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Old 07-09-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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To build or to buy???

I've been debating recently on whether or not I should keep my current stock 99 TJ with 106k miles and build that up or just save my money and buy a 2013 Rubicon new? Any thoughts or pointers? Please and thank you!

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Old 07-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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Real jeeps are built. Not bought. So I've been told? 100+K miles to build it up tho. If I like tinkering. I would buy newer and build.

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Old 07-11-2013, 04:24 PM   #4
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Build it that why u end up with what u want.
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Two different jeeps. Totally opposite of each other man.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:06 PM   #7
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"The built not bought" Saying is too too often repeated by jeepers who "build" their rigs with stuff that they "bought". That saying should be reserved for people that actually "build" their stuff.

I laugh when I see a "Built not Bought" sticker on a rig that is loaded with aftermarket parts.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:16 PM   #8
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You can buy a built rig for pennies on the dollar if you shop around. But you are worlds apart talking about an olmost 15 year old TJ and a new JK. What do you want out of a jeep? The money it would cost you would go a long ways with what you already have. If you want something to wheel then your best bang for the buck is to sell what you have and spend the coin you were going to spend on a built TJ. You could get on with tons on 40's with an Atlas case for that kind of money.
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You can buy a built rig for pennies on the dollar if you shop around. But you are worlds apart talking about an olmost 15 year old TJ and a new JK. What do you want out of a jeep? The money it would cost you would go a long ways with what you already have. If you want something to wheel then your best bang for the buck is to sell what you have and spend the coin you were going to spend on a built TJ. You could get on with tons on 40's with an Atlas case for that kind of money.
Wow if you can't tell I typed that post while listening (sort of) to my ex-wife on the phone.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:23 PM   #10
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Ha ha yea thanks! My concern is my jeep is "old" and I would be putting more into it to get it up to what I want and maintaining it than just buying a new one that already has everything I want. You spend one 4 wheelin trip in a 2013 Rubicon with all their fancy gadgetry and automatic disconnects and lockers and it leaves you with a sense of inadequacy when you look at anything else!!
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #11
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Heh, I've (modestly) built up my 2003 TJ.

I've also gone out and bought a second Jeep, a 2013 JKUR, which I am slowly going to also (modestly) build up.
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I know what you mean nano, I have a 99 that I built the way I want it, still building too. Then I bought a 12 last year. Now I am putting money into that too. Where does it end.... But I find myself driving the jk more that the tj though,
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I know what you mean nano, I have a 99 that I built the way I want it, still building too. Then I bought a 12 last year. Now I am putting money into that too. Where does it end.... But I find myself driving the jk more that the tj though,
I have been too, but I'm telling myself that it is because I leave the top off and only drive it on days with very little chance to rain. It's been raining a LOT in Georgia lately. Every time I do drive it after the JK, I'm like "Ahhhh, THAT's what a Jeep should sound like!". The JK's engine and the premium soft top are soooooo frikkin quite. I think that hides the inadequacies of the "Premium" (not really) sound system.

I did drive the TJ on Friday, since it was beautiful. Of course at 4pm I heard an aggressive crack and rumble of a storm coming. Some of the people at my work know the "Crap, topless/doorless storm" run I have! I beat it, though!
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #14
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I'll say you buy the JK.

Think about it 100k,how long is it gonna last before engine rebuild or need welding? Another 60k miles? You may end up spending more on a TJ and sell it in the end for less.

Besides, let me know If you are selling, I'm desperate for a low mileage TJ..

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