This is a more widely argued topic than tire preferences. Here's my 2 cents: If your Jeep will be a daily driver or driven often in nasty traffic or a lot of stop and go I'd say get an auto. If the Jeep is an off-road only, get an auto. BUT, manual transmissions are better overall for things like better torque, pop-starting, repairing, etc. My first CJ7 was factory automatic and I loved it in Los Angeles traffic and off-roading. In this CJ7, I'm running stick with a finger/hand throttle. That way, if I go off-road and need that "third foot" - I use my index finger to give her gas while my feet tackle the clutch and brake. Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by John Strenk
What CJ owner doesn't want to hack up his harness for the next owner to have fun with?
Originally Posted by Broseph
The thread will derail quicker than a walrus on a Crisco-soaked Slip 'n' Slide.
ease of maintenance is the biggest advantage of a manual tranny...but, like CopperCJ7 said, an auto can make daily driving and off-roading easier and more pleasurable. 4 Lo on a manual Rubicon is almost, but not quite, like have an auto tranny. I have had very few third foot issues in 4 Lo.
I may just be blowing smoke but I want to actually drive my Jeep. Having a stick shift really gives me the feeling that i'm controlling everything that it's doing. I've had automatics and it just felt like too much, I don't know, automation for me.
That aside, a manual transmission lets you control how fast the engine is turning in relation to the vehicle that you just can't do with an auto. I've had far too many transmission issues with my wife's van that wouldn't have been a problem with a stick. You're just at the mercy of the transmission...
As for strength, etc....I don't really think there's that much of a major difference between the two for most driving. I would guess that the hydraulic nature of an auto would put less stress on the internal transmission parts but I can't prove that. I've never had an issue with my transmission and while I"ve heard of clutch breakage from others, I've routinely got clutches past the 150,000 mile mark without having to replace them...
There's only one thing I like more than my Jeep...she'd probably hit me if I said otherwise.
Stick is the way to go in my opinion. I do not really get people that have an auto wrangler, with a stick I can control the thing and get it to do what I want it to do not what a computer says. With bigger tires I would prefer a stick because the auto was designed with a certain size tire and with a standard I can change my driving habits based on what I am running. If you want to feel in control get a standard!
If I can get there I can wheel it!
for those of you that have owned and driven both offroad, is it that difficult to drive a standard off road? I know how to drive a stick, however, my experience has been limited to on road in a car. I have driven a standard truck, but never off road (so i am familar with how the clutches in cars and trucks are different).
ManOfSteel, it's not really that difficult. After you stall four or five times trying to climb up a hill, you'll get the hang of it. I spent last summer driving my buddy's Cherokee, and it gets to be pretty easy after a while. On really bumpy stuff or steep hills it does sometimes feel like you need a third foot, though. I haven't had the opportunity to try one with a hand throttle, but it sounds pretty fun.