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Old 04-27-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Automatic or standard

I'm looking for a new jeep as mine is getting worked on and am tired of things going wrong on it. I found a couple 4.0's with around 117k miles but was wondering. If I plan to off road and climb in it too is it worth getting an automatic or should I go with standard

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Old 04-27-2014, 01:23 PM   #2
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It's just preference.

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Old 04-27-2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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I'm looking for a new jeep as mine is getting worked on and am tired of things going wrong on it. I found a couple 4.0's with around 117k miles but was wondering. If I plan to off road and climb in it too is it worth getting an automatic or should I go with standard
Based on that I'd go for an automatic. Especially for climbing since autos give 2-3x more torque when you're doing that.
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Oh know another auto vs manual tread, this is going to go long. Let the pissing match begin.
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Oh know another auto vs manual tread, this is going to go long. Let the pissing match begin.
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:10 PM   #6
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:30 PM   #7
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If you plan to tow, drive in traffic, let your foot hang out on a peg, or climb a mountain I'd go with auto.

If you want to feel like you're doing something get a standard.
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if you plan to tow, drive in traffic, let your foot hang out on a peg, or climb a mountain i'd go with auto.

If you want to feel like you're doing something get a standard.
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Oh know another auto vs manual tread, this is going to go long. Let the pissing match begin.


You need a manual. Unless your a chick. Then you probably still need a manual
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:46 PM   #10
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I would use it for a town vehicle, work vehicle (pulling stuff out of the ground, hauling a trailer) and use it for off road (mudding, climbing, trailing)
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:23 PM   #11
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It's really your preference. I prefer a manual. If you're going to be doing serious rock crawling you need an automatic or get a manual and put a hand throttle on the shifter. Your call, get whatever you want. Everyone has an opinion though so you'll have plenty of responses.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:15 PM   #12
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Test drive em both and see which you like better. I have a manual and love it, but could see getting an auto maybe many years down the road mated to the new 3.6 v6 Penstar. Maybe....
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Personally, I think I'd go with the auto. I've driven nothing but manual transmissions for 20 years now, but I'm considering trading in my 2013 manual for an automatic. It shifts like the 1980s flat bed trucks I used to drive to construction sites in high school (with a long slow throw) and just isn't that fun to drive. I'd rather pay attention to where I'm wheeling and not have to worry about sucking mud into the clutch if I shift while in standing water. It's definitely a personal preference though.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:25 PM   #14
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Oh let the battle begin...again.

Personally I love driving a manual but it's mainly preference when choosing between the two. Although, since I've yet to rock crawl, I imagine an automatic is alot easier to work with than 3 pedals in extremely inclined situations.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:36 PM   #15
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I drive a manual. I off road. I would not trade my manual for anything... Except when I am off roading. There is no feeling worse than the feeling you get being stuck on a rock with one foot on the clutch and one on the break... if i roll back i flip... can i get to the gas quick enough? been there with mine, but i made it. Watching others with autos. looks so easy... Forward and reverse. Get in a tight spot... one foot on the break, one foot on the gas.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:06 AM   #16
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Both! Neither!
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:12 AM   #17
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I have a 2004 Wrangler 4.0 and its a 5 speed manual 119,500 miles or close to it, also own a 2009 Toyota Tacoma DBL cab 4x4 automatic. When I drive the Jeep in Seattle traffic I spend a lot of time shifting into neutral in stopped traffic so not to keep the clutch depressed something about wearing out that throwout bearing and other clutch parts bothers me...But on rainy days and day I don't feel like shifting I jump into the truck. I drove a manual in my then new 1977 CJ5 then in my GMC S-15, both were fine but at some point I got tired of having to do the shifting or finding the right gear to move in traffic so the automatic is nice for that. I like both, might be looking at a clutch change out this summer as I do know what condition it is in. The shocks were OEM, along with the old hoses so who knows but its not slipping just chatters a bit when cold when engaging it for the first block or so.
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