|11-05-2012 08:39 AM|
|Kill The Infidel||
|06-20-2012 09:11 PM|
|06-20-2012 09:07 PM|
It's really not that hard to throw a shift with a cheeseburger in your hand lol.
|06-20-2012 08:43 PM|
|06-18-2012 02:07 AM|
|AFGUY1980||Several questions here. First off like so many of my jeepin buddies have said is to ask your daughter what she wants. If she is comfortable Learning to drive a stick and you are patient enough to teach her then go for it. I'm also assuming she or yourself won't be doing any offroading with this jeep. If you or your daughter plan on it then I say go for an auto. I have had both and each has their pros and cons but I have an auto now and would probably never go back unless I had to. Auto is great for wheelin and also for long drives and traffic. Either way your buying a jeep and the ride is not gonna be comfortable but like I said your buying a jeep and you can't go wrong with that!|
|06-18-2012 01:58 AM|
|JeepEagle||Auto is better in city and easy in everyday driving|
|06-18-2012 01:51 AM|
|375Ranger||I don't rock-crawl my jeep, but I do drive in snow 6 months of the year. Auto= Not good. Gimme a manual any day.|
|06-17-2012 08:09 PM|
|wranglerTX||Just ask her what she want, simple answer. She will be the driver of the jeep not us.|
|06-17-2012 03:24 PM|
Get a standard transmission.
That way shes preoccupied with driving instead of "texting and driving" or "eating and driving" and the list goes on. Good luck!
|06-17-2012 02:48 PM|
|06-17-2012 01:42 PM|
|06-17-2012 01:41 PM|
|06-17-2012 12:51 PM|
|Lil Red JK||
|06-17-2012 12:38 PM|
There are advantages either way. I'm not a pro-rock crawler or inner-city driver and I love standards, so that's what I got. In my opinion, unless you need an auto, a stick makes you a better driver. I'm a guy though, and science has proved that I'm biased for a reason...
|06-17-2012 12:21 PM|
I'm in the minority of females that can drive a stick. I drove for auto auctions and even rode a motorcycle for several years. That being said my Jeep is an auto. Just a preference. Easier to hold my coffee. Haha
I think it's a great idea to start her out with a manual. Like other posters said, she'll concentrate on the driving.
|06-17-2012 12:18 PM|
|98WranglerSahara||Buy her a stick. My brother and I learned how to drive manual in our dads jeep up at long beach. Take her somewhere she can put it in 4 wheel drive to get the mechanics down and then let her take it out and drive in 2 wheel. Chrysler is infamous for their crappy auto transmissions so I'm sure the manual will last longer.|
|06-17-2012 12:12 PM|
|06-17-2012 12:05 PM|
|Lil Red JK||
"she won't be doing any off road driving, but it would be good for her to learn. By the way, this will be her first car. "
So if she won't be doing any off-roading I still say get her a standard. (Although, once you get her the Jeep, can you gaurantee she won't get a little mud on those tires?)
|06-17-2012 11:56 AM|
I think that a majority of female drivers would prefer an automatic. However I agree everyone should know how to drive a stick. I have two jeeps. One is a stick (compound low SM-420 in a 1966 CJ-5) and the other is an 06' rubicon with an automatic. So I can speak from experience. The auto is a winner hands down. Modern technology allows automatic transmissions to get equal performance and mileage as manual trans.
As far as off road, the auto is a winner for me. Especially uphill. Downhill is a little trickier but the technique is easy to learn. I can stop half way up a very steep, gravel/baseball size rocky hill, and resume the climb with zero effort. Not so easy with a stick.
More and more cars are being made with manual transmissions and in the future, I believe they will be a rarity. If I were buying a jeep for my daughter it would be an automatic for sure.
|06-17-2012 11:03 AM|
Power-wise, the automatic's torque converter actually gives 2-3X more low-end torque (power) than you'll get with a stick. True, not a rumor. In fact, there were three huge rock waterfall (dry) obstacles my '97 TJ with 5-speed manual could not make it up with its 4.88 gears and 35" tires. I did that same trail and three obstacles every year and every year I needed to winch myself up them. The Jeep just didn't have the power to get up them. Then I converted from the 5-speed to the 32RH 3-speed automatic. Nothing else changed... same 35" MT/R tires, same 4.88 gears, same lockers (Detroit Locker and No-Slip locker)... and from that point on, I no longer needed to winch myself up those obstacles. The Jeep just scooted up those obstacles after converting to the automatic.
And if you think that's because I don't know how to drive a stick, I've been driving stick shifts for nearly 50 years, learning in the early 60's.
And if you don't believe an automatic gives 2-3X more low-end power, you can read up on the magic of the automatic's torque converter in many websites that explain it. And on the highway, automatics and manuals give the same power if the gearing is the same... and since the locking type of torque converter was introduced to cars back in the 70's, they both get equal mpg and power on the highway. In fact, with modern automatics, automatics can now get even better mpg than a stick shift does.
