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Old 10-05-2013, 02:21 AM   #1
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I am finally moving from my '05 Grand Cherokee to an Unlimited Rubicon (still need the 4 doors). I do plan to go off road Death Valley and Moab are top of the list. My question is which transmission to get?

My wife will not drive anything with a clutch - and my other vehicle is a manual so she is pushing hard for an automatic. I would love a manual. Any thoughts on advantage for one over the other?

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Get an auto, hands down superior in traffic, once less thing to mess with when crawling over this, that, and the other thing, and most importantly, blow a main seal on your motor with a manual trans and you are out of commission as soon s the oil hits the clutch but if you have an auto.......well, just top off the oil as you lose it, you can keep on motoring.
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Thats a dumb point to make cuz just the same I can say get a manual cuz wen ur tranny goes ur Sol but at least a manual wen the clutch goes u can still jam it in gear
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Wheeling auto is easier... but ur wife will want to drive it.. guaranteed. Get auto...
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Thats a dumb point to make cuz just the same I can say get a manual cuz wen ur tranny goes ur Sol but at least a manual wen the clutch goes u can still jam it in gear
Is English a second language or are you eight years old? And you call my point, "dumb"? "Your Honor, the state rests".
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Wife learned on a stick, I have a stick Call of Duty. Wife either drives the stick or rides shotgun…forever.

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Hi,

I am finally moving from my '05 Grand Cherokee to an Unlimited Rubicon (still need the 4 doors). I do plan to go off road Death Valley and Moab are top of the list. My question is which transmission to get?

My wife will not drive anything with a clutch - and my other vehicle is a manual so she is pushing hard for an automatic. I would love a manual. Any thoughts on advantage for one over the other?
I grew up on a farm driving tractors, trucks, all of them were stick, so it was natural for me to drive stick.
The wife learned to drive on a stick, but refuses to do so now. So she rides shotgun and portends to tell me how to drive.
An auto transmission in any Jeep is well, unmanly.
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If you still live in the past with landlines, out houses, candles for lighting and drinking rain water, then the old out dated manual should fit into your life style.
But if you have graduated into the 21st Century, and like new superior technology, then get the automatic!
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:56 AM   #12
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It's one of those questions ... if you've owned a manual and you have to ask, then the answer is get the auto. :-) The manuals are more fun unless you are stuck in traffic.

Aside from the practical issues you have to justify, there are the a number of threads regarding clutch longevity and transmission problems. The autos are not trouble free but seem to have fewer issues. The last thing I want is the transmission to breakdown 50 miles from pavement..
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:49 AM   #14
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You'll have to work it out with your wife. Being single is nice I get what I want. My GF has no say in the matter, yet.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:26 AM   #15
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Stick /endthread

My best friend (who is a female) never drove or owned a stick vehicle in her life, but when she got her jeep she got it in stick. Tell the wife to man up and learn to drive stick or ride shotgun.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:35 AM   #16
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:47 AM   #17
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Wives come and go. I've had several myself.

"Jeep. There is only one."

Get the manual.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:29 AM   #18
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Wives come and go. I've had several myself. "Jeep. There is only one." Get the manual.
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The new auto would appear to be more reliable than the manual. Plenty of people here bitching about the clutch and crappy shifting with the throttle by wire.Not many complaints about the auto. For me the auto is much more enjoyable on trail rides and in traffic.If I feel the need for speed and shifting gears I will get another sports car or go jump in the dump truck.
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Wives come and go. I've had several myself.

"Jeep. There is only one."

Get the manual.

An attitude like that will keep you playing with your stick forever.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:40 AM   #21
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I suspect I am one of a handful of people who have NEVER driven a stick. Oh wait-once. Years back one of my friends had a Corvette. He let me drive. It was stick. He never made that mistake again lol!
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:33 AM   #22
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Auto vs Stick threads are pretty common, and usually don't go ever well.

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Old 10-05-2013, 10:39 AM   #23
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My wife asked me to get a manual for our new Wrangler. I have only had it for a day, but I love it. Thankfully I don't do much driving in bumper to bumper traffic.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #24
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I could not imagine getting a Jeep with an auto, so I got a stick. I'm sure my wife would have liked the auto, but she learned to drive in a stick. Now, after about 25,000 miles I'm wondering if the stick was the right choice.

The new auto is supposed to be really nice, it would be easier for commute traffic and in really tedious wheeling the auto can ease you over some very challenging terrain. I also drive in the mountains a lot and I did not want the auto hunting for gears.

I'm second guessing even though I do like the stick. I also like the fact that I can push start the Jeep if the starter goes out, but that's a very minor point.
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:13 PM   #25
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:40 PM   #26
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What if you are injured and out 30 or 40 miles from town... Wife would need to drive... Get the automatic.

Two years ago, I had a 2006 Ford PSD (manual trans)and was pulling a 5th wheel going across the USA, when I get sick. We were stuck for three days, until I got better. Now we have a 2012 PSD, with automatic trans.
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Go test drive the new auto then the stick back to back. The new auto is smoooooooth. No gear hunting and going up and down hills on the trails is a breez just bump it to manual shift and pick your gear.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #28
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if you go with auto you wont regret, the 5auto in the jeep is perfect and no issues, if you go manual you may regret after sometime.. in the end you will ride a jeep and both options are good.. pick what makes you comfy but test drive both before you decide.. ( preferably test drive a used jeep with 6k+ miles)..

this is my first auto gear in 4x4 (I also drive sport car with DSG) and the 5 speed auto in the jeep is very smooth and I would put it at the same level as the DSG in terms of comfort level and it is not a slush box as some people may think or say..

make sure they do not put the lowest gear ratio especially if you do mountain driving.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:16 PM   #29
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Get one of each .... Problem solve
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:46 PM   #30
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I faced the same dilemma, and after a lot of consideration I chose the auto. I drove them both and was very impressed with the auto, even though I really wanted the manual. It's a Jeep, I thought, it should have a 5 speed. What if we go out and I have too much to drink? I want her to be able to drive. Looking back I do not regret my decision at all, I really like this auto. I still pretend to shift sometimes..... Of course once my wife saw the Jeep, the first thing she said was "I absolutely love it, but I will never drive it......" Doh!

Also, if it takes shifting a transmission to make you feel like a man, well then you've got bigger problems to deal with.

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