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Old 10-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
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Question Automatic or manual TJ

Which transmission is better, if you drive in city with TJ, automatic or manual. Iv'e heard, the manual is better and you can control the car better, but someone says, it's fun drive with automatic too. So which transmission you rather driving in city. I think, with this manual transmission has better fuel economy.

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Newer TJ 4-speed automatics produce the same mpg, it was only 2002 and older TJs with the 3-speed automatic that got worse MPG. I converted my '97 TJ from a 5-speed to 3-speed automatic about 3 years ago which turned it into an absolute beast offroad. Converting to the automatic provided the same boost in offroad performance as installing its front/rear lockers did.

When that TJ was stolen last year, I bought a used '04 and made sure that one was an automatic too. The tougher the trail, the more an automatic transmission shines. An automatic even gives you more (up to 2-3X more) low-end torque due to the magic of its torque converter.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:48 AM   #4
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in the city I would prefer automatic anything realy. (jeep or car)
there is a lot of macho nonsense around knocking autos though. you might have to put up with that.
If youve never driven an auto, go try one and see if you like it?
the whole controle thing isn't an issue unless youre flying around some twisty back roads (lots of fun, but maybe not for a jeep).
as for fuel, city driving is gonna cost you anyway, manual or auto.
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Ya....... Wish I had a quarter for every time this question was asked.

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Me too. I drive a 5 speed because I can.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:12 AM   #8
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ive always been a manual tranny guy.i had an accident about a year and a half ago and needed an automatic.i ended up with a jeep rubicon(4spd auto).it was a little strange at first but now i really like it.its really up to you.
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In the city I would definitely go for an auto because you are going to be in and out of first and second gear a million times a day in a stick which can get aggravating... out by me where the is not a stop light for miles, I prefer stick even though I drive a auto because theres nothing like cruising around with a stick down back roads.
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I drive a 5 speed because I can.
You're attempting to imply those who drive autos don't know how to drive manual transmissions. I drive an automatic Jeep after 45+ years of experience of driving manual transmisions, having learned to drive a manual in 1964. Just because you CAN drive a 5-speed doesn't mean it's the best choice or works best for everything.
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i had a 98 sport 5spd and now have a 99 sport auto and would drive either one all day long. it comes down to personal preference. i used to think a jeep wasn't a jeep unless it had a 5spd but i enjoy my auto just as much as my old 5spd. good luck making up your mind based on a bunch of opinions on the internet. drive both and see which suits you.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:59 AM   #12
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I changed my 97 sport from a 5 speed to an auto this summer and I will never look back
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tons of rock crawlers switch from Manual shift to auto. You never hear of an auto rock crawler switching to a manual.

There are reasons of course. I want an auto someday in my rock crawler. For now though I will struggle with the manual
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That said, I vote for auto. If you don't wheel, it's merely personal preference; nothing more. If you like to play in the rocks, it's hard to beat an auto.
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tons of rock crawlers switch from Manual shift to auto. You never hear of an auto rock crawler switching to a manual.
That says it all right there.
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I have a manual because that is what I wanted, however when crawling along in rush-hour traffic, sometimes I wish it was an auto.

Both seem to hold up well mechanically. It will depend on your uses.

Stop and go city driving, auto is easier.
Back road crusing, manual is fun.
Heavy rock crawling, auto is better.
Sand, I think the manual works better here.
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My jeep spends most of its time on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. It's constant stop and go. That said, I love my auto in the city. I'm always trying to get around the guy in front of me, or switching lanes quickly. I wouldn't want to think about shifting while doing that.
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I drive the 5 speed manuel, so I can't say anything for the auto. I think, and I don't rock crawl, that rock crawlers would be better off with the auto due to the fact that they would need one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas while making those teter-totting rock manuevers. If you are having to clutch while doing these, it would be to big of a chance that you would roll too much. Just my opinion.
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I have an example... I have an auto in my 05 tj that I bought last month and one of my buddies says " the only thing I don't like is that is an auto," at first i kinda started second guessing myself, I can drive a stick but I just preferred the auto for various reasons, I just think that people will bitch about something just to bitch. I'm just glad to see that there is some fellow auto transmission people out there! Like its already Been said I'd say drive both and see what you like, there is no right or wrong.
And good to meet y'all, I'll have several questions for this tj forum and look forward to talkin to some people who know what there talkin about
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Welcome Superkill, I'm new here too.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:35 PM   #22
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I'm old school, not much rock crawling, mostly "jeep" trails, with the occasion rock garden, mud, offcamber stuff, etc.. and daily/road trip miles.. I prefer a stick shift.. Maintenance costs are much lower, as the NV in my rubi is virtually bullet proof, the worst that could happen, is for a clutch spring to break.. I can do the work, so whatever a new clutch, pressure plate & throwout bearing costs, will be my only expense..A Stick will save your MPGs as well if shifted properly.. If I were primarily a rock crawler, auto all the way...
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Good to meet ya Chris, I guess a name would have been something not to forget haha, mines Jason and I'm from Springfield mo yall have a good Tuesday!
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I have an auto. Hated it at first. But gave me one less thing to worry about in Moab!!
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I prefer my 5spd i've always been a heel/toe it kind of guy for offroading and i prefer the ease of maintenance and repairability with a stick, plus i don't have to worry about the wife running off with my jeep since she doesn't like driving stick.
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I'm just an old fashioned kinda guy anyways, so I like manual. It feels more American Plus, you can pop start a manual in emergencies, easier to repair, MAYBE better MPGs. But I have yet to drive an automatic Jeep so I don't know. Hmm.... You can also hold hands with the lady friend easier in an auto... But I'm still a manual kinda guy.
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you can pop start a manual in emergencies
Nope, not if your battery is dead. The TJ's alternator absolutely requires +12v from the battery and if the battery is dead, the alternator can't power the ignition system. It won't even run long after jump starting it if the battery is completely dead once the jump start battery is removed.

If you don't believe me, go park while the Jeep is facing downhill. Stop the engine, disconnect the battery, and try to start it while rolling down hill. It won't start.

And actually, if you have the type of vehicle that has a alternator that doesn't require 12 volts, you can bump start it whether you have an automatic or a manual transmission. The automatic's torque converter will couple the engine enough so it can be started while rolling.
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Question then, my stick, will easily start engaged in 1st low with the clutch engaged, propelling us forward with the greatest of ease, from stop.. that comes in handy when I want to stop for photo ops, or after stalling, etc etc, when on steep hills, or in rocks... it's a really nice feature, as I disabled the factory safety clutch depression crap long ago.. How is that situation handled in an auto? I would guess, shifter in park, brake pressed hard, start it up and drop to low.. Must you feather the skinny pedal to begin climbing again, or will idle be enough to make it climb? Just curious.. Thanks
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