There are some vehicles I wouldn't own with an automatic... Corvette, Porsche, 370ZX, etc. Nearly any sports car should have a stick shift. But where a Jeep and offroading more difficult trails are concerned, I'll take an automatic every time.
One last thing about the torque converter... it also gives what is effect an infinitely low gear ratio which in turn gives an infinitely high crawl ratio. Which makes doing extreme level trails a joy... which is why it's now so hard to find stick shifts in any extreme level offroading events. Especially if it's competitive.
And if you keep up with Jeeps, you'll see that stick shifts have their share of problems. Can't shift into gear, worn out synchros, grinding, losing a gear, pops out of gear, needs a new clutch, etc. so manual transmissions aren't exactly bulletproof either. In fact, I've had more problems with fewer manual transmissions than I have with all my automatics combined. Both have their problems, neither is 100% bulletproof. But for my TJ, I'll take an automatic any day and every day.
|06-17-2012 10:07 AM|
|06-17-2012 10:04 AM|
|06-17-2012 09:56 AM|
|JimN||All good commentary!! I have a 2006 Unlimited with the 4.0L and 6 speed manual. Love it to death, but honestly, I do VERY little offroading, and my commute to work is all of 7 miles. The Jeep is not my daily driver. My oldest daughter just got her learner's permit, and (gulp, gasp, ack!) I'm sure she'll want to drive my Jeep...cough, hurl, etc. Seriously, we should all know how to drive manual trannies, male or female, and I agree - it keeps you more focused on driving! Whatever you decide, enjoy!|
|06-17-2012 09:38 AM|
|Lil Red JK||
As a girl, I need to add my thoughts too. I have to say that my second hand me down vehicle was an 84 subaru wagon. I had no idea it was a stick until the day I got it (my mom and dad had paid for some repairs on it after my brother was done with it and it sat in his garage for a few years). So the next day I had to drive it to Oakland (in Pittsburgh) for my job. I had one day to learn to drive a stick. There are many hills in PGH with stop lights at the top of them so I had to master the stick in one day, not just be able to drive it. What I am trying to get at is if you are buiying your daughter a Jeep, she will drive WHATEVER you get her, and she may cry and whine at first but don't sell her short of her capabilities to learn.
I do whole-heartedly believe everyone should know how to drive a standard. I was in a situation where my ride home from a party was drunk and his truck was a stick, no one else could drive it but me. Thank goodness I learned. I hope your daughter is never in a situation like that. But, the knowledge of driving a stick was a Godsend to me that night.
One more thing, My son is 15 and in a year, he will be driving. We just (in April) had to get rid of my beloved 01 Durrango due to rust (the ugly monster). I wanted to keep that figuring it would be a great "tank" for my son to drive. Well, I have always wanted a jeep and keeping our son in mind of him driving soon, we got a Jeep. A standard. My reasoning behind it is 1) he needs to learn to drive a stick. 2) He needs both hands to drive which means no texting (which is against the law, but, I know kids and adults still do) and no being able to be on the phone while driving. 3) If he wrecks (God Forbid) My hopes would be that it would be off roading into a tree going 5 mph instead of going 80 mph down a 4 lane hghwy. into a telephone pole (because the other vehicle I would have liked to have is a charger-don't hate on me for that). Jeeps are definitely not a racing vehicle, lol.
Well whatever my opinion is worth to you, I hope it has helped in your decision. Sticks and girls are a great thing! Good luck!
PS: if you get a JK standard do your dtr a favor and get rid of that hill hold, it's horrible! There is a thread on here with the process of how to do it. It was the best MOD we did!
|06-17-2012 09:36 AM|
Now, I have an auto after driving a standard for years simply because of commuting. My daughters first car was a standard and she hated me when I pulled up with it. But now she can drive a manual.
Maybe I'm old fashioned but I think kids first cars should be manual. They have to pay attention to driving.
|06-17-2012 09:26 AM|
I'm 20 now and I'm really glad I got the manual transmission, it's a blast to drive and I don't think I'll ever want an auto trans again!
|06-17-2012 09:20 AM|
|06-17-2012 09:13 AM|
|SouthernBred||I've got one of each. I like the auto for a daily driver but the stick is more fun to drive. Traffic isn't bad with a stick if you just allow a little more space. My daughter learned to drive a stick in my first TJ and now she would rather drive it than my auto Rubicon. I don't think she will care as long as it's a Jeep.|
|06-17-2012 09:02 AM|
|06-17-2012 08:53 AM|
|UnlimitedLJ04||if you get an auto, she'll probably be surfing/texting/talking on the phone. if you get a manual, she'll actually have to drive and put the phone down.|
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