I know I'm opening a can of worms here, but here's my delimma. I'm a little old school, and like a clutch. (I love my T-90 in my CJ2A) But......you guessed it....my wife will drive it occasionally and is more comfortable with the auto. I'm not into a whole lot of rock climbing, just Wyoming snow and mountain mud and ruts. I have my heart set on a Rubi, but it seems like getting one with an auto transmission defeats the Jeep experience. I'm not knocking auto trans fans, just willing to learn.
I had to get an auto so that my wife could drive it; every day I die a little inside....
It would be different if it were a good automatic, like in the Vee-Dubs, Lexus, Mini Cooper, BMW, etc. 6 speed, sequential clutchless shift sort of thing.
But it isn't like that at all. It's just fine in the mud/dirt/rocks and uphill on the streets. But going downhill or in the twisties, it has you praying for more gears and engine braking.
One word: substandard.
Is the jeep yours or is it your wife's? Obviously she knows how to drive a 6 speed if she occasionally drives it, so why get something you won't totally love and are comfortable with. Not trying to open that can of worms either, but that is what my husband would say.
I have a 6-speed and it's great. I live in the hill country, so I have to keep the RPM's up to avoid bogging on the hills. My wife doesn't like to drive it because she isn't comfortable with the stick shift. It basically cuts us down to one car that we both can drive, which isn't good. Other than that, the only downside is that it's hard to drive around town while eating, using a phone, putting on nail polish...
The six speed is great from here. I think you'll appreciate the response from the ability to choose your shift points when you want the higher rpm's, as well as controlling your MPG by lower rpm shifts. It's the best of both worlds.
2008 JK Sahara Jeep Green.
Land of Mountain Trails
Kind of technical first post, but I bought my 2008 Rubicon used with 5K miles and the deal was too good to pass up. Is is possible to convert it to a 6 speed and ditch the auto with cost not being the deciding factor? If so, I think Im going to do it.