I bought my Rubicon two years ago with 50k miles. I've since put 49k miles on it.
I found a couple receipts in the glove box that indicated it was owned by BLM. If I'd know that ahead of time I may not have purchased. but I'm glad I did.
In the two years of heavy use I have owned it there has been no reliability issues.
Performance: The 3.8 is a dog! Maybe it's better with a manual tranny.
Comfort: This is the Cadillac of Wrangers. Very comfortable, car like ride.
Value: expensive, but well equipped.
Fun to drive: If it had more torque it would be great.
Interior design: Its a Jeep
Exterior design: I like the removeable fenders.
Build qualilty: Its a Jeep
Front and rear lockers. Electronic disconned sway bar.
The newer ones, 2011+ I think, have the 3.6l engine which is much more fun to drive, so that takes care of the lack of torque.
This is not a vehicle for anyone - it is not a luxury vehicle, though the price suggests otherwise.
Terrible on the highway - unless it is blizzard! Good news is that you won't be pushing it so hard to get a speeding ticket...
Not a mudder - don't buy this vehicle in Florida/South Georgia thinking you have a mudding truck... Nuhnt uh...
3) Shift linkages are 25 cent pieces of dung...
I have gone in amazing places with this vehicle - in North Georgia, to back trails...
Un-stoppable!... Except in lots of water/mud...
In '08, I wish the 3.6 was available -but since I've owned since new, I can see eventually dropping a 5.7 hemi in it for more fun...
Diesel would be welcome too!
This is not a vehicle to get for "image" - it is for the true off road enthusiast.
I bought a used Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited with 45k miles.
By 65,000 I'm totally disgusted.
I had planned to drive this thing until it was dead. No idea it would happen so soon.
It's a jeep, with the looks and the fun to drive aspect.
And that's where it ends.
- cracked exhaust manifold
- o2sensors go out
- catalytic converter go out (thank g-d a federal warranty makes these guys fix it!)
- radio (xm/Sirius) go out
- repeated "hot oil" (transmission) warnings during MILD 4WD
- roof leaks
I bought this vehicle thinking it would be a rugged, reliable vehicle that would last as long as I kept fluids clean.
One time buyer...
This is the second Jeep I have owned. By far the best ride, but there are too many Plastic parts (i. e. the skid plate, grill, and door interior). I improved my mileage by 3 mpg and horsepower by 23 with after market products. Great off road performance. A joy to drive.
This Jeep is our 8th in 20 years, and it's quite an improvement over the previous generations going back to our very first CJ-7. We use our Jeeps as daily drivers and they spend a considerable amount of time off-road, camping, hunting, fishing, and exploring. Jeep has made the Wrangler more comfortable in all aspects, plus it's still highly modifiable (like a big Lego set) and we have purpose built ours to fit our specific needs. If you demand luxury and on-road perfection, then this model is not for you; however, if you need a 4 door with above average off-road prowess (and can embrace the inherent quarks found in an open top Jeep), then this is the perfect vehicle for you.
Easy to modify, excellent range of features standard, open top fun, all weather and terrain capable, lots of space for gear and family, BFG Mud Terrains, front/rear lockers, 4:1 low range gearing (transfer case), & more...