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Old 05-14-2019, 01:21 PM
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For fun,,,,,Manual vs Automatic

Ok so I bought a 95 YJ, 5 speed. I love shifting the gears and just the overall feeling of owning and driving a stick... That being said, just the limited, and I do mean LIMITED offroading I have done in the jeep, IM starting to think that an automatic would be easier sometimes. I feel sacrilegious just saying that. The GF and I got into a good debate on this,,,she is die hard 5 spd but really never drove one 4 wheeling....So Im curious on the boards take on this.

I love the 5spd, but could see in precarious spots where an automatic could have advantages.

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Granted there are some advantages to an automatic, however the manual has its own set advantages, in the end you have to decide what you prefer.
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The manual is now being touted as a anti-theft device. I think it was VW, in a new car ad. That is so sad, in so many ways.
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Manual can be almost as easy to drive off-road if properly geared with an aftermarket/TJ Rubicon transfer Case. My YJ has a two speed Atlas with 4.3:1 gearing. Rig is so low geared that clutch usage is rarely necessary when Rock crawling.
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It's hard to row thru the gears with an auto
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The manual is now being touted as a anti-theft device. I think it was VW, in a new car ad. That is so sad, in so many ways.
All My kids were taught to drive a manual, Their first cars were all manual.
Upside - Helped them to pay attention when learning to drive.
Downside - I can't use that as an excuse for them not to borrow my Jeep.
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I've heard that some of the rock crawling "big guns" prefer automatic transmissions. I don't know any "big guns" so take that for what it's worth.

I agree with IRQ. What it seems to boil down to is what a person is used to and what they prefer.
I had a automatic Cherokee and it was really great. I still prefer my standard shift YJ though.

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20% of the reason we got our YJ was because we wanted a weekend car with stick shift. Life after 20 years of automatics was getting dull.
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I think by default an automatic is "easier", but I still go with the manual!
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An auto is easier off road, particularly if you are geared too tall. I'm not sure about YJ auto's though, weren't they three speeds?

I think a manual is more fun to drive, which to me is what a Jeep is all about, and thus I have a manual. If I was going to build a Jeep for serious off road only and was going to trailer it, I might go auto.

Either way you go, I hope you enjoy your Jeep!
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I got a manual because I have always wanted to drive with a big chaw in my cheek and you can’t do that with auto.
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Manual Jeep. Automatic Toyota. I get the best of both worlds. Hop into my jeep and go back in time. When it's too hot and I got errands to run, I take the toyota. Get yourself a beater corolla and it'll actually save you money in gas or balance out your budget.
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I got a manual because I have always wanted to drive with a big chaw in my cheek and you can’t do that with auto.
What am I missing?
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Ok so I bought a 95 YJ, 5 speed. I love shifting the gears and just the overall feeling of owning and driving a stick... That being said, just the limited, and I do mean LIMITED offroading I have done in the jeep, IM starting to think that an automatic would be easier sometimes. I feel sacrilegious just saying that. The GF and I got into a good debate on this,,,she is die hard 5 spd but really never drove one 4 wheeling....So Im curious on the boards take on this.

I love the 5spd, but could see in precarious spots where an automatic could have advantages.
I have one of each...

I get the the manual (JK) and think "wow, this sure is fun..."...

Then I get in the auto (JKU) and think "wow, it sure is nice not to have to shift"...

So yeah...it just depends on what you like...both have their advantages..

...how's that for a non-answer
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I got a manual because I have always wanted to drive with a big chaw in my cheek and you canít do that with auto.
I missed it too.

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What am I missing?
I think it's some kind of Redneck thing. LOL
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Manual great for the quarter mile strip. Not so much for DD behind the yapping soccer moms. Anything longer than 10 miles in my YJ and I need anxiety meds.
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That anxiety stems from the new noise coming from under the Jeep!
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Been stick for 20+ years in all my cars. But for offroading, auto. From the infinite crawl ratio to just avoiding the abysmal hassle of slipping the clutch over slow going terrain to having others jump in the driver's seat to the ease of stopping and starting for lines and vistas.

Boils down to the Jeep's use. Limited offroading, stick in play imo. Actual offroading use, auto.

And btw... anyone who says manual or standard rather than stick can't really call themselves a stick driver. There.
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Manual- 1) if battery dies I can push start it.
2) less brake wear - if I need to slow down just down shift.
3), 4) & 5) had a couple ex’s that always told me “it’s sexy watching you shift.”
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1 If battery is low you can push start... if it is dead you can push the jeep for days and it won't start....
2 Auto's can downshift too.....
3 4 5 must not have been THAT sexy if they're ex's.... BAWHAHAHAHA.... J/K
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Have had two YJs. First was auto, current is manual. Manual is definitely more fun!
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Been driving manual semi's for 2 decades now and I got tired of shifting some more on my way home. Swapped in an XJ AW4 and it really is nice not shifting anymore.
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For fun,,,,,Manual vs Automatic

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Manual- 1) if battery dies I can push start it.
2) less brake wear - if I need to slow down just down shift.
3), 4) & 5) had a couple exís that always told me ďitís sexy watching you shift.Ē
1)Ok, I'll give you that one.

2)Less brake wear but LOTS more clutch wear and brakes are easier to change (and cheaper) than clutches and throw-out-bearings, especially if you pay to have them done.

3, 4, 5, "See Gottagofast" above.
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1)Ok, I'll give you that one.

2)Less brake wear but LOTS more clutch wear and brakes are easier to change (and cheaper) than clutches and throw-out-bearings, especially if you pay to have them done.

3, 4, 5, "See Gottagofast" above.
Eh my post was meant more as satire vs being in favor of either trans. I believe the entire post was supposed to be in fun. So taking anything serious in a post labeled as fun, kind of misses the point.
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With manual transmissions representing less than 3% of all vehicles sold in the USA you'll be hard pressed to find a dealer with a Rubicon manual on the lot. I searched a 500 mile radius in 2016 and ended up ordering my Rubicon, Hard Rock edition. The Rubicon is fully loaded , the only missing option is the automatic. I love driving the manual, but the truth is if you're serious about off roading, the automatic is probably your best option. The last thing you want to do is stall a manual while trying to traverse rocky terrain.
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I had a manual but I replaced it with an AW4 from an XJ. It's a LOT more convenient in traffic and I can hold better when rock crawling. I do miss the old 5-speed sometimes. I had a hand throttle on it. That thing was fun!
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I think that after you have driven your manual for a longer period, you will love it. It will become second nature. I have only driven manual Jeep Wranglers for over 25 years, and love the feeling of power from a manual. I don't do a lot of off roading though. But for getting on the expressways, passing cars etc it's the only thing I would want to drive. Plus, being a lady, with high heels, and fur coats, I love the reactions I get. Definitely a plus for theft control also.
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