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Old 05-14-2013, 11:21 AM   #31
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I don't get the big deal with driving a manual in traffic... you just let the engine carry you along without using any gas in 1st - 4th depending on how slow it is. I find traffic substantially more annoying when I have to keep my foot on the brake to keep from moving with an automatic and not having the direct coupling of the engine to the tranny.
me too, i constantly put my auto up in N when stopped and think time after time i wish i had a manual

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:57 PM   #32
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I had my pick of the litter and went with a TJ. The JK didn't excite me... sure it's newer, but I wanted something with less electronic nannying--ABS, drive by wire, etc., etc.,--and the I6. To each his own.
Same theory I went with..

I went with auto trans so the wife could drive it sometimes. At first I felt like it wasn't a real jeep because it only had two pedals, but now I love it and laugh a little inside when I'm stuck on the 405fwy.

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Old 05-14-2013, 01:32 PM   #33
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If you look at the price of a new fully equipped Ruby and take into account what I paid for my TJ. Wonder what a custom 4x4 shop could do to my TJ for twenty five grand?
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #34
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I just drove my new lifted JKU 4000 miles. 15 highway and 13 local. Took it on the beach drove it in the Orlando and off roaded in the George Washington NF all in the same trip with a 5 year old and a 1 year old and weren't ready to kill each other at the end of it. Do that in your TJ.
For the money it would cost to buy a "new lifted" JK, I'd rather buy a TJ, an iPad for the 5 year old, a back-up iPad for the 5 year old, an iPad for my wife, big-ass comfy car seats for both kids, and still have money left over for more mods when I get home.

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Old 05-16-2013, 06:33 PM   #35
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It sounds to me like you might be better off selling your TJ and buying a different good used TJ with auto and maybe a hard top.

FWIW, I bought my first Wrangler a month ago (and happily found these forums). I could have afforded the payments on a new JK, but for me it would have been a mistake. I bought a 98 TJ outright and I love it. I like doing things myself and I think the TJ is much more self-serviceable. The down side for some is that the TJ is a little rougher around the edges, but I like that about it. I don't stress so much when modding it and my insurance is a whole lot lower than it would have been on that 2013. I expect I'll go next gen someday but keep the TJ in the family too.

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