I checked out the link for the 2DR above. It is really misleading. There are things that are on the list that are not "Standard" for the models. For example the Sport S does not always have the Power Convince Group. And the Rubicon does not always have the Deep tint windows. You have to be careful because it may say tinted windows on the window sticker but that isn't really "deep tint", or what most people would call tint. It is an option though.
There is a pamplet in the brochure at the dealerships that is call "Buyer's Guide" that shows all the differences between stuff.
Here is what I see it boils down to for the 2door at least for me.
There might be things that I haven't mentioned.
*pizza cutter tires
*you cannot get power windows
*I don't think you can get LSD -Limited slip differential they call it Trac-Lok
*Seriously limits what you can do as far as upgrades
Then you can upgrade to the Sport S
which give you bigger 32 inch tires and a leather wrapped stearing wheel and I'm pretty sure AC.
It also allows you to get other upgrades like
*Power windows and mirrors
+Rock Rails-they are like under the door where a step would be.
+Beefier Suspension and Coils.
+The front axle is a bit tougher
+More agressive 32" tires than the sport S
+Sway bar disconnect ("disco") with the push of a button. A sport you have to get under and use a wrench if you want to get better off road flex. Really only needed on pretty darn hard core stuff. It will make off-roading less jarring having more flex in your suspension.
+Infinity sound system with subwoofer to take up your storage space.
+The hood sticker
It also gives you the option for
*Power Windows and Mirrors - The handle for the window is right where my knee rest so this is an option that I must have.
*Heated Seats - You can do this after market for about the same price.
*Matching fenders and hardtop.
*Automatic Temp Controls - I guess some people really want this
*The super fancy touch screen radio.
The Rubicons will retain most of there extra-cost during resale. Though if you really don't want the upgrades then it might not be worth it. You could maybe cherry pick better stuff on there and cheaper maybe though I don't think you would get it back in resale as well. If you do want lockers then they will be under warranty. One thing about getting a Rubicon is that your going to be able to sell parts off if it better if you want to upgrade later (like wheels, suspension, rock rails).
If you don't know what an open differential means then I would watch the movie below for sure.
The open differential that the movie shows is why all wranglers have BLD.
Originally Posted by JEEPDON
Your Sahara DOES have the BLD system; which , when one wheel is spinning, will apply brake to the wheel that is spinning and force power to the one with traction. Much better than plain open diff's. Works excellent in MOST situations and will get you through a lot of rough stuff....
The thing that I find the most compelling reason for the Rubicon personally is for the Lockers. They lock the wheels together if you push a button while in 4-Low under 25 mph. When it is not in use you get the BLD system. Having lockers means you cannot have a physical LSD also.
I'm no expert but my take on it is if your main motivation is a good snow car driving a Sport S/Sahara with a LSD upgrade would probably suit your needs better then just the standard equipped BLD system. And a grand caravan would probably be even better then that. The BLD is basically a electronic LSD-limited slip differential. The reason a LSD upgrade would be better on the road is that it will work in 2wd/4high/4low vs Locker just working in 4-Low. It will also work quicker then the electronic BLD system. The Trac-Lok LSD upgrade jeep offers uses clutch pads that will wear out eventually depending on use. After 50,000 miles they will be shot and have to be replaced. They transfer something like a quarter of power to the wheel not spinning out vs lockers that give 100%. A better aftermarket LSD solution would be the Eaton Truetrac that uses gears and doesn't wear out over time.
Hope that helps. If I have anything wrong please correct me.