I've had my 6 spd Jeep for a month now (it's my first Jeep), and I just love it. I haven't had a manual vehicle in 15 years and so I was a little nervous about it at first. For me, it makes wheeling more exciting. To have to think ahead of time what gear I should be in and when you put in the gear you want and you feel the clunk, you know you are in control. Besides, where is the fun in just Gas or Brake?
2009 JK Unlimited X 2.5" Teraflex, Bilstein shocks, 5.13 gears, ARB Lockers, Black Rock D-window 15x8, 35" BFG KM2
Have a couple month old 2 dr Rubicon and love the manual. Get over 19 mpg with 4:10's and first gear is great in low range. I drove both when I ordered and fell in love with the manual as soon as I drove it.
2012 JKR Black Forest Green, Dark Saddle, 6 speed
1979 International Harvester Scout II 345 V8, auto, my new Jeeps older half cousin...
Mine is a 6 speed & I love it more now with the Drake shifter on it...it feels much better on your hand rather than the huge shifter from the factory (that was my 1st mod on my JK), my old '95 YJ was also a 5 speed...manual all the way!
the stick is fun to drive, but I got tired of my last one after awhile. I have a 36 inseam, long legs. after awhile, sore hip, sore left knee, especially driving home already tired from hard workouts. I think it would have been much easier if I had shorter legs. But even then, I now find emailing, texting, and eating lunch to be an important part of my driving experience! Call me a sissy, but don't take my auto!!!
It seems like there is no good reason on paper to get the manual with the new pornstar auto transmission. It made it really hard to pull the trigger on the stick shift, but in the end I knew I would always regret if I didn't get one. It's like going to a Japanese restaurant and eating with chop sticks, just way more fun.
I really don't like the fact that you shouldn't shift in deep mud/water. Double clutching to down shift is a bit hard to do because there is a bit of throttle lag. The shifter wiggles like crazy at times but I think it is cool.
I bought mine with only having driven a stick briefly a few times. It took about 3-4 days before I was pretty good and not stalling.
Love mine. Both my 97 & 11 are. Keeps wife out too.
97 Wrangler - 4 Angry Hamsters; 2 1/2 " Rough Country Suspension, 33x12.5x15 Firestone Destination MT's.
2011 JK "Mojave".
2012 MW3 Rubicon
Recognize the same mistakes, every time you make them !
I so wish I got a manual... The auto is just a little boring to drive. Now the wife can drive it cause it's an auto!! WTF was I thinking?????? Looks like it's gonna go to the kid in a few years when he's old enough & I can get a 2dr manual like, I planned in the first place.
I never thought I'd be able to drive a manual shift again
After loosing my 2003 Corvette Z06.. (manual shift) I thought I'd never get another manual again.. going through 4 other cars (all automatic) until we got the 08 Wrang..
Not for the fact that it's a manual.. but because of my arms.. developing two forms of CTS and nerve damage.. I just thought I couldn't drive a manual shift anymore..
Although I have an issue with first gear.. the rest is easy and doesn't take much effort.. Sitting very close to the steering wheel.. I've left everything within reach as not to stress my arms or my back.. I was more worried about my wife.. then recalling her days of driving her Z28.. so No worries now.
I haven't had to good of luck with automatics. The last car I got I shelled out $2,500.00 for a replacement transmission. It still isn't quit right. My manuals seem to last forever. I currently have a 2012 Rubicon 2 door 6 speed and love it. I start out in 2nd gear, then go to 4th and then 6th unless I'm going up a slight uphill. Also the hill start assist is a nice feature for my wife. She prefers an automatic but loves the 6 speed too.
Over the years all 5 of my Jeeps have been manuals.
True that.. our last Wrang.. (99) had an auto.. and according to my sources that trans was made by Toyota.. not sure how reliable my source is/was.. but that trans was a piece of crap.. which is a fact.. going through numerous repairs. Putting a 3 speed automatic in a jeep should be outlawed.. then who ever thought of the idea, should be shot.. maybe just in the knees..
So is it strange that I'll take power windows/locks/mirrors/seats/steering column/pedals, touch screen navigation, heated and cooled leather seats, heated and cooled cup holders, heated steering wheel, auto adjusting cruise control, a full size sunroof, pretty much everything that would be available, EXCEPT the auto transmission?
Depends on who you ask.. I have heard that Jeep is going with some sort of new trans on the Liberty.. something like (don't quote me) 9 speed?.. Just doing this to save on gas.. and I'm assuming its an automatic.. cause I doubt anyone would cycle through all those gears in a manual.