Any regrets going automatic?

Dave Bowen

New Member
First Name
Dave
Joined
Jun 28, 2020
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Harrisonburg, BA
Vehicle(s)
2018 Wrangler Sahara JL Unlimited
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?
 

Dave Bowen

New Member
First Name
Dave
Joined
Jun 28, 2020
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Harrisonburg, BA
Vehicle(s)
2018 Wrangler Sahara JL Unlimited
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?
I do like the automatic in my 2018 JL, but for one thing - it winds up in the gears a lot more than I'd prefer (2,500+), so I basically drive it using the manual option on the automatic so I can shift it sooner than it would ordinarily. The full auto is probably better for off road and towing but it bothers me when just driving around town. Less engine wear and better mileage from shifting earlier. Last manual I had was in a Shelby 427 Cobra but that was cheating - it didn't care what gear you started out in.
 

HardSell

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 3, 2019
Messages
427
Reaction score
311
Location
New Mexico
Vehicle(s)
05 Built Rubicon replaced modestly built stolen '87 XJ
Occupation
Nose Picker
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.
I saw a neurologist for that same problem.
 

Rodeoflyer

Well-Known Member
First Name
Bert
Joined
Dec 16, 2019
Messages
701
Reaction score
474
Location
Conifer, Colorado
Vehicle(s)
2020 Jeep JLUR; 2016 Ram Powerwagon
Vehicle Showcase
1
Much better auto w/o a tazer JL
 

VKSheridan

Well-Known Member
First Name
Vince
Joined
Dec 21, 2019
Messages
51
Reaction score
70
Location
Broken Arrow, OK
Vehicle(s)
2020 2 Dr Rubicon JL Hardtop
Auto here, no regrets. I have the Hellcat Challenger for my stick fix...😁
 

Black Jeep Convertible

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2020
Messages
939
Reaction score
903
Location
NYC
Website
www.amazon.com
Vehicle(s)
'19 JLU Sport S 2.0T eTorque
I bought this for top down relaxation and zombie apocalypse. Last thing I want to do is row gears and cramp up my left calf. I’ll just get on a bike if I wanna shift and feel one with the machine
 

JeepDrvr2018

Well-Known Member
First Name
Montgomery
Joined
Oct 8, 2017
Messages
57
Reaction score
28
Location
30512
Vehicle(s)
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Occupation
Retired Master Certified RV Tech
I have been driving a standard transmission for the last 30+ years, and as long as my knees work, going to keep doing so. I have better throttle response with manual, I have better 4X4 control with manual, I can use the transmission to slow me down if hauling load, and speed up with more power than an automatic. It used to be the average loss of power with automatic was 25HP. I don't know if that still holds true, but I want as much power/Torque as the 3.6 can deliver, I will get more with manual. If the diesel came with manual, that would be the best option for me, however!

Now, we are considering going down to one vehicle, if we do, I will have to get the automatic, because the BH won't drive a manual, although she actually is better at it than I am after a few starts and stops, she just hates them (manual). so keep her happy, I will be happy.
 

Scott.B

Well-Known Member
First Name
Scott
Joined
Nov 23, 2020
Messages
99
Reaction score
71
Location
Alaska
Vehicle(s)
2020 Unlimited Rubicon
I had auto for years, loving my 6 speed JL Rubi, although 1st is so low I sometimes skip it if moving. I mean really low in snow I can throw snow 30 feet behind me when I had a tailgater pull up behind me at a red light. Hope all that snow ice and salt taste good!
 

Fly2crawl

New Member
First Name
Andrew
Joined
Jul 20, 2019
Messages
4
Reaction score
3
Location
Orlando, FL
Vehicle(s)
2019 Rubicon Unlimited
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?
I miss the manual. This JL is my 4th Wrangler. I've had 2 TJ's and a JK and all had a manual. When I went to buy a Rubicon no one around had any manuals and I test drove it and the automatic is a good transmission. I terribly miss the manual though and this spring I'm going to trade my '19 in and special order a new one with the manual.
 

JayJay

Well-Known Member
First Name
Johnny
Joined
Feb 13, 2020
Messages
660
Reaction score
1,184
Location
North Georgia
Vehicle(s)
'20 JLR
I miss the manual. This JL is my 4th Wrangler. I've had 2 TJ's and a JK and all had a manual. When I went to buy a Rubicon no one around had any manuals and I test drove it and the automatic is a good transmission. I terribly miss the manual though and this spring I'm going to trade my '19 in and special order a new one with the manual.
Finally, on post #132, someone that regrets getting the automatic. Guess them autos are pretty durn good after all. :like:

Later,
Johnny
 

Toycrusher

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 2, 2019
Messages
1,009
Reaction score
1,337
Location
Texas
Vehicle(s)
JLUR
Finally, on post #132, someone that regrets getting the automatic. Guess them autos are pretty durn good after all. :like:

Later,
Johnny
The auto is fantastic all around and begrudgingly superior in most any criteria.
BUT, even on 37s and stock gears, I can chirp the tires into 2nd and even 3rd at near 55 mph. How much joy are you willing to sacrifice for refinement?
 

MichaelAnthony

Well-Known Member
First Name
Michael
Joined
May 21, 2020
Messages
617
Reaction score
638
Location
Aliquippa, PA
Vehicle(s)
2019 Wrangler Rubicon JLUR, 97 Centurion Dually 7.3, 97 Classy Chassis Dually 7.3, 2016 Ultra Classic CVO
Vehicle Showcase
1
I have always had manual everything this was everything I wanted (it was used and a great price) and an automatic and I love it, I am in the habit of driving it in manual 98% of the time the other 2% is when I have to hold someone's hand, or a beer.
 

Rodeoflyer

Well-Known Member
First Name
Bert
Joined
Dec 16, 2019
Messages
701
Reaction score
474
Location
Conifer, Colorado
Vehicle(s)
2020 Jeep JLUR; 2016 Ram Powerwagon
Vehicle Showcase
1
Giving it more gas just results in more RPM, not really much increase in wheel speed. You need a higher gear and that's not something you're going to be able to shift into on a 20' waterfall face. Gear selection becomes even more problematic if the base of the climb is littered with large boulders.
This is 100% my only issue with the manual. The other 99.9% time I offroad it's not an issue.

I don't crawl up many 20' waterfall faces but I'm getting around this by other means with the Tazer JL's options like f/r locked in 4hi etc
 

Advertisement




Clayton Offroad
 



Advertisement
Top