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Old 01-02-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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6 speed vs auto?

I have always had manual vehicles, but I was wondering what I would lose if I decided on an automatic unlimited. I love the way the 6 speed drives but also like the convenience of the automatic. any suggestions or reviews?

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Old 01-02-2009, 09:51 AM   #2
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Never had an automatic Jeep. Stick shift all the way! Unless you do a lot of
stop and go daily driving.

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Old 01-02-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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thanks. just makin' sure I'm on the right track.
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My last Jeep was auto and the new Rubi is 6 speed. Love the 6 speed.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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i like the automatic better for on road driving and stick for off-road (more control). i have never had the 6 speed, though.
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:11 PM   #6
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All of my Jeeps have been a stick shift... including my '08. The only time I do not like the 6 speed is when I get stuck in traffic somewhere. I wouldn't have anything but a stick shift when I am looking for control off-road and in bad weather on the road.
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FWIW I've heard mucho complaints of how underpowered the auto equipped Unlimiteds are. I haven't heard that so much with either the stick guys nor the 2 door crowd. I would say it's a combo of the fully computer controlled, auto adjusting everything on these rigs, but it probably boils down to three things: slushbox vs fly-by-wire throttle vs the extra weight of the 4 door. I also don't know where the shift points are on the autos. These little V6's don't make good power until you hit 3 grand anyway. Between 3500 and 4500 that little baby really wakes up!

As for my 08 6 spd, I can catch second with my 3.21's & stock sra's
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Old 01-02-2009, 02:43 PM   #8
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I wanted to get Auto, but the cars on the lot were all 6 speed. I went with 6 speed...and I am glad I did. Automatic is for Honda's

I will say, the jeep is already underpowered in my opinion. I can imagine how it must feel in an automatic.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:52 PM   #9
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i appreciate everyone's input. for some reason i started thinking that dismissing the automatic as quickly as i did may have been a bad idea. i guess the manual is still the way to go.
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The auto is only good for heavy traffic and trails that are over a level 3 difficulty. For everything else the manual out-performs in spades.

The auto bogs down severely on hills, hunts for gears, has no engine braking to speak of. If you get an auto, you need to go to aftermarket gears to make it work.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:31 AM   #11
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I've been pretty impressed with the 6 speed. I was expecting sloppy shifts like in my truck, but it's nice and tight and the clutch is super light....I almost put my foot through the floor the first time I pressed it.
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I've been pretty impressed with the 6 speed. I was expecting sloppy shifts like in my truck, but it's nice and tight and the clutch is super light....I almost put my foot through the floor the first time I pressed it.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Got any pics of your Jeep?
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Got any pics of your Jeep?
Got a couple in my newbie thread

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Great. After driving my manual for a few days I am sure I made the right decision. It is SOOO smooth.
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Smooth it is compared to the TJ
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:12 PM   #16
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An automatic seems so dorky...plus where I live, manuals seem to have better resale value
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An automatic seems so dorky...plus where I live, manuals seem to have better resale value
Hey! cut the name calling, lol ,auto's have their place. I just wish they would put Hemi's in the Jeep's or at least have it as an option, then an auto would be fine.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:21 PM   #18
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Just hit the 500 mile mark today. I am absolutely in love with this thing. I keep trying to find excuses to drive. The manual transmission is very smooth and easy to shift. You do have to get used to finding reverse and not 6th or vice verse, but this becomes second nature after about a day. Now i have to find a way to afford a lift kit and wheel combo.
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:37 PM   #19
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From my first car up to my caravan I drove standard, lets just say a few decades for driving a standard. I did the soccer dad thing for a while in the caravan. Got the JK sahara unlimited rubicon 6 speed. Can't get enough driving time in. I shift so automatically it seems like driving an automatic, even in traffic. First day I had it, it was up to its axles in mud woot! In that type of situation I really like the versatility of the standard. Ive talked to truck drivers that just don't want to be bothered shifting. But how can you not want to shift your jeep?????
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:11 AM   #20
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But how can you not want to shift your jeep?????
Like I said, stop-n-go traffic and trails.

I took this pic yesterday before we went up that road. Sure, you can do it with a manual trans; several of the guys with me had manuals. I stopped and waited for them every so often...
...just 'splainin' it for the new guy.

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:58 PM   #21
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i switch to an auto in my tj b/c i was to tired of holding in the clutch when i was waiting on my spotter.....i still drive with two feet just one less pedal plus i can crawl much better...offroad, automatic with a manual valve body is the way to go
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:29 PM   #22
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just take it out of gear and its like magic you dont have to hold the clutch in anymore.
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Like I said, stop-n-go traffic and trails.

I took this pic yesterday before we went up that road. Sure, you can do it with a manual trans; several of the guys with me had manuals. I stopped and waited for them every so often...
...just 'splainin' it for the new guy.


That trail looks sooooooo inviting
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just take it out of gear and its like magic you dont have to hold the clutch in anymore.
when u r on a 70% incline you cant take it out of gear.....u have to feather the brake or clutch just to stay has high on the climb as you are...if you offorad level 5 trails u will get tired of the clutch too
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when u r on a 70% incline you cant take it out of gear.....u have to feather the brake or clutch just to stay has high on the climb as you are...if you offorad level 5 trails u will get tired of the clutch too
what? does this make sense to anyone else or am i just an idiot. are you moving? high on the climb what does that mean?
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Can you actually hold a vehicle on a 70% incline? Would a 70% incline be an angle who's tangent is .70? If so that would be ummmm....35 degrees (used the computer calculator). Based on my experience on roofs, a 5-12 pitch (most roofs in New England) 41% incline and 22.6 degree angle is easy to stay on. An 8-12 pitch roof 66% incline and 33.6 degrees is difficult to stay on. So can a car stay on a 35 degree incline? I know that 45 degrees would be impossible to stay on that is a 12-12 pitch roof that would be a 100% grade.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:20 AM   #27
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I love driving stick, especially in a small TJ lol. You feel like your more in control of it... like a little bulldozer lol.

But I live in NYC so it really isn't a good idea unless you have the cash to change out your burnt out clutch from all the stop and go.

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