Hello, long time lurker, first time poster.
I'm having a bit of a dilemma about buying a Jeep, and I figured what better place to turn to? I've read quite a few posts on here and other Jeep forums, and am fairly familiar with what I'm looking to get, just looking for some additional input or things I may not have thought of. I've owned a Cherokee in the distant past, and am currently in a position to purchase. I am pretty dead set on a LJ, as it has what I'm looking for.
First dilemma is I keep going back and forth on trading my 05 V8 paid off 2WD 13mpg Dodge Dakota with 80k miles, and going for a higher mileage LJ as a second vehicle, or trading the truck for a nicer, lower mileage 06 with hardtop. The only thing I really haul in the truck is my dirtbike..and other peoples crap lol. One of the reasons I'm set on the LJ is the ability to use a motorcycle hitch carrier, which would negate my main need for a pick em up. I am most definitely leaning towards simply trading the truck, as I have no real need for two vehicles, and my round trip to work is about 6 miles, so long distance DD is not a problem. Higher insurance and the extra plate tag fees and property taxes are also pushing me towards trading.
On to the second dilemma, and the meat and potatoes of this post. I have found a pretty amazing looking 06 LJ Rubicon at a 'relatively' close dealer (100 miles or so) I had pretty much written of the Rubi's due to them being so rare around my parts, in six months looking this is the first one I've seen come up for sale. Being honest with myself, I don't really do any offroading, but having a Jeep again MAY get me into it a little. I really would rather have the capabilities and not need it, than need it and not have it. Sooo...is a Rubi overkill for mainly street driving? To add..the dealer is asking $20k for it, and it only has 69k miles, it does have a hartop and softtop, as well as manual. The sticker seems kind of high to me, and I think I could negotiate down a little, but considering it's rarity, and the fact I'm at a slight disadvantage trading in, I don't know how much leverage I'll realistically have. Most of the LJ's around here are beat to hell, high mileage, or rusted up, so finding a nice one is kind of rare in itself.
Whew, so sorry for the long post..but I've been beating myself up over what to do lol. Any input is better than none! So thanks in advance for any you may have, and hopefully I'll be returning to the Jeep ranks soon!