7th CJ/Wrangler, 1st auto. Never lived anywhere before with so much traffic (central Florida). That said, only nit pick would be that it holds the lower gear too long sometimes.
I used to think and say the same thing, but...People keep saying it's easier to let it crawl up rocks...what is easier than putting it in 1st or 2nd in 4lo and letting it literally crawl up itself? I know I'd be staring at the temp gauge on an automatic more than the scenery.
My wife's JL is an auto. In general, I gravitate to manuals; but when I drive her Jeep, I prefer the auto to my manual JL... The auto is the best I've ever driven, by a wide margin. I feel like driving an auto is kind of lazy, but, if you're doing something other than commuting, maybe being more focused on staying upright is better than being focused on not killing it.I know the automatic transmission is way better than the manual transmission. I’m seeing the new 392 rubicon is offered in automatic only and I’m not saying I’ll be getting one anytime soon. I’ve been driving manual for a long time to a point where driving an automatic is uncomfortable for me because my foot is constantly reaching for a clutch pedal that’s not there and my hand is constantly going for a gear change that’s unnecessary. Just out of curiosity how many of you out here made the switch to automatic from manual and if you have any regrets or love it better?
As a manual driver, it has nothing to do with how the 2 compare. It has to do with the involvement as a driver. I will take a 'lesser' transmission to have the interaction while driving. We also have a WRX, and I've heard the auto is fantastic, and i know it's faster - but i never considered it. In fact I told the wife the only way we could have the WRX was to get a manual because i didn't want to be disappointed anytime i had to drive it (If she insisted on the auto we would have gotten a Forrester XT instead).Seems most manual JL owners don’t realize the 8 spd. auto is a world class leader. I recognize a manual is better on steep down hills but the JL Rubicon has great brakes that are up to task without issue. Put it in park and set the P. brake, it’s not going to creep and roll down the hill either. I love this automatic and it holds a gear in manual mode. My heavy Ram 4x4 diesel RV has a 6 spd. manual trans and compression brake. Ordered it for heavy mountain use and towing. I still find stoping/parking on a steep incline is a hassle.