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10-16-2013 01:00 PM
Jeepsk8 2013 JKUR. Definately my daily driver.
10-16-2013 09:16 AM
smud I just sold my 2005 4runner and ordered/received my 2014 JKUR as a DD. I ABSOLUTELY love it! It's way smoother than they used to be. Yeah, compared to my 4runner, its not as smooth on the highway but WAY MORE FUN and worth it. The 4runner is a GREAT vehicle for it's purposes though and completely trouble free. I'm not sure that will be the case with the jeep but still think it will be worth it for the fun factor!
10-16-2013 04:50 AM
Macman1138
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Originally Posted by wrh3 View Post
My wife and I both have a Rubicon as a daily, I would find a smarter salesperson/dealership.
I use my 2011 Call of Duty Rubicon as a daily driver, have since buying it new.

I simply love it!!!!!
10-16-2013 02:28 AM
spinlock I think everyone has made it clear the Rubi will not far apart by driving it on pavement.

Regarding the tires, they may not last as long as KOs but they should last 30-35K unless you really hammer them off road on a regular basis.
10-16-2013 01:29 AM
rnuover13 Salesmen need to treat you like a customer and not just a number. He sounds like an idiot. Slap that silly mofo!!
10-15-2013 10:42 PM
5JKs I put almost 53K on my '12 JKUR before trading it for my '14 JKUR (it's got almost 7K on it already). They function fine as a DD.
10-15-2013 10:06 PM
00Sebby Wow! I wish I had known this 40,000 miles ago AND before I drove it from East Tennessee to Chicago yesterday. Maybe I should have it trailered home tomorrow and just catch a plane so that I don't beat it up too bad. I use my Rubicon for business, family truckster, daily driver, trips to the mall, oh... and off-road stuff, too. It does everything well.
10-15-2013 08:24 PM
Hawaii 5-0 My 09 Unlimited Rubicon is my daily driver.

It drives very nicely with 33s and a 2" lift.

The only thing I would want different is radio controls on the steering wheel like the new ones have. Other than that, no complaints.
09-24-2013 08:47 AM
MTNJeep I use my 13 JKR as my DD. Had it since May, just shy of 5K miles. Mostly on-road, some beach driving and one hairy trail, got to use the lockers.

So far, I changed the oil and rotated the tires. No issues.
09-24-2013 08:20 AM
NFRs2000NYC
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Originally Posted by ADee1 View Post
That is interesting what you say about the 4.10 gearing. I have 3.73 in my PU and was going to opt for 4.10 when I finally order my Rubi. Other than slightly worse gas mileage than 3.73 is there really any downside to a 4.10 rear?

ADee
There is no downsize to 4.10s, INCLUDING MPG. You just need to know how to drive properly to maximize gas mileage. A 4.10 Jeep will get better MPG than a 3.21 Jeep, in the hands of a driver that knows what they are doing and one that understands how/when gas is used.
09-24-2013 08:11 AM
KittyPrawn I've had my Rubicon and have only used as a DD for exactly a year. I've had absolutely no issues with it from on-road driving.

But, my questions is... what's a Rubicon X?
09-24-2013 07:07 AM
lysol
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Originally Posted by overblown View Post
I find that a Rubicon can be quite the challenge to drive daily. It takes a ton of work and frankly, I have to say it isn't for everyone. It's a constant battle of wills. For instance, yesterday I was driving to the store to get some milk and was going past a very large construction site. Before I could react, the Rubicon slowed down and veered off the road onto this site and floored itself in the dirt/mud throwing up huge rooster tails. It then had the nerve to turn it's steering wheel and start doing donuts!

I was appalled! How I wrestled with that wheel to get it turned back straight again and towards the road. Couldn't even believe it. It spun it's tires all the way back onto the pavement. Pulling up to the market in my mud covered Jeep, I was so embarrassed I forgot to buy milk.

But hey, that's just been my experience.
Nice
09-24-2013 06:56 AM
keviper1
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Originally Posted by Zombicon View Post
Almost 3,000 miles into an almost-two-month-old JKUR and I love it as a DD!

