Originally Posted by MN_Traveler
Dennis_K: good point on the manual vs. auto transmission. (my main reason for wanting thinking I want the manual transmission, which I guess I should have pointed out, is for handing steep mountain slopes. Downhill in 1st gear in a manual saves the brakes - cant equal that in an auto (I believe).
QUESTION: when you say "if you try to use low range in a Wrangler..." are referring to a manual, or relating to a problem even with the auto transmission in a Wrangler???
The low range comment applies to both transmissions types. Low range will lock the front and rear differentials together forcing at least one tire to skid or spin when turning. In loose surfaces it's not a major problem but on pavement it can break an axle.
As for the downhill in 1st gear, the new 8 speed transmission does an excellent job with that, better than any automatic I have ever had.