2005 Wrangler Rubicon...need some advice (Pics added!)
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.
Last edited by TheCiscoKid; 02-20-2009 at 08:05 AM..
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!
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.
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.
Last edited by TheCiscoKid; 02-17-2009 at 12:13 PM..
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!
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.
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!!!
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.