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05-12-2013 02:27 PM
sinbob I love my manual 6sp.

But, with that said, one of the downfalls of having the manual is that you can't add the advance adapters Rubicrawler to it like you can with the automatic
05-11-2013 08:49 AM
Off Pavement
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Originally Posted by yjswampthing View Post
PS Owning a manual weeds out a lot of the would be "can I drive your jeep?" friends
05-11-2013 08:39 AM
yjswampthing Regrets? About what!?

I used the filter function on Auto Trader for 3 months to find my 2012 JKU in a manual. I, like many others here, think the manual is true to the spirit of jeep.

Just ask yourself why you're going with a jeep. Probably isnt luxury, speed, towing power, gas mileage, or any other number of things that other cars do better. It appeals to you because there is no substitute for a true jeep. Now what comprises that differs to some folks. To me it's a manual with a lift , bumpers, big tires, etc

If I wanted a more tame road machine I would've just gotten another late model Crew Cab truck.

Nothing wrong with an auto. Does hold a few advantages offroad. In reality most of us are 85% + on road so I would make my decision based on that. Driving to me is just more fun with a manual.

Across the history of transmissions, by and large, manuals have been simpler, lighter, more fuel efficient, and more reliable . Most heat build up goes to a clutch which is easily replaceable instead of the internals of the gear box. New autos are obviously reliable and strong. So don't think one is inherently superior based on build.

High end cars like the Lambo, Ferrari, etc have stuck with manuals over autos until recently with SMG dual clutch gearboxes.

Manuals are a dying breed and that's sad to me.I think I saw <30% of current wranglers are manual. Something to keep in mind down the road when your manual is more "rare" and "desirable" .

PS Owning a manual weeds out a lot of the would be "can I drive your jeep?" friends
05-11-2013 01:50 AM
JayDubya
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Originally Posted by 10Anvil View Post

You don't live in D.C.

lol

In the traffic in my neck of the woods a nice easy dual clutch would be needed to make it manageable. Had one in my Cobra that was feather light but held 600rwhp.
Lol! Understandable fo real. Cant remember which clutch I had in my cobra but it wasn't bad at all. Seems like it was a spec but not 100% sure. Sold it 7 years ago.

If I was more off road oriented, I prob would have gotten the automatic. I'm just happy to have a wrangler finally. Wrangler envy was taking over every part of my life!! Wish I could afford an auto and a manual.

I have a friend or two in the DC area, and I've heard the nightmare traffic stories.
05-11-2013 01:02 AM
WatchThis!
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Originally Posted by Schocker65 View Post

........the manual on the JKs can be a little reluctant and tricky to drive smoothly at times, and shifting quickly feels like you are abusing it a bit......
Mine is as smoth as butter and shifts pretty quickly. 4th to 5th is the only spot that acts up every now and again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVZM...e_gdata_player
05-11-2013 12:33 AM
Trek7.2FX
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Originally Posted by Joshua_Pines View Post
ME TOO... I'm 57...
Nice!!
05-11-2013 12:06 AM
Schocker65 My personal opinion on this is that if you are on the fence, go with the auto. This is not what I did, because I am a diehard manual aficionado. I would not buy an automatic for myself. I just don't feel the level of engagement that I like when driving an auto. Much of a vehicle's personality, to me, is contained in how you interact with the drivetrain via a manual tranny.

With that said, the manual on the JKs can be a little reluctant and tricky to drive smoothly at times, and shifting quickly feels like you are abusing it a bit. If you have driven manual trucks before and liked them (domestic trucks; imports don't count!), you will probably like the JK shifting.

For me though, no regrets.
05-10-2013 11:59 PM
Bvh55
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Originally Posted by MangoTango34 View Post
I got the 2011 auto. I agree, not as much fun. Wish i would have gotten manual
+1

My 13 is an auto, and I often wish I'd gotten std. I do drive in quite a bit of city traffic though-I'd probably have gotten tired of it (that's what I tell myself anyway)
05-10-2013 11:55 PM
10Anvil
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Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
I've never been in so much traffic that I just didn't think I wouldn't be able to go another inch if I had to press the clutch again. I've previously had 3 manual speed trucks, and a manual speed mustang cobra that made 535 rwhp.

Although I bought a 6sp manual with my JK, I am also pressed with the 5 speed automatic (no experience with the 4 speed auto). I can see advantages to both and would be happy with either one. There may be times, even if briefly, that you would like to have both. For me, I just knew mine was the one when I drove it.
You don't live in D.C.

