So the wife wants a new vehicle. We'll be expecting our first child soon. As fate would have it, it's been a headache. She narrowed down to her serious choices: '13 X3 and '13 Wrangler Unlimited. Her other choices that I had to just say no were the GLK and Q5. Her requirements are: 1) Looks (based on her opinion alone) 2) SUV/Crossover
So for the price of a base X3, I can pick up a nicely loaded Rubicon. And, since it'll rarely see the light of Moab, I'm positive a Sahara will do since she fancy's the matching colors of the fenders and tops.
Since the X3 and loaded Rubi will cost the same, my selfish self would prefer a Rubi since it's just more fun off-road. I could care less about the leaky doors and roof, the seats and driving position felt comfy to me, and the only thing I need is A/C. But it'll be loaded, just for her sake. But, I'm worried that'll it'll be plagued with problems.
I'm extremely religious about maintenance, will that 'help' in preventive measures with the JK? And, what problems are just unavoidable that I would have to look forward to.
As with the X3, any opinions other than the fact that it costs measurably more than your average vehicle 'if' it ever needs fixing? I hate the fact that BMW requires the tranny fluid to be poured in at a certain temp, does it even have the dipstick for the motor anymore? I know the M3 doesn't.
I prefer wrenching things myself if possible, she drives at most 10k a year if that makes any difference.