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· The Wheelin Man's Friend
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If you're going with a six speed then I think you'll be more than happy with either one.

If you're going with an automatic there is no way I could ever recommend a 3.8L JKU (07-11) again. My 2012 surprises me every time I'm in it and I have 37s with 3.73 gears in it right now. (Swapping in 4.56s in the next month or two.)

The motor is an improvement, but the transmission really shines. It is always in the right gear and when I need more power and speed it is ready to go. Yes, this motor will rev, but I drive it easy around town and when I get on the highway I'm trucking along at 75 - 80 MPH without any drama.

I say find a good deal on a later model JK and enjoy the extra power and added creature comforts.

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