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Old 05-07-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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I purchased a new Rubicon Unlimited in May 2012. I use the vehicle regularly on off-road trails and overland trails with a Jurgens XT120 off-road trailer equiped for camping in the bush. I am also a member of a local 4x4 Forum where we arrange group events and off-road trips into rural areas, game parks and neighbouring countries like Botswana.

I am very satisfied with my Rubican. During November 2012 I was in a massive hail storm and the car was damaged extensively. Spare parts are a problem to obtain and it took 4 months to be repaired by a Jeep approved panel beater. This is not acceptable to me and a basic item like a radiator is not readily available. It was quicker to import the complete fiberglass roof than to source the radiator. The total repair cost was R155 000. (New price R 425 000).

With the fuel price in SA it is expensive to keep the tank full and for this reason I rather use my VW Scirocco to commute in town.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:12 PM   #4
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Wow, did the hail damage the radiator???

Btw,. I grew up in Pretoria.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:36 PM   #9
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Wow, did the hail damage the radiator???

Btw,. I grew up in Pretoria.
Yes, the hail cracked the radiator. Unfortunately I have removed the grill cover the previous day because it was wet. That could have prevented the damage to the radiator.
At least I could replace the plastic bumper with a steel one and the car is like new again.

Where did you live in Pretoria and when?
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #10
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God must have been really pissed, that's some HFH -- huge effing hail.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #11
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Holy smokes, that was one hell of a hail storm. Welcome to Africa, not everything is bigger in the USA. LOL
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:35 PM   #12
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PM send, here is a picture of ours. Nice color, or should I say colour. LOL

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Old 05-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #13
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welcome, that is some helatious hail.

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