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Old 12-07-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited...MANUAL vs AUTOMATIC? Pros and Cons?

hmm...so im new to this... what would be better/safer/cheaper/funner, i would love to see pros and cons of both please!
like i want it to be; me, my car, and the road!


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Old 12-07-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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Obviously this is a personal choice answer, but here goes. MT = more fun, feel of a more connection to Jeep, and AT = easier on the hips, and traffic.

Plus manuel is free
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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auto is easier for people who are offroading biger stuff ...

but i still MT all the way
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If you ever plan on going off road you'll thank yourself for buying an automatic. All my other jeeps were sticks fun but alot of work. Talk to a guy who was a pro rock crawler and avid off road in a jk told me why in the world would you want to deal with a stick when you could just enjoy the ride. but like the other guy said it really is preference.
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I went back and forth, tried all the rubi combos, I couldn't stand the manual gear shifter bouncing around, you better drive both
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I went back and forth, tried all the rubi combos, I couldn't stand the manual gear shifter bouncing around, you better drive both
I did the same thing, and just didn't like the MT. I've always had at least one car with MT, and have driven fairly large trucks with MT's. About the only time I thought I'd like the MT Rubicon would be on country back roads, where I wasn't interested in the scenery. In northern NM, that is not an option.

I totally love my AT Rubi, especially when I'm negotiating mudholes, rocks and snow.

Also, much of the time I need to be able answer business calls when driving, and MT adds an additional layer of driver distraction. Oh - and if you get one of the GPS options, just try using that, and shifting, and actually paying attention.

But YOU need to make yourself happy.
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Ohhhh nooooo.

And hear we go again. But of coarse I will respect a new members question and offer
my .02

JEEP + Manual =

And buy a jeep no car ok?
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:24 PM   #9
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Plus manuel is free
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:33 PM   #11
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Changing three clutches which always seemed to fail in the middle of winter with no garage took all the allure and manliness of manual transmissions out of my blood forever. Nothing like manhandling transmissions and transfer cases flat on your back not being be able to feel ones fingers to change your outlook on such things.

Of course that was a Blazer, I'm sure Jeep clutches don't wear out.

Just my 2 cents as they say.
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I drive a stick and I used to say that I wouldnt have an auto that I took offroad........ But here lately when I wheel with the guys driving autos I find myself going "man that hill climb sure looks easy to those auto guys" working the clutch while having you jeep pointing twards the sky is a major p.i.t.a. I still love my stick but the more I push my jeep the more times I find myself in spots were an auto would be nice.
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I drive a stick and I used to say that I wouldnt have an auto that I took offroad........ But here lately when I wheel with the guys driving autos I find myself going "man that hill climb sure looks easy to those auto guys" working the clutch while having you jeep pointing twards the sky is a major p.i.t.a. I still love my stick but the more I push my jeep the more times I find myself in spots were an auto would be nice.
No experience extreme off roading but,
Doesn't the anti stall feature in all manual Jk's help/solve that problem?
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I couldn't stand the manual gear shifter bouncing around
What, you mean when you shifted gears? My manual never "bounced around". Does it really do this in the 2012 model?
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What, you mean when you shifted gears? My manual never "bounced around". Does it really do this in the 2012 model?
They all doit as far as I know.

Your shifter doesn't shake while driving over a bumpy road!

Hardly something that would make me choose an auto.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:14 PM   #16
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Love my manual.
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i like my auto, if you do a lot of city driving on a daily basis, shifting gets old. also.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:29 PM   #18
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It's a lot easier for a dealer to wiggle out of warranty work on a stick shift. Your trans isn't shifting right you better believe they are going to say it is the clutch which is a "wear item." A lot harder for them to deny warranty coverage on an automatic.
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Automatics are for soccer moms
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Oh really? I know plenty of automatic jeeps that are not driven by soccer moms. Unless you count Jerry b, barrie, and myself soccer moms.
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Automatics are for soccer moms
Actually most serious rock crawlers now use autos.
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Actually most serious rock crawlers now use autos.
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He's very much so correct.. Most crawlers do use them and I will say I much prefer it when I'm rock crawling
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What, you mean when you shifted gears? My manual never "bounced around". Does it really do this in the 2012 model?
First thing I noticed when test driving it. I thought there was something wrong with it. Your girlfriend will start looking for a battery connected to it.
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I went through this buying my 2008 Rescue Green JKU. Got the auto.

When I went looking for a 2011 Rubicon, the fact I got the auto in 2008 made my decision much easier.

I got the manual.
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No experience extreme off roading but,
Doesn't the anti stall feature in all manual Jk's help/solve that problem?
It helps alot but its still not enough. My jeep has goten to where it will stall sometimes even with the antistall feature. Not only that but it sucks when you need to shift during a hill climb.
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Automatics are for soccer moms

every pro rock crawler uses a automatic. i'd like to see you say that to one of them.
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Oh really? I know plenty of automatic jeeps that are not driven by soccer moms. Unless you count Jerry b, barrie, and myself soccer moms.
Got it. Three more added to the list. Thank you!
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No experience extreme off roading but,
Doesn't the anti stall feature in all manual Jk's help/solve that problem?

Anti stall along with HSA makes a huge difference. There have already been a few stories of the new 5 speed auto being a little quirky off road.

The bottom line is that it's a totally subjective and personal decision that has to be made by the person making the purchase.

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