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Old 03-04-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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automatic or standard?

What is better for off roading - manual or automatic transmission

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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Whatever you prefer. Some like auto some like stick.

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Old 03-04-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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I've heard autos are better for offroading, but its a preference to me I like the stick. Plus I can push start my 5 sp when the starter and some other issues may pop up.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:15 AM   #4
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Love the stick, it makes driving more fun. That said, most trail rigs are automatics. Most hardcore rigs are autos, and in some cases it's easier and more durable on the trail. Before I get flamed, there are plenty of guys who wheel with the manual trans, but auto is the top dog off road.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:24 AM   #6
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I have an auto wish I had a stick , I just got a really good deal on my jeep
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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I enjoy driving a manual but I spend most of my time on road. I could see how an automatic transmission would be better for off road. I hope to teach my kids how to drive a stick on my jeep
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:47 AM   #8
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personal preference. I have an auto.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:28 PM   #9
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I actually like driving in traffic better with a stick
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
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Off Road I love my Auto but I would much rather have a 5 spd. I love shifting gears but the Auto is nice on the trail.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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Manual, once you get use to it off road, it's great.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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I've never seen an auto jeep be able to crawl home with a blown transmission....
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:48 AM   #13
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I like stick shifts in other rides but for my Jeep and rock krawling it has to be
automatic. I've wheeled with a lot of people in 5 Southern states (rock krawling
includes hills / mtns) and have only seen a couple people truely master the clutch
for rock krawling.

"with our trail riding....most of us trailer to the parks anyway"
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:14 AM   #14
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"with our trail riding....most of us trailer to the parks anyway"
For those tru hardcore crawlers who trailer your ride to the trails....do you have another Jeep for regular cruising and light trail riding??? If so, cool. If not, that would suck. Just taking off the top and cruising down the road with family/friends is fun too....
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:26 AM   #15
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I personal preference manual..
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For those tru hardcore crawlers who trailer your ride to the trails....do you have another Jeep for regular cruising and light trail riding??? If so, cool. If not, that would suck. Just taking off the top and cruising down the road with family/friends is fun too....

I still drive on the road and have fun.....but when I go several hundred miles
to off road parks I like to trailer because of the "what if somthing breaks" due to being locked front and rear and trying more diffucult stuff.
Kentucky....

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:35 AM   #17
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off subject but....
kshaws21 and mweidson
are y'all in any clubs???
check out North Ga Jeepers
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I personally like standard better but only because I'm a control freak and need to interact with my vehicles on that level.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:53 PM   #19
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I don't think you can say one is "better" compared to the other.
Auto is easier to wheel with. Manuals can be more fun I guess. After wheeling with both I prefer an auto. It also depends on what type of terrain. If its just trail riding a manual can be fun to play with. More technical trails and rock crawling, the auto will shine without a doubt.
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I don't think you can say one is "better" compared to the other.
Auto is easier to wheel with. Manuals can be more fun I guess. After wheeling with both I prefer an auto. It also depends on what type of terrain. If its just trail riding a manual can be fun to play with. More technical trails and rock crawling, the auto will shine without a doubt.
A big x2 on that^^^^

The rough stuff, particularly highly technical rock-crawling, is generally much better done with an auto .... Few people on the planet can drive a manual in the rocks as smooth as an auto and not burn up a clutch. And, by "rocks", I'm talking Carnage Canyon, Patzcuaro's Revenge, Hammers stuff ... Not your basic run on EJS. Having a torque converter slip a bit gives you the added advantage of, what amounts to, a lower crawl ratio.

That said, if two track east coast mud is your thing, a properly driven manual is probably going to be your better friend...

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I definitely like yje manual for snow mud sand anything but rocks on the rocks I wish I had auto. But I get it done with my manual. In the snow and mud I can guarantee I can rock back and fourth out a lot better then any auto ever good
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:27 AM   #23
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Seems like the new 2012 Auto/Manual would be ideal. Wife has an STS with six speed auto/manual shift. We use the manual mode in the mountians and when I drive it alone.
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Seems like the new 2012 Auto/Manual would be ideal. Wife has an STS with six speed auto/manual shift. We use the manual mode in the mountians and when I drive it alone.
Does it have a clutch?
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:46 PM   #25
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I went with manual thinking i could teach my wife how to drive one but you know how that goes..
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:23 PM   #26
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Does it have a clutch?
No clutch.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:51 PM   #27
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I have not taken my on the trail yet but I clould how an auto might be better on the trail. I love driving the stick around town and on the highway
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:15 PM   #28
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Im a big fan of my 5 speed. It's fun to drive on a daily basis, and when im on the trail, i just pop it in 4-Low and use 2nd gear...drives like an auto. Just my opinion, plus i have driven a friends auto TJ...it's just not the same.
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Im a big fan of my 5 speed. It's fun to drive on a daily basis, and when im on the trail, i just pop it in 4-Low and use 2nd gear...drives like an auto. Just my opinion, plus i have driven a friends auto TJ...it's just not the same.
I had my new-to-me YJ on the trails for the first time Sunday... 4-low and 2nd gear was perfect... keeps the RPMs on my 4 banger in that sweet spot.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:16 AM   #30
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Having had manuals for many years, I've really warmed up to the auto, it is now my preference for Jeeps....especially off road.

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