I am new and have been thinking about buying a Wrangler. To give you some background, I am from CT, so it will see it's fair share of snow. It will be a secondary vehicle. I have an 03 4 cylinder, 5 speed, Chevy S-10 that will get most of the commuting miles put on it. The Wrangler will get occasional commute duty and I need to put a car seat in it occasionally. It will see some milder trails, and I do not really plan on going crazy with lifts, and larger tires (not planning on going over 33s). With that said, I like the idea of the Rubicon with front and rear lockers and D44's as the drivetrain is stout. I have done all the maintenance to my vehicles, and plan to going forward.
I should also say, the less complex in my eyes the better, I don't even want to consider power windows and locks, and not having the bogus tire pressure monitoring system and fancy electronics is a plus.
I've been thinking of 3 possible options:
1) New JK Rubicon - it's nice, I like the idea of the locking differentials, but the cons are the 3.8 and it's very complex as far as more things to potentially fail (computer, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System is a PITA, etc) and how can I forget, it's the most expensive option.
2) 05-06 Rubicon - pro-s the 4.0L, and a 6 speed, con's the cam and oil pump problems.
3) 03-04 Rubicon - 4.0, stronger 5 speed, Honestly, I can't think of many con's other than it's older.
So my question is what would you choose given my criteria?
Thanks in advance,