Hiya all, i'm about to buy my first Jeep, what an exciting time!
Been trying to decide between an '04 X w/ about 85k and an '05 Unlimited Rubi with about 81k. The X has a D35 rear, new soft top, tires/brakes about 1yr, original owner and looks to have been well maintained. The Rubi was recently purchased from a stealership and being privately resold because it's not a good fit for them (supposedly), tires look new. I would jump on the Rubi, but it looks a little bit weird with the longer wheel base.
Both are asking 11,500. Any Unlimited Rubicon owners or others have any helpful comments?
Just going by the information you gave about both Jeeps, I would go with the rubi and wouldn't even think twice about it. I sort of agree that the LJ can sometimes look a bit funny due to the extra length in the rear, but a lift and bigger tires can help make it appear a bit shorter. When I lifted my TJ, I was kind of surprised at how much shorter it appeared vs. stock.
Remember though, that extra length also gives some really nice advantages such as increased towing capacity (if that matters to you), more interior room, and probably less severe ds angles when lifted. Add to that all of the advantages a rubi has over an X such as lockers, the d44, TC, and more options. For me, the decision would be a no-brainer to go with the rubi.
Everyone has their own opinions though, and I'm sure you'll hear a few of them here
My understanding is that all Unlimiteds have Dana 44 rears,not sure they are lockers,however!Look at front and rears to make sure it is a Rubicon-all Rubicons have front and rear lockers,with switch on center of dash just in front of shifter.Either way,Unlimited still gets my vote!
According to the vin decoder "cheat sheets" the mod is sport. I'll check with a dealer tomorrow as suggested. Haven't seen the Jeep in person or it would be obvious. (Its a few hours away) Thanks again for your wisdom and opinions. Many of the threads here have been very helpful in my Jeep edjumacation.