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Old 05-03-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I'm looking to buy a 2013 Wrangler Sport( this will be my first Jeep), but I don't know if I should get Manual or Automatic Transmission. I don't know how to drive stick, but I will if I get manual. I plan on using the Jeep for getting to work, to the gym, and on the weekend or time off I could go off roading. ALSO, should I get A/C? Is the A/C climate control control worth it? -Thanks-

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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I was in the same boat as you when getting my first Jeep (July of last year). I didn't know how to drive a manual, but I knew I wanted a standard transmission in my Wrangler. I ended up getting a manual Rubicon, and I'm super happy with that choice! It only took me 2 or 3 hours to get comfortable enough with the stick to drive anywhere. I definitely recommend the manual! The only regret you may have is if you plan on hardcore wheeling. Automatic is easier for sure, but I like the challenge of navigating obstacles with a clutch.

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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I say get the stick...it's good to learn and fun to drive. On the flip side of that do not get the stick just because someone else says you are a weenie for getting the auto....it got nothing to do with handing in your man card LOL. I always prefer AC but would not spend extra for the Automatic AC option...I have no issues with the regular AC. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:24 PM   #4
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I really wanted to get the manual...... and then remembered I live in the city.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:31 PM   #6
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Test drive both. This Jeep isn't the easiest stick to drive. Albeit the hill start assist will save your bacon.

When I was learning to drive, starting on a incline could get dramatic.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #7
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Get a manual not hard to learn and you will love it. Also if you plan to mod an put bigger tires on some auto owners complain of messed up shift points even with the procal adjusted speedo.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:41 PM   #8
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I've got the auto, no regrets. I spent a couple days moving cars for a large dealership that does off site sales. Had fun driving Benz, Caddy, Subaru, Honda and Chevy's. After driving several sticks, I was happy I had the auto. Not really hard but I'd forgotten how much you really did need to be thinking about it, call me lazy I want to get in and go. Best of all after each day of driving I got to drive the best car of the bunch home... my Jeep.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:49 PM   #9
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been driving a manual since Henry Ford decided to make an automobile lol. My first car was a 1938 plymouth that had to be double clutched to shift and I learned how to drive driving old international farm trucks. At one time i swore I would never own an autmatic but my last several vehicles have been autos and I never would go back to driving a stick. I do wish the wrangler had paddle shifters on the steering wheel and I like the manual mode but all in all no way no how would I go stick over auto.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:18 PM   #10
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It doesn't matter what you get. You will like the Jeep anyway. There's nothing wrong with either one.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:22 PM   #11
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Get the manual. I've owned many vehicles auto and standard. I prefer manual much more of a driving experience for me.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:27 PM   #12
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I don't know how to drive stick, but I will if I get manual. )

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Old 05-03-2013, 05:29 PM   #13
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Stick unless you are disabled.
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I had a stick shift when I broke my leg and it had to just sit. Traffic here in my city was killing my clutch leg so my new 2013 Jeep JKU I just picked up Monday is an auto. I do miss the manual at times.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:05 PM   #16
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Miss the manual in our 13 jku but it makes it easier in the rough stuff giving us a more comfortable ride.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:06 PM   #17
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I had a stick shift when I broke my leg and it had to just sit. Traffic here in my city was killing my clutch leg so my new 2013 Jeep JKU I just picked up Monday is an auto. I do miss the manual at times.
Looking at my 3rd knee surgery (knee messed up badly currently). Been driving like that since day after Valentines day.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #18
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I like driving my wife's manual JK for some fun once a week, but that's it. I much prefer my automatic. It's a much more refined and classier experience for a daily driver. It makes the otherwise rugged jeep something I wouldn't mind letting my boss climb into if needed.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #19
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Test drive both. The new 5 speed auto is very nice. As for the A/C, that's all up to you. I ordered my Jeep and only checked two boxes, auto and 3:73's. I just never use AC in automobiles. And with the Jeep if it's warm enough to use the AC the doors and top are off. All my past vehicles had non working AC by the time I got rid of them. I chalk that up to me just never using it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:46 PM   #20
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To me, anyone even debating this choice is going to regret getting an automatic.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #21
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I can take a stab at the AC question. Lots of people seem confused in other threads I've read (mostly new people like me who never had a modern JK)

On the base Sport model, AC is an option.
AC is standard on the rest. (Sport S, Sahara, Freedom, Rubicon, etc.)
Climate Control AC is an option too, and before I ordered my opinion was that in a soft-top vehicle, having automatic climate control was not needed. I confirmed that with a few people who agreed, and I didn't get the optional climate control, but the model I ordered has AC standard.

