Looks like I am soon completing a deal to pick up a 2004 Rubicon. Before I complete the deal.....I just thought I would ask if there is anything/problems I should be aware of on this particular year...or, has this year/model been a "good one" ?
also, is there a different bolt pattern (dana 44's ?) on the differential yolk's as compared to the non-Rubicon models? Probably sounds dumb but I want to make sure it is a Rubicon and not just a sticker.
I have one , 90,000 miles and no issues..
Obvious things that Rubis have
Rear disc brakes
Dana 44 front and rear
The rear driveshaft has universal joints front and rear..
4:1 low range
A couple of other things aren't good indicators as they are available aftermarket things that some posers may install so there TJ looks like a Rubi.. Good luck !!
04' Rubi, with all the gizmos we need for long range excursions, / home modified excursion trailer;
96' Lexus 450, locked, loaded and ready to roll..
'12 VW New Beetle
Also crawl under and check the tag on the transfer case, it should say either 241 OR or 241 J.
Check both front and rear axles for drain plugs (in the casting, not the covers) and then the obvious locker switches in the dash.
This rubi appears to be in great shape, single owner previously (woman owned, never off-roaded as it was used for her main transportation, pretty much all highway miles), never wrecked, has a/c, a hard top and a soft top. supposedly will need some new tires pretty soon. They want $11k for it and it has 135k miles on it.
Not sure without looking at it, but 11k seems fair, check kbb.
KBB.com is anywhere between low $10k and mid $11k....depending on the condition (good, very good, etc.). It's pretty much in their window but I sometimes don't think KBB is the best barometer since there are other factors that KBB cannot foresee.......such as availability, demand, etc.
The owner seems like a nice, honest guy though (but who really knows?). The pictures look quite good.
ive had my 2004 rubi for a little over 3.5 years now.its been great.no major issues,just regular maintenance.i also bought it off an older lady who never wheeled it.better than buying someones well used and abused one.lol..
I bought my stock '05 Rubi about 10 months ago for $10.5k with 130k miles on it with a hard top, no soft top, and I thought that it was a good deal. I changed all the fluids right away because of the high miles and it's been great. Just got from Moab this past week, no problems. I would definitely grab it if it drives well for that price even with the high miles. The only issue that I have right now is a slight oil drip, but not a big deal, I'll fix that later.