Jeep Crew.. Should I get a automatic or Manual?

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  1. DUI

    DUI New Member

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    I might get a jeep cherokee XJ, 1995+ model, I found a great deal on a manual, but a friend kept telling me that I have to get an auto if I want one. I have never driven a manual when off roading so I don't know if it would be better or not.

    What should I get?
     
  2. bubbaZR2

    bubbaZR2 i poop too much, then i get tired... OT Supporter

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    i like manuals cause of they're simple and only have one part that really ever needs maintainance. But automatics are sweet for crawling. Im always afraid of them grenading though.
     
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    If you get an auto and you use it for crawling, it would be wise to invest in a larger ATF cooler because the torque converter will heat the ATF up right quick when the wheels are stalled.
     
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    I was thinking manual would be better too. I just didn't know how the manual compared to the automatic.
     
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    I will be doing mostly mudding
     
  6. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    AW4 auto is very stout. Just needs a cooler.

    AX-15 manual is great. My Jeep has one. Its difficult to manage 3 pedals and do crawling, but when I do mudding, sand dunes, and everything else I'm glad I'm 5spd.
     
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    My brother has a rubicon and actually wishes it was a manual
     
  8. affende

    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    manual ... get an ax15 .. the ax5s are weak as hell

    when wheeling a manual offroad, make sure you have good brakes, and dont sump the clutch, let it out until the clutch hold you ont he hill without any gas (low gears ehl oh ehl) then go for it ....

    slip it until you can get good enough to do it as little as possible, when i drive a stick off road, on each steep ascent when im in the middle of the hill, the clutch slips for less than a second before im off the brake and on the gas with the clutch out.
     
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    My Wrangler's a Manual... I wouldn't have it any other way.
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    I've never offroaded, but it just seems like it would be a lot easier to not have to muck around with a clutch -- one thing torque converters are really good for is applying torque even when the wheels are stalled.

    The hydraulic pressure that keeps the automatic in gear can always be increased if necessary, but I've never heard of an auto that slipped unless it was broken in the first place.
     
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    Read more... SPQR

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    The manuals get significantly better MPG on-road...and I prefer to have more control over the engine/vehicle in any driving condition...
     
  12. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    It is. Autos are very beneficial for rock crawling, and if thats all I were doing, I'd run an auto.

    I do like the "extra skill" aspect of the manual trans though... hence why I have one, and I'm teaching myself how to do it the way affende does.
     
  13. deusexaethera

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    Assuming the torque converter has a lockup mechanism, there shouldn't be a "significant" penalty on the highway.

    Anyway, more control is only useful if you know what you're doing. Whereas an automatic can run with the wheels stalled all day and all it needs is an oil cooler, you'll fry the clutch in short order if you get stuck and have to spend time trying to figure out how to get yourself moving again.
     
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    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    werd ... real men wheel while playing with their stick.

    if you can drive a stick shift on road, i can teach you drive a stick in the rocks in a day.
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    My first day in rocks was hell.

    I'm getting used to it now.
     
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    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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