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Old 01-07-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Thinking of getting a jeep.

I'm new to the forum and have always wanted a jeep as a 2nd vehicle. My goal this year is to pay off some debt then reward myself by going to Carmax and buying my first Jeep in the Fall. However ... after reading about the problems with Death Wobble I'm having second thoughts. I'm considering a late model Wrangler, a 2009 or 2010. How can I know if the front end has this problem before I buy?

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Old 01-07-2012, 01:07 AM   #2
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DeathWobble isnt just something only Jeeps get
Its mostly caused by miss-alignment from lift kit installs and unbalanced tires.

Its when you hit a certain speed or bump and the front axle shakes very bad,moves side to side very rapidly.

If a Jeep is stock and drives fine I dont think you have to worry about DW

Now be aware that there are many diffrent Jeep trims and options.Not all jeeps are created equal.I suggest posting a topic in the JK section as the year you posted is a Jeep wrangler JK.

You must decide what you want to do with the Jeep
what kinda terrain you want to ride it on,rocks,trails,mud or just for looks
Most of all budget,everything cost alot to upgrade if you buy the lowest grade cheapest Jeep.

Lowest grade would be the Sport or X model
Comfort based ones are the Sahara
Top Dogg in the offroad world is a Rubicon

The price from a Sport to a Rubi is a huge diffrence but so is peformance.

Even a Sport model is a very capable offroad machine.
but decide what you want to use it for first.
any lift?
big tires?
lite or heavy offroading?
daily driver or just a Toy that will get pulled on a trailer to rock crawling events?

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Old 01-07-2012, 01:29 AM   #3
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The only off-roading I would do is maybe take it on the beach ... no rock climbing or anything like that. I'd want it for the looks and 4wd when it snows. It would be a pampered Jeep.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:58 AM   #4
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The only off-roading I would do is maybe take it on the beach ... no rock climbing or anything like that. I'd want it for the looks and 4wd when it snows. It would be a pampered Jeep.
any jeep can do that and alot more

If the Jeep isnt lifted dont worry about death wobble

There are plenty Jeep avalible.I would look for a all stock Jeep

also consider budget
The new 2012 models start at 21,000 and they have a all new more powerful,more fuel efficient engine.

Jeeps hold there value and are priced high.Just saying this cause if your budget is aroung 15-20k....why not get a brand new updated one
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:18 AM   #5
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Go for it, you will be happy with a Jeep. In your case, I would go for one that is stock or only has a mild lift on it.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:27 AM   #8
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Thank you for the welcome. I could probably afford a brand new Jeep so I'll look into that option as well. Here's one at Carmax that I absolutely love. Opinions are welcome.

2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport in Laurel, MD- 8061677 at carmax.com
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I would also suggest a JK('07-present) and leave it stock to ward off the dreaded death wobble, like the X model you linked above, and you will absolutely love it. If you want more standard luxury and color matched flenders(fenders that are basically flares), then get a Sahara model.

Good luck and have fun shopping!
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Drive it. Take it slowly to 70 MPH or so. If it wobbles on the way, back off, you spotted it, walk away and fine another one. If not, it doesn't have it.

If you buy new, you know it's solid. Personally, I'd get a Rubicon, it comes with stuff that would cost you many thousands to add. The locking hubs are around $1200 per axle, and it comes with the heavier Dana 44 axles. Trail rated, take it out and have fun.

A much older model is another story, if you want to build one, or even buy it built. The old ones don't get cheaper than around $6k stock, or $10k lifted, unless you run them in to the ground.
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I think you meant locking differentials and all 4WD Wranglers are "Trail Rated".

But anyways it reads like Morningstarlet won't be needing those, so the money saved from not buying a Rubicon with features that might never get used, can get put towards something else Besides 2.72:1 is better than 4:1 in the sand anyways
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Bought a 07 in July and enjoying it.
Always had a jeep.
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Never once had DW.

Every solid axle vehicle has DW risks not just the wrangler.
Also more of a risk If lifted/modded. Things you can do to prevent also.

Do your research-find one-buy-enjoy

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