Advice: 2012-2013 Jeep wrangler unlimited. Auto vs Manual Transmission
Im chris and I'm completely new to jeeps and I have been looking at everything about JEEP. I caught the Jeep bug. I'm 24 and I love VW's. My last car was a 1996 VW Passat VR6 5spd. I love to modify and my Passat looked and preformed amazing (nearly 15k invested in the car). I loved driving the manual but that was in a car and on the street!
Now I'm looking at buying a 2012-2013 jeep wrangler unlimited Sahara or maybe Rubicon. Defiantly a soft top. I waited for the new 3.6l V6 to come out for the increased HP and Torque, plus the better MPG.
I've been test driving every model and transmission. I enjoy the 6spd manual but I have never driven off road in a manual. The hill assist is great. But I like the 5spd auto with tiptronic! I will be driving on the highway and back roads, so lots of shifting. Plus I assume off roading in a auto in 4wd would seem easier. I assume it's more stressful on the manual while off road.
SO I need help with deciding on the transmission. MANUAL VS AUTO. All the info I can get is better!
I plan to make Jeeping and the forum a new life style.
Personal preference to be honest with you…
For me off-roading should be manual all the way, you have total control of the car and you can decide where and how much to push hard and when to give slack to the engine; in combination with winch “activities” I think manual is the way to go.
Now for city use and everyday drive.. Well auto is the way unless you live in an area with not much traffic.
Bottom line I prefer manual for many reasons but I curse my luck when hit heavy traffic.
I have a 2012 JKUR w/ auto and it works great on and off road. The hill descent control works great. I had a 74 FJ with a manual tranny and prefer the new auto. You can also shift it manually by bumping the shifter. So far I love it. Haven't driven a 12 with a manual but I've read a lot of people are having problems with it jumping out of gear.
I got the manual on my 2012. I thought it was the worst transmission EVER. Really rough ride. Then I put 35 inch tires on it, and now I love the transmission. So just my $0.02, but unless you're going to spend all your time in traffic, I say get the manual. Automatics are too boring to drive.
Welcome to the forum, Chris. Like other posters above, it is your preference. However, it is also depend where you live. I live in the DC area so every hour is a rush hour. Rowing your own paddle does get tired after awhile. I went with an auto gearbox.
I was a manual only guy and wouldn’t be caught dead in an auto. Then when I bought my ’08 Rubi I did the switch to an auto for various reasons and was so glad I did. This latest Jeep I have is also an auto. The only part I miss about the manual is the downhill engine braking, other than that the manuals are obsolete in my book.
I just took delivery of a 2012 JK 4dr with an automatic. This is my first automatic Jeep ever, and it's the 17th Jeep I have owned since 1960. Ok, I'm an old timer. I also currently have 2 2004 Wranglers, both stick, one is a Rubicon with 145,000 miles that has been wheeled all over the country, Rubicon Trail, many trips to Moab, and the Colorado mountain passes. The other 04 only has 98,000 miles, both have the original clutches in them.
The only place I've had the 2012 off road so far is the beach and the automatic worked just fine. Hopefully I will get it out to Colorado and Moab soon and then I could make an honest performance comparison automatic vs manual in off road situations.
The point is get what you want, I drove the Rubi to work for a while back in 05, city traffic etc, but I loved my Rubicon so it did not bother me one bit.
If you get what you really want, you will have no regrets!
I always prefer manual. What you prefer could be completely different. There are definite advantages to having a manual in an offroad vehicle. The biggest being control over the vehicle, but constant technological advances are closing those gaps every year. Also, for those things to be advantages you have to actually take advantage of them. So in the end, I'd say drive them both and make your choice from there. There's no really "right" or "wrong" answer.