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Old 05-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Sahara or Sport?....

Ok guys, I live in Pensacola Florida & my wife's car got flooded in a really bad storm we had last week. So, she is looking into a JKU! We don't have much experience with the new Jeeps, I own a 1990 YJ. My main question I guess is what is the main difference between the Sahara & Sport? Besides the color match fenders on the Sahara & price I can't see anything else different when I'm looking at the ones that are on our local lots.

Sports seem to go around $31,000 with the power windows, locks, & hard top.
Saharas are about $37,000 with the hard top.

Can I buy a Sport & upgrade to more comfort/convenience stuff for my wife fairly easily?

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To me a Sahara is a total waste of money. I mean really you can buy a sport and basically put the same thing. All you get with the Sahara is the rims and sticker


Sp me I'd go with sport

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There's a good thread somewhere in here that covers all the little differences. Just saw it recently......

I'd take a hard look at all the creature comforts on each. A friend of mine just got a Sport and asked me to show him where the "auto light switch" was. Turns out, he never thought about it and now it bugs him that he doesn't have them. Same with the electrical outlet in the console. Little things that you may not think about if you're buying off the lot.
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All the Sport's I looked at has 3.21 gears & the Sahara has 3.73 gears. I got the Saraha & love it.
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3:73 isn't a given on the Sahara. I'm just mentioning that so the OP doesn't assume they all have that gearing. It's an option on both.
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There's a good thread somewhere in here that covers all the little differences. Just saw it recently......

I'd take a hard look at all the creature comforts on each. A friend of mine just got a Sport and asked me to show him where the "auto light switch" was. Turns out, he never thought about it and now it bugs him that he doesn't have them. Same with the electrical outlet in the console. Little things that you may not think about if you're buying off the lot.

Can things like the center console outlet & the auto lights be put in a Sport?
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Do you need leather, stock NAV, body matched fenders, 115 volt inverter, or 18" wheels? If not, go Sport...unless I'm forgetting a few things, you can add all other options to a Sport.
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Can things like the center console outlet & the auto lights be put in a Sport?
Maybe aftermarket, but it doesn't seem cheap. Go to Jeep.com and Build and Price a Sahara w/ ONLY the options you need. It may be cheaper than you think.
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To me a Sahara is a total waste of money. I mean really you can buy a sport and basically put the same thing. All you get with the Sahara is the rims and sticker


Sp me I'd go with sport
Yes you can.....(for the most part),the problem is that when you are done, it would cost you a lot more than if you would have purchased a Sahara up front.
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Can things like the center console outlet & the auto lights be put in a Sport?
That I don't really know but I would think so. They may come as part of a package on the sport as well, I just don't remember. I'll see if I can find that link.....
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Most of the differences are either cosmetic or related to available options.

I looked at a Sport S, a Moab, and a Sahara. Part of my decision was based on the color picked. For certain colors, I wanted a painted top and Saddle leather interior. That meant Sahara (or Rubi).

If you don't plan on getting a painted top...and you plan on getting black cloth interior....I would pass on a Sahara and go with a loaded Sport S (unless you really want the painted fenders, different wheels, auto dimming headlights, 115V outlet, and stuff like that).
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To me a Sahara is a total waste of money. I mean really you can buy a sport and basically put the same thing. All you get with the Sahara is the rims and sticker


Sp me I'd go with sport
As a former Sahara owner, I agree, although not for the same reasoning....

A Sahara is basically 2K cheaper than a Rubicon, but a rubicon comes with nearly 10K more stuff. It's a no brainer. The choice should be sport or rubicon....and I'd pick the rubicon.
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Try building your own on the Jeep website. You can try many options and see what works for you.

Oh yeah - and your wife, too.
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Just my opinion but...sahara=yuppie mobile. Sport=a blank canvas to build what you want
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I heard the Sahara comes with a matching argyle sweater and socks
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Just my opinion but...sahara=yuppie mobile. Sport=a blank canvas to build what you want
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and I am just going to guess... wife... probably an auto... high chance of getting 3.73's in a sport
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Just my opinion but...sahara=yuppie mobile. Sport=a blank canvas to build what you want
Sahara is a blank canvas as well, keep in mind other than the flares, they are exactly the same underneath. I would not call my Sahara a "yuppie mobile"
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As a former Sahara owner, I agree, although not for the same reasoning.... A Sahara is basically 2K cheaper than a Rubicon, but a rubicon comes with nearly 10K more stuff. It's a no brainer. The choice should be sport or rubicon....and I'd pick the rubicon.
Yes, but are you going to use this extra stuff? For me the 2k extra for lockers and t-case were for parts I wasn't going to use with the type of wheeling I do, so I used that money towards. tires, lift, and bumpers instead.
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Sahara is a blank canvas as well, keep in mind other than the flares, they are exactly the same underneath. I would not call my Sahara a "yuppie mobile"
Holy crap your JEEP not jeep is awsome!!

What hood is that with the cut outs. It looks like my
X hood with vents on the side.

