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Resale value of manual rubicon?

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thinking about ordering a rubicon now that sting gray is available and want to get a manual. I notice that pretty much all the wranglers that the dealers get vs customer configured are automatic. In fact I have never seen a new manual on a dealers lot. So I assume that means the demand is very low so will the resale value be much lower for a manual? Particularly for a fully loaded rubicon it worries me that the resale for a manual could be tough?
I wouldn't worry about it, if you want a manual get one. That said, autos these days are objectively better than manuals. This wasn't the case 10 years ago, or in the case of the wrangler, 10 months ago. So values of 10 year old sports cars, or even last gen wranglers, don't apply. However, even if demand is lower, so is supply and unless something tips that when you go to resell (like say all the autos starting to crap out in 3 years or 2nd gear synchros start grinding at 70k miles shifting demand to the other trans), it will be worth proportionately what you paid for it compared to an auto.

I was a die hard manual trans guy until the dual clutches and then 8 and 9 speed zfs came out. The single clutch automated manuals were roughly equal if you could drive a stick well, and usually less reliable and harder on clutches, but once the dual clutches came out with shift times unmatchable in a regular manual, no clutch wear, extra gears etc. I could no longer make a case for a stick unless I didn't care about performance or gas mileage. Since I dd the jeep and tow a camper with it, I care about both which ruled out the stick. In my sports car, I care about neither, just that it's maximum fun, so they'll probably bury me with my hand on that gated manual.
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I think what some are alluding to is - if you are thinking about how much you will lose in resale BEFORE you buy it, you’re buying it for the wrong reasons. You should always buy with the intent to keep.

Jeep resale is high and likely will remain that way. Don’t burden yourself with which options will net more cash later. This isn’t HGTV. You’ll be fine.
 

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We ordered our 2012 Rubicon with the manual because after test driving the then most current 6 speed auto. It was a piece of crap. Test drove a 2018 JL with the eight speed and was impressed. After a first experience on some mild wheeling, we were totally impressed. Here is a list of our manual transmissions, 1967 Mustang GT, 1968 Road Runner, 1965 Triumph Spitfire, 1978 Toyota FJ40, 1991 Mazda Miata, 1998 Dodge Ram and 2005 Dodge Ram. We are totally happy with the auto JL.
 

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Never understood the fretting over what the next owner is going to want in your vehicle? Buy and drive what you want and quit worrying about the resale value. It will be what ever it will be when that time comes.
 

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Unless you got a shitty deal, you're not losing $8k on a Wrangler as soon as you drive it off the lot.

Heck...I've barely had a drop of $8k over 6 years with my current one.

At most you'll see about a 9% drop in value after the 1st year.
I was accounting for out the door price where you pay the sales tax, dealer fees, and registration. My Jeep was $47k but I ended up paying an extra $4k on tax/fees/reg/warranty. If I were to go and try to sell it back, doubt I'd get more than $44k for it.
 

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There will always be a larger market for automatics. It will be easier to sell the auto than the manual. It may take a little longer to sell the manual. The auto may demand a little more on private resale. It will take a larger hit on a trade as a dealer doesn't want a used car or truck that will sit on the lot longer than 90 days.
I found this out selling my last manual car. People who can even drive manuals at all are getting fewer and farther between, so you have to find someone who wants your specific car, can drive a manual, and wants a manual. Every year the market for manuals gets whittled down even more.
 

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When I ordered mine the dealer really tried to talk me out of getting a manual. He said he just can’t move them off the lot. BUT it does make it more fun to drive for sure! I’m pretty happy with it so far. Clutch pedal is a little light for my taste but take up is smoothe and progressive. It also shifts pretty nice for being a truck like transmission. Plus I love having and actual parking brake with a lever! My Camaro, (also manual) has an electric parking brake and it just feels weird and wrong.
 

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Plus I love having and actual parking brake with a lever! My Camaro, (also manual) has an electric parking brake and it just feels weird and wrong.
Hopefully they’ve improved the parking brake, the one they used on the JK wasn’t worth a darn.
 

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Manual Transmission = Millennial Theft Protection

My millennial daughter is pissed that I ordered an manual transmission.
Teach her! I got a manual specifically so that I could teach my kids. Oldest turns 16, tomorrow. (I firmly believe it’ll make them better, more attentive drivers.)
 

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Think of this, When you buy a new Jeep the manual is 2k cheaper than the auto now figure that into a resale KBB and other sites show $1500 lower price on manuals.

But again it depends on the area. I didn't purchase my Jeep thinking of resale
 

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Teach her! I got a manual specifically so that I could teach my kids. Oldest turns 16, tomorrow. (I firmly believe it’ll make them better, more attentive drivers.)
My mother-in-law tried this with my wife when she was a teenager. Turned into an epic fail. I tried it with my wife a couple years ago, still epic fail.
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