2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.8 from North America
Love it!! - so far
I bought this Jeep used, and have only had it for 1600 miles, so nothing has gone wrong yet.
One tire is worn a bit crooked, so I don't know yet if it needs an alignment or if the previous owner failed to rotate on schedule.
The front seats are initially comfortable, but lose support and feel a bit narrow on a longer trip.
Considering that Jeep claims 15 city and 19 hwy, I'm glad to see that my Jeep gets 21 mpg hwy.
The interior is rugged but hard plastic.
I love the versatility and rough-edged appeal of this Jeep.
I took it out and wheeled it for the first time about a week ago (the previous owner never wheeled it). WOW!! This thing can crawl up a cliff. I've never had anything like it before.
The sound system is excellent with Infinity speakers and the right balance on the sub. Sirius satellite is nice too.
There is a surprising amount of room under the seats -- important since Jeeps tend to be a bit shy of space.
The power is more than adequate on and off road. With 4.10s, though there is a definite drop off in power when around 70mph. Still enough, but just not as punchy as when running at lower speeds. The automatic shifts smoothly and promptly.
Mine is Rescue green, my favorite color in Jeeps along with the new orange and white. There really isn't a bad color, though.
Since I'm the only Rubi owner to post a review, and because I've only had it for 1600 miles, I'll try to keep posting so that you all can keep abreast of my experiences with it. Come rain or shine, it's the coolest stocker off the pavement! Jeep on.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th September, 2008
I took my Jeep to the black hills and did a little 4-wheeling. What a blast!! I was a little staid in my style, though, since I was wheeling by myself. The low gearing really pays off in the rocks. I can walk 3 times as fast as this thing crawls. Saves trouble when momentum isn't wanted or when you're picking your route carefully. I forded a few streams and climbed a couple of 45 degree slopes with not even a slip of a tire. I stayed in 4wd but didn't use my lockers or sway bar detachment (I should have--would have made things a bit smoother). A good trip.
One little problem cropped up which is apparently common on these JKs. There is a little clunk in the steering that is primarily noticed when off-roading or when the engine has been warm for a length of time. Turns out that it's a common but not dangerous issue with these Jeeps. According to guys on a Jeep forum I read, the problem is in the steering wheel half shaft. Trouble is the problem comes and goes and is thus difficult for techs to find. I took it to the Jeep dealer in Spearfish who was familiar with the problem but couldn't produce the clunking sound. Nice guys, though. They spent A half hour examining the suspension and steering and washed the Jeep for me and charged me a grand total of $0. Anyway if this problem gets more serious--enough for it to show up at a dealership, I'll post more about it.
Apart from that I'll just say... to you TJers, YJers, CJers, etc., I wave at any Jeeper. Please wave back.