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Old 08-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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Need advice before I buy 06 LJ RUBI 70k miles

I am getting ready (tomorrow) to look at hopefully buy an 06 khaki Rubicon Unlimited with soft top and auto transmission and the fancy mirror. 6 disc? cd player. (non satellite).

70k miles. one owner. purchased in Hawaii then she moved to Cali and brought it and registered it here and then traded it in this year.

rust free, no marking under the vehicle. cosmetically clean except a broken tie down loop on the hood (go figure)

also the door strap broke when a person test driving it let the door go and a gust of wind took it.

one golf ball sized ding where it says Rubicon. (a golf ball hit it?)

the tires will need to be replaced in a while they are not bad and are all evenly worn even the 5th wheel.

all stock.

70k miles for $16k in NorCal that's DAMN good for a Rubicon so I am of course worried.. why is it cheaper by 4000 than most around here and in LA and in Nevada?

So i will have a mechanic look at it tomorrow and will have him check (while i watch ) for that squealing monkeys / valve oil dealie. (it's late i forget the name. planetary something..

Anyway what about that gas thing? i will read on that tonight... but can you check for that ? might be worth putting some gas in it just to test it. even at $4.00 a gallon out here.

What about the HAWAII thing? should i be pulling up all carpet looking for rust? i did not see ANY on the frame. saw no oil leaks. did see a little oil on the rear D44 like when they fill it and spill some or.... but i can handle that.

This is my second jeep (had a 98 TJ SE) and my second (personal) vehicle (aside from Lambrettas and Vespas and random motorcycles)...

I wish it had a hardtop but i am thinking it may be too good to pass up.. then again i never had a hardtop on my TJ and drove to new mexico etc etc..

what else should i check guys/gals? I am nervous...
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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I would not buy it and buy my non rubicon Lj that is the same color with a hard top. Then I would tell me where I can buy the LJ rubi lol. Really I would jump on it.

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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The main thing to check is the OPDA. Any noise or vibration is bad.

The check valve in the gas tank may cause it to spit some gas out if you try to fill it with the pump on max. Not a biggie. Just slow the pump down when it's about full.

Test the lockers to be sure they are working.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:35 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Will do as advised.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:13 AM   #5
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HOLY CRAP 16K IN CALI FOR A RUBI LJ!!??!??!?!?!?!?! In LA, LJs alone go for around 16k, if you are staring at a Rubi LJ for 16k id snatch it up ASAP! Good find! As far as what to look for. The common things to check on a late model TJ/LJ Rubi would be the lockers, make sure they lock and unlock, check for any signs of the OPDA issue, check for frame rust (surface rust is ok), check for signs of offroad usage, check that the 6th number on the VIN is a 6, make sure you are not dreaming, make sure you have not wet your pants.

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Old 08-16-2013, 07:31 AM   #6
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Also, check that the Dana 44 axles are still under it. There have been cases where they have been swapped out for regular axles. There are threads that tell you how to differentiate between the 44s and 30s or 35s.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:08 AM   #7
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That's a 21k jeep in Southern California. I'd buy it.


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Old 08-16-2013, 09:35 AM   #8
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Everyone (including yourself) has covered it all. If it's all satisfactory I'd jump on it like a 4yrd on a trampoline.

Or tell me where it is, I need a matching twin, just longer to my Rubi
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Make sure you run a Carfax up front!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:01 AM   #10
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that would be a $20K+ Rubi out here in Connecticut, you lucky dog, if it checks out buy it.

...and it looks a lot like the one-year-only 2005 Special Edition/Limited Edition (1,000 made, all numbered) "Rubihara" movie tribute LJ as they were all this color.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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Sounds like a great deal! My '06 with about the same mileage was just over $18k. And had to go to Utah to get it. Seems any Jeep on the West coast is priced ridiculous.
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California jeeps are rust free and usually well maintained. LJ Rubicons are scarce here and definitely command a premium price. Carmax had one a week ago selling for 22.9 k. Lasted 2 days.

