don't forget that the auto is $800 more. you can put that $ toward an aftermarket clutch if you have problems with the OEM.
like others have said, it's really all about what you prefer to drive. i prefer full control, so i got a manual. and the extra gears are a big plus for getting more power to the wheels.
CURRENT - ordered 10/26, home 1/142008 JK Unlimited,3.8L,6-spd,limited slip,dual tops,tow pkg,all power
SOLD1999 XJ 4.0L,AX15,NP231,D30HP,C8.25
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