this is, in fact, my first rear-drive vehicle in nearly 9 years. And regrettably, my first Jeep.
Front driver four-cylinder manuals, and Jeeps -are completely different animals. Beneith a Jeep's manual shifter-knob lies segways of steel and direct linckage to the transmission. where numbness may be a road-feel staple, JKM(manuals: )~ make up for this with tranny-charm.
The whole reason i never buy automatics is the appeal of becoming "one" with the vehicle. there's not always pure enjoyment, but for the many moments there are, it's completely worth it.
i wonder if 2 live axles plays a factor? There's certainly vibrations to be felt in the shifter.. someone once said "my shifter knob has death wobble"
-all that shaking around maybe prevents the gates full engagement when cold?
[anyone else initally scared of 6th?... a friend said -"no, reverse is locked out when at forward speed" ...well... i disagree]