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Old 03-11-2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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Hello guys. Im buying a wrangler in a few upcoming days, but i really still confused if i get it MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC !
(The manual one is 2013
The automatic one is 2014) both are brand NEW.

Is the manual transmission easy to handle? N of course its more powerful than the automatic transmission.

P.s. Myoff-roading will be in the desert only! That means no rocks!

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Old 03-11-2014, 07:28 AM   #2
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I've had a manual for about 18 months on my Wrangler. Always own manual cars/Jeeps... It is a challenge to off road with a manual, but after a while you'll get it and it'll be better. I say go manual, but that's just me. Makes the already awesome and fun driving experience of the Jeep even better!

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Old 03-11-2014, 07:29 AM   #3
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It is strictly personal preference. We get these threads all the time and it will serve absolutely no purpose. Test drive both and get what you want.

Let the usual barrage begin!

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I've had a manual for about 18 months on my Wrangler. Always own manual cars/Jeeps... It is a challenge to off road with a manual, but after a while you'll get it and it'll be better. I say go manual, but that's just me. Makes the already awesome and fun driving experience of the Jeep even better!
Make sure you are using 4L. There are many features on the JK that make off roading with a manual much easier. (anti-stall, HSA, no clutch start, etc.)
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What about the handling? Is smooth or not?
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Make sure you are using 4L. There are many features on the JK that make off roading with a manual much easier. (anti-stall, HSA, no clutch start, etc.)
I dont think its a good idea driving 4L on normal sands, or wat do u think ?
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I dont think its a good idea driving 4L on normal sands, or wat do u think ?
I agree. I drive on the beach in deep sand quite often and use 4H in that situation.
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What about the handling? Is smooth or not?
The Wrangler manual is not smooth like a sports car. It will feel very much like the truck that it is. My wife and I both have manual Wrangler and we are both very happy with our decision. It isn't for everyone however.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:48 AM   #9
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The Wrangler manual is not smooth like a sports car. It will feel very much like the truck that it is. My wife and I both have manual Wrangler and we are both very happy with our decision. It isn't for everyone however.
I have a manual GTI lol! So i will feel the different if i get the manual wrangler

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:56 AM   #10
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Test drive both and then make your decision. I have a manual YJ and JK and like both. They do not shift like other manual transmissions.
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I decided to get the automatic one for sure.
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VWs have (had?) pretty primitive transmissions. I had a '97 GTI VR6 before my '00 TJ, both manuals. Barely noticed the difference. When I test drove a JK, I thought I was back in the Golf, and not just because of the transmission. It was quiet like the Golf, smooth like the Golf, had about the same visibility, and the same all black plastic covered interior. I think the handling is about the same too! ;-)

BTW, the Jeep has been a paragon of reliability compared to the VW. I hope that's still true.
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I have always been on the Manual for Cars, Automatic for trucks philosophy, so I thought that's the path I would take. When I went to test drive them, that quickly went the other way, I was very unimpressed with the Auto in the Jeep.
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All my jeeps in the past have been manuel although my latest (2014) is an automatic. Both perform excellent off road. I prefer the 5 speed auto over the manual
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Good choice on the auto.
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The nice thing about the Automatic is that its a Mercedes Benz Transmission that Jeep got from MB when they owned them, its been around for awhile and behind some monster engines, like the E55 which was 469HP and tons of torque.

To me the upgrade price is well worth it, as some have said the stick is truck like, and that's how it felt to me when I test drove the stick recently.

Its not the snick/snick your used to in the GTI.

