Just isnt an option for me....I like the feeling of control and actually driving. I havent owned an auto since I was 16 and as long as I have 2 functinal arms and legs dont plan anything other than a manual.
All I can tell you is that I have an '03 5 speed Rubicon. I had a 99 Sport that I sold years ago and I LOVE this one even more that I loved my 99. Can't say that I have any experience with the 6 speed, but then again I have driven 5 speeds since I started driving 20 years ago. I think that 6 speeds would seem too weird (easy for me to say; right?).
6 speed has a narrower power band vs. a 5 speed. Therefor you spend more time at optimum power peaks due to the gear ratios being closer. Your gas mileage might be slightly better with a 6 too since you hit higher gears faster. You'll see a better acceleration with a 6 speed as well. This comes at a price however...
You shift more.
If given the choice, I would take a 6 speed. I've always favored them over 4 or 5 speed. But I really like automatics the best, especially offroad.
IMO in your case however, 6 speed FTW
__________________ Yeah, I'd stop playing around with that. It looks expensive.
The '03 '04 5 speed is the NV3550 which I've heard is very good . The '05 '06 6 speed is the NSG370 which they have been putting in the JK's and there have been quite a few complaints about it "popping out of gear". If you look in the JK forum they are trying to get a recall for that tranny. Maybe the Rubicon models have a different tranny(?). Just my 2 cents. I love the AX15 5 speed in my '99 which was the last year they used them.
By the way I totally agree with your statements about driving a stick.
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I have an 06 Rubi with the 6 speed. I've got a couple of buddies that have Rubi's with the 5 speed and we've gone back and forth as to which is better. I'm very happy with the six and have had zero issues with it . . . it's much nicer with 33" tires . . . with the stock 31s, first gear was practically useless. From what I have heard the 6 speed is preferred for normal driving for some of the reasons mentioned earlier, but I've heard that the old 5 speed might be a bit stronger. Personally I don't think it really matters all that much and I'd be inclined to decide which to buy based on other factors like milage, price, overall condition of the Jeep, etc.
Bite the hand that feeds you . . . you've had more than enough to eat already.
I got an 06 6spd and have heard they are suppose to be better than the 5spd like mentioned earlier but I myself never drove the 5spd. I will say though when I drive on the interstate back to visit in NE I have to stay in 5th just to stay in 75-80, actually I really never seem to get to use 6th that often anyways. Also supposedly if you every plan on getting a BL with the 6spd they do not work without alot of modification, it prevents you from shifting into R,2nd and 4th.
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