Hello all, I am (ideally) going to be a new Jeep owner in the next couple of months and have a question. I want to purchase the new '03 Sahara (b/c of the loaded options and the full fenders) but I am pretty displeased about the color choices. I mean what kind of Einstiens were working @ jeep that decided to pick the lamest of all the color options for one of the more expensive models?
Does anyone know of any rumours that jeep will change the color lineup for the Sahara line in '04?
Why not look at the Rubicon? For an extra few grand the Rubicon is a heck of a good deal over the Sahara. I am kicking myself that I didn't wait until for the 2003 Rubicon to come available. I ended up with a fully optioned 2002 Sahara and have kinda regretted it since. Here in Canada, the price difference between a fully loaded Rubicon (2 tops, AC, premium sound, etc.) and aloaded Sahara (D44, etc.) is 2500.00 and you get alot more for your money.
Fender Flares: The Rubicon comes with Sahara-type flares (but no body mouldings, only diamond plate rocker guards), only they are not painted from factory. If you like the color matched flares like the Sahara has, just have them painted.
The Rubicon is also available in 10 different colors (although some are awful like Inca - nasty!) while the Sahara comes in only 4 for 2003.
Not sure what's going on on "03 with the Sport Edition, but I don't think there is much the Sahara has my Sport doesn't. I have a Dana 44 rear, seven speakers with sub, fog lights, full doors and a 4.0L.
I love my 02 sport...
2002 TJ 4.0 Sport 5 Spd. 4.5" Rubicon Express Lift, 33X12.50 BF Goodrich MTs on 15X10 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs, SYE & Tom Woods custom driveshaft, Aftermarket stainless hinges and mirrors.
The Sahara's are very nice on the inside but they have gone up in price for 03. I would look at the Rubicon. Mine has every option the Sahara has except the painted flares and comes with a rock-trac 4:1 transfer case and dual locking dana 44's. There is no comparison. I looked at a loaded Sahara that cost over $27000 when I bought my Jeep. I paid $27160 and I think you will most likely regret your decision.
If you want to spend the extra bucks, consider the Rubi, but remember, it's really an off-road machine made to go on-road, as opposed to the Sports and Saharas that are on-road machines made to go off-road. If it's going to be your daily driver, think about what you might be sacrificing by having an out-of-box off roader on the highway every day.
Having said that, I agree with the other comment about the Sports. I have an '03 that I love, and have it optioned out with so much stuff that it's basically a Sahara without painted flares and, IMHO, the somewhat ugly Sahara seats.
Originally posted by Zookeeper IMHO, the somewhat ugly Sahara seats.
That was my initial reaction, too. But after owning a Sahara for two weeks before the seat covers I ordered came in, I found I actually liked the green/tan of the factory Sahara seats. Now I miss that look now that they are covered by black and tan covers.
2002 TJ Wrangler Sahara 4.0L 5sp, white/tan.
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Originally posted by bbusch I looked at a loaded Sahara that cost over $27000 when I bought my Jeep. I paid $27160 and I think you will most likely regret your decision.
Thats odd, I looked at www.carsdirect.com and searched for Sahara and the price came to $23,700. Nevertheless, any chances that the colors will be changed for '04?
BTW, thank you for your suggestions; but a Rubicon is just too off road for my needs. A loaded Sport model would indeed rival a Saraha model, but it would be missing an essential part that "look" about a jeep that I admire- the full fenders.
Yes a loaded Sahara can cost well over $27000. $23760is cheap and it is probably not an 03. As for how the rubicon rides mine is also a daily driver (over a hundred miles per day) and it drives better than my sport or my roomates sahara. You are not sacrificing ride characterists by buying a Rubicon. If you do not wheel and you like the seat colors and the fender flares then get the Sahara but man let me tell you the tcase creeps like a champ and the lockers work great! I took mine to tellico a few weeks ago and did not have any problems going where I wanted to go (a stock Sport or Sahara would have been stuck in several situations I found myself in). Anyway I think the Rubicon rides better because the axles are slightly larger and the tires are bigger too. Busch