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WranglerPositive Jeep Rubicon Review
Posted by mike on 2003/11/28 0:00:00 (1031) reads

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon gets fawned upon by a Canadian journalist. More on Jeep Assembly Expansion

We don't normally post every review of a Jeep vehicle we come across - we tend to save it for a review on one extreme or other - in this case, the reviewer from the Edmonton Journal on couldn't have shoveled more praise on the Wrangler Rubicon if he had a backhoe. Here's some highlights:

...the 2004 model may share no bolt or basic dimension with the feisty little Second World War utility vehicle, but in design and intent, it hasn't changed a whit.

Like that first Jeep, the TJ is built to churn through anything it encounters. Comfort and convenience take a back seat (and a thin and bouncy seat, it is) to this single-minded goal.

Our test subject, the TJ Rubicon, is more faithful than ever to the tenets of the original Jeep. Introduced for 2003 and named for one of the toughest off-road trails in the U.S., the Rubicon comes with huge, paddle-wheel tires, diamond-plate steel sill guards and a heavy-duty transfer case that could grind gravel into sand. Its qualifications go beyond even Jeep's new Trail Rated system to designate its four-by-fours have met tough standards for water-fording, articulation (wheel travel) and other off-roading.


We didn't cross the Rubicon in our TJ, but we did visit a Kanata construction site on a rainy Sunday.

It was a ride in the park. We churned easily through the slick mud without even needing to lock the axles (a simple matter of hitting a dash switch once to lock the rear axle, or twice to lock front and rear). With 235 ft.-lbs. of torque, the 4.0-litre straight-six engine gave us all the power we needed.

We tried deeper puddles, steeper inclines. The Rubicon never hesitated. We wondered if it was laughing at us through its famous, seven-slotted grille.

Be sure to check out the entire article.

Jeep Assembly to Test New Supplier Integration?

A few weeks ago we posted a story about the Toledo Jeep Assembly plant possibly being expanded. One of our readers sent us this link to an article about how the expansion might be a pilot program to have some suppliers run different parts of the plant.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Rocky S.
I have an 04 Ruby and love it. I`ve had her to Anza Badlands and to the White Mountains,she has done everything I have asked of her and that is with the air on. The only thing I would change is being able to lock up in high range. I also own a 73 CJ with a 304 V8 with lockers and a three speed plus a 53 M38A1 all stock so I do have somethig to compare the Ruby to. PS I know the high range lock up can be done just have not done it yet.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Ken
here is my comment
My Rubi has never had a single problem or needed any repairs other than normal service. I take it off road to anza borrego bad lands and it out performs the pricey after market crap day in and day out. Stock. What more can you ask for?

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: mg
It looks nice on paper, but the '04 I bought three months ago has been in the shop five times for transfer case and differential work, including complete replacement of the transfer case TWICE! Trust'll be much better off if you buy an old Jeep (before Chrysler implemented their handywork), buying quality aftermarket parts, and installing them yourself.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Fern
That Rubi is one tought bird!
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