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Old 09-20-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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New Member Looking For My First Jeep

Hey all, I've been lurking around here for a couple weeks having a great time reading everything and learning what I can before purchasing my first Jeep.
However, I am having a bit of trouble deciding between two JKs I'm interested in and would love to get some outside opinions before I made the leap.

First off, some of what I'm looking for:
I am mostly looking for something that can be my daily driver and will handle decently in Wisconsin snow (often around 1/2-2 feet dumped in one night where I live), with a soft top for spring/summer/fall and hard top for winter. Other than that I have no NEED for off-road capabilities right now, but I would love to join up with a club around here and do some wheeling on the weekends when I can.

Each of these vehicles is stock as far as I can tell and only the options above and beyond the base package for each are listed below. Both vehicles only have only tops currently, but on the X, the dealer is willing to add on a new hard top for around $2k over and above what is listed (and yes, that WILL be in writing before I sign anything). I am hoping the dealer with the Rubicon will make the same agreement.

I have test driven the '08 X and was generally pleased with it and I will be test driving the Rubicon after work today. I know that Rubicons are more capable than the Xs, but does the difference in age and mileage combined with the extra Rubicon equipment justify the increase in price? I won't have the money to do any serious upgrades for quite a while, so I would like something that wouldn't need to be upgraded immediately to go out and have some fun on the trails. Does anyone have any recommendations on this or any suggestions on what other factors I am overlooking that might help me decide?

2008 Stone White X
  • 13k miles
  • $18k
  • 4-spd Auto
  • AC

2007 Steel Blue Rubicon
  • 46k miles
  • $21k
  • 6-spd Manual
  • AC
  • Power Convenience Package

Thanks in advance for any suggestions! Nice to meet you all!

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Old 09-20-2010, 12:39 PM   #2
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Everyone starts out saying "I don't plan on taking it offroad"... until you do haha.
Many people prefer the Rubi because of all the goodies it has. Now if you are serious about keeping it stock, with 0% chance of upgrading it at all, then maybe save the money for the X. But if you plan on lifting it and taking it offroad in the future, I would personally go for the Rubi. But everyone has their own preferences and ideas. Welcome aboard!

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Old 09-20-2010, 01:39 PM   #3
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Oh, I definitely plan on taking it off-road. I just won't have the money to do much in the way of mods for a good long while.

I want to get a decent winch and some recovery gear before this winter or next for rescuing my wife/friends in the snow if they need it, but that would be about the extent of mods that would be done anytime soon. I would love to lift it eventually, but that very well may be a minimum of 2-3 years down the road.

Right now I'm leaning towards the Rubicon too, but I'm not going to make a hard decision until after I test drive her tonight.
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:03 PM   #4
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2 door or 4 door? You don't need mods to offroad either. Obviously you'll be able to do more out of the box with the Rubicon, but a stock X will wheel very well also. The only upgrade you'll really want is tires which will set you back 500-1000 $ depending on what you want. Not necessary to upgrade the Rubi's tires. Check aftermarket hardtops before you sign on the line for $2k for one from the dealer.... also check for takeoffs, you can usually pick one up for a better price used. Keep in mind you'll need a place to store the hard top in warmer weather...
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:04 PM   #5
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I'm looking for a 2-door; I don't really don't like the look of the 4-door, but I would rather get one with 4-doors than nothing.

The only reason I am willing to get a hardtop included with the jeep is that I don't have the cash to just go purchase any that I've seen, new or used, so I will be rolling it into the loan for the Jeep. I haven't asked, but I may be able to get the dealer to purchase a used one through eBay/Craigslist/etc; they seem pretty flexible about everything.

What do you mean by a takeoff? I've not seen that term yet.
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on the Jeep!
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:43 AM   #7
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What do you mean by a takeoff? I've not seen that term yet.
I mean one that someone took off and is selling... Lots of folks get Jeeps with dual tops and sell one or the other, or replace theirs with something different... The beauty of the Legos of the automotive world... You can do fine all winter long with a soft top, Jeep heaters are miraculous things...
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Welcome to the forum. I can only agree with the above posts. Good luck.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:57 AM   #9
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one year newer with 33k less miles for $3k less money....sounds like a no brainer to me

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