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Old 03-17-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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I am searching for my first jeep (took me 20 years to save for it). I was dead set on a manual when I started looking. I have found a few close by with low mileage and a great price but they are all manuals. am I going to hate the automatic...

I always imagined driving a jeep and running through the gears on it.

what a hard decision. I will probably use the jeep as a DD so I can keep my truck in the garage. may do some light offroad but not much. hwy speeds up to 75 on the interstate. would like to go at least 31" tires.
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Some prefer a manual but many more experienced offroaders prefer automatics for the tougher trails. I actually converted my '97 TJ from its original 5-speed to an automatic which made a dramatic offroad improvement, especially in low-end torque. When that TJ was stolen 4 years ago, I made sure my replacement TJ had an automatic.

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I wanted a 5-speed, so I held out for one, but my TJ is a toy. For DD, auto is probably better. I understand auto is better for wheeling, too. Good luck with whichever you decide.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:24 PM   #4
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thanks guys... i am pretty efficient with a manual. is the auto ok for cruising at 70-75 on the interstate or is it to much for the 3 spd. that is my main concern . a 5-6 spd vs a 3-4 spd auto while cruising at those speeds.
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I have an 06 TJ with the automatic and 31" tires. 3.73 gears. It will go 90 on the highway. Cruising at 70 to 75mph is absolutely no problem, even up hills. I'm not sure about the older automatics. I can drive a manual no problem. My S-10 is a manual. But I wanted an automatic for daily driving and off roading. I have zero regrets in buying an automatic.
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My 2013 is a auto and after months of looking I found my dream "toy" jeep 04 , 4 banger ,4.10, soft top and doors , stick.... I bought the 04 to tear down and build but now I find myself driving it just as much as my 2013.. I am averaging 22-24 when I am super ez on it and about 19 when I beat on it. Now it has me thinking using it for a dd selling the jk , and when the 2016 comes out pick one up. To me a jeep should be a stick... Unless you play in a lot of mud or water and after hydro locking my 09 I don't play in water or mud much any more ( can't shift under water or will need to replace clutch most likely )
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I have a 2000 Sport, 4.0 with 3 speed auto and 3.07 gears. Have run it for 4 years with 32s in South GA (flatland) with now problems, city or highway. Now I have 33s and am ready for some 3.73s. When I went to Atlanta to visit family, even with the 32s, some lower gears (at least 3.55) would have been nice. Got great mileage with the 32s. Has dropped about 1.5 mpg across the board with the 33s.
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Ps in my auto 13 4 door 3.73 2 inch lift I would never see more then 16-17 mpg babying it on the highway doing 73-76 I would get 15.9 religiously...
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well this will make the decision harder. I 'assumed' the auto was far inferior than the manual but I was wrong. this will definitely help with my search. thanks and man i cannot wait to get one in my garage!!!
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:45 AM   #10
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is there a big difference between the 3 speed 97-02 vs. the 4 speed 2002-06? one would assume the 4 speed would be a better choice.

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