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Old 06-07-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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OK, your replies to my previous thread about doors has I think made my mind up to go for a 4 door Wrangler. Now I need to decide on transmission. Please bear in mind over the pond we have 2.8 diesel lumps in our Wranglers.

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Go drive both and see which you like better. Have had many manuals in my jeeps over the yeas, I now have an auto and enjoy it a great deal.

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Old 06-07-2011, 03:33 PM   #3
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That may be more of a political question
I would never get an automatic in a vehicle I plan to "drive". Its fine in the family wagon, but not in my wrangler or my sports car.
The one thing I have heard, is that there are advantages to an auto if you do a lot of towing.
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That may be more of a political question
I would never get an automatic in a vehicle I plan to "drive". Its fine in the family wagon, but not in my wrangler or my sports car.
The one thing I have heard, is that there are advantages to an auto if you do a lot of towing.
FWIW I have owned a 05 Rubicon 6-speed and now a 2010 Rubicon auto. Both have been to Moab and other places. I like the auto MUCH better for actuall off road driving. It is much more easy to get wife to like and drive and more restful when on technical trails.

I never did like the inevitable stall on a side hill like 7-mile Rim trail.

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Old 06-07-2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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Not making it easy chaps. Must admit, I was going to go auto, but thought I should see what views were from the professionals where these cars originate.
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It depends on how you will be driving it. I have an Auto because in this Houston, TX traffic it can get pretty ridiculous. Having to keep getting it in and out of gear gets annoying. I used to drive a little sports car and that was a 6 speed.
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Still confused to death on why in the states the GC can have the diesel but the TJ and now JK can not.. Some things just don't make sense I guess..

The way I look at auto v manual in a jeep.. Based on experience the auto will do everything good to great where as the manual is a pita in stop and go traffic and in the rocks.. The manual will be a little better on general trails as you can control the speed of the jeep going down inclines a little easier with a stick but to me not enough to out weigh the auto. On the road the manual will be a little better in the towing catagorey to IMO but still not enough of a difference to not buy the auto..

Auto will always be better to me for offroading and general driving.. Now if were talking sports car thats a different story
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:16 PM   #8
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Ah, the age old question. I have a 10 Rubi 6spd. and an 89 5spd. I like manuals in these vehicles but get what "you" like.
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Where are you located? I'm guessing the UK. I have the 2 dr CRD manual 6 speed but can't comment on the auto as I have never driven an auto Jeep. I prefer to be in control of my driving and enjoy the thrill of driving which is why I opted for the manual. The info I can offer is that the manual is a silky smooth gear change and not agriculture like that I was expecting. 1st & 2nd are low gears so your into 3rd before you hit 30mph, but this is when the torque takes over and the acceleration is then surprisingly quick for a 2 tonne truck! Go test drive both would be my best advice and draw your own conclusions.
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I have a 5 spd. I am starting to regret not getting an auto.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:30 PM   #11
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Where are you located? I'm guessing the UK. I have the 2 dr CRD manual 6 speed but can't comment on the auto as I have never driven an auto Jeep. I prefer to be in control of my driving and enjoy the thrill of driving which is why I opted for the manual. The info I can offer is that the manual is a silky smooth gear change and not agriculture like that I was expecting. 1st & 2nd are low gears so your into 3rd before you hit 30mph, but this is when the torque takes over and the acceleration is then surprisingly quick for a 2 tonne truck! Go test drive both would be my best advice and draw your own conclusions.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:39 PM   #13
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Offroad no advantage to either. Manual better in some situations, auto in others.
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I think as a society that we have gotten LAZY in general. This includes myself. All you have to do is look in this thread or any other on tranny choice and you will see the LAZY right out there. When people say it is easier translate that to I've just gotten too lazy to use a clutch and push the shifter and would rather hold my big mac or latte. So my body can get bigger and perpetuate my laziness. We now have TV shows with massive people losing literally tons of weight and people including myself applaud them. So, I say they should only build Jeeps with automatic transmission for people with a doctor's prescription that can't drive standard. Then all will be right with the world.
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Can you guess what kind of transmission I've been driving since I could drive (save the mini van for 7 years while I played soccer dad).

