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Old 06-05-2012, 04:17 PM   #31
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2012 JKU Sport manual driver here. Love it! No regrets and no downsides that effect me. I don't tow; traffic is not a problem; I don't use remote-start. I even kind of like the shaking of the shifter. If you like manuals, you won't regret it.

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Old 06-05-2012, 04:18 PM   #32
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Not just no, but HELL no!

Driving a Jeep should be fun and challenging, why make it "easy" and get an auto?

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Old 06-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #33
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Manual transmission only for me.....wouldn't even consider an auto but I've been driving nothing but manual vehicles for many years now. IMHO it's the only way to experience driving!
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #34
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Not to hi-jack the thread, but maybe the question could be phrased a bit differently....

Instead of....do you "regret" the manual.

How about....

"On a scale of 1-10, how would rate the manual in a Wrangler"?

I think everyone that has a manual wanted it that way to begin with...so very few will regret it. I have one in my car and I love it....would not have it any other way.

When I said I never heard anything good about the 6-speed....what I mean is that I hear people saying they love having a manual in their Jeep....for all of the reasons above. But I never hear anyone say "I love the 6-speed gear box in the Wrangler."

I'm not sure if that makes sense or not....
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:25 PM   #35
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I hated every minute with my 04 Liberty's automatic, the new 5 speed may be nice but it will never be as good to me as my manual. I don't regret getting it at all. It was well worth special ordering just to get it.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:33 PM   #36
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Not to hi-jack the thread, but maybe the question could be phrased a bit differently....

Instead of....do you "regret" the manual.

How about....

"On a scale of 1-10, how would rate the manual in a Wrangler"?

I think everyone that has a manual wanted it that way to begin with...so very few will regret it. I have one in my car and I love it....would not have it any other way.

When I said I never heard anything good about the 6-speed....what I mean is that I hear people saying they love having a manual in their Jeep....for all of the reasons above. But I never hear anyone say "I love the 6-speed gear box in the Wrangler."

I'm not sure if that makes sense or not....
Drives like a U-haul but love it. <----- did that comment work ?
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #37
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No regrets. Wouldn't have it any other way.
X2.

All wranglers' shifters shake that way. It's a jeep thing.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:38 PM   #38
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X2.

All wranglers' shifters shake that way. It's a jeep thing.
that's x3 buddy
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #39
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Short answer: No regrets. I like the fact that the shifter is long and vibrates like crazy -- real nostalgic kind of feeling. When I first got on these forums, though, and heard the benefits of wheeling in auto, I did doubt myself -- but I am having too much fun with it, especially with my drake knobs, to reflect on it too much. As others have expressed, I too love driving a manual.
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I wouldn't ever regret getting a manual, because I hate autos. The 6 speed is sloppy, clunky, and does make some interesting noises, but it's still more fun than any auto. The clutch is light, so traffic isn't a big issue. Too bad there's no 2-low, it'd be pretty cool to crawl in stop and go. The manual does seem get a bit easier to drive after the first 500 miles due to the sharper throttle response.

Having said that, i really think the auto is a good option if you don't love driving stick. It's probably the only automatic vehicle that i'd consider owning, other than a minivan.
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Drives like a U-haul but love it. <----- did that comment work ?
Actually...yes....yes it did!

I'm still torn.
If I get a 2-door and keep the Libby....I can get stick.

My heart says.......order a 2013 2-door stick shift Wrangler with 3.73's = BOSS.

