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Old 03-12-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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2012 Sahara Unlimited. Need connectivity group?

Hey all, looking at a '12 Sahara Unlimited. Read many posts on the EVIC here, but I'm still confused.
Fact: The Sahara package comes with the EVIC standard. Ok got that.

The Connectivity Group (for the Sport I guess) includes the EVIC, Bluetooth and the ext USB. $385

My question is since the Sahara already comes with the EVIC, am I paying $385 for just the bluetooth and a USB port? The dealer isn't too much help with this. Obviously, they say I need the $385 Conn Group to get the EVIC, even with the Sahara, but I don't think that's right.

Can anyone shed some light on this in regards to the Sahara? Thanks.

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Old 03-13-2012, 04:24 AM   #2
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Hey all, looking at a '12 Sahara Unlimited. Read many posts on the EVIC here, but I'm still confused.
Fact: The Sahara package comes with the EVIC standard. Ok got that.

The Connectivity Group (for the Sport I guess) includes the EVIC, Bluetooth and the ext USB. $385

My question is since the Sahara already comes with the EVIC, am I paying $385 for just the bluetooth and a USB port? The dealer isn't too much help with this. Obviously, they say I need the $385 Conn Group to get the EVIC, even with the Sahara, but I don't think that's right.

Can anyone shed some light on this in regards to the Sahara? Thanks.
The EVIC is not standard on the Sahara - at least it wasn't on our 2012 - it was only available as part of the Connectivity Group when we ordered.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:53 AM   #3
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Worth it, though. At least IMO. Connectivity/EVIC/430N were the only extras I got.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:12 AM   #4
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Hey all, looking at a '12 Sahara Unlimited. Read many posts on the EVIC here, but I'm still confused.
Fact: The Sahara package comes with the EVIC standard. Ok got that.

The Connectivity Group (for the Sport I guess) includes the EVIC, Bluetooth and the ext USB. $385

My question is since the Sahara already comes with the EVIC, am I paying $385 for just the bluetooth and a USB port? The dealer isn't too much help with this. Obviously, they say I need the $385 Conn Group to get the EVIC, even with the Sahara, but I don't think that's right.

Can anyone shed some light on this in regards to the Sahara? Thanks.
Are you US Based or Canadian Based?

In the US, on the Sahara Unlimited Model you must select Connectivity Group to obtain the EVIC with menu Options.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:33 AM   #5
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Yes, I'm in the US.

Thanks to all for the clarification.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:47 AM   #6
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I purchased a 2012 wrangler sahara. i did not buy the connectivity group ($385). The evic has a steering wheel with a few extra buttons, and a few extra features (like door open). without the evic, you still get direction, milage avg, miles to empty, etc.
The manual assumes you have evic, so changing settings (like key fob options like unlock press opens only driver, and double unlock is all doors versus one unlock press unlocks all doors) is all in the evic. my research has lead me to believe it is still possible to change the settings using a more clumbsy press and hold and release method, but i cannot verifiy because i had to go back to kuwait.

here are what the steering wheels looks like with evic and no evic, (not my pictures)

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for the pix.

Decided on getting the connectivity group after all with the Sahara package.

I'm sure the wife will enjoy the bells and whistles.
I'll be glad to be able to turn off the auto door lock after you start the engine. Hate that...with all cars. Freaks me out. I don't live near a bad neighborhood.....I would NEVER want my doors locked when driving.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for the pix.

Decided on getting the connectivity group after all with the Sahara package.

I'm sure the wife will enjoy the bells and whistles.
I'll be glad to be able to turn off the auto door lock after you start the engine. Hate that...with all cars. Freaks me out. I don't live near a bad neighborhood.....I would NEVER want my doors locked when driving.
Why? They unlock when you open them from the inside and keep the door closed and you in the vehicle if you ever get in an accident
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:57 PM   #9
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Why? They unlock when you open them from the inside and keep the door closed and you in the vehicle if you ever get in an accident
There could be an electrical issue caused by the accident. I once witnessed an accident where a car was hit so hard, the battery got ripped out of it's tray. cables and all. Anyway, then the doors won't open, the windows won't roll down. You are basically screwed.

If somehow you end up in the water, (flood or shoved off a bridge from an accident) the electrical system could short out. Again, doors are locked and windows closed.

May sound a little paranoid, but so is having your doors locked all the time. Door locks are there to prevent people from getting in, not to keep people from getting out.
I'd rather be paranoid and alive, then trust the electrical locking system and dead........Besides I don't lock my doors half the time anyway.
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Thanks for the pix.

Decided on getting the connectivity group after all with the Sahara package.

I'm sure the wife will enjoy the bells and whistles.
I'll be glad to be able to turn off the auto door lock after you start the engine. Hate that...with all cars. Freaks me out. I don't live near a bad neighborhood.....I would NEVER want my doors locked when driving.
i am 85% sure you can still change those settings, except instead of a easy to navigate menu, it is a series of key fob presses. but now i cannot find the info
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The Jeep doors unlock via a mechanical mechanism when pulling the inside handle, not electrical.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:23 AM   #12
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The Jeep doors unlock via a mechanical mechanism when pulling the inside handle, not electrical.
That's good to know.

Not standard on many vehicles, but good for our new Jeep.

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