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Mooseman 08-20-2008 10:39 PM

6 Speed or Auto
I know I'm opening a can of worms here, but here's my delimma. I'm a little old school, and like a clutch. (I love my T-90 in my CJ2A) guessed wife will drive it occasionally and is more comfortable with the auto. I'm not into a whole lot of rock climbing, just Wyoming snow and mountain mud and ruts. I have my heart set on a Rubi, but it seems like getting one with an auto transmission defeats the Jeep experience. I'm not knocking auto trans fans, just willing to learn.

Hilldweller 08-21-2008 07:06 AM

I had to get an auto so that my wife could drive it; every day I die a little inside....
It would be different if it were a good automatic, like in the Vee-Dubs, Lexus, Mini Cooper, BMW, etc. 6 speed, sequential clutchless shift sort of thing.
But it isn't like that at all. It's just fine in the mud/dirt/rocks and uphill on the streets. But going downhill or in the twisties, it has you praying for more gears and engine braking.
One word: substandard.

Tray 08-21-2008 04:13 PM

Is the jeep yours or is it your wife's? Obviously she knows how to drive a 6 speed if she occasionally drives it, so why get something you won't totally love and are comfortable with. Not trying to open that can of worms either, but that is what my husband would say.

staleyjeep 08-22-2008 09:50 AM

I have the 6 six speed and wouldn't have it any other way! Most def makes it more fun to drive and don't have the loosing power problem I have read about with the automatics.

AustinJeff 08-22-2008 11:22 AM

Have a 6-speed and love it
I have a 6-speed and it's great. I live in the hill country, so I have to keep the RPM's up to avoid bogging on the hills. My wife doesn't like to drive it because she isn't comfortable with the stick shift. It basically cuts us down to one car that we both can drive, which isn't good. Other than that, the only downside is that it's hard to drive around town while eating, using a phone, putting on nail polish...

If you want the 6-speed, I say go for it!

Gary1129 08-22-2008 05:50 PM

Im a level 3 certified on Chrysler auto trannys

Get the 6 speed


Hilldweller 08-25-2008 07:21 AM


Originally Posted by Gary1129 (Post 257676)
Im a level 3 certified on Chrysler auto trannys
Get the 6 speed

Dang, bro.
Will my lifetime warranty at least dull the pain?

Gary1129 08-25-2008 12:54 PM


Originally Posted by Hilldweller (Post 258139)
Dang, bro.
Will my lifetime warranty at least dull the pain?

not really cause your teh will be pissed hes doin it for warrenty pay:(

Hilldweller 08-25-2008 01:18 PM

I really don't like the way it shifts but it is working properly, at least.
What's the typical lifespan of the autotrans? Do regular flush/fills prolong it?

kbart 08-26-2008 08:53 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong Gary, but isn't heat it's worst enemy?

4X4RDSTR 08-26-2008 06:12 PM

Got an auto and it's fine, especially in the traffic I encounter daily.
Makes my life easier when I take it on the commute.
If I want to shift, I take the Porsche, because that is what 6 spds do best.

PastorSteve 08-29-2008 11:34 PM

The six speed is great from here. I think you'll appreciate the response from the ability to choose your shift points when you want the higher rpm's, as well as controlling your MPG by lower rpm shifts. It's the best of both worlds.

cgoeschel 09-03-2008 10:11 PM

Kind of technical first post, but I bought my 2008 Rubicon used with 5K miles and the deal was too good to pass up. Is is possible to convert it to a 6 speed and ditch the auto with cost not being the deciding factor? If so, I think Im going to do it.

PastorSteve 09-03-2008 10:30 PM

All things are possible. Just not probable. You'ld do better with re-gearing than re-transmissioning.:confused:

skeejunkee 09-08-2008 05:40 PM

resale is lower on a stick, sorry I know you all love the manual but the numbers don't lie. Xtreme 4x4 almost always puts in an auto!:punk:

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