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Unread 01-06-2013, 01:46 PM   #16
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The overheating issue was with the old transmission and was fixed with an aux cooler (which should have been included from the start). The '12+ has a completely different auto and an aux cooler.

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Unread 01-06-2013, 01:50 PM   #17
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The overheating issue was with the old transmission and was fixed with an aux cooler (which should have been included from the start). The '12+ has a completely different auto and an aux cooler.
Nice, then not an issue if purchasing new. I'm partial to the m/t just bc it makes me feel more in touch with my rig. But thats just me
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Unread 01-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #18
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Auto.

The only reason for a manual is that you like to shift gears. That's it.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 04:24 PM   #19
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Auto.

The only reason for a manual is that you like to shift gears. That's it.
Really? There are zero benefits for the m/t? Lol
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Unread 01-06-2013, 05:31 PM   #20
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Right.... Zero benefit to be able to downshift and compression brake, select the right gear for what you're doing without the transmission hunting and failing to anticipate your next move. No benefit to having the driveline 100% connected to the engine without slipping through the torque converter...

There are benefits to both. Manual transmissions win for low maintenance costs and long term reliability, generally. No overheating, little complexity. Some of us enjoy shifting and having more control over the vehicle, and more hands on driving. I actually enjoy driving. I suppose once I get old and hate driving I will start buying all vehicles with an auto trans. A boring car to get me from point a to point b in traffic, something that is enjoyable in no way at all (think Toyota Camry) I guess an automatic would be fine for me.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 12:59 AM   #21
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The new auto is definitely nice. I got the 6spd simply so I didn't have to worry about my JK going up in flames. If I were to get a '12 or '13, I'd get an auto, no question.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 05:08 AM   #22
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Times are a changing. Am seeing more autos than manuals on the trails when it comes to JK's. Just easier, put in the gear and 4 wheel ya need, gas brake steer, all ya need to do. No worry about a clutch, stalling on a incline or over an other obstacle.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 07:22 AM   #23
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Really? There are zero benefits for the m/t? Lol
Yep.

Look at the semi-pro offroading rigs. You'll be lucky to find one with a manual.

Compression braking is completely unnecessary unless you are driving 7k elevations. The auto doesn't "hunt" if it's geared correctly. Ask anyone who bought a 2012.

There's no more maintenance to an auto than there is a manual. Come to think of it, I've never replaced a clutch or adjusted a clutch fork or replaced a throwout bearing on an auto.

Ten years ago the manual was an advantage. It ain't ten years ago, though.
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