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Old 02-20-2010, 11:46 PM   #1
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Finally......

.....got to test drive a Wrangler!!

I took a 4 door 2010 Sahara out for a spin earlier this week and really really loved it!

I'm in the market for a 2 door, but they only had 4 doors on the lot.....I'll go back on Monday, they'll have a 2 door for me to check out.

Two thing's that I've read a lot about Wrangler's is that they are noisy and have lousy pickup.

My vehicle for the past 5 years has been a '99 Honda Civic...

It is LOUD...the engine is loud and the interior is not very well insulated to keep out road noise. So....to me, the Wrangler was somewhat quiet!! Yes, there is wind noise (I was in a hard top) but I was very pleasantly surprised at how NOT noisy it was.

The Wranglers pickup also wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be.
I did some highway driving and merging onto it was just fine, I didn't try passing anyone....I'll have to try that out on Monday.

Overall, I was very impressed at how it felt and drove.
I plan on buying one....soon!!!

Now, originally I was interested in the Sport with the 24S package, power group, tinted windows, side steps.
Then I took a look at the Sahara because I saw all of that was included plus alloy wheels, bigger tires, better shocks...and a better audio system.

I'm wondering if I should just get the Sport and upgrade the wheels/tires??
I do like the look of the bigger tires and would like A/T tires.
As far as the shocks, I guess I should drive a Sport as well and see how much of a difference there is in how it drives.

I should add that this will mainly be my daily driver, it will see off road action at some point but, for now....mostly pavement. The Rubi isn't even a consideration, I drove one and didn't like how it felt. Them tires is BIG!!!

Thoughts/opinions would be very welcome and appreciated!!

Thanks!!!

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Old 02-20-2010, 11:56 PM   #2
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Rubi, rubi, rubi, rubi...
The tires are the same size as the sahara. They all come with 32's.

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Old 02-21-2010, 12:00 AM   #3
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Really???

It felt so different to me.....same size, but very different tread, yea??
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:01 AM   #4
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Trust me. Go Rubi and don't look back. You won't regret it.
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depends on if you ever intend to wheel your ride. no need to spend the extra money on the rubi if you won't be using all the extra goodies it comes with. unless you just want to spend money for the rubi sticker...
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Being it will see mainly pavement, I'm not sure I can justify getting a Rubi....
I wouldnt be utilizing it in the way it should be used!
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:14 AM   #7
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depends on if you ever intend to wheel your ride. no need to spend the extra money on the rubi if you won't be using all the extra goodies it comes with. unless you just want to spend money for the rubi sticker...
Yea, exactly.....I wouldn't be using all of those extra's.
And again, I didn't really like how the Rubi felt...I much more prefer how the Sahara felt.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:39 AM   #8
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Anyone?

Any opinions about the differences between the Sport and Sahara?

I think I know which one I'm going for, but I'd love to hear anything anyone here would have to say about either one....

Thanks!
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Anyone?

Any opinions about the differences between the Sport and Sahara?

I think I know which one I'm going for, but I'd love to hear anything anyone here would have to say about either one....

Thanks!
The only thing that matters is which one you like better. If your already leaning toward one more than the other then get it. You will kick yourself constantly if you don't. I almost bought a Sahara to save money over a Rubi but ended up buying a low mile Rubi and I'm extremely happy I didn't settle now.
Bottom line, get what you want the first time... It will save you a ton of money later...
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Anyone?

Any opinions about the differences between the Sport and Sahara?

I think I know which one I'm going for, but I'd love to hear anything anyone here would have to say about either one....

Thanks!
My 2 door "X" which is a 2007 "Sport" has the "S" package (no power windows/seats though) but has AC, cruise, Auto, Tow pkg, Dana 44 rear end, 4.10 gears, soft top, outside temp display, compass, mileage calculator, etc etc etc.
I believe the Sahara's only difference is the wheel size (18's rather than 17's which I have) The tires are still 32" tall. Springs on the Sahara may be a little more rigid (for lack of a better word) I checked my springs in the front recently and I have 14AB and 15AB's there. Outside of a little more "flash" like bright exterior trim here and there, etc., I don't believe the Sahara is THAT much different than my "X"

My X is set up great and is a perfect foundation for a little building (over time) as I don't see the need to rush into anything for the sake of looks. eventually, I will most likely choose a budget boost or stiffer springs to lift her a bit and probably go up an inch in tire diameter (33's) and perhaps some after market wheels (probably 15's as the tires, so I hear, are less expensive)

I have the soft top too...and mine is a daily driver with "limited" off road use both now and in the future (just not that interested in "wheeling" in the extreme) some beach sand and some woods trails are probably the most she will ever see.

