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Unread 06-22-2013, 07:01 AM   #1
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Need Honest assistance / opinions

Hey all:

So we are thinking of buying a*jeep*today, and have these 3 options that we are currently looking at. We are definitely interested in hearing pros & cons, along with opinions of the 3 models and their differences before we purchase.

2011 2 Door Rubicon hard top w/17"*wheels*& 24K miles, fully loaded & 40K warranty $26K
2008 4 Door Sahara hard top w/18" wheels & 48K miles, fully loaded & 6K warranty $25K
2013 2 Door*Sport hard top w/16" wheels - brand new, mostly loaded new warranty $28K

So we are really leaning toward the*Rubicon*right now, but are open to any and all suggestions. Especially what to look for and all when we test drive.

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 06-22-2013, 07:27 AM   #2
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Unless you need a 4 door or Rubicon for some reason, I'd go with the 2013 because you're getting the better engine for about the same price as the others.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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Unless you need a 4 door or Rubicon for some reason, I'd go with the 2013 because you're getting the better engine for about the same price as the others.
Thanks for the reply. That's what we keep throwing up in the air. The 4 door would be nice because of the teenager getting in and out. The Rubicon would be nice because it's 100% loaded. The new one would be nice because it's brand new, would need some customizing, but we could customize it ourselves. So we are in a tizzy...

What is the biggest difference in the motor!? That's what the dude at the dealearship yesterday was saying. Something about the same motor, but just redone. 80+ hp or something like that. Other than that, what's the difference!? The last jeep I had was a 2009 Sport 4L.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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2007 - 2011 JKs had the 3.8L engine. It blows. I wouldn't even consider a 2007-2011 because of the engine alone. (But that's me.) 2012+ have the much improved 3.6L engine. I don't know the specs offhand, but you can look them up for a comparison.

What's your intended use? You likely don't need the Rubicon. Look at the bits a Rubicon gets you. 4.10 gears, lockers, 4:1 t-case, etc. Do you need that stuff?
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Unread 06-22-2013, 08:17 AM   #5
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2007 - 2011 JKs had the 3.8L engine. It blows. I wouldn't even consider a 2007-2011 because of the engine alone. (But that's me.) 2012+ have the much improved 3.6L engine. I don't know the specs offhand, but you can look them up for a comparison.

What's your intended use? You likely don't need the Rubicon. Look at the bits a Rubicon gets you. 4.10 gears, lockers, 4:1 t-case, etc. Do you need that stuff?
The intended use obviously is going to be a daily driver. We (depends on who uses it) work about 25 miles one way from home. However, on the weekends, we are about 30 minutes from Mt. Rainier, and about an hour from the Washougal Mountains. The WM's have some GREAT rock crawling areas, and awesome four wheeling. I remember when I had my 4L, there were actually some spots in the WM's that I couldn't get over because of the gearing, no lockers, etc., where the Rubicon's (and older highly modded) would go. Would that be every weekend, definitely not. But it would be nice.

It's a VERY hard decision. I have always had the thought of "better to have and not use, than not have and need", but this obviously is a different scenario. That is why I am asking the experts!
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Unread 06-22-2013, 09:22 AM   #6
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Have you driven both? I hear the performance between the 3.8 and 3.6 is night and day.

I would be tempted to get the rubi if the price was a little lower, but in the end I'd probably opt for new 13 sport or look for a used 2012+ rubi, just for the 3.6.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #7
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Have you driven both? I hear the performance between the 3.8 and 3.6 is night and day.

I would be tempted to get the rubi if the price was a little lower, but in the end I'd probably opt for new 13 sport or look for a used 2012+ rubi, just for the 3.6.
Honestly, the performance floating down the freeway doesn't really bother me. It's a Jeep for gawd sake!

We KBB'd the Rubi. They are asking $26, and the BB on it was just a tad over $30. So I figure that's a pretty good deal for what we are looking for..
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Unread 06-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #8
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For the price I'd go for the13 with the new engine. However if I was going to consider used, if definitely go before the JK, like a late TJ 06 save a lot more money and get the 4.0L that will last forever and is easily worked on
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