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Old 04-03-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Auto or Manual?? What to do?

I'm looking at a nice used '05 LJ Rubicon…
It's an automatic…
I have always been a manual fan…
What is more reliable in the TJs???

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Old 04-03-2014, 09:07 PM   #2
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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LJ Rubis are hard to find.
It will have the 4 speed OD 42rle tranny if it's an auto
That transmission has an extremely high OD ratio which will make a regear necessary for bigger tires.

I have the same tranny in my 04 and have never had a problem with it.

My previous 2 wheeling rigs were manuals and I was looking for a manual Jeep when I found my auto many years ago.
I LOVE the auto off road.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:56 AM   #4
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My previous 2 wheeling rigs were manuals and I was looking for a manual Jeep when I found my auto many years ago.
I LOVE the auto off road.
X2 to all of that
I nearly didn't buy my current Jeep because it was an Auto - so glad I did, I'll never drive a Manual off-road again.
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Prior to purchasing my 06 Sport with an auto, I owned four Jeeps with manual transmissions. The manuals were more fun around town but the auto is better offroad. My TJ is only used as a trail rig and but if I had a TJ as a DD I would definitely have purchased another manual.

The best transmission for you is based on personal preference and intended driving conditions. If you purchase the 05 LJ Rubi make sure to install an aftermarket transmission cooler along with regearing if larger than stock tires are installed.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:38 AM   #6
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Here's a jumble of opinions and "facts" that will make your head spin: Automatic vs manual?
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:36 AM   #7
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If you're using it for trails alot auto is better. Mine is a manual and its fun to drive, but a couple of times on some tough trails an auto would have been nice.
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another one???
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i am sorry but i dont understand an auto better on trails. my rubi lj is great off road with the manual. in 4 low you pick a gear and let out and it will go with no throttle input at all. i climbed so pretty decent rough trails and i just put it in second and never touch the throttle , it doesnt bog out and just climbs. i would not want an auto. another thing off road i like about the manual is to put it in a low gear for steep steep down grades so you do not even have to touch the brakes. but like said above both have there advantages and disadvantages and it comes down to personal preference. get what you want so you dont regret it.
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i am sorry but i dont understand an auto better on trails. my rubi lj is great off road with the manual. in 4 low you pick a gear and let out and it will go with no throttle input at all. i climbed so pretty decent rough trails and i just put it in second and never touch the throttle , it doesnt bog out and just climbs. i would not want an auto. another thing off road i like about the manual is to put it in a low gear for steep steep down grades so you do not even have to touch the brakes. but like said above both have there advantages and disadvantages and it comes down to personal preference. get what you want so you dont regret it.
And here is where this thread will go on and on for 18 pages...

Just follow the link posted earlier and everyone who is pro-manual try to wrap your head around what a torque converter can do on the rocks.

My Jeep is a manual, BTW.
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^^^^^ What he said ^^^^^
If you're going to live on the rocks like most of use out here in SoCal land of the Hammer ' s do
The auto is the only way to go...
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i am sorry but i dont understand an auto better on trails.
You would immediately see what we're talking about if you did tough enough trails where they can and do make a huge difference.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:30 AM   #13
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I think the question was which is more reliable, not which is better or which is liked.
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I think the question was which is more reliable, not which is better or which is liked.
You are correct..

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Ditto.
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Reliability-wise, I have had more trouble with manuals and their clutches over my 50+ years of driving than with my automatics. Synchros, clutches, throwout bearings, etc. are common problems with manuals. With 5 Jeeps total under my belt, 4 automatics and one TJ with a 5-speed, the 5-speed was the only transmission I ever needed to work on. I'll never forget when the clutch in my Datsun 1600 Roadster decided to crap out in the hilly area of downtown San Francisco of all places. I wasn't happy waiting for the tow truck.
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I drive a manual and love it, however, auto is definitely better off road. I've yet to trail or rock crawl, but I can imagine working 3 pedals takes the skill of a master and would just be downright hard to work with especially on a really steep incline. With an LJ, I imagine an auto would be favored with the extra weight and would be helpful especially in a Rubicon off the pavement.
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I promised myself not to engage in this monthly debacle... Get what you want and change it when you need to.

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