01-04 Rubicons were guaranteed to have a Hondamatic Failure, it wasn't if, it was when.
Originally Posted by HTQM
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.
So, how risky would it be to buy a used '02 Rubicon, with 700mi. on it? And how much does it cost for a new, "updated" Hondamatic? What clues can tell you whether it's working properly or not? Having never ridden a Rubicon, it's hard to know what's "right", unless it's plain obvious. What behavior would you look for to indicate the "state of the (hydro)stat"?
Incidentally, what do you think an '02 Rubicon is worth? Good Condition, 700 miles, Warn winch, tapered snow plow.