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Old 08-16-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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Question Which JEEP WRANGLER is best for me?

Hey there guys, so, I'm only 16 but I've been doing a ton of research on Wranglers and I've fallen in love with them. Gonna buy a used Wrangler in the near future. I've worked up about $4,000 in my life, and plan on working more this winter and next summer to make up to a cap of $6,500 or $7,000. So, here it is:

From what research I've done so far, it appears to me that the Rubicon is the biggest and the best for off-roading. This is for me, but not worth the money, I'd rather just get an old Sport I assume; because while looking online for used wranglers for sale, usually the Sports are the cheapest, found a couple nice ones for anywhere between $4,000 to 6,500.

I want to get a basic Wrangler that I can custom so much more myself, I kn ow if im getting a cheap, used jeep it will already be customized to the seller, but i can build off of that; my only option lol.

Anyway, which Wrangler should I be looking at, I've only heard of the X, Sport, Rubicon, Sahara, and thats about it. I'm gonna get a 2door and want to add a lot of spotlights and some nice speakers. So, what are the differences between the Wrangler models and which is best for me?

Thanks for any help, sorry if this is too large to start off a post

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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The models you seem to want to know about are the TJ version, here are all the models from the TJ version.

  • SE: 1997-2006 came standard with the 2.5 L from 1997-2002, and the 2.4 L from 2003-2006. The 4.0 L optional for 2005-2006.
  • X: 2002-2006 came standard with 4.0 L but with no Dana 44 rear axle option.
  • Sport: 1997-2006 came standard with 4.0 L. The Dana 44 rear axle, 3.73 axle ratio, and 30" wheel and tire group are optional.
  • Sahara: 1997-2004 came standard with 4.0 L, wider body colored fender flares, body colored rocker sills, 30" wheel and tire group and full steel doors. The Sahara also feature exclusive decals, seats and trim. For 2000-2004 they had 16" rims instead of the standard 15". Once again the Dana 44 rear axle, and 3.73 axle ratio was optional.
  • 60th Anniversary Edition: 2001 came standard with the all the features of a Sahara except for the seats decals and trim. It also came with the fog lamp and tow hook group, CD player with 5 speaker sound system, air conditioning and unique 60th Anniversary Edition decals and floor mats. The only two options were speed control and dual tops. Only two colors were available black or silverstone metallic. Only 4,067 were produced.[9]
  • 65th Anniversary Edition: 2006 came standard with all the options of a Sahara but without the rocker sills, seats, decals and trim. It also came with fog lamps, CD player with 7 speaker sound system and Sirius Satellite Radio , SunRider soft top, 30" wheels with 15" Alcoa aluminum rims, high pressure gas charged shocks, Dana 44 rear axle and exclusive 65th Anniversary Edition seats, trim, floor mats and decals.The available colors were light khaki, dark khaki, bright silver, black and Jeep Green.[10] Only about 1600 were made.[11]
  • Apex Edition: 2002-2003 came standard with the 4.0 L, CD player with 7 speaker sound system, and exclusive hood decal and seats. It only came in three colors silver, blue, or black.
  • Columbia Edition: 2004 came standard with the 4.0 L, fog lamps, and graphite fender flares, 15-inch graphite painted aluminum wheels, two-tone seats with Columbia logo, unique trim and Columbia decals. It only came in four colors black, bright silver, flame red, solar yellow or partiot blue. Each of the unique jeeps came with a Columbia Bugaboo parka.[12]
  • Freedom Edition: 2003 came standard with the 4.0 L, full metal doors, fog lamp and tow hook group, body colored fender flares, exclusive decals, chrome rims air conditioning, anti-theft system, and fold and tumble rear seat. It only came in four colors red, silver, blue or black with either vinyl or cloth slate gray seats.[13]
  • Golden Eagle: 2006 came standard with the 4.0 L, 30" Wheel and tire group, Dana 44 rear axle, exclusive hood,interior trim, seats, fender and spare tire decals.
  • Rocky Mountain Edition: 2003-2005 came standard with the 4.0 L, Dana 44 rear axle, 30" Wheel and tire group, fog lamp and tow hook group, exclusive decals, fender flares, seats and interior trim and Diamond plate rocker guards. It only came in five colors black, silver, red, yellow and blue.
  • Sahara Edition Unlimited Rubicon: 2005, Paramount released the movie Sahara which featured a Jeep Wrangler. As a way to build off the success of the movie, Jeep released a limited production “Sahara Edition” Unlimited Rubicon.[14] Only 1000 were produced and each one is numbered. All of them are visually identical, but some were offered in a manual and others an automatic. They are all Light Khaki Unlimiteds. Trim differences over the standard Rubicon include chrome grill, color matched flares, khaki hard top or soft top, as well as optional dual khaki tops, Graphite Moab wheels, a Sahara spare tire cover, upgraded two-tone premium seats, Sahara decals, taillight guards, and a numbered dash badge.
  • Rubicon Tomb Raider Edition: 2003 was a limited run of 1,001 (perhaps as many as 1,050) Wrangler Rubicon "Tomb Raider" models produced promote the Tomb Raider sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Along with the standard Rubicon fare, it also included exterior features such as 16-inch Alcoa forged aluminum wheels, Tomb Raider badging, and Mopar accessories including a light bar, riveted fender flares, tubular grille guard, diamond-plated bumper guard, etc. Interior features included Dark Slate fabric seats with red accent stitching down the center, silver surround instrument panel bezel, red seat belts, and a Tomb Raider badge with serial number. To match the vehicle in the film, it was offered in Bright Silver.[15] Due to its classic styling, combined with numerous unique accessories, the 2003 "Tomb Raider" Limited Edition Wrangler Rubicon has become one of the most highly collectible jeeps of all-time.
  • Willys Edition: 2004-2005 came standard with the 4.0 L, fog lamp and tow hook group, exclusive "WILLYS" decals, CD player with 7 speaker sound system, body-color fender flares, green diamond plate rocker guards, camouflage seats, dark green soft top and full-size spare tire with matching wheel. It was only available in moss green.[16] Only about 1000 were produced in 2004.[17]
  • Rubicon: The Wrangler Rubicon (named for the famed Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains) was introduced in 2003. It featured front and rear Dana 44 axles with built-in air-actuated locking differentials, 4:1 low-range NV241OR transfer case, 4.10:1 differential gears, diamond plate rocker panels, 16-inch alloy wheels, and Goodyear MTR P245/75-R16 tires. 2003 to 2004 featured a standard NV3550 five-speed manual transmission, which changed in 2005 to the NSG370, a Mercedes-sourced six-speed. The optional 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission was available from 2003 to 2006