lol

In the traffic in my neck of the woods a nice easy dual clutch would be needed to make it manageable. Had one in my Cobra that was feather light but held 600rwhp.
05-10-2013 11:32 PM
Blastek
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Originally Posted by LewdDude View Post
none! to me, manual is just automatic!!!! LOL this is jeep #2 and both have been manual 6 speeds. This '13 JK sahara has the nicest manual I have ever driven. It's a personal thing though. Do what you feel works for you. You can put the automatic in low gear and it will stay there so you can off road with the best of them. There is no wrong answer here.
dang man, you must not have driven many manuals. I've driven over a hundred different manuals and this definitely ranks among the worst. somewhere between a ford transit with a 3 foot long shifter and a citroen zx diesel. still, i'd rather buy a bus pass than get an auto.
05-10-2013 11:13 PM
genesbro With the manual when you are in 4lo it lets you just idle along without even having to touch the gas pedal. I have the 4.10 and it can even climb pretty steep hills without touching the gas, Love the manual.
05-10-2013 10:43 PM
LewdDude none! to me, manual is just automatic!!!! LOL this is jeep #2 and both have been manual 6 speeds. This '13 JK sahara has the nicest manual I have ever driven. It's a personal thing though. Do what you feel works for you. You can put the automatic in low gear and it will stay there so you can off road with the best of them. There is no wrong answer here.
05-10-2013 10:42 PM
Binx I love/loved my manual in my 12jk until it decided to eat itself in the first dew thousand miles. My loaner has the auto and its actually pretty nice. The next one I get will probably be an auto unless they change the manual transmission to something more reliable.
05-10-2013 10:18 PM
Abnormal-JK
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Originally Posted by Trek7.2FX View Post
I love driving a manual Jeep. Being a younger guy, I enjoy it.
ME TOO... I'm 57...
05-10-2013 09:49 PM
Trek7.2FX I've only once regretted a manual, when I was driving my Hyundai in DC traffic. Where I live in Ohio, not so much. Here I would regret an auto. I love driving a manual Jeep. Being a younger guy, I enjoy it. Seems like once some people get to a certain age, they only want autos. To each their own.
05-10-2013 09:09 PM
The General I'll say it in a different way...I've never once regretted getting an automatic.
05-10-2013 07:50 PM
TxJprs My wife wanted me to get a manual. I hadn't had one for a few vehicles, test drove one and thought yeah it would be fun again. So when I ordered my 2012 JKUR, I got a manual. I've pretty much regretted it more than I have enjoyed it. So much so that I am seriously considering trading in on 2014 when they one out in a few months. I'm tired of shifting so damn much. If I ever get a sporty car again, I might do a stick, but I want an auto in my jeep and shouldn't of listened to the wife on that one.
05-10-2013 07:36 PM
JayDubya I've never been in so much traffic that I just didn't think I wouldn't be able to go another inch if I had to press the clutch again. I've previously had 3 manual speed trucks, and a manual speed mustang cobra that made 535 rwhp.

Although I bought a 6sp manual with my JK, I am also pressed with the 5 speed automatic (no experience with the 4 speed auto). I can see advantages to both and would be happy with either one. There may be times, even if briefly, that you would like to have both. For me, I just knew mine was the one when I drove it.
05-10-2013 06:33 PM
traitor08 Both have there ups and downs. And I never found city driving in a manual hard or the least bit taxing.

My jk is bare bones and a 6sp and I love it. My gf's jku is more optioned and an auto, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
05-10-2013 05:54 PM
von-shep not a one
05-10-2013 01:46 PM
Teague242
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Originally Posted by jondotcom View Post
it may be a law, i'm not sure, wranglers should have 2 doors, a cloth top and stick shift, thats what my 2012 is equipped with, i've owned 17 jeeps in my lifetime and only one was a boring auto, just my opinion.....
x2
05-10-2013 01:45 PM
jondotcom it may be a law, I'm not sure, Wranglers should have 2 doors, a cloth top and stick shift, thats what my 2012 is equipped with, I've owned 17 Jeeps in my lifetime and only ONE was a boring auto, just my opinion.....
05-10-2013 11:18 AM
Sgt93
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Originally Posted by sevenservices View Post
^ thats me there man... I drove a stick all my life until a few years ago. I pulled a nerve in the back of my right shoulder and had to commute 58 miles each way, without my right arm. I forced myself to shift with it and did not like the outcome lol.

Given that, I have to drive an auto. Even 8 years after the injury if I drive a stick for one day, my shoulder will kill me for 3 days to follow.
We are both screwed for sure. I miss having a manual, but with all the traffic nowadays, my (our) situation, I can pass without regret. Now if it was a classic hot rod driven on sunny days only...... I would find a way to live with the pain

Get better man.
05-10-2013 11:09 AM
sevenservices ^ thats me there man... I drove a stick all my life until a few years ago. I pulled a nerve in the back of my right shoulder and had to commute 58 miles each way, without my right arm. I forced myself to shift with it and did not like the outcome lol.

Given that, I have to drive an auto. Even 8 years after the injury if I drive a stick for one day, my shoulder will kill me for 3 days to follow.
05-10-2013 10:43 AM
Sgt93 I REALLY wanted to get a manual, but a few things came into play:

-City Driving and lots of it.
-Wife/daughter can't drive a manual (no jokes please).
-3 shoulder surgeries and now awaiting a total replacement surgery. Life would have been that much harder.
05-10-2013 04:09 AM
Mike Hotel When it comes down to it automatics are just plain boring. I feel like zombie when I drive one. Whenever I come to a stop my left foot is still looking for the clutch. It's unnatural.
05-06-2013 11:37 AM
UnJKlimited My 2010 was a auto and I regretted it within a month of driving it off the lot. When I got my 2012 I got the 6 speed and couldn't be happier with it. If you're thinking you want a manual then you'll regret not getting it. At least that was my experience.
05-06-2013 11:06 AM
ArmyWrangler2012 Its for sure a matter of preference but I have heard of some mechanical issues with the manual and not as many with the auto.
05-04-2013 10:53 AM
Binx Still love the manual but rethinking the auto thing since the only issues seem to be coming from the manual transmission. Having mine replaced now so I may get the auto on the next one. I'll determine that when I get it back and it was just bad luck on my part.
05-04-2013 08:29 AM
chisox711 Only regret with mine is not getting a manual
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