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Old 06-22-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Choose my Jeep: Rubi vs Sport S



First I will apologize, I think I have read every rubi vs sport thread there is, but I still can not decide.

I am buying a JKU tomorrow....I was in car accident and don't feel like car pooling with my wife for 8 weeks to order a jeep.

I have eliminated my options down to a Flame Red Sport S automatic with 3.73, and anti slip vs. a manual Billet Rubi. The difference in price between the two is about 2k when comparing invoices. I will not be doing a lot of offroading and I have to consider Maryland driving conditions, rain, ice, little snow, etc.... I also really don't want to do many mods to start with.

So let me know what you think...

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Old 06-22-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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Hell, go for the rubicon.

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Old 06-22-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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That's a no brainier, go with the rubi for the fact that its a manual

Seriously though, go with the rubi if its only 2k more...seriously no brainier and billet is an awesome color
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2k difference... HOW?

Get the rubi.
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Rubi invoice $33,119

Sport s 31,011
It is an automatic so it does get it a lot closer
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:25 AM   #6
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Is it bare bones Rubicon vs loaded sport then?
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:54 AM   #7
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Given your stated uses and geographical location, the logical choice is the Sport S. Made similar dicision for my CG JKU in November. Good Luck. But, gererally a Ruby is around 5K difference.
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I would go with the Rubicon for capability and resale value.
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:51 AM   #9
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:07 AM   #10
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This shouldn't be a hard decision.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:14 AM   #11
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I wouldn't make my choice on color or resale value. If you're *very* comfortable shifting a lot, and gas mileage isn't as big an issue get the Rubi.

Otherwise be smart and buy the Sport.
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We're all strangers on an internet forum. Get what YOU want. Make sure you are happy with the color, and most importantly, how comfortable you are in each Jeep when driving. Then make up your mind.

Obviously, we all have different requirements in what we want in a Jeep. Personally, after 10.5 years of driving a stick (in Atlanta), I had to get an auto. I also test drove a Sport with cloth seats and absolutely HATED them.

Sooooo, my advice is as stated above. Get what YOU want. Doesn't matter if it's a Rubicon, Sahara, or a Sport.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:06 AM   #13
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As stated already get what you want...

One question I have is are they hard or soft tops? The soft will be nice in the summer but it can get pretty cold in a soft top during the winter.

Also what are the options comparison between the two? I have a sport unlimited with a manual, power everything, 3.73, LSD, 17" rims and a hardtop. I love it. I will be putting a lift and bigger tires someday so the 3.73 will be enough and the LSD along with the ESC system is more than enough forwhatever I drive through. The Rubi would be too overkill for what I need.

If you are not doing serious rock crawling the sport with 3.73, LSD and some good tires would be great in the snow. Def. not a fan of the Auto tranny though but thats me.
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Im a Maryland guy too. Both will be more than fine for weather here. No logical reason I can give but that the manual Billet Rubi just sounds cooler. At least thats the way I would go if I had the choice
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Buy the sport. There are a lot of sports out there for a lot cheaper and dealers can have one transported from another dealer. I know the 3.73 gears and anti slip can be a little harder to find on dealer lots but I would think you should be able to find a sport for around 28K with similar options of that Rubi. I thought I wanted a manual but after test driving I decided the automatic makes more sense for me.
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Buy the sport. There are a lot of sports out there for a lot cheaper and dealers can have one transported from another dealer. I know the 3.73 gears and anti slip can be a little harder to find on dealer lots but I would think you should be able to find a sport for around 28K with similar options of that Rubi. I thought I wanted a manual but after test driving I decided the automatic makes more sense for me.
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All wranglers have high resale value. Only reason Rubicons have higher resale value is because the cost 5K more to begin with...
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After going through a similar questioning period last year, I went with a fairly basic Rubi...of course fairly basic rubi is still more decked out than a loaded Sport S.

