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Old 09-27-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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I decided to bite the bullet and get rid of my 98 Wrangler Sahara as it has now crapped it's clutch and the underside rust is so extensive that I can't even get the driveshafts out! The 5 spd linkage needs to be removed and sandblasted--I mean this is rusty! Wack the driveshafts and rust chunks fall off--you all get the picture.

So, I've wanted to get an 04-06 Unlimited and the one I found with low miles has an auto (it's an 06 with 40K).

What does everyone think of the Wrangler autos and would you buy one? Forget about the "Jeeps should all be manual" argument for a moment--I've got enough Jeeps with manual trannies and I like the package this 06 offers.

Sooooo, not being a really knowledgable guy on autos I would appreciate the insights from members here.

Thanks, Dave.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:43 AM   #2
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from what i know jeeps with auto have more torque and that professional offroaders use autos. i have an auto on mine and its easy especially on the off chance my sister or mom needs it (like yesterday).

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Old 09-27-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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running an auto here, couldn't be happier with it.
Mine being an 01 Vs the 06 you are looking at we have different trans, so maybe someone will chime in on any positives/negatives there are between the two.
Mine is the 3spd, I believe the 06 will be a 4sp
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:48 AM   #4
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Thanks, so reliability of the later TJ trannies isn't a concern?
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:49 AM   #5
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it seems like auto transmissions in wranglers changed in 2003 to a 4 speed and I have yet to see anyone who likes it, before 03 they used 3 speed automatics that people really like because they are more reliable.
off topic but the year model you want also makes me think of this http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/04-0...his-61510.html
just an FYI

Im sure Jerry might chime in about the 4 speed auto trannys. He always talks bad about his 4 speed and wishes he had his 3 speed his old jeep had.

seems like reliability issues
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:52 AM   #6
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Dave, I traded my 98 sport for a 06 rubicon lj, auto (47000 miles) in July. I really, really did not want the auto. But then again, what are the chances of finding a stock rubi lj? So made the trade. I have no problem with the auto, and at hiway speed, the auto tacks out the same as the 5 spd.

The sport had 3.07 diff's, and the rubi has 4.10, no lugging or excessive shifting on the hiway, and hills are no problem. I would buy another one. Only problem with the auto is that ow the ol' lady thinks she can drive it!

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Old 09-27-2011, 10:53 AM   #7
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Yes the automatic transmission became a 4-speed in 2003 but I'd still rather have that particular 4-speed automatic than a manual tranmission in a Jeep that sees much offroad use. I'd prefer the '02 and earlier 3-speed automatic but...

In fact, I converted my previous '97 TJ from its OE 5-speed manual to the 3-speed automatic 4 years ago and that was the best upgrade I did to it after installing the f/r lockers.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:15 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies thus far, the seller wants a fair chunk of change for the 06 and I'm leary of dropping a lot of coin on it especially with the auto. I do little off-roading--at least with the newer stuff--I reserve the booney crashing for my 1951 M38 as it seems less affected when trees jump out and hit it . . . .

Thanks for the welcome--I've actually been a member here for a while but have contributed very little in terms of posts--but appreciate the information I've been able to get in fixing my 98 Sahara.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:21 PM   #9
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If you do no off-roading its personal preference, no more no less. The 4 speed will suit you fine since you stick to the road more, and there are no reliability issues like stated previously. The typical complaints are increased heat and the fourth gear when combined with hard off-road use, which it sounds like you won't bee seeing. Even still, it would be a great Jeep. I just picked up an '04 4.0l automatic myself that I plan to have in rock crawling ready shape in a month or so.

In short, it's all up to personal preference; no one can decide what you like to drive better than yourself.

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