Did you choose Manual or Automatic and why? I’ve seen that manual is much better for off-roading and gas mileage and it has a harder case on the bottom of the vehicle which is built stronger than the automatic.
Automatic. Autos do have a vulnerable trans oil pan, but my experience has been that it's simply easier to focus on what you're doing if you're not having to juggle the clutch as well and throttle management is way easier when you're not worrying about stalling. You can always put skids on to protect the trans pan. And auto mileage has pretty much surpassed 6 speed manual mileage at this point. IMO, it comes down to whether or not you enjoy rowing your own or not.
I had the 2018 manual. Recall after recall, was in the shop for over 4 month getting clutch replaced. That thing had horrible Rev-hang in 1st-2nd-3rd gear, especially for rubicon, 1st gear won’t take you too fast and you need to shift fast just to keep up with traffic, so either you wait for a long while for the rpm to drop or you ride that clutch….now I got a 392 with no manual option so get the auto, the ZF 8 speed is really good.
If you really want a manual, wrangler is probably not the best vehicle to have an manual.
Went with the auto only because the manual leaves me no room to stretch my long leg out, especially on long drives. Clutch pedal right smack in the way and my foot can't slide past it without getting caught on it coming back out.
I chose auto. My other car is a 6-speed and through my life I've driven mostly manuals, but for offroad use I thought automatic would work better. On the side of a mountain I would prefer 2 pedals to deal with rather than 3.
For me I got a brand new Rubicon at 5 grand off sticker...Dealership had it marked down. Was sitting on lot for 5 weeks and they couldn't sell because it was 2 door Yellow and manual. Sales guy told me any one of those would have been fine but all 3 and nobody was interested in it. Even got them to throw in the up graded floor mats and 4 oil changes on top of the Jeep wave oil changes. Would have gotten the auto but for the price of a 4 door bone stock sport, I got a Rubicon. The sport we looked at was a 1,000 more. No brainer