My head says.....get the auto because you know there is no advantage to getting the old 6 speed unit over the new 5 speed auto. I can probably find a discounted one (with 3.21's) on the lot.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:14 PM   #41
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My heart says.......order a 2013 2-door stick shift Wrangler with 3.73's = BOSS..
This..^^is good...........
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:31 PM   #42
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Had a 85 CJ with a auto in it that I used to wheel. Sure got alot of shit for it back in the day before autos were popular in Jeeps. Always loved the auto offroad and in town. Now days not only am I too lazy to want to deal with shifting about 75% of the time, but I still want the added benefit while crawling. Sorry that wasn't an actual answer to YOUR question, but just thought I would chime in.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:39 PM   #43
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I've had several manuals... Too much traffic in DFW to justify the fun factor. Even if you don't regret getting the manual now, you will when it comes time to trade it in. Sadly, so few people can drive them anymore, and it really hurts the trade in value.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:01 PM   #44
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I wish mine was a stick! But if the tranny failed, I might consider a conversion. I have someone in Austin who was quoted at around $2000-2500 to convert it. BUT, I have my Scout II that I should be picking up this summer, which is fully traditional 4WD manual (even manual hubs!).
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #45
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I guess I will be tue first on to chime in and say I wish I would have got an auto. When I ordered my jeep I didnt plan on going as far into the mods as I am planing now. The 6 speed is fun and great for easy/mod trails. But now that I have goten into extream trails its goten to the point that I wish I had an auto sometimes.
I almost messed up in a bad way the other day cause I was on edge, feet and arms were shaking and I was real close to pushing my jeep to far. All the sudden I notice that my shaking foot had just about shook its way off of the clutch. (I had to go to netural and let off the clutch so I could get my foot back on it good.) If this would have happened it would have been a high dollar mess up.
Not everyone on this forum has a clue what Im talking about(the feet and arms shaking thing) but the ones that do can understand how I almost messed up without knowing it.
When I get around to a motor swap I will also be droping in an auto trany.
Now if I wasnt addicted to doing crazy things in my jeep I would never think about swaping an auto in. The 6 speed and 4:1 tcase works great with my 5:38 gears. Talking about being.able to crawl up and down stuff! I have only stalled it twice so far on the trails.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #46
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LOVE my manual. I have a 2012 JKU. Wife and son can't drive a stick so she's all mine.
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But now that I have goten into extream trails its goten to the point that I wish I had an auto sometimes.
Then that's a different story. I don't rock crawl because I can't afford it. I want the manual because of my upbringing around them in the 70s and 80s. Is your Jeep an LJ or a JK?
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #48
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It's never "Can't".. It's "Not Willing To" or "Given the oppurtunity to"

I've never been given the oppurtunity to learn how to drive a stick shift vehlcile.. But Im willing to learn given the oppurtunity..
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No regrets. Wouldn't have it any other way.
agreed, now can i get a super light fly wheel to reduce inertia or what
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:18 PM   #50
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Never knew how to drive a stick till the Jeep and love the stick!
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:32 PM   #51
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Then that's a different story. I don't rock crawl because I can't afford it. I want the manual because of my upbringing around them in the 70s and 80s. Is your Jeep an LJ or a JK?
Its an JKU
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:33 PM   #52
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No regrets here.
But I got a stick because it is what I have always driven.
I never feel complete until I am eating a burger, drinking a soda, changing the radio, all while driving the stick, yah, i am getting excited just thinking about it

I think i will stop by McD's on the way home.
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It's never "Can't".. It's "Not Willing To" or "Given the oppurtunity to"

I've never been given the oppurtunity to learn how to drive a stick shift vehlcile.. But Im willing to learn given the oppurtunity..
I taught myself how to drive a stick when I was kid.

It actually started from an old arcade game called "Hard Drivin'" that had a stick shift. While it didn't give me the "feel" of a clutch, it gave be the basics because you could stall the car. My dad teaching how the ride a motorcycle when I was 14 or 15 also helped.


Hard Drivin' - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia'

On that note....there was also this helicopter game that I used to LOVE because the full size version was also a sit down game that had a collective, a cyclic, and a rudder controls. Steel Talons FTW!

OK..back on topic...
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:37 PM   #54
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All our Jeeps are (were) manuals ... can't remember the last time I drove an auto
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:54 PM   #55
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I love my manual! I should, I had to drive two states over to find a JKU that was not an auto!
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I taught myself how to drive a stick when I was kid.

It actually started from an old arcade game called "Hard Drivin'" that had a stick shift. While it didn't give me the "feel" of a clutch, it gave be the basics because you could stall the car. My dad teaching how the ride a motorcycle when I was 14 or 15 also helped.


Hard Drivin' - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia'

On that note....there was also this helicopter game that I used to LOVE because the full size version was also a sit down game that had a collective, a cyclic, and a rudder controls. Steel Talons FTW!

OK..back on topic...
lol @ Hard Drivin'. I used to play that game too for the stick shift action. Good times. I learned stick by jamming a mini hockey stick inbetween the seat cushion of my dad's corolla and pretending to shift gears and press pedals while he was driving.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:18 PM   #57
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I would not have bought mine if it was auto only. All my vehicles I have owned have been sticks. No other way to go.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:19 PM   #58
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Shifting IS driving. I had an auto for 9 and half years in my previous car. When I bought my Jeep it HAD to be a manual. No other way
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #59
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Now, you're gonna make me have dreams again about driving a stick...

I've been waiting for 3.5 years for my Scout II to be finished. It's supposed to be this month. We'll see!

I wish I had the option of a manual, but I couldn't turn down a six-year old Jeep with only 22,000 mi on it at the time.
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I love it! I haven't driven a manual transmission since 2001. I feel like I pay attention to my driving and definitely stay away from unsafe behavior such as texting and driving since I need one hand for wheel and one for shifting.

The stick does vibrate a lot on my 2011, but not enough to be a deal breaker.

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