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Old 02-18-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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Purchase regret

Anyone regret that you should have spend a few more thousands to buy a rubicon?

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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No, only because my wife made me spend the extra money to get what I really wanted. If she weren't there to back me up, I would have probably gone with a cheaper one they had in stock... Thanks to my wife for being awesome. Rubi X on the way!!!!

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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Nope. I m happy with my Sport seeing how I wanted ARB lockers, 4.88s and 35's getting the Rubicon would have been wasteful for me. I would rather start small and build big, however the Rubicon off the lot is very capable.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:08 PM   #4
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i did until i sold the sport and bought the rubi
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #5
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The thought crossed my mind a couple times in the last couple years... until i think about how much money I saved....Then i'm happy I kept the money in my pocket. I did not want creature comforts so I got a nearly base model sport which came in over $11,000 cheaper than a base Rubicon, if it had been $3-4000 difference i probably would have gone Rubicon
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:10 PM   #6
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Nope. I have a Sport and love it. I've been modding it to my liking.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:13 PM   #7
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I did when I had my Sahara. Then it was totalled and my wife told me I had to get what I really wanted when I replaced it. I now have a 2013 Rubicon Unlimited.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:14 PM   #8
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Nope, the Rubi cost was out of my price range, got an excellent deal on the MOAB and now I can slowly mod it to what I want and have a lot of creature comforts to boot.
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Not at all, I got a Polar with LSD, love it.

If I do decide to upgrade the front axle it'll for front LSD too.

No need for low gearing or lockers here.

I did buy the Rubicon X front bumper and skid plate and rear bumper though
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:16 PM   #10
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No regrets here one bit. We've had my wife's '13 Sport S for a year now, and just ordered a '14 Sport S for me. I did price out a Rubicon for my Jeep on a lark, but in the end I really don't need the extra features for how *I* will use it. The Sport S is just a better fit for me -- daily driver plus weekend exploring in the Utah desert and mountains.

The cash saved buys a lot of gas so I can get out and enjoy.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:19 PM   #11
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Nope.... while people say the rubicon is " the way to go" or " way of life" at least on WF. i have not had any regrets my 14 JKU sport. it serves the purpose of which im going to use it for, and what i've already been using it for.

OP do yourself a BIG favor, these boards are very biased. Do your research and figure out which one would be most practical for your use.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:21 PM   #12
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Nope. I wouldn't want the lockers for winter driving here anyway.

Only thing that the Rubi has that I'd like is the D44 up front.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:32 PM   #13
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Absolutly not.
I love my 2010 Sport and it is a lot easier to live with the "Trail Stripes" on a rig that is half the price of a Rubicon.
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I bought a 2013 jku last year and right away regretted not getting a rubicon. 11 months later I got a rubicon. if you are already thinking of a rubicon get one or you will want one until you do.
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Buying used I found a deal and only spent about $2500 more for one and I'm very glad I did. I don't go quite hard enough to want to spend the money on air lockers or even beefier gears (yet) and they're nice features to have when weather turns a trail from blue to red. Buying new would make that a tougher decision and I'd spend a lot of time talking to people who wheel spots you'll be wheeling regularly.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:40 PM   #16
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Love my Rubicon...out of the gate I can take a most of the black diamonds here in So Cal.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:51 PM   #17
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Absolutly not.
I love my 2010 Sport and it is a lot easier to live with the "Trail Stripes" on a rig that is half the price of a Rubicon.
No it isn't. This weekend I was just admiring the trail stripes on my 2013 10 A JK. They look different in the sunlight from different angles.
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No regrets at all. Most people with Rubi's never use the lockers and discos anyway..and believe me I know of several in my area. The bld part of the traction control works just fine for me and I've parked and driven in 3ft deep snow without any effort what so ever. I have no intention of rock crawling with it as it's my daily driver. I'm very pleased with my sport.
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I don't really see the case for a Rubicon in places like the mid-west or mid-Atlantic. West of the Mississippi, different story.
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I don't really see the case for a Rubicon in places like the mid-west or mid-Atlantic. West of the Mississippi, different story.
yes I forget there are other places where people own jeeps. I just take it for granted that everybody lives in the rockies or close enough to enjoy them. Headed to moab in 9 days waahoo.
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I don't really see the case for a Rubicon in places like the mid-west or mid-Atlantic. West of the Mississippi, different story.
I would like the 4.10s so I won't have to regear when I get bigger tires. The sway bar disconnect would be cool too.
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yes I forget there are other places where people own jeeps. I just take it for granted that everybody lives in the rockies or close enough to enjoy them. Headed to moab in 9 days waahoo.
I guess even if you are in a different part of the country the lockers are helpful at the off-road parks and such. That said, I would think that you could do just about every national forest road east of the Mississippi in a stock Sport with decent tires.
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When I bought my '06 TJ, I went all out and got a Rubicon and a fully loaded one at that.
I loved it every day that I had it.

