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Old 06-10-2015, 07:09 PM
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Auto or manual?

I know this question is probably a matter of opinion and I prefer manuals myself. I'm looking to buy my first Jeep and have only looked at manual transmission ones. My wife wants me to get an automatic. Her dad, who is a mechanic and builds and plays with lots of cars and trucks and other toys, says we should get an auto. I drive a manual in my DD.

The Jeep I'm looking to buy will be a 4 banger in the 1995 range due to my budget. It will be a weekend warrior only seeing light trails and mud. I doubt I'll do any serious mods to it.

My question is, what will be the advantages and disadvantages to both transmissions.

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I know this question is probably a matter of opinion and I prefer manuals myself. I'm looking to buy my first Jeep and have only looked at manual transmission ones. My wife wants me to get an automatic. Her dad, who is a mechanic and builds and plays with lots of cars and trucks and other toys, says we should get an auto. I drive a manual in my DD.

The Jeep I'm looking to buy will be a 4 banger in the 1995 range due to my budget. It will be a weekend warrior only seeing light trails and mud. I doubt I'll do any serious mods to it.

My question is, what will be the advantages and disadvantages to both transmissions.
Its a toss-up depending on what dogma you subscribe to.

The downside to automatics, for me, is the extra heat they generate needs to be dealt with. Most of my auto 4x4s have gotten a trans temp gauge installed, and most have hovered very close to my 265 degree max while off road.

The up side to an automatic, is anytime you need to drive in stop and go traffic for more than a minute, the slushbox is devine. Also the torque converter slip give a gearing avantage while offroad, and is easier to control in sticky situations where you need three feet.

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If your going to get a 4 banger get the manual. You will get more torque from it when in the mud. I have a '95 2.5l that's manual, and I love it, even though some people hate the smaller engine. The only downside of manual is that it gets tricky sometimes. You know the "eating, talking on the phone, shifting, and stearing" juggling act.
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I think it's just preference. I love the manual transmission. My only thought is that with a four banger you are going to have a lack of power at times, at least with a manual, you can chose when to downshift to try and increase you get up and go. However, if the wife wants an auto and that makes her more involved in the whole Jeep thing, that could pay dividends beyond the ole' "which one is better for a Jeep" debate.
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I think it's just preference. I love the manual transmission. My only thought is that with a four banger you are going to have a lack of power at times, at least with a manual, you can chose when to downshift to try and increase you get up and go. However, if the wife wants an auto and that makes her more involved in the whole Jeep thing, that could pay dividends beyond the ole' "which one is better for a Jeep" debate.
Thanks for the good point. I do want her to be involved. I am now looking at auto trans Jeeps but there are not many of them in my price range. It may come down to what we can afford rather than what she wants. She likely won't be driving it much regardless of the transmission.
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I had a manual in my Jeep, I however did a lot of rock crawling so I had an auto put in becuase some of the situations I was putting myself in called for an easier set up. For my off roading experiences I'll go auto all the time. That said, when it was a manual, it was a blast to drive.

I can relate to the heat issue, it gets hotter than heck in the Jeep with that trany sitting there.

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