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Old 05-05-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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Jeep newbie.. go ahead and school me.

So I'm new here, and I am looking for a little advice before I go out and make my first major vehicle purchase. I've already decided that I want a 2012 or newer Wrangler Unlimited, and I am already approved of a loan, I'm just looking for advice on how to get the most bang for my buck before pulling the trigger. I'm torn between the different trim levels and which would be best for my needs.

I'm pretty sure I'm never going to do any serious off roading/mudding, with maybe just some rough road trips to the cabin and whatnot, so I don't think I need to go so far as getting a Rubicon. I'm more torn between the Sport and Sahara... looking online at what is different about the two models I realized I should resort to the experts and come here for some advice.

What exactly is different between them? I know the Sahara come with a better stereo then the Sport, but how hard is it to just simply put your own stereo/speakers in? Every older car I've owned I've done this too, but I know that some newer vehicles can be a pain in the ass, is the Wrangler this way?

So, anybody got anything else for me? Go with a Sport to save a few grand, pull the trigger and get a Rubicon with features I may never have any need of?

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Old 05-05-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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IMO- Rubicon is great if you don't plan on upgrades such as new tires. Otherwise the sport/Sahara is great if you want to change the tires and rims out for bigger ones. The stero wasn't too hard to change out as well as the speakers but places like bestbuy will charge you 2-3x the amount that you can do yourself because of all of the bs wire harnesses that they say that you need when in reality you only need 2.

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Old 05-05-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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So I'm new here, and I am looking for a little advice before I go out and make my first major vehicle purchase. I've already decided that I want a 2012 or newer Wrangler Unlimited, and I am already approved of a loan, I'm just looking for advice on how to get the most bang for my buck before pulling the trigger. I'm torn between the different trim levels and which would be best for my needs.

I'm pretty sure I'm never going to do any serious off roading/mudding, with maybe just some rough road trips to the cabin and whatnot, so I don't think I need to go so far as getting a Rubicon. I'm more torn between the Sport and Sahara... looking online at what is different about the two models I realized I should resort to the experts and come here for some advice.

What exactly is different between them? I know the Sahara come with a better stereo then the Sport, but how hard is it to just simply put your own stereo/speakers in? Every older car I've owned I've done this too, but I know that some newer vehicles can be a pain in the ass, is the Wrangler this way?

So, anybody got anything else for me? Go with a Sport to save a few grand, pull the trigger and get a Rubicon with features I may never have any need of?
Sport S? Nearly the same as sahara except the painted flares and probably leather seats?. Though the price is close to the same.

Its not hard to put your own speakers and subwoofer, in fact, I recommend you do that. The infinity system that comes with the wrangler, apart from sounding like crap compared to aftermarket systems of around the same wattage, is too much of a proprietary system with different cable wiring and a super basic amp. Not to mention the price they charge for it is a joke. If I could do it again, I would not choose the premium sound package, sadly.
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There are certain options you can't get on the Sport that you can on the Sahara like dual top group.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:55 PM   #5
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There are certain options you can't get on the Sport that you can on the Sahara like dual top group.
i personally prefer the hard top over the soft top. if anything i would pull the hard top off in the summer on a nice day, but i dont see myself driving around with the soft top on.
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If you go with the hard top, it's good to have a place to easy store it like a garage. Also it takes 2 people to remove it unless you build out some sort of hoist.

Personally I went for the Sport S. I don't like the painted flares or matching top of the Sahara.
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Sport S? Nearly the same as sahara except the painted flares and probably leather seats?. Though the price is close to the same.

Its not hard to put your own speakers and subwoofer, in fact, I recommend you do that. The infinity system that comes with the wrangler, apart from sounding like crap compared to aftermarket systems of around the same wattage, is too much of a proprietary system with different cable wiring and a super basic amp. Not to mention the price they charge for it is a joke. If I could do it again, I would not choose the premium sound package, sadly.
painted flares, not a big deal. i plan on getting it painted at some point down the road... (flat black... yes please). I figured the infinity sound system was more or less garbage.. My current vehicle is all Rockford Fosgate installed by myself so i would definatly be able to handle it, i just wasn't sure if the new jeeps were like some newer vehicles where it is next to impossible to change anything out without something critical no longer working.

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