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Old 03-28-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Cost Dilemna - New vs. Used

Hey guys, forgive me for not doing enough research but I am hoping someone could give me some direction here on whether to buy a new JKU Rubicon X or used JKU (any trim) and pay for mods.

NOTE - this is more or less a daily driver but I work from home. So it'd be a maximum of 10-15 mi per day. So as long as my fuel economy doesn't dip into the single digits I am ok with that. The goal is more or less for looks only.

Assuming same tires/wheels (35's on 16-17" wheels) for both options:

Option 1 = New 2014 JKU Rubicon X. I purchase tires/wheels. Anyone know if I can fit 35's on a stock 2014 Rubicon X?

Option 2 = Used 2011-2014 JKU w/ 20k-30k mi (any trim). Pay to have pro install high enough lift to fit tires/wheels and also a new front bumper.

I am leaning towards Option 1 because I like the idea of having the entire vehicle under warranty by the dealership. However, if the cost of Option 2 is considerably less (let's say $10k more more) I may consider that too. Financing with the dealership seems convenient as far as breaking it down into smaller payments but I guess using a credit card to pay for services/mods is sort of the same thing but with higher interest (my credit card has 6% interest whereas most dealerships can get you at least a 2% rate on 60 mo)

Appreciate your time, even if it's to point me to a place where I can get more info on this

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Old 03-28-2014, 07:16 PM   #2
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I would not go older then 2012 due to the 12-14 having the newer Pentastar v6. For what used Jeeps are selling for, you would be better off just buying new and having the warranty.

35" tires will fit on a stock JKU, but they will rub the fenders if off-road. And you will want to get aftermarket wheels to help clear the frame [no smaller then 16"].

A good 2.5" lift kit will clear 35".

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Old 03-28-2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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Lithium, thanks so much for your response!! That was extremely helpful. I did hear about the Pentastar V6 but didn't know what year it came out so I'm glad you mentioned it. And you're right, used JKU's with low mileage seem to be more expensive than I would expect. I understand there are laws against voiding the manufacturer warranty when having installed an aftermarket lift kit but I don't know the details. Either way, I know of a fairly reputable pro in my area so hopefully warranty issues won't be something I'll have to deal with at the dealership.

I may still hang around to see if there's anything that might convince me to get a used JKU. Just need to crunch the numbers a little more
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:10 PM   #4
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Buy new. Jeeps hold their value very well so you'll most likely be paying around the same price new and old. Also, of course new will have a warranty and you don't know where or what the used Jeep has been through. Just a thought.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:29 PM   #5
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If you're lucky, you'll buy from a "Jeep friendly" dealer. The consensus is that once it's lifted, your warranty is voided. Lots of people have had headaches over lift kits.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:31 PM   #6
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When I was shopping for a new, er,.. jeep, I priced them out and ended up buying a new one. As stated previously, they hold there value really well. I just saw a 98 Tj 4 cyl the guy is trying to get 8 grand for it. And there are no shortage of 08's selling for 21,000.

And from what I have read, in many posts. They will only void the warranty will only be voided if the failure is related to the lift.
I had mt head done at 40,000 and the warranty was honered. And I am sure it depends more on the dealer too.
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:09 AM   #7
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New. Dont look back.

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