I've dreamed of jeeps since I first saw them in a 4-wheeling magazine when I was about 7 or 8. Now, 10 years later after saving every penny to my name I have the chance to sell my 2007 Toyota Highlander V6 4WD and buy one as a grad present as I go off to Texas A&M (Class of 2014). The first problem I had was deciding between 2 and 4 door.. My parents eventually convinced me the 4-door was safer (not sure either of them are very safe - but hey I'm not telling them that!). The next difficult part was choosing the trim. The only requirements my parents have is that it be an automatic and hardtop.. Everything else is up to me. Now I had the budget for a JKU Sport S, until my Dad ran into a gentleman at a gas station who said he had a Rubicon and was so darn proud he did. I don't care too much for the rubicon decal, I'd rather put a Texas decal or something cooler there anyways, but the upgraded seats seem like a pleasant rendition. But I guess I don't know quite enough about them all to know what's best. What trim would be the best? My usage would be about 60-70% highway, 10-20% city, and 10-20% offroading/camping/recreational uses. Seeing as this is where the experts are I figured y'all could help me. Final pricetag of the car needs to be $35k or less. After thinking, the mods I really want are some nice beefy tires (not bigger than 35's - cant DESTROY my gas mileage), maybe an air intake and exhaust if I run into more money down the road...
The Rubicon to me seems like, by far, the sweetest looking trim. I hate the painted fender flares, they'll just get scratched anyways. I'd rather have faded fender flares than gross looking cracked and colored ones.. AND, most importantly, I can get heated seats (a huge plus for me). I really only need the auto, hardtop, power group, connectivity group and the keys. Yet the Sport S seems very viable because I save about $5k that can be used for doing the mods I want.. It's a tough old choice to make. Yet come to think of it, I can probably sell the Rubicon rims/tires and get nice black rims/Nitto's or BFG T/A's for an easily digestible pricetag and sell the fender flares for the flats ones, and even sell the running boards for the Smittybilt ones.....
TOO MANY CHOICES! HELP PLEASE.
Also if anyone knows a great dealer who can get me a good deal *at or below invoice* on a car on the lot or a custom order I would really appreciate it!
The appearance differences are minuscule going from the Sport to the rubicon. It's just a decal, mud tires, and a few other things. Those are all easily replicated aftermarket and have almost nothing to do with the large price difference.
The real difference is the added offroad gear. The Sport S is tremendously capable offroad, and the Rubicon is even more so. On top of all the Sport S's offroading capabilities, the Rubicon swaps in a D44 front axle and a 4:1 transfer case, adds front and rear lockers, optional 4.10 differential gearing, better shocks, electronic sway bar disconnects, and rocker guards.
That said, if you don't know what any of that is, you don't need it. You can also add some or all of that equipment to a Sport S when and of you desire.
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Order yourself a Sport S with auto air ,connectivity and power convenience group with the max tow package so you get the 3:73 gears and have the dealer install Katskinz leather seat covers with seat heaters. Then get yourself a 2.5" Terra flex spring lift and some Rancho 9k shocks and a nice set of rims and some 35" Duratracs and you will be rolling in style with a good ride and offroad capability .
What part of Texas do you live in currently. I just bought a JKUR yesterday and I feel like I got a good deal. I can recommend where to go if you are in Dallas.
As far as what you should buy, it seems like you have done little to no research on what the different options are. Not being rude by any means, but just look at this forum and read, read, read, and then read some more.
From what you are saying, I would recommend a sport S. Put some 35's with a 2.5 lift and have a awesome time in college.
Get the Sport S so you can stay under the $35K mark. Get 3.73 gears along with connectivity and power convenience group with the max tow package . Use the extra money for your lift and tires and wheels. Get a Teraflex Stage II lift and put on some 33's (cheaper than 35's and better mileage and still looks awesome). Don't get an air intake system. They don't work any better than the stock system. Also, different exhaust is cool if you want a different sound but really doesn't help mileage or power that much.
Then call me a woman. I live in Houston and I won't buy a car without heated seats. Once you've had them you'll never go without.
They're a nice to have in cold climates, but in tx I wouldn't bother. I've had them into last 2 cars and my wife's ride has them. They rarely get used even in Seattle though. Do you get up at 5am and its cold or something?
If i was you. Get the sport. If you really have ask which one to get, you will never use the Rubicon for what it is.
And as for stickers. Rubicon is better than anything texas.
And why are they limiting you to auto if it is yours. A stick in a jeep is just fun. The auto isnt bad either, but when i walm outside and choose between my jk stick or jku auto, i hop in the jk.
I bought the sport for both of my 13's. I offroad quite a bit and didnt want some of the rubicon options. I dont rock crawl so i didnt want the lower t case offering. And to be honest. I havent been in a position to really need lockers yet anyway.
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I think that it would be cool to have the away bar disconnect, but I can't imagine using often enough to justify having one. Is the leather like weather proof or something? Because what happens if my roof is off and it starts raining.....
I looked and looked. I found a dealer trade 13 JKUR on a lot with a lot of 14's on it. They sold it to me for 35K. Deals on Rubi's are out there. The decal peels right off and you just don't know yet what your going to do with your jeep in a year. What if you hook up with a bunch of jeepers at school and they rock crawl. Or mud. or what ever. I agree. This is my third jeep and my first one was a stripper. It lasted just two wheeling trips to know I wanted something more capable. Yeah I know it's pea soup green and has painted fenders and roof. But because of that I got it cheap. Paint is cheaper than lockers and axles.