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Unread 02-17-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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2005 Wrangler Rubicon...need some advice (Pics added!)

Greetings folks,

Brand new to the forums. I'm currently in the process of searching for a new Jeep. I'm on my third Cherokee now. This past weekend I stumbled across a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with a standard package, certified, manual, 31K miles and brand new tires for about $16,989.00. I test drove it and absolutely loved the ride. The transmission seemed to be in very good shape and it shifted with ease.

I guess I'm just looking for some advice on this vehicle and what else I should expect. Is this a fair price? How have the 2005 Rubicon’s held up? My understanding is that they have the older 4.0L 6 Cylinder engine, which is much better than the newer models? 31K miles for a 2005 seems pretty good too.

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Unread 02-17-2009, 09:03 AM   #2
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Sounds like a decent price considering it sounds to be in perfect shape and it's just a 2005. You might do a search in your area for other Rubi's for sale that you can use when talking dollars. And yes it has the 4.0L which is great.

I have to say, if I was looking for a used Jeep, a TJ Rubi would be on the top of my list. Good choice!
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Unread 02-17-2009, 09:14 AM   #3
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Can't go wrong with the Rubicon if everything checks out.

The price reflects the fair market value if it's in good shape. I have a 2006 Rubicon, soft top, 1/2 doors, manual trans, and 34k miles that were asking $17.9 for. I'm in Texas so it's a bit of different market than CT, but $16K-ish sounds about right. Just be sure should to check it really well for rust, and engage the 4wd system.

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Unread 02-17-2009, 10:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I know they had it listed for $17.9k recently, but just couldn't move it. Lowering it to $16.9k puts it in my comfortable price range. I'll be trading in my 99' Cherokee so that will help as well.

Ah, good point about the 4WD. I'll make sure I check that out when I drive it again. It's very comforting knowing that it comes with the 8yr/80k certified package. It covers the 4-wheeled-drive.

Where are the places where rust is of the most concern? I just want to make sure I'm looking in the right places.

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Unread 02-17-2009, 02:28 PM   #5
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Any other thoughts? I'm on the verge of making the final decision on this. I commute about an average of 10 to 12 miles a day, so I'm not too concerned about the MPGs right now. I'm getting a ton of push back from the girlfriend...she hates the idea of a manual Jeep. She can't drive manual, believes this isn't a practical purchase and hates the way it rides lol! I think I'm looking for just a bit more encouragement from the Jeep enthusiasts here. So please feel free to give me a push here. I need it!
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Unread 02-17-2009, 03:05 PM   #6
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just buy it. then you can teach your gf how to drive manuals. i bought my 06 rubicon lj, same miles, for 17k. seems like an ok deal to me.
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Unread 02-17-2009, 05:14 PM   #7
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Go for it!! Bought my '05 Rubi unlimited just over a year ago, and I love it!!!!
8400 miles, $19,400 out the door. No regrets ever.
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Unread 02-17-2009, 05:34 PM   #8
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Ok it's done!!! I called back a few moments ago to finalize everything and they surprised the heck out of me by taking off another $1000! I'm now getting the 05' Rubi for $15.9k, not including the cash I'm putting down and my trade in. This is a friggen awesome deal!

Thanks folks for the support for a noob Wrangler owner! I'll post some pics once I pick it up later this week.

I'm off to pick up some flowers to hopefully lesson the blow from the girlfriend lol.
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Unread 02-17-2009, 05:40 PM   #9
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Buy it, but keep the Cherokee if you can also. You'll miss it and get pissed everytime you go to the store and don't have room for anything.
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I had considered that, but I needed it to help bring down the monthly payments. We've got an 07' Passat that's got plenty of room .
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Unread 02-17-2009, 06:01 PM   #11
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Word, now go get your Jeep
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sounds like a good deal to me - i got an 05 rubi unlimited here in az with 21k miles back in july for $19.6 - that was before the economy "really" took a hit.
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Unread 02-19-2009, 06:38 AM   #13
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I've got my $ in hand and will be picking up the 05' Rubi this Saturday! I’m so friggen anxious it's ridiculous . I've wanted a Jeep since I was 16, so for 14 years and five automobiles later (87’ Mitsubishi Montero, 3 x Cherokees and a Honda Civic) I'm finally getting one!!!
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I had considered that, but I needed it to help bring down the monthly payments. We've got an 07' Passat that's got plenty of room .
Just remeber for every thousand dollars they give you lowers your note 20 bucks on a 5 year loan give or take. It may not me worth tradeing in if they try and steal it from you.
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Unread 02-19-2009, 09:05 AM   #15
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listen to the rest of these people. i have an '04 that I got for ~$17K last year. It had 32K on it, but it was purchased in the same county as Chicago and prices are a little inflated there . But I LOVE my Jeep. It is VERY capable as is if you plan on wheeling. You can get some discos and an engine skid and you are SET to wheel.
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