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Old 05-05-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Trouble finding a 6 speed

So we got our jeep a few weeks ago but had to wait for almost a week for the dealer to find one with a manual We were aiming for black but said it didnt matter as long as it wasnt skid mark brown. Beyond that we didnt have much else in demands. I cant believe getting a manual eapecially a wrangler would be so hard.
Anyone else run into this?

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So we got our jeep a few weeks ago but had to wait for almost a week for the dealer to find one with a manual We were aiming for black but said it didnt matter as long as it wasnt skid mark brown. Beyond that we didnt have much else in demands. I cant believe getting a manual eapecially a wrangler would be so hard.
Anyone else run into this?
Yes, nearly everyone who is looking for a manual finds themselves either waiting, or finding three or two to choose from.

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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I was lucky to find mine vat CarMax. It came in the green I wanted, and the soft top as well. I stole an 08 Wrangler X with 23000 mi and only paid $19000. I'm absolutely in love with my baby! I just need a deeper wallet for some nice upgrades like wheels and tires. Congrats on your new jeep BTW!!
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:56 PM   #4
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Yeah, I had to order mine. There were zero 6 speeds with 3.73 gears anywhere around.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #5
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Last spring/summer when I was shopping finding a manual with 3.73 gears in a color I wanted was looking impossible even with 100s of wranglers on lots within an hour of me. I was going to order one, but It was right at the beginning of being able to order a 2013 and they were having a hard time with some of the options not being available yet. So while I was waiting pretty much the exact jeep I wanted just showed up on a lot at one of the dealerships that I had been shopping with. Strangely it has a production date of march and it was July when I bought it. So it had been sitting somewhere. It appears to me that the manuals don't sell well. Mine is a loaded sahara with every option except an automatic. I was fully prepared to order to get a manual, but got lucky and didn't have to.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:14 PM   #6
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my dealer had a 3.21 and 3.73 6 speed JKU. They also had a couple 2 door manuals. i still ordered mine and waited 5 weeks for delivery.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:27 PM   #7
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I got very lucky I guess with my manual. My local dealer had a JKR with all the options I wanted except a soft top. I suppose I can just find somewhere to store it and buy a Bestop Supertop NX or a Black Twill Supertop NX.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:25 AM   #8
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Most lots around me had a couple of 6 speeds, but none had a 6 speed with 3.73's. I found mine at a dealership about 45 minutes away after looking at dozens of dealer websites.

The dealer closest to me only gets automatics with hard tops.
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Every place I looked, none had JKUR with a manual. They sourced vehicles within a couple hundred miles, but then none had the options I wanted. Ended up special ordering it. Took a month, but got what I wanted.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:40 AM   #10
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I'm pretty sure mine was the only 6 speed when I bought my C.G. 3.73 JKUS from a large dealership. It was up by the showroom with 285's with black Savegre's plus a few other things. It sat on the lot for over a month, and had less than 1 mile on the od.

The salesman said I was the only one who drove it. Lucky me
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:44 AM   #11
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I had to finally order my rubi to get a manual.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:21 AM   #12
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Same, I wanted a sport s with a 6 speed and could barely find any within 200 miles, let alone with the options I wanted, so i sucked it up and ordered one
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As much as I demand instant gratification - I'm waiting to order my 2014 with a stick just so I can get the color/options I want....waiting for it however is going to suck :P
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Depends where you are located.

Here in Colorado, manuals are easy to find. In fact, I purchased the exact one I wanted on the lot - 6 speed, 3.73 gears, and the S package sport.
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Took me 3 weeks but found one 300 miles away, Black Altitude edition. It definitely seemed like there were way more automatics out there then manuals in the late model Jeeps.
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I know that Ganley in Bedford, Ohio has 2 black Saharas with manual transmissions and the 3.73 rear end, because I ordered both of them and didn't take delivery of either.

They're pretty much an awful dealership, which is why they have 2 Jeeps that I ordered, but if you want one your local dealer could trade for it.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:12 PM   #17
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It's a sign of the times. The automatics are so much better than they used to be. Also, not many people know how to shift anymore.

There are not many people under 40 who have ever even driven a manual, much less owned one.

I would guess though, that a higher percentage of manuals are sold in the Wrangler line than most other vehicles in the US.