My thoughts today, after a little less than a year of ownership....either I'd go same route of the Rubi, or a completely stripped down Sport for as cheap as I could and build from there.
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You want total strangers on the internet to pick out a vehicle that you're going to be paying for?? What next, you going to let total strangers on the internet spend your money on mods they would want??
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If you have any idea that you will ever do any offload trails get the Rubi. If you know that you will never go off road just look for a sport with the options you want and save some money.
I highly recommend the power convienance group and the connectivity group as well as the nav if you can swing it.Hard top would be a must have for me living on the north.
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You want total strangers on the internet to pick out a vehicle that you're going to be paying for?? What next, you going to let total strangers on the internet spend your money on mods they would want??

I am sure I will love either jeep. I just wanted to her the pros and cons of each.
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I am sure I will love either jeep. I just wanted to her the pros and cons of each.
When it comes down to it, you only have to please one person, you (unless your wifes name is on the title too, then two people)

Out of the two jeeps you referred two in your original post, which one did you like the best after you drove and looked at them?
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:20 AM   #22
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I walked into the dealership planning to get a pretty basic Sport S... Just hardtop and auto, i ended up walking out with a top of the line 36k rubicon. I did this simply because i knew when a Rubicon rolled up next to me at the lights, the envy would be unimaginable.
Pick what you want! But if you're leaning, even just a little bit, towards one, go for that one.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:30 AM   #23
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I usually avoid these threads like MERS. However...

1. If you're gonna keep the Jeep stock, and want max off-road capability, get the Rubi.

2. If you're planning on doing a lot of mods, forget the Rubi. You'd be paying a bunch extra for things that'll end up in a box in your garage.

3. Buy what you HONESTLY think you need.

4. Why should I, or anyone else on here, have any say whatsoever in how you spend your $$?
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I usually avoid these threads like MERS. However...

1. If you're gonna keep the Jeep stock, and want max off-road capability, get the Rubi.

2. If you're planning on doing a lot of mods, forget the Rubi. You'd be paying a bunch extra for things that'll end up in a box in your garage.

3. Buy what you HONESTLY think you need.

4. Why should I, or anyone else on here, have any say whatsoever in how you spend your $$?
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I like that there are two blacks in your sig. Someone who knows how to be assertive...

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Having worked in Maryland and the surrounding areas for a lot of time, I'd stay as far away from a manual transmission as humanly possible.

If I lived out in the middle of nowhere and/or didn't have traffic to deal with on a daily basis, the manual Rubi is a no-brainer. HOWEVER, living in a major metropolitan area and using my JK as a daily driver, there was about as much chance of me buying a manual transmission as there was of me suddenly deciding that I wanted to slam my manhood in every Jeeps hood on the dealers lot.

Look at how you're going to drive it 90% of the time right now. Not how you /might/ drive it eventually. Buy the one that makes the most sense for today.
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My previous Jeep was a manual and I loved it...until we moved to Vegas. Sitting in traffic got so irritating I sold it and went automatic. Also, LSD may be the way to go for east coast city driving.

All that said, I can't think of anyone that got a Rubi and regretted it. Get whichever one is optioned out the way you like. Especially if your wife is gonna be driving it also!
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Having worked in Maryland and the surrounding areas for a lot of time, I'd stay as far away from a manual transmission as humanly possible.

If I lived out in the middle of nowhere and/or didn't have traffic to deal with on a daily basis, the manual Rubi is a no-brainer. HOWEVER, living in a major metropolitan area and using my JK as a daily driver, there was about as much chance of me buying a manual transmission as there was of me suddenly deciding that I wanted to slam my manhood in every Jeeps hood on the dealers lot.

Look at how you're going to drive it 90% of the time right now. Not how you /might/ drive it eventually. Buy the one that makes the most sense for today.


Man, got a laugh outta this...

1. I drive all over the country in my Jeep, which is a manual.

2. I've been in a few metro areas...and you're right: it can be a pain if you're stuck in traffic. But not like running a marathon or anything.

3. I really hope the Jeeps you stuck your weenie into are discounted.

Other than those points, I agree with this:

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A lot of manual haters out there. I enjoy the sport of driving a manual.

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