Pro's: Very smooth, lowest geared of all the Honda transmissions, "best" suited auto for work.
Cons: Sucks up power, unserviceable, expensive to replace, 01-04 Rubicons were guaranteed to have a Hondamatic Failure...
Sounds like the Rubicon wouldn't be the choice for long-term durability.
I've read some about the electronic shift having problems too, how common is that? Can you shift them manually if the ES fails? Not just to get by, but permanently, as if it were an S model?
Regarding the Rancher, are the S & ES also geared too high for pulling and low speed work?