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WOW! Thanks a bunch! This helps a lot, but im still not the best with cars. So, for pricing and what not, which is the cheapest and which is best to buy used and build off of? Such as, if needed I can put in custom suspension ( I plan on lifting my Jeep) and interior and make it really mine instead of getting one that came all nice and expensive to start. My words might not make sense, but this is why I believe i would like the sport,it seems basic and there's a lot of places I can customize. Is the Wrangler Sport good? Or not so much? Andif it is, which year model was the Sport best?
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actually, I guess I just didn't look into it enough; it seams to me that the Wrangler X is actually the simplest wrangler?
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Simple but still get the 4.0
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Originally Posted by TiloMoeller
WOW! Thanks a bunch! This helps a lot, but im still not the best with cars. So, for pricing and what not, which is the cheapest and which is best to buy used and build off of? Such as, if needed I can put in custom suspension ( I plan on lifting my Jeep) and interior and make it really mine instead of getting one that came all nice and expensive to start. My words might not make sense, but this is why I believe i would like the sport,it seems basic and there's a lot of places I can customize. Is the Wrangler Sport good? Or not so much? Andif it is, which year model was the Sport best?
As far as off road performance is concerned, the x, sport, and Sahara are identical. If your budget is around $7000, you're probably not getting to be able to get a rubicon. That's not really a bad thing tough if you would like to build your jeep from the ground up.

I recommend you get a 4.0.
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