Main Motorcycle: '06 Speed Triple
Join Date: May 2010
Other Motorcycle: '96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
Extra Motorcycle: Not any more
Seems to be a pretty wide price gap there.
But, as a guy who's had a thing for Jeeps for a while a few comments:
Late mode JK Wranglers are actually not that bad and could even serve as daily transportation if needed. They are among the most impractical vehicles you can buy to be sure, but they are still strangely entertaining. In 2010 the interiors got a substantial improvement that made things nicer. And for 2012 they finally gained enough power from the new 3.6 V6 to actually get out of their own way.
If you have any thoughts that you'll actually run the thing off-road, the stock Rubicon package is great. If you're just looking for a convertible, don't bother. And if you think you want to build a serious rock crawler, you might as well start with a basic package as well since you'll be upgrading pretty much everything anyway. But for most people the Rubicon is plenty. Probably the most capable stock 4wd you can buy in the US.
The top is overly complicated. They don't have much room. They don't get very good mileage. They're slow (even with the new motor really). They don't handle or ride very good. And yet I'd still tell you to get one.
'06 Speed Triple
'96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
and a bunch of other stuff
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough - Mario Andretti