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post #1 of 25 Old 09-11-2019, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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2005 Jeep LJ (manual vs auto)

Hello everyone, I just bought a 2005 LJ with 26k on it,all stock, manual trans, with soft top. I’m wondering if did alright making the decision with a manual trans. I’ve read where there a little harder to find than the auto.

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post #2 of 25 Old 09-12-2019, 09:02 AM
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Yeah seeing as some 05-06s have issues with the auto trans.
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post #3 of 25 Old 09-12-2019, 09:44 AM
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Don't look backward or second guess your purchase decision. You're not going to sell your new-to-you manual transmission jeep in favor of one with an automatic so the mental flagellation will only drive you crazy and take away from the enjoyment of your acquisition.

You did fine. Enjoy your jeep.
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It is a good purchase. I love a manual transmission in a wheeler.

The 05s NSG370s were not the best though. The reverse synchros go in those. In 06 they corrected it.

Also, keep an eye on the OPDA and replace asap when needed (codes thrown). You can google OPDA in 2005 TJ.

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The 05s NSG370s were not the best though. The reverse synchros go in those. In 06 they corrected it.

The NSG370ís may not be the most reliable or smoothest shifting trannies but damn, they have the best gear ratios of all other Jeep manual trannies.
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post #6 of 25 Old 09-13-2019, 02:16 AM
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Good for you on finding such a low-mileage LJ. I would have preferred the manual myself, but I couldn't pass up a rust free LJ in Minnesota so I had to learn to live with the 42RLE.

The OPDA is definitely an issue: https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/2005-06-jeep-opda_cps_distributor-failure-1144202/. May as well just replace it with the Crown unit so you don't have to be concerned.

I'll give you a heads up too (in case you don't read the owners manual): When you open the Sunrider, unzip the rear window. If you don't, not only can the top be ripped out of the retaining brackets, but it will also flop around.
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post #7 of 25 Old 09-13-2019, 03:38 AM
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Too late to change your mind now. Be glad you didn't get an 05-06' auto.

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post #8 of 25 Old 09-13-2019, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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I appreciate the input guys. Do you have any idea on the 2005 manuals when the problems started in miles wise or was it a hit or miss. I’ve read some things about it. I’m glad I have the manual there hard to find.

Im new to this and still trying to figure out how to post a pic. I’ll figure it out at some point. I’m liking the Jeep community everyone is helpful and polite on here.
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post #9 of 25 Old 09-13-2019, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Here’s my 2005 LJ with 26,385 miles on it.
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post #10 of 25 Old 09-14-2019, 12:13 AM
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Hereís my 2005 LJ with 26,385 miles on it.
Looks like new. Enjoy it. I never had any problems with my 6 speeds.

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Looks like new. Enjoy it. I never had any problems with my 6 speeds.
Same here, love my '05 and 6 speeds...

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I’m glad you guys haven’t had any problems with your 6 speeds. I’m sure glad I got one because the 6 speeds are somewhat a rare beast. They say they made 3-4 autos to 1 6 speed. I’ll hang on to mine for a long time and I’m just getting used to looking at my long Jeep. It’s a beast.
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post #13 of 25 Old 09-14-2019, 07:40 AM
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I've had my 06 LJR for ten years. Still on the original clutch. When it's just me, I usually shift 1-3-5. 4.0; 35,000m; stock; mostly on Padre Island Seashore.

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I just picked up a 2006 LJ myself with an auto. I was originally looking for a manual but this LJ was a good deal and I didn't want to pass it up but I quickly found out that I like manuals a lot more. I've had a 03 TJ and 82 CJ8 both with manuals and it turns out I like it more when I'm the one shifting. Anyway. The auto is comfy and shifts very nice in my opinion. If you're interested in swap let me know.
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What do you guys think about the 2in spring lift. I don’t know much about it but I read where guys use them. Just don’t know if that’s a good idea or not or just leave it stock.
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