The dealer I bought from always has several manuals in stock. I had to to order to get 3.73s. From all I've read here, we should be talking about how hard it is to get 3.73 gearing
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:17 PM   #18
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Just picked up my manual 2012 Rubicon a couple weeks ago. Got a great deal on it most likely because it was manual and sat on the dealer lot for 1-2 years. I love driving stick. Very sad to see how there are fewer and fewer models available each year in stick, especially on sports cars.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:21 PM   #19
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Also, just a tip if you're looking for atypical options on cars in the future, use the cars.com inventory search. You're much more likely to find exactly what you want if you expand out a couple hundred miles vs. local dealer.
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Also, just a tip if you're looking for atypical options on cars in the future, use the cars.com inventory search. You're much more likely to find exactly what you want if you expand out a couple hundred miles vs. local dealer.
Ours came from Illinois. Let the dealer do the work thats what they are paid for.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #21
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Yeah, I had to order mine. There were zero 6 speeds with 3.73 gears anywhere around.
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Had to order mine as well.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #22
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Manual is my far and away preference - automatics may be better, but I've yet to drive one that doesn't disappoint me with the sure knowledge I'd not only prefer to be doing the work myself, but I'd be better at it as well.

It was a pain in the ass the find a BMW 3-series with a stick as well as my Jeep. There were a lot of options I was flexible on - the transmission was not one of them. At least motorcycles are still predominantly manual. Despite owning something from Big Red, I am deeply concerned by their efforts =)

I had to expand the search out to 500+ miles to get mine, granted it was the end of the MY. Eventually, after a couple deals feel through, I got lucky and found one 350 miles away. The only manuals closer than that were the MW3 Jeeps - one or two of them were stick. I should point out that of 20 some new Jeeps on the lot, this dealer had over 10 MW3s.

I did the leg work myself, calling different dealers and what not. My locals guys were either completely unwilling to deal or unwilling to do the work to look for something not already on the lot - I drove a fair ways to get what I wanted (with the exception of color...but, Black is certainly OK).
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Manual is my far and away preference - automatics may be better, but I've yet to drive one that doesn't disappoint me with the sure knowledge I'd not only prefer to be doing the work myself, but I'd be better at it as well.

It was a pain in the ass the find a BMW 3-series with a stick as well as my Jeep. There were a lot of options I was flexible on - the transmission was not one of them. At least motorcycles are still predominantly manual. Despite owning something from Big Red, I am deeply concerned by their efforts =)

I had to expand the search out to 500+ miles to get mine, granted it was the end of the MY. Eventually, after a couple deals feel through, I got lucky and found one 350 miles away. The only manuals closer than that were the MW3 Jeeps - one or two of them were stick. I should point out that of 20 some new Jeeps on the lot, this dealer had over 10 MW3s.

I did the leg work myself, calling different dealers and what not. My locals guys were either completely unwilling to deal or unwilling to do the work to look for something not already on the lot - I drove a fair ways to get what I wanted (with the exception of color...but, Black is certainly OK).
DJL2, I found the same thing here in Western NY. I have a BMW 3 series, and was recently in to get some recall work done. I don't think they're even making a new 3 series X-drive in a manual anymore--you have to get rear-wheel drive. Likewise, finding manual Jeeps here is also a bit more difficult. When I'm ready for my next purchase, I'll likely be ordering one (a Jeep, that is...)
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:27 PM   #24
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I drove 300 miles to get my stripped JKU (Gecko, 6 speed, 3.73). Local dealers seem to order only loaded Saharas in black, white or silver. Also, the dealer in the town that I live in tacks a $1500 'appearance package' onto every new car. (paint protectant, etc.)
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #25
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Yeah I live in upstate NY and I had to pull mine in from Massachusetts for a 6 speed! It's the only thing that keeps my wife out of it! Lol
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:11 PM   #26
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I bought a '12 Sport Unlimited 6 speed manual (new) last fall after countless hours on searching online. My truck had died and I could not wait to order, as much as I would have liked to do all my specs. I live in the burbs but almost none of the Dealers in DFW had any manual in stock then, either 12s or 13s. There were but a couple of 2dr with manuals, no Unlimiteds. The dealer I ended up at was about 250mi down the highway. He had 3 Sport Unlimiteds in stock, and was having a sale on them as they were 12s.

Being able to use a clutch is becomming a lost art. I drove just short of 300k mi in F150s with manual 5 speeds since about 1998. They don't make manuals any more. That is really what lead me to Wrangler. And its been "Wow this is fun to drive."

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