Manual. If I'm behind the wheel of an automatic, I feel like I'm riding in the car. If I'm behind the wheel of a manual, I feel like I'm driving the car. The manual adds to the cars personality. I also like the additional level of control... yes, I know you can 'shift' an automatic, but you still can't feather the clutch.
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auto.....manuals are great fun for sports cars and whatnot, but certainly dont wish I had one in the jeep. starting on hills/rocks/in mud etc its nice to not have to worry about working a clutch. Also makes multitasking much easier/safer(?) (not that I would ever admit to, or condone multitasking behind the wheel )
manual. my right foot and an auto trans just dont seem to get along too well. iv blown up 10+ autos but still haven't managed to kill a manual yet. in a month or two when i finally get around to putting a v8 in the jeep im going to try a th400 auto with a manual valve body and see if it will hold up, if not then it will get an nv4500.
That's what my kids thought until they saw an automatic at a freinds house. I told them if they cannot drive a manual they cannot drive my jeep.
Good for you. My daughter says that she doesn't want to learn how to drive a manual, but she doesn't seem to know how useful that knowledge is. One day she may get into a situation that leaves her with no other choice.
Had both, and i started to dislike the manuel. It becomes a pain in the as$ at times. I like having both hands free to hold/do things. Besides what would ya do if ya broke/hurt your shifting leg or hand? To me an auto would be better on the rocks then burning a clutch to get up them. Just my 2 cents.
I prefer manual even if only because of the greater ease of maintenance than an automatic. Where an automatic transmission has a torque converter, and shifter solenoids, and all sorts of safety switches and the like, a manual is essentially no more than a box of gears with oil in it.
Also: engine braking and steady power curve.
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manual for me, even on the hardest trails. everyone has gone to auto for the "hard core" wheeling, not me. manual is durable, i like the control, and if it gets water in it, drain it out. water in an auto, and its over. manuals are easy to rebuild or repair, autos are not, manuals don't get hot, autos do.
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Manual is way more fun and more robust.. Though you may never use 1st gear aside from trails if you have the 6-speed.. You can smoke a cigarette, drink a coffee, and drive a stick to work with practice
If I was buying a sportscar like a Porsche, I wouldn't even consider an automatic. But for a Jeep that sees a lot of around town driving or extreme-level offroading, automatic all the way. I've been driving sticks since the early sixties, know how to drive them as well as anyone, but for an extremely difficult trail, an automatic is superb. In fact, I converted my TJ from a 5-speed to an automatic last year and in doing so jumped its offroad abilities up the same degree as when I installed its f/r lockers many years previously.
One trail in particular called Pumpkin Eater in the deserts of SOCAL has several rock ledges that are pretty tough to get up. I had to be winched up several of them years ago when I had the 5-speed stick, 35" tires, and 4.88 gearing. Now I've run it two years in a row with the same 35"tires and 4.88 gearing but with the automatic and no more winching was needed. That is due to the automatic's torque converter that provides 2-3X more low-end torque.
When I was a beginner at offroading and did moderate trails at most, the stick was fine. But as the trails got tougher and my rig started doing some pretty tough rock crawling trails including in Johnson Valley, that's when I saw that an automatic was how to get to the next stage in ability. Not to mention that pro competitors in championship level events saw the light many years ago and began converting to automatics. Better control over extreme obstacles and 2-3X more low-end torque are the main reasons for their (and my) conversions to automatics.
To me its manuals for sports cars, automatics for pretty much everything else.
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I almost bought a jeep with the manual tranny but wanted to swap it for an auto, even questioned Jerry about the swap and started a parts list. I ended up finding an auto and I am so glad I got it instead! No more in between gears for me! Now that I fixed the leaky header I have all kinds of power! I've been driving it for a few weeks now and I don't even stomp a hole in the floor with my left foot at stop signs any more! Seems like a jeep should only come in manual but I am glad they make an auto!
I've had a manual 2.5 '93 yj and a manual 4.0 '97 tj. Wen to see a Jeep the other day - my first try of an automatic wrangler (it was a 4.0 '94 yj with sus lift and body lift etc) and I found it very sluggish compared to the other two jeep I've had, even the old 2.5 ltr banger! Is that always the case or was this one just a rare case - maybe something wrong with it!??
If that '94 YJ with the automatic was sluggish, it was misgeared... perhaps the owner had installed larger tires and hadn't regeared the axles with the proper ring & pinion gear ratio. My '97 with the auto I converted to will beat most cars "out of the hole" and is darned snappy in 1st gear. It's faster out of the hole with the new automatic than it ever was with the 5-speed and same axle ratio.
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