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Old 03-11-2008, 02:09 PM   #1
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Potential New Owner...research/buying Qs

Hello all,

I'm looking into buying an 08 Wrangler. Looks like the X (s package) or the Rubicon are what I'll get, didn't care for the sahara's paint matching...

There's a good ~9k price difference between the 2, and I'm not sure what fits my needs...hence my post

So heres the background:

This jeep will spend its life mostly on pavement and light terrain (beach access, camping, and snow for skiing/snowboarding). There are some fun offroad trails that I have driven on with a friends highly upgraded jeep (40k in upgrades!!!) but I'm not sure how often I'll be doing that (couple times a year maybe).

I'm not sure if I need all the additional offroad upgrades that the Rubicon comes with, ORRRR if its better to start with the base X model, and then upgrade with aftermarket (3rd party) parts.

Ie. Are the upgrades in the Rubicon worth the cost, or are the 3rd party upgrades better / less expensive, etc.

Also, I want a manual transmission (and yes I've heard the auto's are better for offroad control, but i dont care).

Finally (for this post anyway :-) ), are there any things (pros or cons) about the 08s vs other years, and any dealer tips / discounts, etc that I should be aware of.


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Old 03-13-2008, 06:45 PM   #2
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i second this message......info would be awesome.

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Old 03-13-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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From what you describe , I think you should get the X. If you dont plan on serious offroading the X will get better miliage on the highway if you stay away fron the 4.10 rearend and you wont be buying thing's you dont need. The nice thing about the rubicon is all the extra stuff is under warranty and you dont need to add it later. You could add better compoments than the rubi comes with but I'm not sure it would be cheaper.
I had a Saraha but wanted the rubi for the lockers,swaybar disconnect,and d44 axles. If you plan on tires bigger than 33" the dana 30,35,etc are a little weak for the big tires. You might get a deal now Ive heard sales right now arent very good. Hope this help's, good luck!
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