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SPARTAN LOCKERS are on sale BIG TIME at ROCKRIDGE 4WD!ZONE 4.25" combo lift for TJ available at Rockridge4wHalloween Savings to die for!

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Unread 01-04-2005, 10:14 PM   #1
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2005 advice & pic request ...

This is my first post, I've been lurking for a couple days. Lots of good info here! I have always admired Wranglers and had them on my list of "someday, that would be fun" things to own. Well, I've recently convinced myself that now is the time and my wife is onboard (surprisingly!). I really want a Rubi and drove an '05 model a couple weeks ago - it was sweet. But my budget needs to keep this thing around $23k max, so the Rubi is out.

So, I've come up with this is an alternative, I'd like to hear opinions from you TJ experts on this setup. Is it a good value, am I making good choices, would I be better off buying some things aftermarket instead or going with a whole different model?

'05 Wrangler Sport
6-speed manual
hard top (not dual)
30" tire & wheel group
floor mats
locking fuel cap

Also, I'm debating among color choices. The 2005 gray flares and top threw me for a loop. I'd really appreciate pictures of 2005's with hard tops in Silver or White. I'm leaning towards Silver/Gray but would like to see it first. There are no pics in the brochure or on Jeep.com. Thanks in advance!

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Unread 01-04-2005, 10:36 PM   #2
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Make sure that 05 has a Dana 44 rear if you plan on wheeling it.
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Unread 01-04-2005, 10:39 PM   #3
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Well I just got mine last week. I went in wanting to get a 2004 model which listed for around 17. I test drove the 2005 X and we started talking lease....the payments ended up being pretty good for the lease so I went with the 2005 that I test drove. Took it home that night just to be sure and went back the next day to finalize things. If I could do it again I would push for some free add ons. I was just so happy that like you my wife was on board. I just wanted to sign the paperwork before she changed her mind I would def. go with the 7 speaker sound package. It is very nice!! The one thing I didn't get that I want to get now is fog lights, see if they can throw those in. Mine just happened to have the tinted windows on the soft top which is a nice add on as well. I went with the 4 liter Inline 6 which is very nice.

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Unread 01-04-2005, 11:19 PM   #4
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i know a guy sellin a rubi on 35's for 20k, it has 17k on it and its and 03 send me a pm, o yea do u read clive cussler books? dirkpitt?? great author
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Unread 01-04-2005, 11:26 PM   #5
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Unread 01-04-2005, 11:31 PM   #6
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If you can wheel and deal with the dealership, you might be able to get that Rubicon. I paid 24,800 for my 04 in Febuary 2004. Almost 1000 bucks less than advertised. Just a thought, it worked for me.

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Unread 01-05-2005, 04:41 AM   #7
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Yeah I think after rebates and stuff mine was at 23500 before taxes and all that...if you want the rubi wait and get the rubi...it is well worth it...and I wouldnt get a white top of anytype...get full doors...and go with the softop if you are only getting one top...that alone will save you a grand...and make sure it has a Dana 44 rear end...Other than that some nice things to have are foglights, seven speakers, and the tinted windows in the back...
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Unread 01-05-2005, 06:18 AM   #8
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Here is a pic of mine if it helps. Brand new 04 leftover Silver/Gray
Paid 18900 for it last saturday.
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Unread 01-05-2005, 06:23 AM   #9
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Here is another that shows the color better
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Unread 01-05-2005, 07:45 AM   #10
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I think you should be able to get in a sport for that amount pretty easily.

I just purchased an 05 sport with 6 speed, dana 44 rear, 4 wheel disc brakes and some other goodies, it stickered for 25155 before all the discounts, miscounts and other rebates.

I don't have pictures and mine is the orange, but I hope this helps.

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Unread 01-05-2005, 07:43 PM   #11
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Got this for about 24K hehehe Dealer forgot to add in the wheels, rims and lift which was bout 3K

Its Wrangler X, 05' 6spd

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Unread 01-05-2005, 08:36 PM   #12
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You might look for an '04 Rubicon leftover that they want to deal on or a used one. It's a hell of a lot of Jeep for the money.

But yeah, like everyone says, get the Dana 44 rear axle for sure.
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