Well, after a few YEARS thinking of becoming a Jeep owner and making excuses for not getting one... here I am. Found a manual Rubicon HR at a local dealer and got it the day my EP code expired; I think I got a good price.
It's been 3 days of ownership and so far I have only experienced wind noise on the passenger side but will check that out later. Besides the wind noise, it is very quiet and 85mph on the highway feels good, no excessive tire noise. Sound system is good, bluetooth phone integration was very easy, seats are comfortable... I'm only missing a dead pedal but there is no room for it
I already have some ideas to upgrade suspension (2.5" lift) and steering (not sure if the steering play is normal) and later on wheels and tires.
Hope to meet fellow Jeep owners in the area as well.
Happy New Jeep... and New Year!!