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Old 04-23-2014, 07:52 AM   #1
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'06 Rubi or '07 Rubi?

Good morning, all.

Still hunting for a Jeep Rubicon. The '05 I was going to make an offer on a while back fell through as it was in the process of being sold when I called to make my offer.

I have found two promising prospects and I would like any opinions or thoughts that you folks might have.

They are an '06 with 78,000 miles and an '07 with 93,000 miles. Both are soft top, both on lifts. The '06 is a Rough Country, the '07 is a Smittybilt. The '06 has been used for fairly serious off-roading but the pictures of the undercarriage show it to be in good shape, no rust. The '07 has been highway and the pictures seem to attest to that. Due to the distance from me where these Jeeps are located I can't swing by and look in person so I am praying both parties are as honest as possible. The '07 has power everything, the '06 is not. Prices are close to each other and both well within KBB values.

The Jeep I choose is intended to be for fun drives with the top down here and there, occasional ventures off the beaten path, and a snow vehicle.

With all that being said is either one a significantly better choice than the other?

Your thoughts are, as always, greatly appreciated.

Take care.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:59 AM   #2
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jk's are much nicer on the road and for what you describe would be my choice. If going to build more of an off roader the TJ's might have the edge.

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Recently out of a tj and into a jk and can say the jk is night and day different. It rides so much nicer and people don't mind actually riding with me because they won't be jumping around! But just the difference between the rough country and smitty built alone would sell me on the 07.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:27 AM   #4
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Have owned a TJ and currently own two JKs.

The JK is better on road and off.

Be prepared to think the JK feels underpowered, however. The 3.8 is not known for it's get up and go. It has been widely criticized for that, and it is a fair criticism. The 4.0 in the TJ feels adequate, the 3.8 in the JK feels just barely adequate.

Also of some concern is oil consumption on SOME '07 motors.

Having said all of that, if it was me and my hard-earned money, I would take the JK.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:33 AM   #5
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I just bought a new jk for the warranty and it wasn't much more then used. However the only other I was looking at was 2004-2006 TJ. A mint condition low km TJ is one in a million. I would have went TJ if it made more sense for my situation.

Plus you can actually put the windshield down and not look like a weirdo.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #6
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I'd go with the JK. It's better on an off road as others have said, more room and in my opinion more comfortable.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:03 AM   #7
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Plus you can actually put the windshield down and not look like a weirdo.
I have owned 2 CJs, a YJ, a TJ and 2 JKs over 25 years. You know how many times I have dropped the windshield?

Exactly one time. On my first CJ, just to see how it was done. Drove around the block, picked the bugs out of my teeth and have never felt the need since.

But yeah, if dropping the windshield is your cup of tea, the JK does look like Quasimodo having a bad hair day with the windshield down.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:23 AM   #8
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Thank you all so much.

I would prefer the 4.0 of the '06 but the '07 is more appealing. An interesting turn has occurred with the '07. It is currently riding 35s which I like. The seller advised me, however, that he still has the stock wheels and tires. I'll be driving a rental car there and driving the Rubi back. I hate to pass up on the stock wheels. So, has anyone tried stuffing 5 tires in a Jeep?

Thank you all again. Your input is deeply appreciated.

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Old 04-23-2014, 10:40 AM   #9
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I have stuffed 5 34" tires into the back of a 2dr jk, but that was without a back seat. If you are going alone' you should be able to get 4 in back and one in the passenger seat.

Take a tie down ratchet strap or two just in case.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:50 AM   #10
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Thank you, jeep_n_co. From what you said I should be good to go.

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