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It’s a Jeep Thing!
1/6/2010



Well maybe this is my mid-life crisis. It's my birthday today and this week, I picked up my birthday present. A slightly used (4,000 miles) 4-door- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Rubicon. It still looks and smells brand new.

For those who don’t know, the Rubicon is THE toughest off-road vehicle you could ever own. Heavy duty axles front and back, locking axles front and back, a sway bar disconnect (so both front wheels stay on the ground when rock climbing – it’s called “artriculation”) and absolutely not much room for anything except passengers!

Named after a 12-mile stretch of the toughest off-road terrain in the U.S.A., the Jeep Rubicon is trail rated – meaning it is the vehicle you would want to be in if you were tackling trails as tough as the Rubicon. The Rubicon is typically associated with the “point of no return” as when Caesar declared “alea iacta est!" - "the die is cast!" when he crossed the Rubicon to attack Rome ( The History of the Rubicon ). So the trail for many is the point of no return.


Now, I do not expect to be visiting the Rubicon with my Jeep Rubicon. But I like knowing I could and with some common sense – I might even make it out alive and unscathed. Well, alive at least.

I traded down to the Jeep from a 2003 Suburban that served me very well for nearly 7 years. But it was breaking down having required nearly $8,000 worth of work over the past couple of years. It was time to say goodbye to the gas guzzling Burb and get on with a new adventure.

Granted – the Jeep is not the best vehicle out there when it comes to fuel efficiency, but at 15 city and 19 highway, it sure beats the 11 MPG I was getting with the Suburban. The thing I’ll miss the most is the roominess of the Suburban and the storage capability of it. I can't haul much with the Jeep. So I’m thinking of building my own little trailer to haul behind it.

So far I love tooling around town in Ruby. It has all the amenities including navigation system and satellite radio. It’s dash board and trip computer is a nice plus as are the little things like a low air pressure indicator for the tires etc. And the top comes off of which will make summer driving a lot of fun!

The kids are both grown now and only once in a while do I have to haul them around. But Ruby seats five so there should not be a problem there. It has enough room to haul teaching supplies and guns for our training classes, but that’s only if the back seats are folded flat.

There’s a lot to like about Ruby. She’s going to be one tough 3.8L V6 on the trails this year!

Written by Gary

Wednesday 06 January 2010 at 4:37 pm

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