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Old 03-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Which would you pick, 2011 JKUR or 2012 JKU Sport?

Total noob, first post.

Looking to finally be able to pull the trigger next weekend. Ideally we will be able to swing a 2012 JKUR but if we need to step down in price a bit would you choose a new 2011 Rubicon with the old engine or a 2012 Sport?

I am expecting this to be a vehicle we keep long term and once it has lost that 'new car' smell it should see some decent wheeling.

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Old 03-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #3
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11!!!!! studies show 2012 was the worst manufacturing yeah for Jeep
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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11!!!!! studies show 2012 was the worst manufacturing yeah for Jeep
Can you cite or link those studies?
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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012 no question
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:23 PM   #7
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The rubicon will be better stock off road but if you plan to lift it anyway then you can alway build up a sport to be just as competent off road as the rubicon. Having the 3.6 would be very nice but unfortunately there have been several reported problems with them ticking
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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I have the 12 Rubi with a stick. Very happy with it especially after mods. The engine does make a big difference having driven both.

I did have a small transmission problem but no engine problems and my 2011 Chrysler 200 has the same engine and they run awesomely. The 200 will fly over a 110 without you even noticing it as it is so smooth.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #9
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Can you cite or link those studies?
I will try my best to find my buddy was telling me he seen it..... ill check
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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Skwat, with those choices I would go with the Unlimited regardless of being a 2011 or 2012. That is because of me wanting the 4 door over the 2 door Jeep.

I have a 2007 JKUS and a 2012 JKUS (this next will get me banned form the 2012 forums) and I love (really LOVE) them both equally for different reasons.

I bought new and still have a 1978 CJ-7 so I have done my time in a 2 door Jeep and am as qualified as anyone on the forum to give may experienced opinion which is go with the Unlimited!
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:31 PM   #11
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I'd lean twoards the 12.. I prefer the wrangler in the 2 dr version but it's merely a what do you need for your situation kind of thing..
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:34 PM   #12
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I will try my best to find my buddy was telling me he seen it..... ill check
lol...I'm sure there's been tons of "studies" done. Probably the Consumer Reports article.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #13
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Not sure what your budget is but fwiw i've seen 2012 JK Rubicons floating around on cars.com and such for around 30K
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The unlimited is nice for carrying capacity. Plus if I'm loning it I don't have to pitch a tent. A twin air mattress will fit inside for camping purposes. When on a long trip I have the cargo space for the missus and I and dogs. No cramping up or sticking stuff on the roof our rear cargo rack I only use for the trikes. Two doors are fine but if I'm travelling..I'm TRAVELLING with cargo.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:38 PM   #15
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Drove both, had a great deal for the '11 but liked the '12 better so I bought it. Both great Jeeps, good problem to have...
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Pat@fieldsjeep posted this as a .pdf a while ago.

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Old 03-07-2012, 05:42 PM   #17
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Wow, amazing number of replies in such a short time, thanks!

For sure going with the unlimited and unless it was a crazy deal on a new 2011 Rubicon I am pretty sure we will stick with the 2012 either sport or Rubicon as the budget allows. Driven both 11's and 12's and can certainly feel the difference.

How has your experience been on trade-in value when using the tread lightly discount? I am thinking I need to get the trade-in value locked down first to avoid potential lowball offers on the trade.
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Can you cite or link those studies?
You bit the bait Bill

I seriously doubt there is any "legitimate" study that found the 2012 any worse than the 2007 or the first year TJ, YJ or CJ.
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You bit the bait Bill

I seriously doubt there is any "legitimate" study that found the 2012 any worse than the 2007 or the first year TJ, YJ or CJ.
No, I didn't bite.... I just played out enough rope to hang himself with... I don't think we'll be seeing any actual citations of studies that a "buddy was telling [him] he seen [sic]"...
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #20
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they all have problems 07-12 but I would go for the 12 more power,,,,, uggghhhhh
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:57 PM   #21
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40% more power, 10% more torque, nuff said. At least the '11 has the new interior. I'd consider the '11 Rubi if it was the same price as the '12 Sport. They should be giving '11's away at this point.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #22
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #23
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If they were both sports, I'd take the 2012, but

I'd take an '11 Rubi over a '12 sport anytime !

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #24
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I have a '12 Sport....I could have gotten a Rubi, but for me, I know I don't need the options it has. Lockers, quick disco's etc.

Now if you want that just because it is a Rubi that is fine, but I know I would be wasting money buying a Rubi.

I drove a 2011 Sport last summer, and not being harsh, but there is a big difference driving on the street between the '11 and the '12. Best question is to ask yourself what do you need? than what do want?
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Historically the first model year of a new engine, body style, drive train, etc. has the most problems right? I would opt for the 11 Rubi. If you want more power, just regear and voila... you have more power... well not really but it sure makes it drive a heck of a lot better, especially off road. And well you know you are going to put tires, rims etc on and the Rubi already has 4.10 gears for when you upgrade to bigger tires it wont be so bad... Just my opinion... I have an 08 Sahara that had 3.21 gears and 6sp tranny. Upgraded to 4.88 gears and LOVE it.
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I went with 2012 JKU Rubicon

I went with a 2012 JKU Rubicon... and love it. My first Jeep.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:59 PM   #28
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have they figured out the rolling codes thing yet for the 2011's?
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I wouldn't worry about the new engine. It's been around since 2010 and was included in Ward's Best 10 Engines for 2010.
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I went with a 2012 JKU Rubicon... and love it. My first Jeep.

I must say the matching top is nice in any color. Nice rubi.....

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