The only thing I've had to get used to (so far) is the different shift points with the 4.1's (vs. the 3.21's in the '12), topping out around 3.5k rpm (instead of around 2.8k). Apart from that, it's responsive and quick for being what it is. I've lost ~2 mpg on the commute.

Now, to lose the inhibition and get it dirty...

So with all of this being said, and all the previous posts where most people are very happy with the Rubi as a daily driver, why all the hate on it as a DD?
09-16-2013 08:14 PM
Zombicon Almost 3,000 miles into an almost-two-month-old JKUR and I love it as a DD!

The only thing I've had to get used to (so far) is the different shift points with the 4.1's (vs. the 3.21's in the '12), topping out around 3.5k rpm (instead of around 2.8k). Apart from that, it's responsive and quick for being what it is. I've lost ~2 mpg on the commute.

Now, to lose the inhibition and get it dirty...

09-16-2013 04:43 PM
SFNMutt
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Originally Posted by jadmt View Post
I suppose he might be thinking if you have 4.10 gears and stock tires and drive 80-85mph (common in many areas) that it won't be your best choice as a DD. True story I was at the dealer the other day and had a conversation with a guy who said he did not like his rubicon because it had 4.10 gearing and was too buzzy at highway speed. He said he traveled the interstate between Missoula Mt and Dillon Mt on a regular basis and he was looking for sahara with 3.21's. I wanted to trade him my sport but he wanted a sahara.

what what what??!! I just ordered my rubi x w/ 4.1 gears, plan on throwing 33 12.50s on her right away, & drive philly to nyc once a week. should I have saved $495 & left the 3.73s on it? (got the 4.1s in case I later regret not going w/ 35s.)
09-16-2013 04:17 PM
jon snow
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Originally Posted by overblown View Post
I find that a Rubicon can be quite the challenge to drive daily. It takes a ton of work and frankly, I have to say it isn't for everyone. It's a constant battle of wills.
Actually had me there for the first few sentences!

Seriously, looks like you need a new salesman. I recently ordered a 14 JKUR, and did all the negotiating via email, which was brief. Ended up with a great deal. I think the combination of a straight shooting salesman and his awareness that I knew what I was talking about made for a painless process, which unfortunately is not the norm when purchasing a vehicle.
09-16-2013 03:01 PM
2five22 UpHillBill is always on target.

My Rubicon is a daily driver and I have zero issues with it. Much depends on your expectations. I've repeatedly spent all day and much of the night on a motorcycle doing the Interstate thing, so any Jeep time is a blessing. Others doing long hauls on the Interstate wouldn't be happy in anything less than huge SUV or a luxury car.

Evaluate your driving style and wants, then decide.
09-16-2013 02:32 PM
smud
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Originally Posted by zenman View Post

Best answer yet. Wish I knew a Rubi wasn't good on the road when I did 20 hrs on the interstate recently.
Agree! Best answer!
09-16-2013 02:11 PM
zenman
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Originally Posted by overblown View Post
I find that a Rubicon can be quite the challenge to drive daily. It takes a ton of work and frankly, I have to say it isn't for everyone. It's a constant battle of wills. For instance, yesterday I was driving to the store to get some milk and was going past a very large construction site. Before I could react, the Rubicon slowed down and veered off the road onto this site and floored itself in the dirt/mud throwing up huge rooster tails. It then had the nerve to turn it's steering wheel and start doing donuts!

I was appalled! How I wrestled with that wheel to get it turned back straight again and towards the road. Couldn't even believe it. It spun it's tires all the way back onto the pavement. Pulling up to the market in my mud covered Jeep, I was so embarrassed I forgot to buy milk.

But hey, that's just been my experience.
Best answer yet. Wish I knew a Rubi wasn't good on the road when I did 20 hrs on the interstate recently.
09-16-2013 12:18 PM
Kren
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Originally Posted by overblown View Post
I find that a Rubicon can be quite the challenge to drive daily. It takes a ton of work and frankly, I have to say it isn't for everyone. It's a constant battle of wills. For instance, yesterday I was driving to the store to get some milk and was going past a very large construction site. Before I could react, the Rubicon slowed down and veered off the road onto this site and floored itself in the dirt/mud throwing up huge rooster tails. It then had the nerve to turn it's steering wheel and start doing donuts!

