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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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Are the Manual transmissions good or bad on the 2013 JKU's?

I am going to test drive a manual and auto 4 door JKU tonight or tomorrow. I know a lot of it comes down to personal preference and I have heard a TON of positive things about the new auto in the 2012+ JKU's. I originally was leaning toward the manual, but now I am thinking about getting the auto. I plan on having this Jeep forever and want to make the right decision...

Are there any negatives to the manual transmission other than your personal preference?

I am going to test drive both and see how they feel. I'm pretty sure that I'm gonna go with the automatic, but I can't completely rule out the manual as I have never owned an automatic Jeep- Not saying that's bad - It will just be a different experience driving one I don't have to shift...

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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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I got an automatic so my wife can drive it.. im glad I did less work in trafic.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #3
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my dads 6-speed in his 12 (think same) is butter smooth...his is 2dr tho id go auto in 4dr but i like 2dr manual
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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I'm very happy I got mine in a stick shift. Not saying I'm a speed demon, but when I do floor it, I love the control the stickshift gives you. That said, I'd say that my jeep shifts like a truck.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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Auto is easier to offroad with in rough conditions. But with my stick i have come accustomed to driving in stop and go traffic by keeping it in 2nd and letting out the clutch when needed.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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I'm in the process of trading off my 2012 JKUR manual for a 2013 auto because I hate the drive by wire with a clutch. Just test drive both before you buy, I made the mistake of ordering it before I drove it
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:39 PM   #7
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might want to check out this thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/h...nuals-1508989/

and the thread referenced within it...

I too would prefer a manual, all things being equal but have reservations w/ this one.

Now I'm strongly leaning towards an auto.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:48 PM   #8
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My JKUR only has 1200 miles, so I'm hoping the shifting will become more smooth over time. couple of nits:

- pain to get into reverse, end up in 6th sometimes, really have to force it over there.
- I spend a lot of time shifting around town with the 4.10s. i did expect that would be true until i lift and get bigger tires down the road.
- 4 to 5 shifts require concentration, although this is true of most manual cars I've owned
- in general I find i spend a lot of time thinking about my shifting to get it right in the JKU. when i'm not paying close attention, shifts are clunky
- (on the other hand) the clutch is butter compared to my TJ, YJ and CJ of past years, which was like trying to play soccer with a cinder block.

as i said, I do expect all of this to improve with more break-in and my comfort with the rig. even with these issues, I wouldn't trade it tomorrow for the same jeep in auto. there are days I wish I had auto, but on the whole I just prefer rowing and selecting my own gear.

and luckily the wife can drive a stick -- when I let her...
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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My JKUR only has 1200 miles, so I'm hoping the shifting will become more smooth over time. couple of nits:

- pain to get into reverse, end up in 6th sometimes, really have to force it over there.
- I spend a lot of time shifting around town with the 4.10s. i did expect that would be true until i lift and get bigger tires down the road.
- 4 to 5 shifts require concentration, although this is true of most manual cars I've owned
- in general I find i spend a lot of time thinking about my shifting to get it right in the JKU. when i'm not paying close attention, shifts are clunky
- (on the other hand) the clutch is butter compared to my TJ, YJ and CJ of past years, which was like trying to play soccer with a cinder block.

as i said, I do expect all of this to improve with more break-in and my comfort with the rig. even with these issues, I wouldn't trade it tomorrow for the same jeep in auto. there are days I wish I had auto, but on the whole I just prefer rowing and selecting my own gear.

and luckily the wife can drive a stick -- when I let her...
As with all cars, the manuals are different in their own way so it takes some getting use to. Also about the reverse issue, i believe i read in the owners manual about how their is a sort of kick over switch to get into reverse, this was installed to eliminate accidentally throwing it in reverse on the highway.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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I've got about 1300 miles on my 2013 with the manual and I really like it. I will admit that sometimes I miss 6th, but I rarely go in 6th. Its a jeep its got to be manual IMO.
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Yep


The 6speed has been a good transmission since its introduction in 2005. I love mine, though an auto is fun too. The auto is stronger than the manual by a decent amount

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My wife's first car was a stick and I'm sure she could probably drive a manual Jeep, but that is partially why I am leaning toward the automatic. It would be a whole lot less stressful letting her drive the jeep in an auto than manual. I'm going to take her with me to test drive them tomorrow and I will let her try the manual and see how she does. I know this is looking in the WAY distant future, but I have 4 1/2 year old twin girls I am thinking about letting them have this jeep when they turn 16(if the jeep is still running and in one piece). Maybe by then I will be able to upgrade to the 4 door diesel.
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Yep


The 6speed has been a good transmission since its introduction in 2005. I love mine, though an auto is fun too. The auto is stronger than the manual by a decent amount

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Hey Spyder - I'm looking at sport models with 3.73 gears and will be running 2.5 lift and 35's right out of the gate(I hope!). When you say the auto is stronger than the manual, is this true when it comes to the bigger tires, etc? Would the auto be a better transmission for the 35's than the manual?
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My wife's first car was a stick and I'm sure she could probably drive a manual Jeep, but that is partially why I am leaning toward the automatic. It would be a whole lot less stressful letting her drive the jeep in an auto than manual. I'm going to take her with me to test drive them tomorrow and I will let her try the manual and see how she does. I know this is looking in the WAY distant future, but I have 4 1/2 year old twin girls I am thinking about letting them have this jeep when they turn 16(if the jeep is still running and in one piece). Maybe by then I will be able to upgrade to the 4 door diesel.
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It has a higher torque input rating. They'll both do well

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