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post #1 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Manual or Auto

Hello all, last Thursday I ordered my first Jeep ever. 2012 - brilliant silver - Rubicon Unlimited. I ordered a 6-speed manual transmission. Our other family vehicle is also a manual transmission.

I'm having second thoughts about getting an automatic instead. It is nice to just be able to cruise (which is mostly what I will do) without having to switch gears often. I will go off road but not often or heavily. Will an auto be ok for minor off road fun? Ive heard that the 2012's are 5 speed automatics.

Quick response would be appreciated as I don't have much time to change the order.

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post #2 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 06:22 PM
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I would get the auto 5 speed.

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For me it is sports cars in manual, 4x4 in auto. My jeep is an auto and I love it.
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post #4 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 07:02 PM
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I've had both in the TJ variety and when I got my JK a short while back, I went w/ the auto. I love manuals, but as said above, prefer them in sports cars.
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post #5 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 07:10 PM
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Wheeling with an auto is just sooooooooooo much easier.


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I agree with all above... I had both and the auto wins... the 5 spd is good for bopping around town... but when you go off road and end up having to go slow over rough terrain, even easy wheelin' on logging roads... playing with the clutch all the time sucks.

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My Jeep is an auto and I love it

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post #8 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by GPV View Post
Wheeling with an auto is just sooooooooooo much easier.
With the hill start assist the new sticks are like driving an auto on the trails. Not saying you should get a stick but I love mine

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Where are all of the manual guys? I’m sure they’ll show up.

I like a manual for sports cars and my DD - things on the street. I like the automatic for off-road stuff - like my Jeep.

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New engine and new thanks let em work the bugs out for a couple years.

Oh and my choice would be the 6 speed.
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six speed all the way. slush boxes (4sp) have a overheating problem.
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post #12 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 08:16 PM
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when i bought mine i was dead set on the 6 speed and never looked back. if you want an auto get one but i just feel its more jeepy to have to swap cogs yourself
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I was set on getting an auto for a really long time for the same reason as others have posted here, I wanted to save manuals for sport cars and motorcycles. Bu then I test drove a standard jk and fell in love. I will not buy anything other than standard. But I'm not you. I don't mind shifting while just cruising around town. I think it's a lot more fun that way. I don't know much about offloading with a standard.
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post #14 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 09:55 PM
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If you have to ask the question, get the stick. It's so good at finding the right gear, I often forget and think it's an automatic. If you're not doing rock-crawling, the stick should be alright too for off-road. The stick also feels more powerful, I noticed it's only the auto guys who bytch about the lack of power. I feel the power on mine is more than adequate with the stick.

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post #15 of 199 Old 08-07-2011, 09:58 PM
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I had a 2000 TJ 5 speed manual and liked it so much I ordered a 2011 JK Unlimited Rubicon 6 speed manual rather than waiting for a 2012 because I wasn't sure if they would be available in automatics only.

I would go with your 1st choice!
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