BTW, if it weren't for the Marine Corps, I'd probably be as fat as a house. They taught me physical fitness. Now, get out there and MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT...SHIFT IT!
Eeerrrra. Semper Fi.

Errr...I really feel strongly about standard.
But I understand why peoples drive auto. Just look at the statistics.
I have never had 4WD before my jeep so never had 4 low or any kind of low gear system. When rock crawling with my JK I feel no worries about slipping backwards because in 1st gear in 4 low the dang thing is nearly impossible to stall. No third foot, as described in some of these auto/manual tranny threads, is needed. When you come off of the clutch in 1st, 4 low, you could be standing on the brake and the jeep is gonna move forward. So other than holding your coffee there is no worry about driving standard. I save eating and drinking for when the trail is easy and for auto I would suggest the same.

After having said all of the above, what it really boils down to is what you feel comfortable with. I like the challenge of it and enjoy driving standard. I have since the day I started driving.

Best of luck with your choice.

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I have a 5 speed manual in my TJ and love it. Its much more enjoyable to drive than something like our automatic Ford expedition. Some times I wish I had an auto for traffic but then I remember how fun it is to drive. I thought that in the UK and EU in general, autos were few and far in between and that Americans are generally made fun of due to the lack of manual transmissions...

Ninja edit: said i have an auto instead of manual
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Did you mean 5 speed manual on the TJ?
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Just because one drives an auto doesn't mean they are lazy. As a military person myself and one who constantly works out and loves to run, I would say its not that. It's more of a personal preference. I loved my 6 speed Spec V, and would get another "sports" car in manual transmission only, but the Jeep is a Jeep. I can't really go fast in it, and switching gears in it isn't as fun as in a car. I know because my friend has a 5 speed Jeep.
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Manual because it's simply more fun to drive. I'll take having to shift in traffic as a payoff for that.

We'll see how I feel about auto when/if my knees go for good.
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As a society we have gotten lazy. No bones about it. Including what we choose to move us from place to place.
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As a society we have gotten lazy. No bones about it. Including what we choose to move us from place to place.
So, you are lazy?
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My Jeep is an automatic, but I wanted to get a manual. The reason I got this one was because it was a used vehicle and when you are buying used, you don't have the luxury of chosing your options on your vehicle like you would when you buy new. I shopped around for a while and this was the best option without having to ship in from somewhere else and overpaying for a Jeep. To say that I'm lazy because I drive an auto Jeep is absurd. What about convenience or luxury? I say you are lazy because you drive a Jeep instead of walking to where you need to go. You have LPC's don't you Marine? Use them instead of driving. Do you park close to the entrance of a store? Come on, I could go on forever. Your comment was a blind and close minded one, and very immature.
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To say that I'm lazy because I drive an auto Jeep is absurd.
Learn how to read. I didn't call you lazy but if you are worried about it enough to get your shorts all bunched up over it perhaps there is something there.

When someone uses the collective you it doesn't apply to the you you...get it?

Did you see the begin sarcasm and end sarcasm tags? How about the begin rant and end rant tags? That stuff in between was sarcasm and rant. I wonder if you can tell where in the post I actually got serious? Get a skin, thick preferably.
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I don't know why God made automatics but he shouldn't have put them in jeeps.

Now, this is a test. Is the above serious or sarcasm? hmmmm
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Learn how to read. I didn't call you lazy but if you are worried about it enough to get your shorts all bunched up over it perhaps there is something there.

When someone uses the collective you it doesn't apply to the you you...get it?

Did you see the begin sarcasm and end sarcasm tags? How about the begin rant and end rant tags? That stuff in between was sarcasm and rant. I wonder if you can tell where in the post I actually got serious? Get a skin, thick preferably.
Maybe I do.

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