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PieterEhlers 05-07-2013 11:58 AM

South African member
I purchased a new Rubicon Unlimited in May 2012. I use the vehicle regularly on off-road trails and overland trails with a Jurgens XT120 off-road trailer equiped for camping in the bush. I am also a member of a local 4x4 Forum where we arrange group events and off-road trips into rural areas, game parks and neighbouring countries like Botswana.

I am very satisfied with my Rubican. During November 2012 I was in a massive hail storm and the car was damaged extensively. Spare parts are a problem to obtain and it took 4 months to be repaired by a Jeep approved panel beater. This is not acceptable to me and a basic item like a radiator is not readily available. It was quicker to import the complete fiberglass roof than to source the radiator. The total repair cost was R155 000. (New price R 425 000).

With the fuel price in SA it is expensive to keep the tank full and for this reason I rather use my VW Scirocco to commute in town.

I hope that I will learn a lot from this forum.

Wranglin4Life 05-07-2013 12:01 PM

:wavey: Welcome to the forum!

Beastmaster 05-07-2013 02:53 PM

Welcome to the forum! :wavey:

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whiteyjfm 05-07-2013 03:12 PM

Wow, did the hail damage the radiator???

Btw,. I grew up in Pretoria. :wavey::wavey:

dabolt55 05-07-2013 05:00 PM


jokerchief462 05-07-2013 08:07 PM

Welcome to the forum!!!:wavey::wavey::wavey:

SilverSport 05-07-2013 10:54 PM

Welcome Aboard! :wavey:

MrSig 05-08-2013 04:06 AM and enjoy the forum!

PieterEhlers 05-08-2013 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by whiteyjfm (Post 3730024)
Wow, did the hail damage the radiator???

Btw,. I grew up in Pretoria. :wavey::wavey:

Yes, the hail cracked the radiator. Unfortunately I have removed the grill cover the previous day because it was wet. That could have prevented the damage to the radiator.
At least I could replace the plastic bumper with a steel one and the car is like new again.

Where did you live in Pretoria and when?

n00g7 05-08-2013 02:40 PM

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God must have been really pissed, that's some HFH -- huge effing hail.

whiteyjfm 05-08-2013 03:26 PM

Holy smokes, that was one hell of a hail storm. Welcome to Africa, not everything is bigger in the USA. LOL

whiteyjfm 05-08-2013 03:35 PM

PM send, here is a picture of ours. Nice color, or should I say colour. LOL

blackrubi003 05-08-2013 07:42 PM

welcome, that is some helatious hail.:eek:

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