This time with the 2013, my families needs were different (as was our budget), so I got the Sport S.
Since I never felt the need to get a Rubicon this second time, I've had no regrets.
However, I could see how somebody might feel like they "settled" if the Rubicon was what they wanted and didn't get it.
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Nope. I m happy with my Sport seeing how I wanted ARB lockers, 4.88s and 35's getting the Rubicon would have been wasteful for me. I would rather start small and build big, however the Rubicon off the lot is very capable.
This is the way I'm going. I have the 35's now. I am not upgrading to lockers and new gearing until my my 2012 JKU is paid off. Next year sometime.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:23 PM   #26
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Rubicon's are terrific but the Sport is a VERY CAPABLE rig in its own right. Too much is made about the differences for 98% of all driving done by everybody who owns a Wrangler. In these 98 out of 100 instances, the vehicles will perform equally adeptly. In 1% the Rubi may have to rescue the Sport. In the other 1%, NEITHER gets through.

I added a lift and some decent tires and she goes over everything I point it at. I would say most Rubi owners lift and add tires too. My previous vehicle had rear lockers and I needed to use them exactly ONCE in seven years. I will never know if my Sport would have made it through the same obstacle, but I'm guessing it would.

In my particular instance, the Rubi was about $10K more than my Sport. If I paid that much more, I'd probably try to convince myself and others that it was necessary as well. However, unless you look into your heart and TRUTHFULLY determine that you will be doing that 1% of wheeling which will require the Rubi, it isn't worth it. And, if you decide later that you really are going to need the things included with the Rubi, simply add them to the Sport. I can do quite a bit with and extra $10K and maybe I will some day. But that's my choice to do at my leisure...or not.

If you get too insecure about your Sport, slap a couple RUBICON stickers on it and call it a day...
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Rubicon's are terrific but the Sport is a VERY CAPABLE rig in its own right. Too much is made about the differences for 98% of all driving done by everybody who owns a Wrangler. In these 98 out of 100 instances, the vehicles will perform equally adeptly. In 1% the Rubi may have to rescue the Sport. In the other 1%, NEITHER gets through.

I added a lift and some decent tires and she goes over everything I point it at. I would say most Rubi owners lift and add tires too. My previous vehicle had rear lockers and I needed to use them exactly ONCE in seven years. I will never know if my Sport would have made it through the same obstacle, but I'm guessing it would.

In my particular instance, the Rubi was about $10K more than my Sport. If I paid that much more, I'd probably try to convince myself and others that it was necessary as well. However, unless you look into your heart and TRUTHFULLY determine that you will be doing that 1% of wheeling which will require the Rubi, it isn't worth it. And, if you decide later that you really are going to need the things included with the Rubi, simply add them to the Sport. I can do quite a bit with and extra $10K and maybe I will some day. But that's my choice to do at my leisure...or not.

If you get too insecure about your Sport, slap a couple RUBICON stickers on it and call it a day...
Methinks you'd adjust those percentages a bit if you lived out west ...

And those mods carry very little resale value ...

And when you actually get down to the bottom dollar difference in price after negotiating with the dealer, you are probably looking at closer to 7k difference for a base Sport (maybe $1k under MSRP) vs a Rubi (probably 3-4k under MSRP).

So if you want to slap 5 grand in mods on a Sport and get back next to nothing in resale instead of getting a Rubi up front and getting probably 50% of that 7k price difference back at resale, go for it.

Me, I'll just keep on pimping at the mall, showing all the pretty girls my locker buttons.
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It depends on what you want. If you want a Rubicon you will probably regret not getting one.

I test drove all 3 and liked them all but liked the Rubicon the best. I also will be pulling a trailer 4 days a week and felt with the better shocks and 4:10 rear end it would be better suited. Seems like everyone is comparing a fully loaded rubicon vs a basic sport with the 10k difference. I bought my rubicon for 37k and the sport I would of got was going to be 33k

I got a lot of extras for 4k. Plus the added benefit of the resale value.
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I would think this has to do with what YOU plan to do with the Jeep! Serious off road use / rock crawling? I think the Rubicons are awesome.

Where I live and play.....Beaches, Forests, management areas and muddy / swampy areas.......I'm good with the X !

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It depends on what you want. If you want a Rubicon you will probably regret not getting one.

I test drove all 3 and liked them all but liked the Rubicon the best. I also will be pulling a trailer 4 days a week and felt with the better shocks and 4:10 rear end it would be better suited. Seems like everyone is comparing a fully loaded rubicon vs a basic sport with the 10k difference. I bought my rubicon for 37k and the sport I would of got was going to be 33k

I got a lot of extras for 4k. Plus the added benefit of the resale value.
I agree I doubt the guy/gal who is looking at a totally stripped down sport would also be considering a decked out Rubicon. My 2013 sport unlimited pretty bare bones, hard top/ limited slip, automatic and engine block heater was almost 27000 otd (msrp was 29 and change). my 14 rubicon unlimited with hard top, auto, 4.10's, blue tooth, heated seats, auto temp control, engine block heater, and max tow was 36000 otd (msrp $40,005) I would have been money ahead to get the rubicon initially.

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