Looking to buy a new JK Rubicon

Probwighty

New Member
Hi there,
I’ve recently driven a 2Dr JK on Moreton Island and I’ve got the JK bug. I’m currently in the research phase for an Auto jk Rubicon unlimited. My thoughts were to be patient and try to get a great deal by waiting till the end of finanacial year sales, and possibly the launch of the JL (I think later this year?) I know how they drive, I know they are thirsty. What I need to know is there any issues that I need to be aware of? I heard there was an auto gear box problem?
I do know the rubicon is probably slightly over kill, however it will spend time off road as I’m sick of being a passenger!
I love that the Jeep I borrowed was a real drivers car and had character!
 

Spooner

Well-Known Member
Hi Mate,
Only you can make up your own mind about buying a new Jeep .
There is a thing called google , use it :D
Its about Jeep in general , suggest you watch and listen.
 

Probwighty

New Member
Hi Mate,
Only you can make up your own mind about buying a new Jeep .
There is a thing called google , use it :D
Its about Jeep in general , suggest you watch and listen.
I have googled and researched, I spoke with a mate who is a diesel mechanic, what I am after is jk specific information from JK owners who have experience. I’m open to other 4x4 however in my opinion 4x4s are increasingly becoming very complex.
Thank you for your feedback
Prob
 

mikehzz

Well-Known Member
One of the trainers in our club has a red Rubicon unlimited and as far as I know he loves it and hasn't had any issues since new. He doesn't hold back on it either. I thought the Ruby only came in petrol and please put a snorkel on because water crossings can throw water into the air box if taken wrong. Of course that can happen to any car but Jeep Wranglers and KJ Cherokees seem to have a weaknes from my observations. Most Jeep critics don't drive Jeeps, they read about them. Jeep owners who like 4wding love them, it's a club. Having said all that, they WILL give you more trouble than other brands. Think of it as like having a high maintenance super model class girlfriend.
 

Probwighty

New Member
One of the trainers in our club has a red Rubicon unlimited and as far as I know he loves it and hasn't had any issues since new. He doesn't hold back on it either. I thought the Ruby only came in petrol and please put a snorkel on because water crossings can throw water into the air box if taken wrong. Of course that can happen to any car but Jeep Wranglers and KJ Cherokees seem to have a weaknes from my observations. Most Jeep critics don't drive Jeeps, they read about them. Jeep owners who like 4wding love them, it's a club. Having said all that, they WILL give you more trouble than other brands. Think of it as like having a high maintenance super model class girlfriend.
Thanks for your feedback, I will take on your advice regarding snorkel. Yes that’s correct rubicon is a Petrol.
 

Spooner

Well-Known Member
Most Jeep critics don't drive Jeeps,
I only see them dead in a creek crossing , or on a tow truck lol.
But if your heart is set on one , go for it . Remember they are Italian owed , so you will either get a good one or a bad one for no apparent reason.
If it makes you feel good , buy one , the price is right and you have their new There and Back (on a tow truck) lifetime warranty :cool:
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Probwighty

New Member
I only see them dead in a creek crossing , or on a tow truck lol.
But if your heart is set on one , go for it . Remember they are Italian owed , so you will either get a good one or a bad one for no apparent reason.
If it makes you feel good , buy one , the price is right and you have their new There and Back (on a tow truck) lifetime warranty :cool:
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How often do you see JK broken down? Is it something you see regularly?
 

80lover96gxl

Moderator
A mate had a wrangler which was pretty good in standard form until he drowned it similar to mentioned above, was written off.

He replaced it with a Rubicon which was also quite impressive, until it caught fire at camp one night. Engine off, ignition off and out of nowhere his daughter said " dad whys the car on fire" :eek::confused:.

Took 3 fire extinguishers to put it out. Ingnited behind drivers side headlight, some little motor thingy that adjusts the headlight shorted out and burst into flames. Melted a portion of the grill and headlight surround, burnt a section of the bonnet along with a heap of electrical stuff behind the headlight.

After some fancy work by fellas good with auto electrical things he managed to drive it home for repairs.o_O
 

loose cannon

Well-Known Member
I once owned a 650cc Yamaha motorbike. Ugly, dull and boring would be a fair description (the bike, not me)o_O

Anyway, did a summertime trip from Dampier in the Pilbara to Perth and back, stinking hot all the way both ways with temps nudging 50c in the northern sections of the trip.

Met a guy at a roadhouse about 500kms or so south of Dampier on the way back, he was riding a seriously cool looking Triumph, a classic motorbike if there ever was one. Suggested we ride together and he was keen but there was one problem, his bike wouldn't start because of the heat. So I climbed back on the Yami, hit the electric start button and was quickly back up to my prefered cruising speed of 140kph.( Empty roads and no cops those days)

So you have a decision to make. Do you want to be the guy with the coolest looking 4wd in the street or do you want to be the guy who gets to go bush a lot.

Don't buy a 4wd based on looks or emotion. Buy a cool car or motorbike if you live in suburbia and like to strut your stuff but if you plan to go bush get something that will get you there and back.

Out bush, ugly, dull and boring is cool.

Oh, and I'll answer the questions you asked of Spooner.
"How often do you see JK broken down? Is it something you see regularly?"
Nope...and nope. But I live in the Kimberley and it's pretty much a jeep free zone. I leave you to work out why...:)
 

billolga

Well-Known Member
One of the trainers in our club has a red Rubicon unlimited and as far as I know he loves it and hasn't had any issues since new. He doesn't hold back on it either. I thought the Ruby only came in petrol and please put a snorkel on because water crossings can throw water into the air box if taken wrong. Of course that can happen to any car but Jeep Wranglers and KJ Cherokees seem to have a weaknes from my observations. Most Jeep critics don't drive Jeeps, they read about them. Jeep owners who like 4wding love them, it's a club. Having said all that, they WILL give you more trouble than other brands. Think of it as like having a high maintenance super model class girlfriend.
You should have a chat with our local Auto Specialist. He has a love hate relationship with them (Loves the work he gets).
BTW I have seen one catch fire out in the bush.
 

Bomber2012

Well-Known Member
Never driven one , only heard about fires /water ingress etc , which is enough to make me stay away from them .
Have met a few Jeep owners and they seem to be a rare breed (remember the "jeepwits" over at Wrights Bay ):eek::eek::eek:
Take Ruthys advice at your peril , for years he has been hanging shit on Jeeps (and any other brand apart from Toyota) , but throw some cash and a free vehicle at him and he will say what you want .
Jeeps after sales service is another reason i wouldn't consider buying one , a quick youtube search will show you what i mean.
Reliability is an important factor when buying a 4WD for Aussie conditions and there pretty much bottom of the list in that department .
If your after a shiny , all the bells and whistles , rag top mall crawler that will rarely/never go off road , a Jeep might be what your looking for , :D:D:D:D
Good luck with your search .
 
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