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rhayder 04-20-2008 01:18 PM

Ordering a New Rubicon Unlimited - Advice Please
 
I was looking for a vehicle for a while and having a hard time making a decision I have looked at BMWs,Subaru WRX STI,SRT4, and the Dodge Nitro. I am going to be a father soon but really didn't want to buy an SUV for that reason.

Just yesterday I realized that Chrysler had a lifetime powertrain warranty. This sealed the deal for me. I know I needed to buy a vehicle that I will keep forever. Jeeps are timeless. I used to go hunting with a guy that had a '53
willys jeep (great vehicle).

I had my last car a 280z for 15 years and would still have it if I hadn't let it go during a divorce.

So now I am buying a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I chose this vehicle because I think It's a vehicle I can keep ofor at
least the next 30 years or more. Even if it is not my daily driver it will always be useful as a hunting vehicle.

Since I plan to keep the vehicle for a long time and don't want to be tempted by powertrain mods that might negate the warranty I decided to go with the Rubicon.

Here are the options I am looking at when I order my vehicle:

Dual Top = It seem cheaper to get both tops from the factory now than go with the aftermarket


Options not sure about:

Trailer tow group - I have nothing to tow now. But I might buy a boat or trailer for motorcycles. Is this an easy
after market purchase? If I get it now do I still get the 4.1 gears? or do I have to take 3.71 Should I get this?

Deep Tint Sunscreen - What is this? Doesn't the Dual Top option include tinting? Can't I buy $40 worth of tinting material and do this myself with a little patience? I and not sure this tinting is worth $300. Even if I have a pro do it.. maybe it's better to pay for this after market than finance it with my purchase.

Options I probably don't need:

Automatic Transmission - I had bad luck with AT failures and choose to avoid them ever since I had a transmission rebuilt twice at $2000 a pop both time rebuild lasted just past the 1 year warranty.$4000 ouch! I know clutches aren't covered under the lifetime powertrain warranty but i can live with that.

Power convenience group - I don't need power windows and locks.

Side air bags - maybe they save some on insurance but I might put aftermarket seats in someday and don't want to deal with air bags built into the seats.

Sound System - Crutchfield is my friend.. I would rather buy my own after market stereo.

Engine Block Heater - If my job takes me to a cold climate I can buy one at that time.

Remote Start - nice but I don't think they work with manual transmissions. Maybe aftermarket is easy also.

My final cost is going to be about $32k including shipping to S. Korea where I am currently working. At least I save taxes. Same price as the BMW I was looking at but I think this is a better long term investment.

Please let me know your thoughts on these options and anything I might want to consider.

Thanks

dogsnhorses 04-21-2008 10:41 PM

Just bought a rubicon last month, I opted for two door.


My tow hitch was put on by the dealer. Jeep/Mopar hitch but didn't come with initial tow package. Aside from the wiring, it is cake to put on. I made them do the install no charge else I'd still be cussing at the wiring, but It seems to be fairly cut and dry.

Manual, after working all freakin day I am tired, way over the manual trans. I learned to drive on a 76 plymouth volare, manual trans, no power nothing...took two hands to get the mother in reverse it shifted so hard. I hated it but love my Dad for making me learn to drive the thing, I can drive damn near anything as a result. It was pretty much a toss up but the dealer who had the jeep I wanted had it in auto so that's how I went.


Remote start...wow is that sweet, and for a person that is easily distracted it shuts off after fifteen minutes, another plus. When the weather was bad I just set my defrost on etc and when I got in after work I was ready to roll.

I still am really turned on by heated leather seats, you can get them on the unlimited, didn't seem like a true jeep to me, too fancy (it was a bling bling x model) however, I enjoy them greatly in my one ton duramax. I am still deciding if heated seats really are better than sex. It was the bling bling unlimited x or the two door rubicon...I decided on the latter. The jeep heats up really fast so at least you don't freeze your buns off too bad.

The sound system is incredible....really is nice
The navigation.....reminds me that I need to make a post about how to get the thing more current, it sucks. My hubby's 150 dollar garmin is more up to date.

Dual top, got it, it's great. Haven't put the soft top on yet.

Power windows....you are gonna have kids, they come in handy. Foul diaper and no where to pull off the road, you can get all those windows down fast!

I was never this spoiled but I hit the age where I just said wtf and mine is pretty well loaded. It's great if you can get over the smaller gas tank and mpg. I love everything about it except for my dissapointment in the navigation system.

Dare2BSquare 04-21-2008 11:12 PM

I'm sorry, it just doesn't seem right to be talkin about wranglers, heated seats, and power windows all at the same time.

jdrogers 04-22-2008 10:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rhayder (Post 220300)
Deep Tint Sunscreen - What is this? Doesn't the Dual Top option include tinting? Can't I buy $40 worth of tinting material and do this myself with a little patience? I and not sure this tinting is worth $300. Even if I have a pro do it.. maybe it's better to pay for this after market than finance it with my purchase.

This tints both the hard top and the soft top windows. You cannot tint the soft top windows later. I think it's worth getting this option. Besides, hard tops without tinted windows just look goofy!

jeeptales 04-22-2008 10:56 AM

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kbart 04-22-2008 12:08 PM

If I had the remote start I know I would always be watching worried about someone hiding in the bushes waiting for me to start it.

jdrogers 04-23-2008 12:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kbart (Post 221142)
If I had the remote start I know I would always be watching worried about someone hiding in the bushes waiting for me to start it.

And why would you worry about this? :confused:

dogsnhorses 04-23-2008 09:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dare2BSquare (Post 220941)
I'm sorry, it just doesn't seem right to be talkin about wranglers, heated seats, and power windows all at the same time.


ROFL, I brought it up because when I went to purchase my jeep, the dealer had an unlimited X in the showroom with this package. My hubby suggested it to me, it was close to the same price as my rubicon and I said nope, wouldn't be a true jeep now would it? And even though mine is a suburbs cruiser I really ain't a suburbs person and didn't want to go that way.
LOL....Heated leather seats was something I swore up and down I'd have on my next vehicle, which was gonna be a truck....I passed, once he isn't so new and is paid off I am sure I'll want to lift him and get him good and dirty. In the mean time it's my daily driver and I try and keep him squeaky clean.

The windows and nav system came on it. The windows are pretty good and I am glad to have them...for other reasons...Chevy Chase movie "Roll Em Up" I have to drive through some neighborhoods like that and my dogs, much easier to get the passenger side up or down in a hurry.

Still a daily driver type jeep owner. Guess I'll be an odd duck on this forum for a long time as I don't off road in the jeep but thought I have some decent experience hauling with a crap load of kids so I responded.

I gotta say I do love it. Unlike todays disposable cars (which I think most lower priced little sedans are including the Malibu I just dumped) I think I got something now for the long haul that will keep me rolling for a good long time.

kbart 04-23-2008 09:47 AM

I guess they still can't steal it without a key.

dogsnhorses 04-23-2008 10:52 AM

When you auto start it, it the doors lock I believe. You unlock it and you can't even engage it into gear until you put the key in and turn in, it's all good.


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