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Old 06-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Anyone regret getting a manual?

My wife has a 2007 Rubicon JKU with the automatic transmission. I'm looking to pick up a 2012 or 2013 and have been thinking of getting a manual. Test drove one and only thing I didn't like was how the shifter vibrated like crazy on bumps in the road, kind of like a manual big rig. Maybe that's part of the whole Jeep experience

Positives for a manual:

Nobody will borrow my Jeep since nobody else I know (other than my wife) knows how to drive a stick anymore. It's also a heck of a lot cheaper.

Positives for automatic:

Easier to tow with, especially backing the trailer into tight spots. Gear chart for Pentastar shows the automatic can handle a slightly bigger tire than the Manual for the same gears, exact opposite for the 3.8. Could get a remote starter but that's not really necessary as these Jeep engines warm up real quick in the winter.

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I don't regret it at all, but I drive a TJ. My shifter doesn't vibrate a lot though.. Maybe that's a JK thing, or it was just that Jeep

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Old 06-05-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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I've been tip-toeing around this question in certain threads...but didn't want to start a new one about this specific topic.


It would be nice to hear from those that have the manuals and if they really don't the manual in the Jeep. I think manuals are awesome (and am looking at a 2-door 6 speed), but outside of the cool factor, I have not heard anyone say anything.....positive.....about the 6 speed in the Wrangler.

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Old 06-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #5
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I drive a standard transmission but then again.... Mine is a TJ and I love it. I prefer standard transmissions because I like to be in absolute control of my vehicle. Plus I like teaching girls, whom love Wranglers, how to drive a 5speed/standard transmission.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
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I regret my man getting a manual Jeep because I can't drive it. Does that count?
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #7
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Nope. Love it.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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I regret my man getting a manual Jeep because I can't drive it. Does that count?
Maybe that is why he got a manual! Haha
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:19 PM   #9
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I regret my man getting a Jeep because I can't drive it. Does that count?
My fiance is in the same boat as you. She wishes I got an auto.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #10
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I don't regret it one bit. I like driving a manual and hadn't done so since my last Jeep 9 years prior. I don't tow a lot so that's not an issue. I do have a remote starter with a manual mode on it, so that's possible after market.

I've had no issues with it. No popping out of gear. The vibration doesn't seem that intense to me.

And I too like that almost no one other than my wife or I can drive it.

The downside: city driving can be rough at times, but that's a manual problem, not a Jeep manual problem.

As for the gearing charts, the difference between the manual and the auto on the Pentastar is very small. However, the 3.8L had a huge difference.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:23 PM   #11
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Maybe that is why he got a manual! Haha
Hah! He was actually going to get an automatic so I could drive it, but I talked him out of it because he really wanted a manual. That's a poor situation for me, because I won't be getting mine until later in the year...

However, it ends up being a poor situation for him... because I want to ride in the Jeep all the time, so he doesn't get to enjoy beer with his meals.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:34 PM   #12
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I have always been a big fan of stick shift, 1 car in the last 20 years i have owned has been auto, and that lasted me 6 months before i traded it for my current Jeep. To me it just adds to the excitment of driving.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:35 PM   #13
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No regrets at all..... However I work from the house and don't have to deal with traffic. I might add my 2 teenage kids dont drive stick
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:36 PM   #14
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I have a manual, and won't get anything else. No regrets.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:37 PM   #15
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I regret my man getting a manual Jeep because I can't drive it. Does that count?
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #16
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No regrets. Wouldn't have it any other way.
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With a better suspension setup and shocks my shifter shakes less
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:39 PM   #17
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Are you talking about the stick between the two front seats that stops my wife from taking my car? ... nope no regrets...
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:39 PM   #18
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I've been tip-toeing around this question in certain threads...but didn't want to start a new one about this specific topic.


It would be nice to hear from those that have the manuals and if they really don't the manual in the Jeep. I think manuals are awesome (and am looking at a 2-door 6 speed), but outside of the cool factor, I have not heard anyone say anything.....positive.....about the 6 speed in the Wrangler.

I have a 2011 JK Rubicon with 6 spd manual--absolutely love it! Honestly, didn't even mind driving through Savannah or Atlanta traffic. There is something cathartic about driving a manual transmission. I personally like the control, or illusion of control, a manual gives me. Plus, with the 6spd transmission and 4.10 gearing, I don't even feel that my 3.8 is anemic at all!
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:41 PM   #19
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Nope then again i feel alot more confertable driving a manaul its what i drive to me the transmission you are confertable with will benefit you the most dont buy a stick becuase you think it will do more or something then an auto. i get the shake to when i hit bumps shifter bangs around but never popped out of gear the shifter is directly into the trans? ive never driven anything like that so i attribute it to trans moves the shifter will to
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:45 PM   #20
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Nope, don't regret either of mine. I would have regretted getting the auto instead especially since my wife won't drive an automatic anymore.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #21
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Test drove one and only thing I didn't like was how the shifter vibrated like crazy on bumps in the road, kind of like a manual big rig. Maybe that's part of the whole Jeep experience
Thats because you are directly connected to the drive train. No wimpy cables here! Definitely part of the Jeep experience.


That said, the Auto is really good, it all comes down to how much you like to really be in control.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #22
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I do when I sit in traffic in philly and going back home to dc but other than that I love it
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:58 PM   #23
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I have a 2000 Sport 5sp manual. I love it. But, for extreme offroading (rock crawling, very slow, deep waters...), or leg day at the gym, I would prefer an auto.
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I think that this thread would have been better served by an opinion poll.

I do not regret getting a manual.

However, if your stick shift technique is sub par. You are in for a challenge.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:07 PM   #25
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No regrets. Wouldn't have it any other way.

What he Said ^...I have said this in other threads, however, i want this thing as close to my CJ as possible (obviously my CJ was manual)...
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I think that this thread would have been better served by an opinion poll.

I do not regret getting a manual.

However, if your stick shift technique is sub par. You are in for a challenge.
Opinion polls bring these
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:11 PM   #27
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I live in Los Angeles (big time traffic), but don't tow anything. And I bought a new 2012 JK, 6-speed manual about a month ago.

Pure happiness. After driving an automatic car for 3 year, the manual Jeep is just amazing. I love every aspect of it.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #28
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You can get remote start for manual trams also!
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #29
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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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Old 06-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #30
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No regrets here. Love the manual gearbox and love the fact it shifts like an '84 U-Haul truck or similar utilitarian vehicle

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