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Old 08-16-2013, 12:12 PM   #13
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You heard them. Run the carfax, then buy it. My '06 LJ Rubi was $18k, soft top and hard top, 3" Zone lift still in the box and Kicker speakers for the bar and Polk for the fronts still in the boxes to be installed. 76k miles. I flew down, bought it and drove her home and couldn't be happier! When the wife and I decided we wanted a toy, and saw the longer Wranglers, we didn't like them. Then we drove a SWB and realized, lol, man, there ain't shat for room in this here toy, lets look at the LWB. They look a bit odd stock, but the Rubi's sit a little higher and then you lift them and they are badazz. $16k anywhere is a good price for that vehicle as longer as she still has all her parts, particularly the dana 44's front and rear. make sure everything engages properly.
I think you will find the radio (and yes, its a built-in 6 disc changer) is pretty good. Only downside is not aux plug for iPod/iPhone, but you can buy a FM modulator. You've owned a TJ before, so you know how good the heater is. The A/C is amazing. Let put it this way. My a/c works better than the A/C in my wifes 2010 Hyundai Tuscon and it pisses her off, lol. I don't know if you really need the hard top bro. I live in New England. Home of cold and my buddy doesn't bother changing tops anymore. The hard top is unwieldy and heavy and a pain to store.
Mileage is good, body looks good. Pull the carpet for giggles just to check it out, you'll prolly line it later anyway. But just pull the trigger before someone else does and yer left behind wishing you hadn't waited. Good luck!
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Similar story - wife wanted a jeep. I told her to look for a Rubicon LJ. She hunted several down. Found one, ran the car fax - it was from HAWAII. It was bought new by a resort. We were worried about rust too. She called a jeep dealer in Hawaii and explained her worries about the Jeep. He said since it was a resort Jeep - a rental - they wash it all the time to keep the sailt off. He told her not to worry it would probably be well cared for. The dealer we bought it from in southern Colorado said it was rust free. We bought it - it had 41K miles and cost us about 18K...it's in great condition - once we fixed "the wobble".
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Man I am going there first thing tomorrow!! still going to take it to a mechanic but i will let you all know. The wife is saying HURRY UP before they snatch it! (i had to work late today so I can't go... I'm giddy heh heh heh! Thanks All. Hope to go wheeling with some of youse (East Coast term heh heh) and hope to share stories and tech tips with the rest.
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Well, did ya get it?
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If you didn't, tell me where I can find it.


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Old 08-17-2013, 08:18 AM   #18
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Well? Any news?
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:46 AM   #19
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He's gone quiet. Send me a pm if you don't buy it please.


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Old 08-18-2013, 05:56 AM   #20
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I pulled the trigger!! Proud owner of a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited or is it a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon? Either way I got it home last night. So excited I had to get up to look at it and post this. The wife was like "buy it, buy it, All your friends on the forum said buy it! It's a Rubicon!!!" Man she made me proud.. and yes I consider you all friends.

It was cool, the clock showed 7:20 when we were test driving it, and 7-20 is my birthday so I guess it was kinda meant to be.

Carfax was clean, mechanic inspection was clean, that OPD thing was good, the dealer ( a Dodge Jeep Chrysler Dealer) had even done brakes, rotors and main seal. (They give a free 3 month fix anything mechanical warranty so It makes sense they would do some work on it to prep it for sale.

Lockers locked, did not know how to unlock though!!! hah hah hah it kept going from both to rear... then I realized you flip the switch up. duh!

I do need a passenger door strap, and cosmetically the black hinge covers on the body side are missing, but the ones on the tailgate side are there... anyone got their off and want to sell them?

As I was driving home still giddy AND nervous about the purchase, (I am Cancer and Cancers worry about stuff like big purchases) I see a white TJ with 35's a highlift jack on the rear spare and the top down. Husband driving, Wife in front, two kids in the back... (What I like to call a Nice All American Family).... so they pass me up and I, without thought or reason, stuck my arm out the window and instinctively gave the Jeep Wave... The driver quickly gave a big high Jeep Wave back up through the open top... the kids were all smiling... I thought to myself... "ahhh I'm back...."

I want to thank you all for your help and support as well as advice and cheering on. It helped me make the purchase. My wife pointed out it had been 6 years since I voluntarily sold my TJ... I had left a career at Comcast cable after 12 years and had not yet started in the I.T. field... so I was unemployed and felt like I had to contribute as a MAN... not a macho thing, but I was always raised to do my part.... anyway the wife came home one day and I says "Honey I am not working yet buy I sold the Jeep..." she was shocked.. that was my baby! even though it was a 4 banger and had no A/C I loved that thing.... Since then I always had my eye on TJ's... especially Unlimiteds, and only DREAMED of owning a Rubi... I always thought I would buy a sport and build it up with ARB's etc... I just got promoted to Senior Network Consultant too... ahh, hard work pays off.
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Good for you. Welcome to the LJ Rubi club! Looks like others on this forum wanted to pounce on your finding if you didn't buy.
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I passed on the last two LJ Rubis I looked at and I'm done shopping them for now. Glad to see you get one you wanted, enjoy it!!
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Congrats! Good for you man and you're right....hard work does pay off!
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Congrats on the new Rubi.

Taking it out of 4LO will disengage the lockers as well.

If it didn't come with one, you can download an owner's manual for free at Jeep.com.
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Excellent buy. Congrats!


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Dude! Congrats! Welcome to the Jeep family! Glad to see your life is looking up! Just keep asking questions on here and start new threads if you have them. everyone is here to help!

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