Just got a 2012 Sport with 2000 miles on it. Bought it used, I though I wanted the manual. Now I am not 100% convinced that it is a good design. I would prefer that the clutch engages lower, closer to the firewall. It is hard to modulate as the clutch grabs 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up. I have herd that there is no adjustment since it is fully hydraulic. I believe the clutch engagement makes for a difficult shifting. You have to concentrate to deliver smooth shifts. When you don't, you end up hearing clunks and abrupt shifting, etc. If anyone knows a better way to shift smooth, please let me know. I don't consider myself a beginner driver on a manual transmission as I have had manual cars and motorcycles for 38 years, but I am willing to learn. Does anyone know if there is an adjustable clutch master cylinder plunger shaft? The bar that connects the pedal to the master cylinder piston?
I have a 2013 JKUR and I must say that the Manual Transmissions are pretty bad.
My last manuals were a 2002 VW Golf TDI and a 1976 Toyota FJ40, both shifted way better. This tranny pops out of gear, does not smoothly engage and rattles.
I am still a Manual Transmission kind of guy, just really disappointed in this Getrag Trans. For what it's worth, I feel that the 3.6l Pentastar is pretty anemic; though I never suffered with the old 3.8l minivan engine!
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I test drove both, I am getting the auto (tomorrow :-) ) because of a couple of reason;
1) I really did not like the feel of the 6 speed, mostly the feel of the clutch.
2) I am back into skiing and riding a bicycle, last year I broken my left arm and it was a ***** driving my Toyota truck with a manual transmission.
I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque! - Bugs Bunny
We have one of each - auto and manual. The 2013 auto is sweet and smooth. My wife and I both like shifting though, and my 2012 is a manual. I drive this one 500 miles a week into downtown Denver in traffic. Lots of stop and go. The clutch is easy and after 11k, the Jeep still shifts smoothly. I haven't had issues finding reverse, but my wife has. The only thing mine does is when "lugging" the motor a little lower in RPM it does have a slight "rattle" to the shifter, but I've now heard this in 4 other manual JK's.
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My last jeep was an 04 manual. I enjoy driving a manual and it was a must have at the time.
Two months ago I purchased a 13 JKU. I test drove both the manual and auto with the intention of purchasing a manual. I ended up deciding on the auto for a couple of reasons.... Mostly because an auto is an easier resale but I also thought it was a better fit for the 4 door!
Just test drove a manual and automatic tonight with the wife. Automatic it is! I haven't placed an order yet, but I am definitely one step closer!! The manual wasn't bad, but when I was driving it I just felt it was awkward. Don't get me wrong, but the 4 door doesn't feel like a "jeep", at least not the Jeeps I am used to. I have owned a YJ and currently have a CJ7 and a 1970 CJ5 project(that will be up for sale soon). The automatic just seemed right when it comes to the family and wife driving it. While I am confident my wife could probably handle the manual, I feel better about an automatic. I cannot wait to get an order in!