|10-17-2011 07:45 AM|
|10-17-2011 12:46 AM|
Vent circulation mode
|10-13-2011 05:11 PM|
|BLZ||hey stallion,nice color choice.havnt seen that before.kinda has a military vibe.|
|10-13-2011 03:13 PM|
Thanks guys for all the feedback!
As for the tread chuncking, I was able to get the dealer to replace my tire with a brand new one! I know now that off-roading can cause this issue but I figured since the Rubi was only two weeks old, it would not hurt to try to get the dealer to replace it for free and I'm glad that I did!
Everything else is going great with the Rubi (no leaks yet and it had been raining like crazy in here. I even left the Rubi outside for testing purposes - NOTE: I have not removed any of the tops yet. I'm really starting to think that these tops are very picky when removed and if they are not balanced to the dot, they might cause a leak but we will see).
I need your feedback regarding the vent circulation mode. Every vehicle I drove in the past, allowed external air to come inside the cabin (when the circulation button is off). When I push the circulation button off (without running the fan), I get no external air at all - is this how your Wrangler is? In other words, are you able to let the external air inside the cabin without running the fan or AC? Thanks
An advice to all potential Wrangler buyers: I have driven a great deal of vehicles including SUVs, Sports, Luxury and yet, this Rubi is the best and most fun to drive (I truly mean it and I refuse to drive anything else moving forward but a Rubi). This amazing machine is a perfect daily driver and is extremely pleasant to drive in long trips.
|10-12-2011 05:54 AM|
|Jondalar||I envy you owners with new Wranglers. While reading a review I can feel what it's like to own one.|
|10-11-2011 09:15 PM|
|ygohome||That is a nice first impression review. Thanks for posting. The tire chunking is normal when off roading on the rocks. Especially if locked and in 4lo.|
|10-11-2011 08:17 PM|
|NMRubicon||I love my Rubicon, it isn't a '12, but it does well for me on and off road. My tires have several "chunks" out of them from playing in the rocks, price you have to pay to play I guess. I just wish someone would build a tire tough enough to deal with mesquite. Good looking Rubi, hope you get many years of enjoyment from it. As for the MPG computer, mine has two functions, one is and instantanious readout, the other is an average, the instant readout jumps around a lot, the average does not. To swap between the two modes, hold the select button down until the display goes blank, then comes back up with the MPG.|
|10-11-2011 04:46 PM|
|daggo66||Tires can get damaged off road. I doubt the dealer can do anything for you there.|
|10-11-2011 02:17 PM|
|Stallion289TX||Congratulations John. I bet you are so busy enjoying your Rubi and totally forgot about this forum (enjoy the most capable production machine on the planet )|
|09-27-2011 09:02 PM|
That is my Rubicon it should be here by Thursday afternoon. I should be meeting with "Jeepers" on Saturday morning. Yeah I'm excited.
Stallion I'll help out with driving impressions when I get some drive time. Thanks for starting this.
|09-27-2011 03:16 PM|
Update: complaint (a) - When in 4L, 'D' will be the selected gear. Now, if you shift to (-) or (+) then shift the stick to 'N' then back to 'D', it will show the latest gear you had! No issue here for me.
I do have two new problems however: mpg reading is fluctuating at an increased rate (this morning, it was reading 25mpg!!!!!!!!!!!! Another issue is that a thread on the tire has been chipped!!!!!! I contacted the dealer who of course did not know how to handle the issue (I love how they always respond as if I'm beggin from them - a Mcdonalds employee probably knows more about a Wrangler than the bozoos at the dealership) I ended up contacting Michlan who created a case and advised me to visit one of their dealer (Discount tires most likely)
|09-26-2011 12:38 PM|
2012 Wrangler Rubicon Owner Review
This thread has been created so that owners of the 2012 Rubicon can share their On/Off-road experiences and provide real life review for the Rubicon’s performance, capabilities, fuel economy, concerns and repairs.