I don't think a Rubi is a good choice unless money is no object. If it were that way for me I would have one just for the "factory" build and be very happy with it.
The Sahara is more fluff than practicality and with the S pkg you can pretty much, have one for a lot less $$

Whatever you choose I think you'll be happy...I am!
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The only differences between the Sport and the Sahara are that the Sahara has painted fenders, 18" wheels (more expensive to replace tires and less choices), and the silver inlays on the bumpers. Everything else can be ordered as an option on the Sport.
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The only differences between the Sport and the Sahara are that the Sahara has painted fenders, 18" wheels (more expensive to replace tires and less choices), and the silver inlays on the bumpers. Everything else can be ordered as an option on the Sport.
Thanks...that's what I had assumed, but you verified!
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I prefer the Sport over the Sahara because I don't like the painted bumpers and fender flares. Less paint, less worry over dings. Don't need the stereo upgrade. I also thought that there was a difference with the floor carpet?
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Well I have both the hard top on the wifes and the soft top on mine and mine is noisy but you can expect that with the soft top. Hers is a lot quietier with the hard top on. As for acceleration it does lack in that department but you can buy the superchip to fix that. I have not done it yet but I am still researching it.
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Differences between the two, other than those I previously noted are:
1 year Sirius subscription, bright accents, no front carpeting, hood insulation (not bad), monotube shocks (again, not bad), rear passenger handles (not bad either), side steps (good for getting pants legs dirty), painted wheels, and Bridgestone tires (not a bad step up either).
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I had the 08 Sahara Unlimited and when Chrysler bought it back, I went with the 08 Rubicon Unlimited. Torque is better off the stop. The ride is definitely more rough than the Sahara. The Rubi crawls better. I had the money at the time of the purchase and discovered through owning the Sahara that I wanted to be able to go into difficult areas more confidently. The Rubi is my daily driver. It goes everywhere I go. I love every minute of driving it. It has no mods to the drive train or height and has performed well just as it is on the trail. At the time I had the Sahara, I didn't know that I would be thrilled to own a Rubicon...go figure.
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Wouldn't the biggest difference between Sport and Sahara be the power windows?

I drove a brand new 2 door last week, an automatic, and really liked it. But it is way less practical than the 4door, of course, and it also is bouncier.

Whatever you get, if you are considering a hard top, get it when you buy the vehicle. They're hard to get aftermarket right now. It's lots easier to add a soft top down the road (or a Bikini top, etc).

Have fun with your new ride, and send us pictures!!
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Wouldn't the biggest difference between Sport and Sahara be the power windows?
Optional on the Sport.
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Differences between the two, other than those I previously noted are:
1 year Sirius subscription, bright accents, no front carpeting, hood insulation (not bad), monotube shocks (again, not bad), rear passenger handles (not bad either), side steps (good for getting pants legs dirty), painted wheels, and Bridgestone tires (not a bad step up either).
I don't know about the hood insulation, but other than Bridgestone tires and the bright accents, all those can be ordered on a Sport. (and if you really want the bright interior accents, you can order them, from Quadratec).
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When I was looking, still am I guess since I can't find a dealership interested in a sale where ordering the vehicle I want would be required, I found that the Sport 23S package gave me what I wanted for a little less money, in addition to some of the other components that I didn't want or need.
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Thanks everyone for your replies!!

I'm more into how the exterior of the Sport looks, not crazy about the painted fender flares or the silver bumper accents on the Sahara. Though the bigger wheels/Bridgestones are appealing to me....

I guess I should look into what it would cost to put the bigger wheels and Bridgestones on the Sport.....that would be possible, yea??
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Thanks everyone for your replies!!

I'm more into how the exterior of the Sport looks, not crazy about the painted fender flares or the silver bumper accents on the Sahara. Though the bigger wheels/Bridgestones are appealing to me....

I guess I should look into what it would cost to put the bigger wheels and Bridgestones on the Sport.....that would be possible, yea??
Your best bet at this point would be to go online and see what options you can order. I don't believe that the 18" wheels and Bridgestone tires would be available on the Sport. Personally I see no advantage to them.
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Thanks everyone for your replies!!

I'm more into how the exterior of the Sport looks, not crazy about the painted fender flares or the silver bumper accents on the Sahara. Though the bigger wheels/Bridgestones are appealing to me....

I guess I should look into what it would cost to put the bigger wheels and Bridgestones on the Sport.....that would be possible, yea??
no matter which wrangler you choose you are going to love it!!! I have an 08 Rubi, and I don't go offroad (anymore). Wrangler sport is fine ,pick your color and ENJOY. Your going to LOVE IT.
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Your best bet at this point would be to go online and see what options you can order. I don't believe that the 18" wheels and Bridgestone tires would be available on the Sport. Personally I see no advantage to them.
Yes, that's true...it's not an option.
I should have been more clear, I meant buy the wheels/tires third party....

I also miscalculated some thing's. I forgot to add the cost of the 24S package to some other options I'd get....price difference between the Sport and Sahara changed just a lil bit!
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no matter which wrangler you choose you are going to love it!!! I have an 08 Rubi, and I don't go offroad (anymore). Wrangler sport is fine ,pick your color and ENJOY. Your going to LOVE IT.
Yeaaa, I know!!
It feels kind of silly to be obsessing over these 'small' differences....
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Whatever you get, if you are considering a hard top, get it when you buy the vehicle. They're hard to get aftermarket right now. It's lots easier to add a soft top down the road (or a Bikini top, etc).

Have fun with your new ride, and send us pictures!!
Absolutely will be getting a hard top...

Will do in regards to the pictures!

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