Is a Rubicon too much Jeep for me and price question
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!
If you are even thinking you might want a Rubicon you should do it. Otherwise, you will wish you had bought one once your driving something else. I think 20k sounds a little high with 69k miles. LJs are not that common and Rubicons are even less common, but they are out there. My best advice is be patient and don't settle. Wait for just the right one, if your willing to wait and drive a little ways to buy it you will find it.
Not overkill. Not like it performs worse on road than a non rubicon. Better to have something and not need it than not have it and need it. Like a seatbelt. Or a winch. You get the idea. Also as a long time jeep owner you can rent trailers if you ever need a truck again. Easier to load and unload being low to the ground. I built a 300 dollar harbor freight one.
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If you are committed to finding a LJ, and therefore used, you know how rare it is to come across something that you think is a truly unique "find". Seems like your Rubicon is that. I would look long term and recommend you buy it, knowing all the time that if you don't like it, you can always flip it yourself because of its uniqueness. And, of course, there is always that "geez I could have had that and didn't pull the trigger" regret, which is killer to get over.
Spoke with the manager today and basically asked him what made this a $20k rig. He was pretty honest and told me it was just taken in on a trade in and he wasn't sure what exactly aftermarket equipment it may have on it, and told me directly that the price was negotiable, and that he would check on the Rubi and get back to me with a better run down on what's on it. He seemed surprisingly straight with me, so I'm curious to see how this proceeds.
I still feel that a Rubicon may be a little much for my needs, but that's never exactly stopped me before haha.
Thanks again for any input, and sorry to be another one of 'those' topics!
If you feel like you're gettin' a good deal go for it. I bought my LJ a year and a half ago and have loved it ever since. I paid $16k for an '04 LJ with 34k miles and I feel like the guy gave me a fair price, mine isn't a Rubicon but just wanted to give you an idea what folks are paying. Whatever Jeep you end up in you'll enjoy it.
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If it was me I would just get the rubi you never know where you might need to drive or anything and since you have the rubi you will be ready to go and since it's an LJ that makes it even better I would jump on that. I hade to drive around 350 miles for my LJ and iv loved every minute of it.
I always rather enjoy the price discussions on here. But BobbysBluLJ hit it on the head... if you're happy with the price then it was a good deal. As Patton said, "a good plan violently executed today is better than a perfect plan executed tomorrow." There will always be a better deal tomorrow, or the next day. Bottom line.... once you find YOUR jeep and you love it, and you're happy with the price, buy it, and stop shopping. And don't tell anyone what you paid! My wife sent me a meme a while back, "my biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them." Same with the Jeep! And as far as the LJ Rubicon goes.... they are a rare a sought after item in good condition. It was hard enough finding my 04 LJ. When my buddy found his 06 LJ Rubi for sale... we drove 2 hours with cash that day 3 hours after the dealer posted it for sale. He even provided the auction receipt, before fees he had paid $17 and change.
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