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Old 06-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #31
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When I bought the Altitude, I wasn't buying it because it was a limited edition. I honestly had never heard of it when I picked it up. Now that I have it, I love all the extra stuff that is in it that makes it an Altitude. The good thing with the Altitude was that all the extra items were not the off-road items and were more for comfort and looks, so I did not feel bad about replacing the bumpers, suspension and wheels and tires.

I know that all Jeeps are off-road worthy, but I wanted a Rubi for all the off-road components that come standard on it. But now when I am looking at them, I want the nice items that are upgrades such as leather, the blacked out interior and the heated seats but when I add those items, it pushes the price outside of my window.

This damn Altitude spoiled me as far as comfort goes. I would have been happy with a stripped down Rubi with no extra's at all before I got this one. Now I realize how much I like this stuff and it is making my decision difficult.
Keep the Altitude, man. It's a beautiful work of art, not many made (2,500), will always have an increased resale value over the Sahara, creature comforts to the max, and if you got it with 3.73's like me...you can do whatever your little heart desires...up to 33's and a 2.5" lift without the necessity of re-gearing. I wouldn't trade for the world, "the most luxurious Jeep ever made".

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Old 06-07-2013, 01:27 AM   #32
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Should you upgrade existing you will invest 7-10K worth of mods that will never be returned when you trade/sell later
A Rubi is a Rubi some of the invested difference you will recieve when you trade/sell at some later date
Go for the 14 Rubicon

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Old 06-07-2013, 01:36 AM   #33
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Should you upgrade existing you will invest 7-10K worth of mods that will never be returned when you trade/sell later
A Rubi is a Rubi some of the invested difference you will recieve when you trade/sell at some later date
Go for the 14 Rubicon
Question is...do you really need it? A more accurate dollar range would be approximately $6-7k worth of mods.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:51 PM   #34
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Here are some thoughts of what I would have to upgrade to get even close to the basics on the Rubicon

New Dana 44 front with 4:10s and lockers= 4000.00
4:1 transfer case=1200.00
regearing for rear dana 44=1000.00
electronic sway bar disconnect=1400.00
total on these items alone 7600.00 with no labor cost

trade value on my Altitude put back to stock would be 29000.00
New 2013 commando green 34000.00 (add 1000.00 for dealer added leather)

Difference before taxes would be 6000.

add another 1500 for taxes and the value is about the same. The only difference would be the added benefit of the Rubicon would be the warranty of the stock components and the loss of my warranty if I change all of those components to aftermarket.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:28 AM   #35
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:29 AM   #36
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do it get the rubicon !!!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:09 AM   #37
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Say bye bye to the creature comforts ;-)
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:57 PM   #38
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Keep the Altitude, man. It's a beautiful work of art, not many made (2,500), will always have an increased resale value over the Sahara, creature comforts to the max, and if you got it with 3.73's like me...you can do whatever your little heart desires...up to 33's and a 2.5" lift without the necessity of re-gearing. I wouldn't trade for the world, "the most luxurious Jeep ever made".
Did you get that # (2500) from anywhere official? They originally said they were going to make 4500. But for some reason I got a feeling they did not get to that #. 2500 would be cool and good to know
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:46 PM   #39
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Keep the Altitude

Old post, but here's my 2 cents.

I went through the exact same process. Got a great deal on the Altitude (3.21 unfortunately) and then started pricing difference to Rubi.

If you're comparing apples to apples, you'd have to price out the new Rubi with all the creature comforts of the Altitude (and blacked out trim if, like me, you would have done that anyway). At that point, it's cheaper to upgrade the Altitude. But a previous poster is right, you'll get more back from reselling a stock Rubi than a Sahara with upgraded parts to match the Rubi.

After months and months of agonizing, I realized I wanted more of an Overland rig rather than a real rock crawler. No way I'm taking a new Wrangler on the rocks, irrespective of its capabilities. Plus, it's also my DD. For that, the Rubi crawl ratio is too low. I like the LSD in the rear and will add air lockers to the front, which will be better than e-lockers on the Rubi. If it had come with the 3.73 gearing, there would have been no agony at all - upgrade the Altitude all the way. The gearing gave me pause, but I'll change it when I add the lift and locker. Either way I was always going to get new wheels and bumpers. On a good note, I sold the Altitude wheels for $1,200 (because special edition) which helps.

For me, gearing + lift + front locker is cheaper than trade in. But also, I intend to keep the Jeep as long as possible (unless a diesel comes along...). Like you, I wouldn't want to go back to a stocker after having all the creature comforts of the Altitude.

Hope that helps.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:51 PM   #40
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Trade it so you don't have a failed cylinder head in your near future. Just make sure 2013 was built after August 2012.

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