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Old 08-10-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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'04 X vs '05 Unl Rubicon

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?

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:47 PM   #2
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why is this even a question? Both have roughly the same mileage and both are the same asking price? BUY THE RUIBICON!!

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:55 PM   #3
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Buy the RUBICON! The wheelbase and axles alone are worth it!
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:01 PM   #4
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So an LJ RUBI for that price is a steal. Just make sure there isnt a hidden reason its that low!
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Go for the Ruby. Make sure it is a Rubicon though and not a mis-fit.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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So an LJ RUBI for that price is a steal. Just make sure there isnt a hidden reason its that low!
Ditto.^^^^

And if you don't want it let me know where it is....I'll buy it now for that price if it is good condition!!!! (the lj rubi)
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:10 PM   #7
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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
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:22 PM   #8
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Really? You have to actually ASK???
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:58 PM   #9
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Should the Rubi say Rubicon on the Autocheck report? It just says Wrangler Unlimited.

PS, if you need a vin check over the next few weeks, PM ME. (hope this is okay here )
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:07 PM   #10
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On the carfax for my recent rubicon purchase it states...
"Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited" but thats for a 2008 so....

best bet would be take that VIN and call any jeep dealer and ask them to run the VIN. They will be able to tell you for sure.

If you actually go to the jeep dealer with the VIN they should even be able to give you a copy of the build sheet.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:39 PM   #11
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There's web sites that will decode the VIN for you for free.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:41 PM   #12
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oh my god

05 lj rubi for 11500
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:47 PM   #13
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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!
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:49 PM   #14
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Yes gold TJ is right maybe youll see the locker and sway buttons under the AC on the dash if its a rubi, but there are easier ways like looking up the vin
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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.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:21 PM   #16
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And if it is a Rubicon, make sure the Rubicon axles and trasfer case are still there. Sometimes they get stoolen, then replaced with the more common D30/d35 setup.

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