I've got both and I would say that the six speed taught me some things about the auto/3.8 that I didn't know. Our auto is almost two and I always thought it was underpowered and sluggish but I also was concerned about it running 2500 rpm on the highway with od off.
After driving my stock 6 speed and realizing that at 75 I'm running 2500 rpm stock I am no longer worried about the gerbils in the auto wearing out. This engine needs to rev. Push that little button and let her rip.
Go drive both. I enjoy the auto off road and have not had a chance to try the stick. I'm a bit apprehensive but for the way my mind works I'll be much happier with the 6 for the larger tires and mods I want to do. If it ever gets a hemi I'll convert to auto then.
For what it's worth, I read these forums like a priest reads a bible and I've never heard about manuals popping out of gear.
You asked for pro/con and I didn't give it to you:
auto is much nice around town, but it sucks in the hills around here if you don't kill od
There is something about the clutch that I can't get used to. It doesn't seem to have a definite release point. Sometimes it disengages smoothly and other times it feels like Im revving too much and it won't grab.
The auto is a no brain-er where the stick is goin to require some thought on and off the road.
The stick proides a much more intimate driving experience IMO.
I don't have a preference at this point and I can see the beauty in both. I've also owned two auto and two stick TJs.
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