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Old 10-22-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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Trade in Liberty to Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon?

Thinking of trading in my 05 CRD Liberty for a Unlimited Rubicon. The Rubicon will be my weekend ride and daily driver. Has anyone else made this same switch, what were the pros and cons?

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Old 10-22-2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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Thinking of trading in my 05 CRD Liberty for a Unlimited Rubicon. The Rubicon will be my weekend ride and daily driver. Has anyone else made this same switch, what were the pros and cons?

Stop thinking about it and just do it. The are zero cons . . . you'll be trading a wannabe Jeep for the real deal.

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Just drive it and see what you like better. A 4 door wrangler is basically a convertible cherokee.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:21 PM   #4
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That question is a bit like going into a football forum and saying "I'm thinking of giving up soccer for football. Whaddaya think?"
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:38 PM   #5
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Let me get a little more specific.

Clearly the Rubicon is far better at off road. But how is it as a daily driver? I like the ride but that was an opinion from just driving it around the block. How will I feel four hours later driving from Vegas to L.A.? I love the power of the Diesel but miss the manuel from my old GMC Jimmy. So I would be getting the six speed. I have herd that it is a really notchy shifter and some have said never go from nuetral to 6th you might go into reverse. Also the hill start assist sounds great especially for a manuel. But does it really work in the real world?
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:15 PM   #6
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Clearly the Rubicon is far better at off road. But how is it as a daily driver? I like the ride but that was an opinion from just driving it around the block. How will I feel four hours later driving from Vegas to L.A.? I love the power of the Diesel but miss the manuel from my old GMC Jimmy. So I would be getting the six speed. I have herd that it is a really notchy shifter and some have said never go from nuetral to 6th you might go into reverse. Also the hill start assist sounds great especially for a manuel. But does it really work in the real world?
HSA works great. I didn't relaize I had it. The first time I started on a hill I thought to myself, "that was weird." I went home and checked my manual and realized why. I have grinded into R a couple times. The key is the speed at which you shift. If your smooth it's fine. It you bang it over quickly it thinks you want to put it in reverse. You'll get the feel for it rather quickly. As far as the Wrangler being a DD, it'll be fine as long as you don't mind having a big stupid grin on your face.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:58 AM   #7
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I did read that for the 6 speed manuel that there is a reverse lockout. But it only works when you go from 5th to 6th. So if you like to skip shift that is one gear you can't. My 01 Jimmy I used to go from to 3rd to 5th if I had to jump into freeway traffic. So just can't do that with the final gear on the wrangler.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:14 AM   #8
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only thing i can think of that you might miss will be the diesel...

but the pros outweight anything else....
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:26 PM   #9
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Clearly the Rubicon is far better at off road. But how is it as a daily driver? I like the ride but that was an opinion from just driving it around the block. How will I feel four hours later driving from Vegas to L.A.? I love the power of the Diesel but miss the manuel from my old GMC Jimmy. So I would be getting the six speed. I have herd that it is a really notchy shifter and some have said never go from nuetral to 6th you might go into reverse. Also the hill start assist sounds great especially for a manuel. But does it really work in the real world?
Mine is my daily driver. I love driving it. I realize that my opinion is based on my experiences and that others may be looking for something entirely different. The ride is not like that of a passenger vehicle, more like a truck but not quite as stiff as some of the older jeep models. I think that is why I keep hearing the comment from owners of previous jeep models of the improved ride. That being said, I wouldn't worry about it being your DD. Mine now has over 20k miles on it and there is not much I can say negative about it. It has been right from the moment I started driving it. Best of luck with your decision. Even that is part of the fun of ownership.
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No dig on your current car choice, but I had the displeasure of renting a Liberty a while back. Let's just say the Wrangler will be significantly nicer in all aspects of driving...including highway.

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