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37Olivestreetbrews 08-22-2011 09:25 PM

2dr sport (s) or sahara
 
Long time lurked first time poster. Looking at getting our first jeep. Considering the sport (s) and sahara. Has to be two door since we have a small garage and shared driveway. Wondering what the pros and cons are given almost identical options added.
Were looking at a jeep w/
Power convenience group
Auto transmission
Sport package (ac, 17 inch tires)
connectivity
Power group
Sound upgrade
Sirius satellite
remote start (not factory installed in the sport but available in the sahara)

I know some of these are standard in a sahara so that is why I ask the question. Is the few thousand dollars for the sahara worth it? Looks like we will be getting the preferred partners price (1% below invoice) so maybe the difference is closer than I think.

Thanks for your advice.

rics1997 08-22-2011 09:41 PM

I think it really boils down to, do you want painted fenders and top? It is under $200 to buy and have installed a remote start so no big deal there. But if you plan on off roading the painted fenders are a liability. The fenders are my line of defense and the black fenders have taken abuse well for me.

I have the Sport S and love it and the savings can be used for mods. I would recommend the Trac-Loc rear diff. The LSD really is a plus. Also the tow package has really been worth it for me because the 2 door has such a short wheel base it is nice to know the electronics included to control braking for anti sway gives that extra peace of mind that you can't get in a after market unit.

nvkid 08-22-2011 10:06 PM

You know you want the S A H A R A. :popcorn:

daggo66 08-22-2011 10:12 PM

A Sport can be equipped identically to the Sahara with the exception of painted fenders, dash accents, silver bumper inserts, 18 inch wheels, and the Sahara sticker. Other than that there is no difference. Both come with 32" tires. Replacement tires are more expensive with 18" wheels.

tysalem 08-22-2011 10:13 PM

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Originally Posted by nvkid
You know you want the S A H A R A. :popcorn:

It doesn't come with a dash cover though :D

NEO Jeep 08-22-2011 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by daggo66 (Post 1499130)
A Sport can be equipped identically to the Sahara with the exception of painted fenders, dash accents, silver bumper inserts, 18 inch wheels, and the Sahara sticker. Other than that there is no difference. Both come with 32" tires. Replacement tires are more expensive with 18" wheels.

EVERYONE forgot to include the side steps on the Sahara.
Those were the reason I bought a Sport S instead.
The painted fenders and hardtop look great.

However, the side steps catch too much mud/snow/salt in the Midwest.
Adds a rust issue and gets your clothes (and the wifes) dirty.

daggo66 08-22-2011 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by NEO Jeep (Post 1499233)
EVERYONE forgot to include the side steps on the Sahara.
Those were the reason I bought a Sport S instead.
The painted fenders and hardtop look great.

However, the side steps catch too much mud/snow/salt in the Midwest.
Adds a rust issue and gets your clothes (and the wifes) dirty.

I listed the things that you can't option on a Sport. You most certainly can order those useless plastic steps on a Sport if you wish.

Jeep Rat 08-22-2011 10:49 PM

I'm going through the same deal. Problem is I love the painted goodies on the Saraha, but is it worth the $3000 upgrade?

Yes the 18' tires cost around $50 more over the 17' when they need replaced. Maybe alittle research can save you money.

I narrowed it down to a 2012 Sport or 2011 Mojave (love the grey rims). Looks vs MPG. Going all out Stealth Black!

I just can't decide. :confused:

ESP 08-22-2011 11:01 PM

Get a sport.

MTH 08-22-2011 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by daggo66
You most certainly can order those useless plastic steps on a Sport if you wish.

And I would be THRILLED to sell mine to whomever wants them. They fit a 4 door. Yours for a mere $200. They're totally not useless. They do . . . stuff. And accomplish . . . things.

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Originally Posted by Jeep Rat

I narrowed it down to a 2012 Sport or 2011 Mojave (love the grey rims). Looks vs MPG. Going all out Stealth Black!

I have a 2010, so I'm currently using the 3.8 motor.