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It is strictly personal preference. We get these threads all the time and it will serve absolutely no purpose. Test drive both and get what you want.
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I decided to get the automatic one for sure.
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Probably 30 years ago, I greatly feel manuals were preferable off road across the board. The drive by wire of the modern JK fouls up the shift timing a bit on the manual. I have a manual and I still prefer it, but modern autos with paddle shift and good reliability are darn competitive. BUT Nothing feels like 4LO in 1st at 2,000 RPM and gear driving over obstacles without the slushy feel of the auto.
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VWs have (had?) pretty primitive transmissions. I had a '97 GTI VR6 before my '00 TJ, both manuals. Barely noticed the difference. When I test drove a JK, I thought I was back in the Golf, and not just because of the transmission. It was quiet like the Golf, smooth like the Golf, had about the same visibility, and the same all black plastic covered interior. I think the handling is about the same too! ;-) BTW, the Jeep has been a paragon of reliability compared to the VW. I hope that's still true.
I still have the golf tho. Its my red monster lol.
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The nice thing about the Automatic is that its a Mercedes Benz Transmission that Jeep got from MB when they owned them, its been around for awhile and behind some monster engines, like the E55 which was 469HP and tons of torque.

To me the upgrade price is well worth it, as some have said the stick is truck like, and that's how it felt to me when I test drove the stick recently.

Its not the snick/snick your used to in the GTI.

So is the manual transmission.
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All my jeeps in the past have been manuel although my latest (2014) is an automatic. Both perform excellent off road. I prefer the 5 speed auto over the manual
I booked my jk 2014 n i will gt it next wednesday xD auto tho
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Good choice on the auto.
I hope i wont regret it
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I have always been on the Manual for Cars, Automatic for trucks philosophy, so I thought that's the path I would take. When I went to test drive them, that quickly went the other way, I was very unimpressed with the Auto in the Jeep.

Mmm i hope this wont happen to me tho i tested drive the auto but not off-roading
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The nice thing about the Automatic is that its a Mercedes Benz Transmission that Jeep got from MB when they owned them, its been around for awhile and behind some monster engines, like the E55 which was 469HP and tons of torque. To me the upgrade price is well worth it, as some have said the stick is truck like, and that's how it felt to me when I test drove the stick recently. Its not the snick/snick your used to in the GTI.

True! Thanks
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^This times infinity.... Congrats on your purchase! Enjoy your new ride....and don't forget to wave!

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Probably 30 years ago, I greatly feel manuals were preferable off road across the board. The drive by wire of the modern JK fouls up the shift timing a bit on the manual. I have a manual and I still prefer it, but modern autos with paddle shift and good reliability are darn competitive. BUT Nothing feels like 4LO in 1st at 2,000 RPM and gear driving over obstacles without the slushy feel of the auto.

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It is all personal preference. I love the feel of the manual in my Acura.
But a high clutch release, plus a long throw, plus a drive-by-wire throttle just seems odd to me. Even in the auto I hate the drive-by-wire throttle...and the CANBus 1 second delay on the horn.

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It is all personal preference. I love the feel of the manual in my Acura. But a high clutch release, plus a long throw, plus a drive-by-wire throttle just seems odd to me. Even in the auto I hate the drive-by-wire throttle...and the CANBus 1 second delay on the horn. Never a right or wrong answer being that it is your money.

True!
So i decided to keep my manual 2006 GTI as well. Its 2.0 turbo.

On the other hand i already booked the auto 2014 JK. N will get it next wednesday! *cant wait*
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I'm 95% sure I'm getting the auto. It's a personal thing to be sure. I did like the way the manual felt on my test drive. Way smoother and user friendly than my TJ, but the TJ isn't bad. I'm old and lazy and sometimes you just want a bit of luxury I agree, modern automatics have a lot going for them and a lot of serious off-roaders use autos, or so I've been told. Congrats on the purchase. You'll love it no matter what.
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I'm 95% sure I'm getting the auto. It's a personal thing to be sure. I did like the way the manual felt on my test drive. Way smoother and user friendly than my TJ, but the TJ isn't bad. I'm old and lazy and sometimes you just want a bit of luxury I agree, modern automatics have a lot going for them and a lot of serious off-roaders use autos, or so I've been told. Congrats on the purchase. You'll love it no matter what.

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