I am having buyers remorse and I don't even have my TJ yet. Here is my Problem. I have told my buddy that I want his 04 Rubi auto after he gets back from Jeepers Jamboree in August at the Rubicon. He said cool. He wanted to sell it so I did not put him in a bind he already has an 2010 unlimited he is going to start driving. He wants Low Book for it. So he could easily sell it for what he is asking. It is a nice Jeep. 4 inch terra-flex lift. 33's, CB, Skids, rear bumper with tire carrier and only 60,000 on the clock.15 large.
Or I can order a new Rubi unlimited auto with all the bells and whistles. I have the dough but which one do I really want. I like the TJ cause it is almost done but it lacks room. The JK has the room but needs upgrades.
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I have an 04 rubi, and considered a new 2012 for about 5 minutes.. Yes the new ones have more room, and lots of creature comforts, but I would have lots of upgrades to do on the JK which would top out at around 50k.. Yes, that new motor has lots more power and much better fuel mileage than the 4.0 I-6, but for less than 12k I can swap in a Chevy LS series V8, a hardtop, and a cruise control into my 04', to get the MPGs, the power, and some creature comforts.. I can afford either, but would much rather spend that 38k on many, many, more long range excursions.. Example= for around 12,000 we can ship jeep and trailer, ourselves and all our gear to Australia and back. It all depends on where you want to spend your money. I choose experiences over stuff.. Good luck with your decision !!
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..
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The space issue seems to be your factor. My TJ is small but I couldn't justify spending 39 (or more) for what amounted to a little more room. I like the JK and the JKU and if I bought new I would opt for a Rubi. But you have found a really clean TJ Rubi for a decent price. Man, flip a coin?!?
Yeah I know it looks stupid when I read it. I just want to be able to have friends enjoy the ride with me. The TJ is going to be cramped. But I will be able to trick it out more. I was looking at the different JK forums on the net and they seem to be having engine problems. I guess the smart thing to do is to get the TJ and get my friends to buy jeeps too.
The JK will be good for daily driving, especially room for kids. Your buddy's TJ sounds like already built for the trails so minimal upgrades are needed with very low mileage. I can't justify spending 3x the cost for the extra room plus needed upgrades. You will never get your investment back if you decide to sell.