I became a happy owner of the 2012 Rubicon (Unlimited) two weeks ago! This is my very first Wrangler and my overall experience has been pleasant. I have always wanted a Wrangler but the ancient transmission and weak minivan engine (capable off-road but insufficient for daily pavement driving) have prevented me from owning one for many years. The following is my two-week review of the 2012 Rubicon:
1) Appearance/body components: I love the old-school and rugged appearance of the Wrangler which has been maintained for over 70 years! The body/frame feels very solid and abuse-proof (doors/gate door are light but don’t mind to be slammed hard when shutting – unlike other vehicles which makes you feel that trim is falling apart when shutting hard!). Fender flares are light and can be easily broken but are meant to be designed this way (not expensive to replace).
2) Performance: the 2012 Rubicon is more than sufficient for daily driving (engine has plenty of power to pull the Wrangler up-to speed whether driving within the city or on highways). The automatic transmission is smooth and feels solid. The 4.10 gears allow my Rubicon to pass easily on highways/city without requiring the automatic transmission to down shift.
So far, I have managed to clock 900 miles on the odometer; 60mph @ 2,100 rpm, 70mph @ 2,500 rpm
NOTE: I noticed that while driving down hill, the Wrangler speeds up faster than any vehicle I driven even when I let my foot off the gas pedal (it requires some braking).
3) Fuel economy: I did not expect 18mpg from my 2012 Rubicon but I was hoping for at least 16mpg from combined driving. So far, I have been very pleased with the 17.2mpg that my Rubi has been accomplishing with combined driving, 3 passengers on board (40% of time), AC running (60% of time) and some off-roading as well!
4) Off-roading: I took my Rubicon to ‘Hidden Falls’ trails and I’m really amazed with how capable my stock Rubicon is! I had a chance to use 4H, 4L, Lockers (front and rear), Swaybar disconnect, hill descent (does an excellent braking job when going down a steep path). I was able to negotiate a great deal of obstacles including extremely steep grades and a great deal of rock climbing which are a dead-end for many 4x4 vehicles (I even had my family on board with AC running most of the time!!!!!!). I was very impressed with the fact that my Rubi can hold extremely still while going up on a very steep grade (transmission in D; transfer case in 4L; and foot off-gas!!!!!!). I now understand what a crawling monster the Rubicon is!
NOTE: I really was worried that after negotiating the tough trails that my Wrangler’s steering will be out-of-balance, wheels needing balance, and cabin component vibrating but it has not been the case at all. In fact, my Rubi still drives as it did before (trust me I was driving over a great deal of rocks for hours!)
5) Water leak: I have not experience any kind of water leak (thanks god) and I have been through heavy rain and manual car washing (please note that I have not removed any part of the hard tops yet). I believe that a major contributor to water leak is removing the tops and not putting them back the exact way they were – I will try moving them once weather cools a little more and I will provide feedback accordingly.
6) Interior: very beautiful dashboard and well-thought of and solid components (no complaints at all, I love it). AC is very powerful even when in minimum speed, sound system is extremely pure and powerful, ride is very comfy, wind noise is not bad as most people complain, the suspension feels very rough and rugged on road (I love it).
7) Complaints: I really don’t have any complaints but few concerns that I hope to clarify soon:
a) When off-roading while in 4L, the transmission indicator was showing ‘D’ but for some weird reason and just for a sudden, I felt that the Wrangler rpm was going higher so I look at transmission indicator and it was ‘D1’ so I shifted the stick to ‘N’, then back to ‘D’ and it still showed ‘D1’!!!!! I moved the transfer case to 4H, then back to 4L and it still showed ‘D1’!!! I was leaving the trails at that point so I did not worry much but I tried it the day after and it worked just fine (I put it in 4L and it was on ‘D’). I’m not sure what was causing the issue – if you have any idea, please explain and provide feedback.
b) AC: every vehicle I have owned, I was able to let the outside air come into the interior without running the AC or fan just by simply turning off the ‘air circulation’ button. In my Wrangler, when I turn off the ‘air circulation button, while AC/fan off, I get no air at all coming inside!!!! (I don’t have automatic AC).
Please help me understand this one.
c) Suspension noise when moving while brakes are slightly applied – the noise is exactly like the one you would hear when negotiating very rough and rocky trail while barely moving and brakes are applied – like suspension squeaking noise). I started noticing it after I took my Rubicon off-roading). I greatly would appreciate it your feedback on this one.