However, at this point I think it'd be pretty foolish to buy a pre-2012 unless you at least test-drive both. Going with the Mojave would be passing up on a lot of hp and torque just for some lizard decals. :crazy:

There are very few things about a Mojave you couldn't add aftermarket for the same "look" for much less money. I'd go 2012 with the new engine, almost no question.

ESP 08-22-2011 11:11 PM

mmm....2012s......I think I'll go and park up on top of one's tires tomm at my local dealer. Might help me feel better for not having one.

tiger3 08-22-2011 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by rics1997 (Post 1498999)
I think it really boils down to, do you want painted fenders and top?

What he said!!:punk:
I mean GET A SPORT!:whistling:

Black2012 08-22-2011 11:13 PM

Can someone explain to me why the plastic side steps are so bad? I was in the same boat and went with the sport and was just about to order those side steps.

Are there other steps that I'd be better off getting?

ESP 08-22-2011 11:14 PM

There really are only tow kinds of Jeeps..Rubis and Sports.






























:hide:

MTH 08-22-2011 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Black2012
Can someone explain to me why the plastic side steps are so bad? I was in the same boat and went with the sport and was just about to order those side steps.

Are there other steps that I'd be better off getting?

They are great for stepping on to get into the jeep, for keeping the side of the jeep free from mud "rooster tails" that splashes up from the tires, and for stopping cars that are parked next to you from hitting your jeep when they open their doors.

Otherwise they do nothing. If you go offroading and hit something with them, they'll break. If somebody gives you a love tap during a low speed side impact, they'll break. They are plastic.

There are aftermarket "rock rails" or "rock sliders" you can buy that are actually made of steel. These do mostly everything the plastic ones do (well, most won't stop the rooster tails) but cost less because they're not made by Mopar. They also keep your sides safe from boulder impacts and provide some side impact protection.

Google "Ace Rock Sliders.". Or go to Quadratec.com and look under the "body protection" category.

Make sense? If not, I got some plastic side steps I'll sell ya. :D

ESP 08-22-2011 11:30 PM

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Originally Posted by MTH (Post 1499468)
They are great for stepping on to get into the jeep, for keeping the side of the jeep free from mud "rooster tails" that splashes up from the tires, and for stopping cars that are parked next to you from hitting your jeep when they open their doors. Otherwise they do nothing.

Not true! I've seen em cold stop a shopping cart in a grocery store parking lot.

MTH 08-22-2011 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by ESP123

Not true! I've seen em cold stop a shopping cart in a grocery store parking lot.

M'eh, MAYBE. But unless you admit it was an EMPTY cart, I'm flat calling you a liar. A gallon of milk adding to the momentum and those things are toast. :rofl:

rics1997 08-23-2011 12:25 AM

They can hold my fat a@# so they must be pretty tough lol.

drjay 08-23-2011 12:38 AM

Plastic Side Steps
 
The plastic side steps are ok except for off roading. First time I went to Superlift in Arkansas I tore up one side and cracked the other. Now I have Ribicon Rock Rails. After several hard hits, no damage. Just a little spot paint and I'm good. I also put two dimples in the oil pan without a problem. So I will wait until I need a new oil pan (82dollars) rather than 125 for an oil pan skid plate.

Zmob 08-23-2011 12:56 AM

I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure the sidesteps are fairly simple to remove if you know you're going off road.

MTH 08-23-2011 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by drjay
So I will wait until I need a new oil pan (82dollars) rather than 125 for an oil pan skid plate.

You sure about that? Typically the problem ends up being that the oil pan is ruptured or ripped off. How do you plan on driving home after this occurs?

ESP 08-23-2011 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by MTH (Post 1499854)
How do you plan on driving home after this occurs?

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daggo66 08-23-2011 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Zmob (Post 1499847)
I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure the sidesteps are fairly simple to remove if you know you're going off road.

But then what is protecting the sides of your Jeep?

Zmob 08-23-2011 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by daggo66 (Post 1502369)
But then what is protecting the sides of your Jeep?

Well it's a moot point, because neither the Sahara nor the Sport come with anything that'd protect the sides if the side step is too flimsy.

Just saying because people were complaining about the side step and would rather just order a sport and forgo it and just stick with nothing or add aftermarker rock rails (which you could do for sahara too).


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