it sounds, instead of using gas pedal you use this. direct relationship with gas
pedal, this way you can use one foot for clutch and one for brake if you need it.
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Thanks ,I have been considering to switch to a manual gearbox for quite some-time now.....whats hand throttle???
Instead of using your foot to accelerate you use a throttle mounted on your gear shifter.
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An Automatic with a manual valve body.

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Old 09-07-2010, 06:12 PM   #21
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This is the greatest jeep form ever))
Thank you all

Great idea IndyJeepMan ))
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:57 PM   #22
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yeah i defiantly prefer a manual jeep any day. hey thats what makes a jeep a "JEEP".
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:13 AM   #23
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You can always go to a AMC TH400 and have all the grunt and all of the power handling capabilities you could ask for. They put these in the old Wagoneers that had a small block inthem but they will bolt up to a 4.0 or a 4.2 what ever you got if its a 4 cyl. Id go 5 speed.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:23 PM   #24
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a manual doesnt "make a Jeep a jeep". Its the thrill of the trail, the wind in your face, the mud in your tires. It doesnt matter if you are manual or auto, just enjoying the experience. For shame KTMbutonrider.
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