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  • Best Year for the TJ Rubicon??

    I have been throwing around the idea of looking for a newer TJ with the Rubicon package. The main reason I want a Rubicon is because of the up-graded axles and t-case with low range and a fixed yoke. I know I can up-grade my TJ but I want an engine with lower miles. I havent decided weither I want an Unlimited Rubi or not and I know that narrows my years to look at. With that said, What year Rubicon has the best reputaion? Is the 6 speed better than the 5 speed? U fellas and ladies out there in cyberspace with Rubicons...What complaints do u have with ur Rubicons?

    It seems all I can read anywhere is nothing but how good the axles, lockers, and t-case are. I want to hear some of the problems. If yall got any let me hear them.

    Thanks for the insight.

  • #2
    The only issue I have had with my 2004 Rubi is the air actauated lockers. Sometimes it takes some time to get the axle locked. When I say "some time", it's usually 10-30 seconds. Not really that bad but definately not quick like a manual locker.

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    • #3
      Getting a low milage one will more than likly have you shopping at dealerships (my guess). Let me know just what you are looking for, and I will have several salesmen that I know keep an eye out for you, But these sell FAST when they come in, so you should be ready to jump when you get a heads up.

      Please send me a PM with your contact info, and what exactly you want. Is color important..etc.


      Originally posted by 98GP
      I have been throwing around the idea of looking for a newer TJ with the Rubicon package. The main reason I want a Rubicon is because of the up-graded axles and t-case with low range and a fixed yoke. I know I can up-grade my TJ but I want an engine with lower miles. I havent decided weither I want an Unlimited Rubi or not and I know that narrows my years to look at. With that said, What year Rubicon has the best reputaion? Is the 6 speed better than the 5 speed? U fellas and ladies out there in cyberspace with Rubicons...What complaints do u have with ur Rubicons?

      It seems all I can read anywhere is nothing but how good the axles, lockers, and t-case are. I want to hear some of the problems. If yall got any let me hear them.

      Thanks for the insight.

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      • #4
        98GP - If you can find one, get an electric green or impact orange. They seam to be more rare than all the other colors.

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        • #5
          ask the folks over at www.rubiconownersforum.com

          There are always a handful for sale there.

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          • #6
            I've owned 2000 TJ and a 2004 TJ. I refuse to compare them though, because they are completely different animals. 2000 was a 4 cylinder/5speed soft top, almost no options, bare bones, and the 2004 is a 6cyl/auto, hard top, fully loaded, etc. Obviously, the 2004 is a much nicer vehicle, but I had a lot of good memories in my 2000. No complaints, it is what it is, a very nice and capable vehicle. Very reliable as well. you should like it!

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            • #7
              Rubicon04 - My color of choice will be Silver w/black trim. That is probly the most popular color but it is my favorite.

              Feetup - Thanks for the link to Rubiconownersforum.com I have been lurcking and reading some info.

              Jeepis - have you had any problems with ur 04 Rubicon, anything mechanical, any creature comforts become not so comfortable, the auto trans holding up well?

              Has anyone moved their air compressor on the skid plate for the lockers to their engine bay? Why did Jeep put the compressor on the skid in the first place?

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              • #8
                98GP - Glad you like silver. Here's mine. Getting ready to change out lift in a couple of weeks.

                http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/Apr14_04.jpg

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RUBICON04
                  98GP - Glad you like silver. Here's mine. Getting ready to change out lift in a couple of weeks.

                  http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...4/Apr14_04.jpg
                  i dont meen to hijack the thread but i was just wondering if that was the fabtech bumper you have? if so do you like it and is it strong, i was thinking about getting it. once again sorry for hijacking the thread.

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                  • #10
                    The main reason that Jeepis liked his '04 so much better than is '00 is that he went from a 4 cylinder to a 6 cylinder as well as the Rubi options. Honestly, you can't compare the 4 banger with a Rubi.

                    Any year Rubi you get is going to be just fine as long as you're going to stay with a 35" or 36" tire or smaller. For larger than that, I'd buy a cheaper end TJ and upgrade everything.

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                    • #11
                      EvilTwin wrote: The main reason that Jeepis liked his '04 so much better than is '00 is that he went from a 4 cylinder to a 6 cylinder as well as the Rubi options. Honestly, you can't compare the 4 banger with a Rubi.

                      I agree completely with you Evil Twin, that's why I wrote: I refuse to compare them though, because they are completely different animals.

                      Only with a Jeep could you basically buy a vehicle that looks pretty much the same, but is a completely different vehicle.

                      I do like my 2004 Rubicon a lot, but I loved my 2000 TJ as well, just for different reasons. I was also younger and in college when I owned the 2000, and "nice things" didn't matter as much.

                      Back to your question though 98GP, as far as issues w/my 2004, I've had some warranty work done on it, but none of it was related to the Rubicon mechanicals. My hardtop wouldn't seal right, so it went in for that, there's a rattle coming from somewhere inside the dash that I'm just living with, and the Jeep pulls to the right, and nobody can figure that out. My 2000 TJ had to have the rear drums replaced and a leaky wheel cylinder replaced.

                      As for the automatic, I hate it. My 98 XJ was an auto, and that one shifted fine, and I could "control" the shifts and it was very predictable. My 2000 TJ was the 5 speed, and that was fine, I liked it very much, and my Rubicon is the newer 4 speed auto, and it's a dog. It's ok around town w/the overdrive shut off, but on the freeway, in 4th gear, it saps all power. The overdrive is waaaay too tall, I think they did that to compensate for the lower gearing. Anyway, not only is it too tall, it's also very hesitant to downshift. For example, doing 70mph then going up a grade, instead of downshifting to 3rd, it'll bog the engine until you're revving about 1800 rpm or so, and you'll have to really stomp on the gas to get it to downshift, then it'll do this ridiculous 4th-2nd, and of course, it'll immediately rev out and redline, then upshift into 3rd. Very annoying! The only time I like the auto is when I'm in traffic, or talking on my phone or drinking coffee or something. Don't get the auto.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the info Jeepis. I will only own a manual trans in a Jeep...1 because I like to drive them and 2 I think hauling firewood in the winter is much easier with the manual trans.

                        Any other Rubicon owners have something similar to Jeepis' story you would like to share...

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                        • #13
                          I love my 04 Rubi. The only things that went wrong are that I snapped my rear axle yoke and then snapped both rear upper control arms completely. Both were from being a little heavy on the skinny pedal and both were my fault.
                          I got the rear yoke and a new drive shaft under warranty, but for the upper control arms, the stealership asked "where were you driving?" I said it shouldn't matter, "It says trail rated on the side, doesn't it?"

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                          • #14
                            Did they cover the UCA's? Sounds like bumper-to-bumper to me.

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                            • #15
                              They wouldn't cover the UCA's. The service mismanager claimed it was from abuse and the warranty wouldn't cover. $700 later he also asked me if I bought it there (at their stealership) and I replied "no, service is covered from anyone hanging that Jeep sign out front". I also informed him that any future purchases would be made elsewhere.

                              I didn't fight it very long. It was really my fault and I was "Jeepn" pretty hard when I broke them. I kinda expected to have to pay, but any more purchases WILL be made at another stealership.

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