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Auburn Hills MI... Bowing to pressure from a lawsuit and citing a mixture of
driveability, efficiency and environmental concerns, Daimler Chrysler
today announced that the short-lived production run of the Wrangler
Rubicon will cease in April. The Rubicon model of the popular sport
utility had additional equipment meant to make it more capable in off
road situations. "The Rubicon package has proven to be a failure in
the actual environment where the vehicle is being driven." said
Dieter Baumgartner, Jeep Division Director of Product
Placement. "Many of our customers have had serious complaints about
the steering system at slow speeds and with the rising cost of
gasoline, the excessive fuel mileage." Baumgartner continued.

Kimberley White of Silver City, New Mexico bought a Wrangler Rubicon
in January, 2003. She and others are joining in a class action
lawsuit against Daimler Chrysler in an attempt to return what she
claims is a defective vehicle. "At first we really liked it," she
stated recently, "It fit our lifestyle perfectly, with the tough
looks and big tires." But the more she and her boyfriend drove it,
the more undesirable the special features of the Rubicon model showed
through. "We took it to the Southridge Mall parking lot and tried
pulling the little lever and pressing the buttons for the four wheel
drive system." she said in an interview, "But it went so slow people
were honking at us and when we tried to turn into a parking space it
felt like the whole drivetrain just locked up solid and the tires
made all these scratching and squealing noises." Other complaints
listed in the lawsuit included poor gas mileage, noisy highway ride
and the possibility of environmental damage if used off road.

"In reviewing sales figures we have decided that the low volume of
production does not justify the additional expense that continued
production will cause us." said Baumgartner. "We are seriously
considering the addition of a Rubicon package to the Liberty, but
without all the extra equipment that the Wrangler model had. We have
found that most of our customers prefer leather seats and cruise
control on their Jeeps."
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Posted to the newswire, April 1, 2003
 

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I agree and I want 'in' on that 'class action'.

With that little lever up, I can only go about 25mph IN 5th!!


Chris

p.s. good one, :lol:
 
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APRIL FOOL'S

For any of you who may have been concerned about the future of the Rubicon, This was an APRIL FOOL'S JOKE. :D
 

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I have often wondered if this might be a trend in Jeep vehicles. You never know, next year Jeep might produce a limited run of off-road capable liberties with a D35 live axle in the front and lockers F&R. That might be pretty cool.
 

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"Little Leever"

Man that was a funny article about the "End of the Rubicon"......didnt think I would ever find a Rubicon owners forum but Im glad I did..
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Extremely funny, though last week I had my dealership tell me that they aren't going to be producing any more for real. I have only been waiting three months for mine.
 

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Sounds like the dealership got the joke too......hehehehehe
 

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I just want a Wrangler SRT-10 :) Heck with the Hemi when a Viper powertrain is available. :D
 

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oh man, i didn't even look at the date, that thing totally got me! Not only that but I didn't know it was it was two years old too! If that was true my jeep would be non-exsitent, that would be no good.
 

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You rotten bastage! You had me going there for a minute (till I got to the part about the mall)
Funny stuff :laugh: :rotflmao: :laugh: :rotflmao:
 

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BugMan said:
"At first we really liked it," she
stated recently,
"We took it to the Southridge Mall parking lot and tried
pulling the little lever and pressing the buttons for the four wheel
drive system..... But it went so slow people were honking at us and when we tried to turn into a parking space it felt like the whole drivetrain just locked up solid and the tires made all these scratching and squealing noises."
LMAO
I can just see this happening! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
 

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I was calling :bs: and pissed for the stupidity of this person at first , but then thought how can someone be so stupid and remembered the date today....:rotflmao: :laugh: :rotflmao: :laugh:

Damn, thought we were about to own collector's items.... :lildevil:
 

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Re: APRIL FOOL'S

BugMan said:
For any of you who may have been concerned about the future of the Rubicon, This was an APRIL FOOL'S JOKE. :D
NO S***!?!?!?!
 
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