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Stick or Auto?

Hey guys, getting close to pulling the trigger on an FJ...

Trying to decide between the stick or automatic.

My knee-jerk preference for any car or truck is usually stick. That said, I am aware there are certain vehicles where automatic is the better choice. For instance, from a pure performance standpoint, I personally like Porsche's PDK system over the stick. I don't have enough experience with FJs to make the call one way or another.

What I do know is that going stick vastly reduces the number of options available to me.

Also worth pointing out that the FJ I'm most drawn to, the 2013 TT, has the crawl-function with the autos.

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Re: Stick or Auto?

I went with the auto with crawl, I find it to be more convenient\functional on and off the trail. Although I have a WRX stick as a daily... that's fun too.

Either way you will have a truck that's very capable, reliable and fun... more fun if auto with crawl.... just saying
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Re: Stick or Auto?

stick is full time all wheel drive; auto is conventional rear wheel drive with drivetrain bind when in 4Hi/4Lo.

Automatics are easier when offroading.
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Re: Stick or Auto?

Here is a video by Ronnie Dahl that gives the pros and cons of both manual and auto transmissions.


I personally have an auto. I like it because you don't have to worry about stalling, especially when starting on a steep hill. Application of power is smoother. I live in a large city so driving in traffic is easier too.
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Re: Stick or Auto?

I don't like that my auto is always "seeking" for the right gear with my 285 tire's and cruise control is so brutal I don't use it due to the "redline factor". Still, auto is better than an all the time four wheel drive stick for me and the type of driver I am....
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Re: Stick or Auto?

Your not death metal unless you gotta clutch pedal ..watch the video AND GET THE STICK

https://youtu.be/__vmUH9dZd4
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Re: Stick or Auto?

Woah, 11 to 1... I thought it would be a lot closer. An auto in a truck still seems wrong to me on some level, but then I've always owned Jeeps, and everything about them (even the news ones) is antique... So maybe it's time for a change. It will certainly open up my selection...
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Re: Stick or Auto?

I chose stick for full time 4wd and the ability to pop the clutch to start the fj in the event of a dead battery

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Re: Stick or Auto?

Watch Ronny Dahl's video posted above, but also take into consideration on the FJ:

- Crawl only on Auto
- Manual is simpler and more reliable (No ADD for example)
- Manual - No need to switch in / out of 4WD in snow
- Auto is more fuel efficient (because of ADD / part time 4WD)
- Manual - No need to worry about trans temps
- Manual - No issues with the trans hunting with bigger tires

I have a manual, I like it, it works for me, it gives me a bit more control in the sand, but most have autos and very few have problems with them if they are maintained as they should be (manuals need just as much maintenance with fluid swaps, clutch adjustment etc).

If you go down the auto route, an additional trans cooler is recommended.

It really comes down to personal preference and terrain. If it is for rocks or urban, I'd go auto every time.
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Re: Stick or Auto?

I voted stick and I have an auto. Mind you, the AT was great for learning to wheel and do more technical rock climbing ect.

I also know I am better off in traffic I inevitably sit in for 20-30 mins / day.

The RWD on-road I don't particularly like....doesn't feel very stable compared to if I were to place it in 4WD (in a straight line). I feel like the MT version would generally drive better. If I could, Id swap mine for a MT today lol

If you are prone to do quite a bit of offroading, there is no substitute for CRAWL....it is AH-MA-ZING. point and shoot. A clean auto FJ with crawl would still be a fantastic buy. It really depends on what you want to use it for.

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