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What is best to 4x4 stick or automatic?

What is the best to go 4x4ing stick or automatic? What is the best class of the wrangler to own?
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Re: What is best to 4x4 stick or automatic?

There is really no "best" when it comes to manual or automatics.
Each has advantages and disadvantages - so just pick what you favor.

As for what "class" of Wrangler is best...that again is open to a wide discussion.
The general rule is to look for one made in 1991 or after as they have the fuel injected 4.0 while 1990 and earlier were carbureted.
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Re: What is best to 4x4 stick or automatic?

It is all personal preferance. I myself like stick, while some of my other buddies like the automatic. I especially like stick in the snow for reasons like stopping. Some may feel that they have more control while wheeling with an auto. Its all personal preferance. I hear only good things about the auto's under the Wrangler.
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Re: What is best to 4x4 stick or automatic?

Like stated, it's all about personal preferance.

With automatics you need to make sure the fluid stays plenty cool, and you usually need to relocate the vent so no water can get in. A plus is that an auto is nice on hills. You don't have to worry about three pedals at one time. This can be mad up for on a manual by means of a hand throttle. You also don't need to worry about burning up a clutch in an auto. Auto's are also more forgivining in rush our traffic, as you don't need to shift gears every few seconds.

Manuals are usually a lot more forgiving if a little water gets inside. You can gear down lower with a manual tranny, but an automatic's torque converter can usually take up quite a bit of slack. Manuals do better on down hill decends with help of compression(engine) braking. Manuals tend to also be shorter, which helps a lot when it comes to SWB vehicles and driveshaft angles. Manuals are also quite a bit simpler, so a rebuild is more realistic for a "do-it-yourselfer" than rebuilding an auto with it's million tiny parts(not really).

Either way you cut it, both have their advantages and disadvantages. I personally favor a manual. I feel I have more control over things, and like the challenge of having 3 pedals. Plus, there's nothing like ripping through the gears on the, but that usually applies to faster cars, not Jeeps.

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