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Old 05-27-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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Jeep Newbie - Considering Purchase of Rubicon

Hello, thanks in advance for your feedback.

Local dealer has a 2005 Rubicon, with 33 12.5 tires and a winch. 5800 miles on it - yes, 5800.

I think I can get the price down to around $20k.

I test drove it yesterday - wow, very loud, which I totally expected, but still, a lot of road noise.

I would use this as my primary driver for work, 22 miles one way. It would obviously be a good weekend fun toy too, but I'm not an off road guy. Not opposed, just have never had a vehicle to do it in.

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My questions to you are:

1. Is this overkill for a daily driver?
2. What kind of MPG can I expect on this?
3. Is 20k a "good deal" on this?

My wife drives a Jeep JK Unlimited (Sahara), and I love it. Thought I could enjoy one everyday, other than just when she let's me drive on the weekends.

Thanks again...

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Old 05-27-2011, 06:44 PM   #2
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What is the blue book value? It is a nice looking Jeep. Low miles seems like it would carry a lot of weight.

There are a lot of Jeeps out there, you may want to look around some if you haven't already checked private sellers.

Gas mileage will probably suck. I get about 15 on my TJ.

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1. Maybe, but you'll have a killer for the weekends
2. Probably not that great
3. That's a heck of a deal for a Rubi.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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1. Is this overkill for a daily driver?
2. What kind of MPG can I expect on this?
3. Is 20k a "good deal" on this?
No, not overkill for a daily driver. No more so than a Lincoln MKZ or a Ford F-350 Superduty. If that's what you like to drive, drive it!
My 2006 TJ with 31" tires gets around 15mpg. The Rubi has same sized tires, if stock, but better gears and lockers. I'd same about the same...depending A LOT on driving habits.
A few months ago there was a private seller in my area that was selling a 2005 Rubicon with 10k miles for $15,000.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

Blue Book value has retail listed at $26k for excellent condition. I can vouch for it that it is definitely in excellent shape, looks absolutely brand new inside and out.

Blue Book value has this listed from a private individual for $23k.

Crap, and if I bought this today and went to trade it in at a dealer, BB states it is worth $20k.

This seems like a great deal, unless I'm reading this wrong, but I've checked and rechecked my options.

Well, I think I see a Jeep Rubicon in my future....
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Sounds like a fair price. It is a good looking jeep.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:07 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies.

Blue Book value has retail listed at $26k for excellent condition. I can vouch for it that it is definitely in excellent shape, looks absolutely brand new inside and out.

Blue Book value has this listed from a private individual for $23k.

Crap, and if I bought this today and went to trade it in at a dealer, BB states it is worth $20k.

This seems like a great deal, unless I'm reading this wrong, but I've checked and rechecked my options.

Well, I think I see a Jeep Rubicon in my future....
If a dealer is selling for that much below private party blue book, it probably has a rebuilt title.
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:09 AM   #8
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it was a mall crawler. i'd jump on it if you want it. i'm coming up with 22k blue book for my zip code guessing on the options.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:24 PM   #9
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I think I'm gonna buy it....worst thing happens, I sell it in a few months if the gas is awful....
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Gas is awful...its not gonna be a maybe

You'll probably get around 13-15
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:13 PM   #11
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Rubicon buy or not

I say Buy it. It is not great as a daily driver for fuel cost. I ride a Motorcycle most of the time as long as weather is good.

Miles are good for the Year, and the Cost is good as well.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:08 AM   #12
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Gas is awful...its not gonna be a maybe

You'll probably get around 13-15
I'm guessing the only thing I can do to this thing to improve MPG is to get smaller tires. I'm still leaning towards getting it and will consider smaller tires when these run out - I'm guessing 20k miles max on these, but I really don't know.

Ultimately, if I can get 16-19, then it's no different than the F150 I had.
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That a nice lookin' Rubi. I totally missed the 33" Goodyears and picture before. That Jeep will by WAY more fun to drive than an F150. Finally had a nice enough day to get out an drive around with the top off. Can't do that in a pickup...not normally anyway. If you don't like the noise or size of the Goodyears, you could always put them on Craigslist or someplace to help finance new treads. Less aggressive tires will be quieter.
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I think I'm gonna buy it....worst thing happens, I sell it in a few months if the gas is awful....
Jump on it. You can tell by the tubes (steps and bumpers) and pocket flares that it has spent its life as a poser Jeep and has probably never seen a serious trail. The only thing that could prove it any more would be black steel wheels and all terrain tires.
If it was and unlimited Rubicon I would have bought it out from under you

Just make sure it doesn't have a scrap(builders) title. Definitely do a car fax report for it.
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Got it! Clean title. Now THIS will be a fun summer.
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Got it! Clean title. Now THIS will be a fun summer.
Word of advice...get the top off just as quick as you can and your summer fun will be magnified!!
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Learn to let the top down and use a towel to roll the windows up in to keep the scratches down. Throw it all behind the rear seat and enjoy! Look for someplace to get off pavement. Go with someone else it's hard to tow yourself out without a winch.
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Good advice! Oh, and this one comes with a winch already. It'll be good to break it in....

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