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2004 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon

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The Sahara model is the top-line Jeep Wrangler in terms of standard comfort features. If you want a 4x4 Wrangler that lets you experience a nice, pleasant ride on the paved streets, this is probably the model you should consider. However, if you want the meanest thing Jeep can put out, it's time to step up to the Rubicon.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon debuted last year, and it will continue into 2004 in limited capacity. The reason for this is because the Rubicon is not your ordinary Wrangler. It is designed for severely difficult off-road sessions, the kind that put weekend warriors to shame. This model isn't a plaything; it is intended for the hard-core only.

Available Models
The 2004 Jeep Wrangler is offered in five trims: SE, X, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. SE, X and Sport models are covered separately.

Interior Features
This year, the Rubicon gets a standard CD player, which was already part of the loaded Sahara's package.

The other features that set the 2004 Sahara model apart are air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, a full-length floor console, an outside-temperature indicator, a theft-deterrent system and deep-tinted rear glass.

Exterior Features
The 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon uses 31-inch tires with a rough tread pattern that wraps around the sidewall for added traction. The tires also include a three-ply sidewall and advanced silica compound for excellent durability and puncture resistance. With them, the Rubicon has an extra half-inch of ground clearance.

Some of the other design cues that set the Rubicon apart include heavy gauge diamond-plate sill guards, 16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels and a "Rubicon" badge on each side of the hood.

Performance
Both the Sahara and Rubicon use a 4.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower at 4600 rpm and 235 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions are available with both engines.

From there, the 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon takes off. It has locking front and rear differentials, front and rear Dana model 44 axles, four-wheel disc brakes and a 4:1 low-range transfer case.

Because the Rubicon will be asked to maneuver around tough terrain, it needs maximum power and control in short bursts. The transfer case with 4:1 low range is the perfect remedy. It slows vehicle speed to give the driver more control and increases the amount of torque available at the wheels.

Safety and Security
Standard safety features include next-generation airbags, a driver's side constant force retractor, self-adjusting low-tension three-point belts and height-adjustable shoulder belts. Antilock brakes are optional.

New for the 2004 Jeep Wrangler

New Ravine wheel
Right-hand-drive model available for U.S. retail market
New exterior color: Electric Lime Green and Solar Yellow
New 30-inch spare tire cover with Sahara logo
Optional locking fuel cap
CD player now standard on X, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon
Tilt steering standard on all models


Fast Stats
Seats
2 / 4
MSRP from
$25,725
Engine
2.4L I4
4.0L I6
Horsepower
147 @ 5200
210 @ 5200
Transmission
4-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
I4 auto: 17/19
I4 man: 19/20
I6 auto: 14/18
I6 man: 15/18

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