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Old 03-14-2011, 06:27 AM   #1
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2005 Rubicon???

Hey everyone, I am new to the board as you can see. I am currently the owner of a 2000 Cherokee but i am going today to take a look at a 2005 Rubicon. I am scouring the board today searching for things to look for during the test drive. I was also wondering what I could expect for mileage out of this thing? I know we don't buy jeeps for good gas mileage, we buy them for fun. But Im already feeling the 16 mpg from my cherokee as gas prices rise. I dont want to get into a Rubicon with 4.11 gears and find out it gets horrendous mileage. I would much rather have a manual than auto, but due to my wifes refusal to learn it, and the fact that this jeep appears to be in immaculate condition I am going to look anyway.

I am going to look at a 2005 Rubicon automatic with 43,000 miles on it. Bone stock. (Why people buy a Rubicon only for commuting is beyond me)

I know this is sacrilege on a forum like this, but would updating to a gear like a 3:73 help fuel economy at all?

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Don't do it. The Overdrive is steep enough. And too steep for a 3:73. Unless it is super flat around there.

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Old 03-14-2011, 06:43 AM   #3
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I am going to look at a 2005 Rubicon automatic with 43,000 miles on it. Bone stock. (Why people buy a Rubicon only for commuting is beyond me)

I know this is sacrilege on a forum like this, but would updating to a gear like a 3:73 help fuel economy at all?
How can you juxtapose those two statements?
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In my 2005 Rubicon I was seeing anywhere between 13-16 mpg when it was stock. It's an automatic. It all depends on how you drive it. Think little old lady on a Sunday drive.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:44 AM   #5
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hey im a new guy to the forum too. i bought an 06 back in december and it was stock but right away lifted 2 in. I then drove up to virginia and averaged about 18-19 mpg going up and cruising at an avg of 75. sometimes the speed dropped. but then coming back down to nc i amazingly got 20mpg staying at a consent 80-85. btw im also on 31' mtr's. so i think i did pretty good. i would not go to the 3.73 gears, i think its a bad decision to give up the power for the thought you might get better gas mileage. have fun with the rubi! and the lockers are amazing! plus the d44's
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:50 AM   #6
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How can you juxtapose those two statements?

The guy I am buying it from says he has never wheeled in it, just used it to commute.

I will also be using it as my every day car as I don't have the loot the buy a separate daily drive and just use this as a trail rig. So it is probably going to stay stock for a while. But I do want to get it out wheeling as much as possible.

As for the 3:73, I was just throwing it out there as a thought. I dont plan on changing anything. If I can drive normally and get mid teens mileage I will be more than happy. Like I said I currently have a cherokee, so I am used to the driving style of the 4.0 There is rarely a need in daily driving to see the tach needle over 3K.
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For the $1000+ you would drop to regear, you could pick up a beater car that runs and gets 25 mpg or better... much cheaper in the long run...
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:50 AM   #8
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My wife would like me to get something better on gas too, but I refuse to part with my TJ.
All said and done, after the price for another car, insuring another car, it would work out to me having to drive it for about 5 years for the return of investment.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:16 PM   #9
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If you buy it thinking you will regear to save on gas think again . Regearing will cost you $1300.00 or more . If gas is $4.00 a Gal that would buy 325 Gal or 5200 miles at 16 miles per gal . If you did regear to 3.73 and did get 17 mpg how long would it take to get that money back ??

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I knew I shouldnt have put that sentence about regearing. It was an afterthought I threw in at the end of my post.

I really just wanted to know if there were any issues to look for in a used Rubicon and get an idea of what I should expect for mileage.

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If you average 16 mpg you will be doing well .

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Old 03-14-2011, 01:49 PM   #12
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Its a 4.0 the skinny pedal will decide your mpg's
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:59 PM   #13
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I knew I shouldnt have put that sentence about regearing. It was an afterthought I threw in at the end of my post.

I really just wanted to know if there were any issues to look for in a used Rubicon and get an idea of what I should expect for mileage.

Read up on the OPDA issue that affects all 05 and 06 4.0s.
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I have an 03 Rubicon auto/OD I'm getting 15-16 mpg. I do have 33" tires on it,, but also drive like an old fart. (OH YA!! I am an old fart)
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Read up on the OPDA issue that affects all 05 and 06 4.0s.

^^^^^^^ This!
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According to Chrysler records the opda issue was fixed as a recall in 2007. The engine runs smooth without so much as a tick or a squeak.

And I can see now what you meant about the overdrive. It is really steep.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:39 PM   #17
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I went from a Cherokee to a Wrangler myself. The gas mileage didn't seem to be much different. I think you would be happy with the Rubi. I only have an X, but I still love it nonetheless.
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According to Chrysler records the opda issue was fixed as a recall in 2007. The engine runs smooth without so much as a tick or a squeak.

And I can see now what you meant about the overdrive. It is really steep.
FYI, there isn't a permanent fix. You've bought yourself some more time, but the part is still flawed unfortunately.
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I have an 04 Rubicon and love it. I have 33x12.5 BFG A/T tires and turn Overdrive off to keep me in the proper RPM Range unless I am on the Hi way. I get 14 to 15mpg consistantly.
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does. anyone know what stock measurement from frame to ground is on an 03 rubicon. i bought mine already lifted and its a good step to get in. just wanted to get a general idea of how much lift is on it. the tires r 285s with plenty of clearance in the fender wells. i know its off the subject just all the rubicon owners
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FYI, there isn't a permanent fix. You've bought yourself some more time, but the part is still flawed unfortunately.
Well I guess I had better read through the "How to" on this so I can check it every year.

I picked up the Rubicon yesterday.......Badass.

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