I don't know if I would say the Rubicon is a bad choice for long term durability, look at Rubiranch's. It has 16,000 miles on it and nothing more than routine maintenance. On the other hand, the tranny is why I got mine dirt cheap, it had been beaten on pretty bad and the hondamatic went out. I was able to rebuild it, with new "updated" hondamatic, cheaper than any rubicon I could find on craigslist.
Yesterday it was pulling 10' long x 1' diameter oak logs out of the woods. That was fun, until it came time to spilt that crap, I gotta get a power splitter.
2001 Foreman Rubicon "$650 Project"
2009 Foreman Rubicon "$500 Project"