On the manual v. auto question, there's several threads here, and no one can tell you what is best for you. My preference is manual, but that's neither here nor there.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #22
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Hey everyone, I'm looking to buy a 2013 Wrangler Sport( this will be my first Jeep), but I don't know if I should get Manual or Automatic Transmission. I don't know how to drive stick, but I will if I get manual. I plan on using the Jeep for getting to work, to the gym, and on the weekend or time off I could go off roading. ALSO, should I get A/C? Is the A/C climate control control worth it? -Thanks-
If you are willing to practice a lot with the manual and spend time learning, controlling and perfecting it, then surely you will enjoy it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #24
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Depends on whether you like to "drive" or just "steer" your jeep ... I think manuals are cool, but I get tired using the clutch in town. If you do a lot of highway driving, or you're in a more rural area where you're not stopping at every intersection, and you want better gas mileage, and you'll be the only one driving it, then a manual might work fine for you. Some people think driving a wrangler with an auto is boring, and sometimes it is more fun to drive a stick. I have an auto because my wife will on rare occasions drive my wrangler, and she refuses to use a stick. And 90% of my driving is in a city, and it's too much shifting for me.

But last week, I was curious about a stick in the 2013s, so I stopped at my dealer and test drove one. It was very smooth, but going through six gears was too much for me. I was glad to get back into my 2012 with the auto.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:32 PM   #25
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To me, anyone even debating this choice is going to regret getting an automatic.
You think ?
Come to Chicago, and drive manual for a month, in stop and go traffic.
I am sure after a month you'll be ready to take out that stick and shove it up to salesman who sold you the manual.
Auto - all the way !!!
And if I want to pump, I prefer going to Gym and not pumping the clutch.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:42 PM   #26
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You think ?
Come to Chicago, and drive manual for a month, in stop and go traffic.
I am sure after a month you'll be ready to take out that stick and shove it up to salesman who sold you the manual.
Auto - all the way !!!
And if I want to pump, I prefer going to Gym and not pumping the clutch.
Again, if the person likes manual, the person will drive manual with no problems. Chicago is not the only city with clogged up highways and roads. Come to houston, and I will drive you around for a month with a manual ;D

Its the same argument as driving a wrangler, a well below average comfortable car, compared to say, a land rover or a bmw for close around the same price. People deal with it if they like it and know how to make the best of it. Surely, it seems autos are a majority, since the market is nearly dead for manual trans new jks, because people dont like it or dont know how to drive them. Only one available when I visited the river oaks dealership in houston back in may last year, which is supposed to be largest in texas according to them (i call it bs though)
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:19 PM   #27
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i am on my 3rd jk first 2 were manual did not like the auto at all in the pre 12 models felt like a gas powered forklift. My 13 is auto i drove both and the new auto just out performed the manual. the manual is fun if you dont live in stop and go traffic. a/c i live in Texas and a/c is a must july 15th threw sept. 1 is wicked hot way to hot for no top its like a high powered blow dryer at 6:30 am in august.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:32 PM   #28
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You think ?
Come to Chicago, and drive manual for a month, in stop and go traffic.
I am sure after a month you'll be ready to take out that stick and shove it up to salesman who sold you the manual.
Auto - all the way !!!
And if I want to pump, I prefer going to Gym and not pumping the clutch.
I've got Philly and NJ traffic to contend with. Not sure there is anything magical about Chicago.

You actually affirm my point... You wouldn't have considered a manual for a second based on your comments. The original poster is torn, you definitely are not. All I can say is the 3.73's will crawl along at a walking pace without stalling, and the JK has a flyweight of a clutch. You'd have to have pipecleaner legs to get tired from it.
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Most of my vehicles have been sticks, including my 02TJ... one trip on a rough forestry service road and I swore my next Jeep would be an auto. No regrets. The 5spd auto is great. I use the "slap shift" feature all the time just for fun.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:22 AM   #30
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I got the stick and love it. I also live in Los Angeles with, arguably, the worst traffic in the country and I don't even notice it. The clutch/shifting on the JKU is so easy and smooth, I have never even thought about it being a chore. But then again, I like the feeling of rowing through the gears. I get reeeaaally bored driving an automatic... Of course, I also daily drove a 74 FJ40 for years out here and loved that, too....that clutch isn't as squishy smooth, either..:-) In the end, if you've never driven stick, it's going to be a toss up for you...you may love it, you may hate it....but you'll never know until you pick one....Good luck!
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