Originally Posted by peanut09
Why get a Rubicon X? I ask because of the questions you have.
The auto is a superlative transmission, the manual is more like a '68 Chevy Pick-Up (apologies to Chevy). No performance advantage to the manual unless you just want to "row your own".
8000-9000lb winch is enough for a JK, an Unlimited typically requires a step up to a 10,000-12,000lb. Theoretically, you could put a big enough winch on it to pull the front end apart. What are you trying to recover? A deuce and a half?
Pentastar is a very good engine with plenty of power. It hasn't been around long enough to comment about long term durability (like the 4ltr in the TJs).
Mated to the 5sp auto tranny and it is very spunky in a 2dr. Never driven a 4dr so I can't comment, but I would assume the few hundreds of extra pounds wouldn't matter.
It's a part-time 4wd system, and shouldn't be operated as an all-wheel drive system.
General consensus is that the Pentastar doesn't benefit much at all in both performance and economy to aftermarket intake and exhaust "upgrades". Make cool noises, but not much else.
I use my iPhone for navigation...far cheaper than buying something from Fiat. I'm an Infantryman, give me a topo map and I will find my way while away from cell towers.
And YES, my wife digs me while I'm in my Jeep. So does my Choc Lab for that matter.
Welcome to the club!