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?
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.
lite or heavy offroading?
daily driver or just a Toy that will get pulled on a trailer to rock crawling events?
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.
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.
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