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Old 06-04-2015, 10:04 AM
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Manuel or auto?

What transmission makes a better wheeler? Manuel or auto?

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Old 06-04-2015, 11:12 AM   #2
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What about Manuel? Ohh, manual, lol! I think manual, because you can get more torque, and have more control over the vehicle itself. Granted it has it's challenges(try eating a cheeseburger and merging onto the freeway at the same time), I believe it's worth it for the torque.

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I think some of it depends on what size motor also. I have had the 4.0 and the 2.5 both in manual and both perform great offroad but I can imagine the 2.5 auto might be a bit sluggish trying to get up hills. A lot also depends on tires. To honest I believe there are a lot of factors
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Well you wouldn't have to worry about having a 2.5 auto unless you bought a 94/95. I think that was when they started offering the 2.5's with automatic transmission, could be wrong though.

But yes my bet is on manual, you will have more control over the jeep but it will present some challenges for sure. Like on inclines while wheelin' if you need to stop or something you will have to do the clutch, brake, and throttle dance that you wouldn't have to do in an automatic.

That's why manual is fun though; however, if your looking for less work driving then automatic is obviously for you. But if you go the route of an auto, I'd get the 4.0 engine at the least.
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I was just wondering in general. Ive never drove a automatic offroad.
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No difference. Which do you want. Either one can be built to go anywhere.

Me, I've owned 4 automatics in my life and been stranded with 3 broken automatics... I prefer the manual. I've had 12 manuals? or more.. and never been stranded. Automatics can crater. Manuals tend to give a lot of warning. Maybe preventative maintenance will improve the life/reliability of the automatic but a manual only needs the odd oil change.

Automatics can overheat... never had a manual overheat.
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IMO all SWB jeeps and sportscars should only be offered in manual only.

I perfer manuals over autos
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My jeep lives on a steady diet of big rock's. It stated life as a 4.0L with a 5 speed manual. I ditched the manual for a AW4 automatic transmission out of an Xj a few years back and have never looked back.

If you're asking me the automatic is the only way to go bud.
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IMO all SWB jeeps and sportscars should only be offered in manual only. I perfer manuals over autos
100% agreed

Although in Michigan we have no rocks to climb. If we did I could possibly see the advantage there
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Standard is more fun, but if this was a dedicated rock crawler I would go automatic even though I hate driving automatics and I wouldn't own one unless the vehicle didn't come in standard or if I only had zero arms
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I had to go standard. I never learned how to drive an automatic. (There's a pedal missing. Freaky!)
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Go Manuel it allows more overall control over the vehicle.
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I am sure Manuel would prefer a manual transmission.
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either one is fine.. note that most comp rigs run auto's so that might tell ya something...
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either one is fine.. note that most comp rigs run auto's so that might tell ya something...
curious what you mean by this.
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curious what you mean by this.
The big jeeps who compete at events...run more auto's than sticks.. must be a reason right.
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If you're playing in mud or doing anything other than rock crawling, manual is the way to go! So much more fun. But as someone mentioned above you'll need tap dancers feet to work all three pedals for some rocky obstacles. Which is fine for a quick trail ride but weekend or longer outings will leave you wishing you had an auto.
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The big jeeps who compete at events...run more auto's than sticks.. must be a reason right.
Yes there is, although I have a manual, I'd much rather have the "right" auto with good gearing. Auto's give you much more control on rocks as there is not slipping the clutch while working the gas. I say the right auto because I would want a solid one since I don't feel they are as tough as a manual.
But yes, auto's are pretty much the norm on competitive rock crawlers, heck paddle shifters and auto's are more prevalent on sports cars now so us old timers are going to have to find something to do with our left foot.
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There were only two things I wanted when I was Jeep shopping. A 5 speed and a straight 6. I am very happy with both.
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The big jeeps who compete at events...run more auto's than sticks.. must be a reason right.
Ask them if they are running a stock Dodge 42RLE.

Yes there are great automatics for competition. Most are neither stock nor the automatic you buy in a Wrangler.

Making a comparison between a Jeep and a competitive Jeep is like buying a Chevrolet because Chevrolet has won 9 of the last 10 NASCAR championships.

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Ask them if they are running a stock Dodge 42RLE.

Yes there are great automatics for competition. Most are neither stock nor the automatic you buy in a Wrangler.

Making a comparison between a Jeep and a competitive Jeep is like buying a Chevrolet because Chevrolet has won 9 of the last 10 NASCAR championships.

I think your missing the point. The basic function of how an automatic works and the benefits of running one are the same in a stock jeep or modded one You can have an almost unlimited low range, don't have to worry about the whole clutch gas gear selection. The auto allows you to focus on the trail a bit more, hence one of the reasons the comp rigs go with them. Plus if you want to upgrade you can.. we spend money on gears, axles, winches.. a trans upgrade is not a big deal in todays aftermarket.
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Lets just agree to disagree. Automatics are great for those who like automatics. Manuels are great for those who love manuels.
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Don't get me wrong I LIKE Manuel, but I don't know about loving him.
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I had to go standard. I never learned how to drive an automatic. (There's a pedal missing. Freaky!)
That was funny!
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Thanks for the opinions. And sorry for the typo

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Ask them if they are running a stock Dodge 42RLE.

Yes there are great automatics for competition. Most are neither stock nor the automatic you buy in a Wrangler.

Making a comparison between a Jeep and a competitive Jeep is like buying a Chevrolet because Chevrolet has won 9 of the last 10 NASCAR championships.

The Dodge 42 is to long of a trans unless you have started the wheelbase out past 108 inches. The od until kills that trans for rig running anything less to then that. Even at 108 it's hard to get a 4 speed transfer case to fit in there too.
The AW4 is the best bang for your 4 speed automatic transmission buck.

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