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post #1 of 23 Old 01-05-2013, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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Automatic vs. Manual

Hey y'all,

Just wanted to discuss the pros/cons of automatic/manual transmissions off road.

I used to have an automatic ZJ and now have a manual JK.


Personally, I think the stick shift is manlier and almost more fun to drive on pavement. On the other hand, automatic is less of a hassle in traffic and after a long day of driving.

Off road, it was much easier (personally) driving automatic. I know this is somewhat shunned in the Jeep community, but it was just one less thing to think about. Maybe I'm simply not experienced enough, but it was tough for me driving a stick in 4Lo off road!

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-05-2013, 01:09 AM
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another auto vs manual thread... this isn't really a technical question though, just gonna get a lot of people arguing opinions...

auto = easier
manual = more fun

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post #3 of 23 Old 01-05-2013, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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another auto vs manual thread... this isn't really a technical question though, just gonna get a lot of people arguing opinions...

auto = easier
manual = more fun
Sorry I'm kind of a novice to jeepforum and didn't know where to post this! I also didn't realize there were other threads similar to this one.

Thanks for the opinion anyway!
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post #5 of 23 Old 01-05-2013, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-05-2013, 01:42 AM
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Haha same here. How do I get a picture of my jeep next to my posts like you?
you have to be a paying supporter, its not expensive and the benefits of all the discounts you can get outweighs the costs anyway. my membership paid for itself and then some when i got 20% off a $600 purchase once

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1994 yj stretched, locked and loaded - 6.0l vortec lq4, 4l60e, np231, Dana 44s 37" interco trxus m/t, 3.5" bds front leafs, double triangulated 4 link rear on xj front coils.
1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/a...te-up-1301614/
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ation-1417686/
RC vs BDS
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/r...s-bds-1461555/
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you have to be a paying supporter, its not expensive and the benefits of all the discounts you can get outweighs the costs anyway. my membership paid for itself and then some when i got 20% off a $600 purchase once
Oh wow that's awesome. Any more advice you can give me?

Thanks
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idk lol theres tons of knowledgeable people on here but ask me and ill see what i come up with.

build thread:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/9...-spud-1218315/
1994 yj stretched, locked and loaded - 6.0l vortec lq4, 4l60e, np231, Dana 44s 37" interco trxus m/t, 3.5" bds front leafs, double triangulated 4 link rear on xj front coils.
1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/a...te-up-1301614/
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ation-1417686/
RC vs BDS
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/r...s-bds-1461555/
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you have to be a paying supporter, its not expensive and the benefits of all the discounts you can get outweighs the costs anyway. my membership paid for itself and then some when i got 20% off a $600 purchase once
Check out this page to be a paying supporter: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/register.php

Taylortejas, what advice are you looking for? As for your original question, if you are rock crawling, an AUTOMATIC is the way to go!

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post #10 of 23 Old 01-05-2013, 09:02 AM
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Auto is the way to go for the best of both worlds, imo, the Jeep manual is a pos, no fun at all as a DD. there have been more complaints about the manual than the autos and more people who regret getting a manual because they "thought" thats what a "manly" Jeep should be....maybe 10 years ago, yeah, in performance and control, but the autos are so much better nowadays. Its your ride, but if you dont enjoy the manual now, you may always wish for an auto.....just my opinions and no offense intended. Some people are passionate about their manuals, some hate them and just enjoy their auto with no fuss.
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My JK is the first auto I've owned since 2001. I actually enjoy relaxing a little while I drive. The other car's a stick, and definitely the "more fun" on pavement so I've got the best of both worlds. I actually intended to buy a manual Jeep but they didn't have one and I was able to haggle the price of the options off (ie, "I came here for that stripper model you sold, so if you give me this one for that price we're good").

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See the comments in the thread about an auto.....manual for me.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/h...-hard-1459026/

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Auto is the way to go for the best of both worlds, imo, the Jeep manual is a pos, no fun at all as a DD. there have been more complaints about the manual than the autos and more people who regret getting a manual because they "thought" thats what a "manly" Jeep should be....maybe 10 years ago, yeah, in performance and control, but the autos are so much better nowadays. Its your ride, but if you dont enjoy the manual now, you may always wish for an auto.....just my opinions and no offense intended. Some people are passionate about their manuals, some hate them and just enjoy their auto with no fuss.
Each to their own, I enjoy a manual vehicle over every automatic because they are fun to drive and it also prohibits most people from being able to drive my vehicles.

BTW, IMO, if you intended no offense, don't say the manual is a pos. And, yes, a manual is more "manly."
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Each to their own, I enjoy a manual vehicle over every automatic because they are fun to drive and it also prohibits most people from being able to drive my vehicles.

BTW, IMO, if you intended no offense, don't say the manual is a pos. And, yes, a manual is more "manly."
If I could afford a manual that could hold up to my engine I would have

build thread:
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1994 yj stretched, locked and loaded - 6.0l vortec lq4, 4l60e, np231, Dana 44s 37" interco trxus m/t, 3.5" bds front leafs, double triangulated 4 link rear on xj front coils.
1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/a...te-up-1301614/
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...ation-1417686/
RC vs BDS
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/r...s-bds-1461555/
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post #15 of 23 Old 01-06-2013, 01:39 PM
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Ok, the m/t is not a pos. I love it offroad 99% of the time. Love it 100% of the time on road. Driving an auto on road is really boring. I feel more in touch with the rig with a m/t. The biggest thing for me is deep water. With a m/t you can't change gears when you're in deep water. So if you get stuck, there's no getting out. The auto allows you to change gears and not worry about sucking water onto the clutch and potentially into the tranny. Plus the auto's have an overheating issue. Idk if that's been resolved, but it would def bother me to not feel 100% on the reliability of ny tranny. The water thing with the m/t is easily addressed, don't wheel alone and drive smart. Good luck!

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