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Old 04-07-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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looking to buy a jeep and need help on stick or auto

ok so im looking to buy a jeep and i would like to lift it and get bigger wheels i need to know should i go with the auto or stick. i read the auto have problems changeing gears when lifted is that true. i will be doing more street driveing then off roading incase that makes a differance please help thank you

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Old 04-07-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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I can only tell you my opinion. I purchased a jeep with an auto in mind. I had a stick in my dakota for a couple years. I got real tired of it. Pain to use if you hurt your back or right leg. (im getting old) LOL. When i was looking i knew i wanted auto/air/ and the 4.0. I'm happy as a pig in sh-t now !!!!!

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Old 04-07-2009, 04:49 PM   #3
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i know people say its not manly enough if you go auto. but when off roading it so much easier. on the beach and climbing hills. yea you loose some power but not enough to make up for the ease of usage. plus i got tired of changing clutches ever couple years... but its all preference.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:02 PM   #4
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Actually, where shifting difficulties after installing a lift are concerned, that is pretty well confined to manual transmissions. Where offroading on the tougest trails is concerned, automatics win pretty much hands-down. Most of the competitors in, for example, rock crawling competitions long ago switched to automatics. After 11 years of driving my TJ with a 5-speed manual and getting to progressively tougher trails to the point of doing trails rated 5+, I switched it to an automatic last year. Converting to the automatic gave my TJ the same kind of boost in its offroading abilities as adding front and rear lockers did.

For just one example... on a very tough trail called Pumpkin Eater in the SOCAL desert, I used to have to get winched up three very steep rock ledges. But last year, after completing the conversion to the automatic, I was able to make it up those same three steep rock ledges very easily without being winched. Nothing else changed other than having gone to the automatic which gives 2-3X more low-end torque which made the difference in making it up those three steep climbs. Trails that were a struggle with my 5-speed manual (and I have been driving manual transmissions since the early sixties) are a piece of cake with the automatic.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:30 PM   #5
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I love my stick i got a 4 banger with 31s and a 2 in bb i have no problems. You are trying to compare apples and oranges. I learned to drive a stick in my jeepand will never own an auto EVER again. I have a 91 mustang gt that runs low 12's with an auto and i wish id had a 5 speed in it (one day when my wife lets me spend the cash it WILL)
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:45 PM   #6
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I have a 5 speed manual, its given me no mechanical problems at all. The problem I have with it is in slower technical stuff I get drive train slap. It also causes wheel hop to come on sooner which is not good for my D35. I like the 5 speed for the hold back going down a steep hill but don't see the guys with auto's having any trouble with that. If I were to buy another it would have an auto trans.

Don't let the argument of how "your not manly enough" or "you just don't know how to drive a stick" sway your opinion. Thats just a bunch of BS. Get what you want for a transmission but know that the auto is just a better choice for off-roading.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:51 PM   #7
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i think its all where you live if its high traffic like mine i got an auto but if theres not alot of traffic i would def. go manuel
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:12 PM   #8
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I like the auto, even tho mine is not my daily driver. If it will be your daily driver I would definitly go auto - some will argue on this, but its way easier to eat a cheeseburger, talk on a phone, etc while your driving when you dont have to shift. Manuals are fun for a while, but they get old IMO. Now if/when I buy a sportscar (again not a daily driver) I wouldnt even consider an auto, but thats a whole different story.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:30 PM   #9

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I went through the same thing when I was looking for a TJ. I've driven manual trans vehicles most of my life, but the auto in my Jeep is the best part of my Jeep. It's got the 4-speed auto. I knew that eventually I wanted to go BIG with this thing and the 4.0L auto was the best foundation for a build. I didn't want a Rubicon, because I didn't want to pay extra for the axles and transfer case that I would eventually replace anyway. I'm not knocking the manual trans guys/gals, since both transmissions have their pros and cons. If you want to go hardcore (I eventually do), then go with an auto. If you're not into rock crawling or technical stuff, it probably doesn't matter which trans you opt for.....
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:41 PM   #10
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i like my 5 speed. it keeps my family from borrowing my vehicles. I also like the activity of shifting. for me it makes me pay attention to driving instead of the 8 million other activities in a car now a days. as for traffic, I live in Philly so theres plenty of it, I still prefer the stick. It also keeps me awake on the trips home from the bar. Its all personal preference. get what u like
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:54 PM   #11
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I love the manual in my jeep. It performs awesome off road and on. Its my daily driver and i drive 45 minutes in stop and go traffic to get to work. The manual in the the jeep is alot easier to drive than the manuals i have had in previous cars
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:12 PM   #12
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I will admit a Auto is better off road but in a Jeep I just prefer a manual I passed up a few Jeeps when I was Jeep shopping just because they were automatic.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #13
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i LOVE my manual and will never drive another auto in my life, most people buy jeeps to have fun driving and I find it the most fun, I might not be able to go on as tough trails but ti just means it is easier for me to find stuff that is hard to do, having a manual is the way to go if u like to feel the shifts and have fun driving, or at least thats how i feel
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:13 PM   #14
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Thanks guys you have all been a big help
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:20 PM   #15
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go with automatic

I have a 6-spd manual and I wanted it because I thought it was more fun to run through the gears, which it is. However, when I'm running with the doors off and my leg hanging out I wish I was drivin an automatic every time I have to bring it in to hit the clutch.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:27 PM   #16
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I can see where that would make an auto advantageous

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