I was appalled! How I wrestled with that wheel to get it turned back straight again and towards the road. Couldn't even believe it. It spun it's tires all the way back onto the pavement. Pulling up to the market in my mud covered Jeep, I was so embarrassed I forgot to buy milk.

But hey, that's just been my experience.
I just had to pick myself off the floor.
09-16-2013 11:09 AM
highwayman
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Originally Posted by Kren View Post
Guys, I am very close to pulling the trigger on a new Rubicon X. In a conversation with a dealer today, he said some things that I want some expert opinions on.

In short, he made the comment that driving a Rubicon on the road "is just going to beat it up" and implied that it is meant to only be used off road. As rediculous as this sounded to me, it left me feeling like I would cause harm to a Rubicon if I used it solely as a daily driver. Is there ANY validity to his claims that if I only drive it on the road, it will cause damage or premature wear?

Also...this same individual indicated the KM's will only last 12,000 miles or so...how true is this.

Thanks in advance.
Hahaha.... Well considering my wife DD a manual Rubi on 37s, Id call BS....

Also considering getting it from her from time to time for myself to drive is a pain in the ass, I'd say its a pretty good bet that you will love driving it as a DD.
09-16-2013 11:00 AM
overblown I find that a Rubicon can be quite the challenge to drive daily. It takes a ton of work and frankly, I have to say it isn't for everyone. It's a constant battle of wills. For instance, yesterday I was driving to the store to get some milk and was going past a very large construction site. Before I could react, the Rubicon slowed down and veered off the road onto this site and floored itself in the dirt/mud throwing up huge rooster tails. It then had the nerve to turn it's steering wheel and start doing donuts!

I was appalled! How I wrestled with that wheel to get it turned back straight again and towards the road. Couldn't even believe it. It spun it's tires all the way back onto the pavement. Pulling up to the market in my mud covered Jeep, I was so embarrassed I forgot to buy milk.

But hey, that's just been my experience.
09-16-2013 10:22 AM
Qdogfox I daily a Rubi, and it is fantastic...such fun.
09-16-2013 09:55 AM
hotrod6464 I live in NW PA I have a 2013 10A Rubi i Had just got done wheeling rinsed of the mud aired up the tires cked everything and went to South FL got 18 mpg drove great. I go to NY, Oh all over it is my DD would not have any other.
09-16-2013 09:28 AM
Dakovich 2013 JKUR DD here, 90%city driving as my DD and I love it. Had a 2012 VW GTI and this thing is a far smoother ride and I don't have to worry about potholes anymore (the GTI was a pretty stiff car)
09-16-2013 06:09 AM
bmidd31 I drive my JKUR 90 miles a day as my daily driver and love every minute. I did swap out to MT's for some AT's at about 1000 miles so a bit of a smoother ride. If you take the Rubicon off road you will thank yourself later...
09-16-2013 05:56 AM
Tanooki My Rubicon is my daily, sounds like rubbish from the salesman.
09-16-2013 05:31 AM
Aeschylus It could all have been in my head, but when I did test drives (and I test drove a manual Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon before I bought), I actually thought the Rubicon had the most pep.

Granted, I went into that knowing that the Rubicon had 4.10 gears (and I wanted the Rubicon, anyway), so it could have been mind over matter, but if there was any hesitation in my mind about which one to get, the test drive cleared it up real quick.
09-15-2013 07:31 PM
Kren Love the feedback and support...thanks for all the input. You have confirmed what I kind of suspected.

In summary:

1. I should expect the KM's to last a respectable number of miles for a tire of its type.

2. Rubi has great on road manners but is clearly at its best off road.

3. The road is not going to any more harm/wear to a Rubi then it does to any other vehicle.

4. Most dealers need to join a Jeep Forum!

Let me know if I am incorrect on any of the above. Thanks again for all the discussion. Much appreicated.
09-15-2013 12:20 PM
panthermark Put AT tires on a Rubi it is the exact same vehicle (as far as on road manners) as a Sport or Sahara. Only difference would be slightly stiffer shocks.
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