Love the color.
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Holy crap your JEEP not jeep is awsome!! What hood is that with the cut outs. It looks like my X hood with vents on the side. Love the color.
Thanks, it's the AEV heat reduction hood. It's definitely bright for sure, I've never lost it in a parking lot, lol.
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I heard the Sahara comes with a matching argyle sweater and socks
That option isn't available in 2014, but you can still get the Sperrys that match the interior leather.

BTW, I have a Sahara based Wrangler. The comfort based options were important to me as my wife and two boys often take the JKU on road trips. I loved the increased capability of the Moab package (2013 only). Had the Rubicon 10A been available at the time I purchased, I probably would have gone that route.

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I heard the Sahara comes with a matching argyle sweater and socks
Hahaha now that is funny. Yes for my wife we do need an automatic. We want something 4 doors for when we have kids later on down the road but we both love Wranglers so it seems like a good fit.

The only thing I can see her missing out of the stuff yall have named would he the auto headlights (which she can get use to easily) & the extra power outlets. But I feel like the outlets might be an easy fix if we can't get one with that option.

A problem we are facing is there were so many vehicles damaged in the storm that the car lots around town have been picked over or several of the big ones lost a lot of their inventory because of flood waters as well.
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Yeah....another Sahara bashing thread.

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That I don't really know but I would think so. They may come as part of a package on the sport as well, I just don't remember. I'll see if I can find that link.....
Auto headlights...no.
In 2012 and 2014 if you order the factory Katzkin package on a Sport, it would come with heated seats...and that came with the 115V outlet. Starting in 2013, you could also get the Freedom Editions in partial leather, and those came with 115V outlets.

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As a former Sahara owner, I agree, although not for the same reasoning....

A Sahara is basically 2K cheaper than a Rubicon, but a rubicon comes with nearly 10K more stuff. It's a no brainer. The choice should be sport or rubicon....and I'd pick the rubicon.
It is a no brainer...to get a Sahara.

All of that "stuff" is just a useless waste of money if you don't use it. The reality is...most JK owners see nothing more than dirt trails and fire roads. It would have cost me $2500 more (MSRP) to get a Rubi with the same options as my Sahara. That is probably why the Willys is so popular....you get the "look" without wasting money on features that you will never use. That would have been $2500 wasted along with owning a vehicle that is WORSE in wet/slick/snowy weather on pavement...which is where I spend 99.9% of my time (LSD and AT's > MT's without sipes and open diff/lockers on pavement). The other 0.1% is light trails and stuff.

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Just my opinion but...sahara=yuppie mobile. Sport=a blank canvas to build what you want
Just my opinion....but....that is a silly opinion. Being that underneath, the capability of a Sahara and a Sport are EXACTLY the same...how is one anymore of a blank canvas than the other? One is certainly less expensive...but again...equally capable.

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Here is my yuppie Sahara, it can probably go where a Sport can go.

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Can I buy a Sport & upgrade to more comfort/convenience stuff for my wife fairly easily?
You can add a few things but not all options or standard features on the Sahara are available on the Sport. The Sahara is the luxury Jeep of the Wrangler line. Among other things it has the highest ground clearance of ANY stock Wrangler, including the Rubicon (Check on jeep.com, guys - Exterior Dimensions & Capacities).

Also, a 2014 stock Sahara isn't anywhere close to $37k. If you don't add any options the base price is just a little over $29k. Check on jeep.com.

Things that come either as standard or are options on the Sahara that are not available on the Sport:

Heated front seats
Leather seats
uConnect with nav
Alpine premium audio (standard on the Sahara, option on the Sport S)
18-inch wheels
Body color 3-piece hard top
Automatic headlights
Body color fender flares
Deep tint windows (standard on Sahara, optional on Sport S)
Hood insulation
Power heated mirrors (standard on Sahara, optional on Sport S)
Remote keyless entry (standard on Sahara, optional on Sport S)
Remote start
Security alarm (standard on Sahara, optional on Sport S)
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Most of the differences are either cosmetic or related to available options.

I looked at a Sport S, a Moab, and a Sahara. Part of my decision was based on the color picked. For certain colors, I wanted a painted top and Saddle leather interior. That meant Sahara (or Rubi).

If you don't plan on getting a painted top...and you plan on getting black cloth interior....I would pass on a Sahara and go with a loaded Sport S (unless you really want the painted fenders, different wheels, auto dimming headlights, 115V outlet, and stuff like that).
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What console outlet are you guys talking about? My '12 Sport has an always-hot 12v socket in the center console. Is there another optional one?

Edit: I'm of the opinion the Sahara is a waste. But that's because I don't usually like the body-colored flares and I have little desire for the kinds of creature comforts it came with. Hell, my other car doesn't even have power steering. Maybe I'm a masochist.
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I think they're talking about a 115V inverter outlet, so you can plug in a laptop or something like that.
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What console outlet are you guys talking about? My '12 Sport has an always-hot 12v socket in the center console. Is there another optional one?

Edit: I'm of the opinion the Sahara is a waste. But that's because I don't usually like the body-colored flares and I have little desire for the kinds of creature comforts it came with. Hell, my other car doesn't even have power steering. Maybe I'm a masochist.
This. I use it a lot.
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I love the Sahara, but if you go topless a lot; a sport has less to worry about.

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