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Unread 07-30-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Limited Edition Value Question

Hey guys,

I am brand new to this site and to being a jeep owner. Recently all of my hard work has paid off and I was able to afford a 2005 unlimited rubicon in the limited edition Sahara trim.

As I was waiting for it to be inspected at the dealership, a young tech kid turned on the jeep to check the lights- however appearently the rubicons start in gear. It grabbed in first and lurched forward into a brick wall, bending the chrome bumper beyond repair. Of course, the dealer has agreed to replace it with anything within reason...

Here is my question- because its a limited edition, does not having the original chrome bumper reduce the value? If so- might I just be better off getting a more expensive and awesome bumper as a replacement versus getting an identical yet cheap replacement?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
~Kate

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Unread 07-30-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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The bumper that come on it was not a chrome bumper. It came with the same bumper every other Wrangler came with.

See what they are willing to spend on replacing it and find a bumper that you like that's in the price range.

Here is a break down of the 97-'06 wrangler edition/models and what they entail.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/st...1/#post4118327

Rubicon - 2003-2006
* 4.0L I-6 engine
* Tru-Lok selectable pneumatic lockers, activate in 4-lo and under 10mph, engaged until out of 4-lo or deselected
* Limited slip rear when unlocked
* NV241 Rock-Trac 4:1 transfer case -- fixed yoke
* Heavy-duty driveshafts with 1330 u-joints
* Dana 44 front and rear axles
* 4.11 gears
* Goodyear Wrangler MT/R LT245/75R16 (30.5"x9.6") Tires
* 16x8, five-spoke aluminum wheels
* Diamond plate rocker guards
* Rubicon Lettering on Hood
* Flares are 1" wider than standard TJ flares
* 4-wheel Disc Brakes

Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) - 2005-2006
* See Rubicon and Unlimited (LJ) above

Rubicon Unlimited Sahara - 2005 only
* 1,000 made
* Chrome grill
* Tail light guards
* Interior badge with serial number
* Spare tire cover and floor mats
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Unread 07-30-2012, 12:48 PM   #3
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It is not any different value wise. Upon more research it appears that these wranglers are made like the wranglers in the sahara movie. Doubt it is worth any extra $, but could be wrong
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Unread 07-30-2012, 02:01 PM   #4
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It is not any different value wise. Upon more research it appears that these wranglers are made like the wranglers in the sahara movie. Doubt it is worth any extra $, but could be wrong
The Sahara movie in 2005? Sahara has been a trim level in wranglers for a lot longer than that. It is just trim though so not much functional value. Although the combination of Unlimited Rubicon Sahara is nice.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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The '05 Unlimited Rubicon Sahara was for the movie.

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Unread 07-30-2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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Thanks a bunch guys! I think Ill go for a more functional bumper then since the chrome bumper doesn't add much value. Once I get this all straightened out I will certainly post pictures and start thinking up/ taking suggestions for glorious ways to customize it before my college loans kick in. Also- I have only been driving it for 2 days but I so much appreciate the camaraderie on the road, almost all of the other wrangler drivers wave and its a really nice way to start the day.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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I thought that the rubicons only would start in gear in 4L where as you have to pull a fuse on none rubicons
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Unread 07-30-2012, 02:30 PM   #8
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I think there is something wrong with the clutch interlocking safety switch it should not have started unless in 4L without pushing in the clutch read in the manual about it.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 02:43 PM   #9
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I think there is something wrong with the clutch interlocking safety switch it should not have started unless in 4L without pushing in the clutch read in the manual about it.

Definitely wrong, unless the fuse was pulled. Dealer should discount/refund the $/cost to fix/replace it, plus whatever the ugly chrome bumper would cost. More funds for the mod account=
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The Rubicons don't have a fuse to pull (or install) to defeat the clutch interlock. The switch on the clutch pedal is probably "broken" in the closed position like my was.
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